American Bar Association
Section of International Law: Young Lawyer's Interest Network

Section of International Law:
Young Lawyer's Interest Network

What is YIN About?

YIN is the home of young lawyers from around the world within the Section of International Law and is dedicated to making their ABA experience an exciting and rewarding one. By providing networking opportunities through section meetings, regional get-togethers and mentoring, YIN serves as the platform for future leaders of the legal profession. YIN also engages in advocacy for current issues facing young lawyers and actively promotes awareness and resolutions of these matters. With YIN, members become connected to the international legal community and play a vital role in the development of their profession. Most importantly, life-long friendships are formed with likeminded global citizens of the world who recognize the value of investing in their careers from the start.

Upcoming YIN Events


Mentor Dinners: There will be 2 Mentor Dinners taking place on Tuesday, April 12. Please email Emily Christiansen, Gabriel Dejarden or Martha Bucaram for more information.


Committee Networking Luncheon: on Wednesday, April 13 at 12:45 PM (Ballroom II – Grand Hyatt). -

Committee dinner: at Bar Primi (Bowery) on Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30 pm after the Section’s reception at Gotham Hall. Please let us know by April 7 if you will attend, so that we can update the reservation accordingly. There are limited spots. The restaurant is putting together a fixed menu for us for $70 per person. Drinks, taxes and gratuity are not included. We strongly advise you to bring cash to minimize the number of credit cards being charged. When we receive your RSVP we will provide more details. Bar Primi: -

Panels/Programs: Our committee is the primary sponsor for the following panels: 1.

"Building your personal brand in the digital age: Content Marketing, Metrics and more referrals.": Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Moderated by Jonathan Bell, Lexology, London, UK. Panelists: Mr. John W. Boscariol, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Ms. Daryl Drabinsky, Senior Digital Communications Manager, DLA Piper LLP, New York, New York, US Mr. John W. Hamlin, Chief Employment Counsel, Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., New York, New York, US Ms. Marci Taylor, Founder and Consultant, MantraPartner LLC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US Description: Proving return on investment for marketing spend has never been more essential. In this session an expert panel will explore the role of content marketing in today’s legal industry, providing a step-by-step guide on how to utilize analytics to measure the success of business development initiatives and create revenue-generating opportunities. Speakers will include two digital marketing experts with experience promoting global firms in local markets; a senior in-house counsel ‘content consumer’ with invaluable insight on the most attractive and useful content; and a partner from a major independent law firm with experience of going to market as an author. In today’s increasingly competitive international market, this panel will provide the essential toolkit to give your digital presence a professional edge.


"Tricks of Trade: How to Spot International Trade Issues in Your Business Transactions": Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Chair: Sabrina A. Bandali, Associate, International Trade & Investment Group, Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto, Canada) Moderator: Jessica Horwitz, Associate, International Trade & Investment Group, Bennett Jones LLP (Toronto, Canada) Panelists: Lourdes Catrain, Partner & Director of the European International Trade and Investment Group, Hogan Lovells (Brussels, Belgium) Karla Haynes, Associate General Counsel, Global Trade Compliance, Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, California) Christine H. Martinez, Senior Compliance Counsel, Precision Castparts Corp. (Portland, Oregon) Turenna Ramirez Ortiz, Partner & Head of the International Trade and Customs Group, Sánchez Devanny (Mexico City, Mexico) Description: How do you know when you have an international trade problem in your business transaction? Trade issues abound in international business transactions, whether it is an M&A deal, a joint venture or foreign investment, or merely the day-to-day logistics of a cross-border business. As business becomes globalized, one of the key skills that in-house counsel and transactional lawyers offer is knowing when and how to call in the specialists. Customs compliance, export controls and economic sanctions, corruption issues and the opportunities and pitfalls presented by preferential trade and investment agreements are all areas frequently overlooked – until there is a problem. Panelists will discuss hypothetical case studies of common business transactions, enabling participants to get hands-on experience identifying and analyzing trade issues. Join a panel of trade law experts to hear stories from the front lines and learn how to spot the trade issues lurking beneath the surface of everyday transactions.

YIN Monthly Conference Calls: YIN holds conference calls on the 2nd Friday of each month at 11:00 am Eastern Time (U.S.) to discuss upcoming YIN activities. All YIN members are welcome and encouraged to join the call. Instructions for dialing in would be circulated prior to each conference call. Please contact YIN co-chairs Gabriel Dejarden and Martha Bucaram if you have questions or would like more information.

IMPORTANT: TO RECEIVE COMMITTEE E-MAIL, YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIST-SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE HOMEPAGE Section Committee Conference Calls: At least 20 other Section Committees hold monthly conference calls. This is your chance to find out what's going on in the committees, ask questions, and most importantly to your career development, get involved! Have an event of interest to YIN? If you are participating, sponsoring, or just attending an event you think YIN members should know about, please e-mail the YIN co-chairs if you would like your event posted on the YIN web-page. (Note: YIN however, reserves the right to restrict postings in accordance with ABA policies).



Blackwell, Sara
Christiansen, Emily
Dejarden, Gabriel


Arian, Melodie
Cooper, Daniel
Salcedo, Edward
Sempertegui, Leonardo
Valenzuela, Polibio
Williams, Joyce

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Programs, Meetings & Events

Section Events

    Section 232 Cases: Protecting U.S. National Security or Risking International Trade Wars?


    The event will be held on 06/21/2018. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

    International 101 Bootcamp

    JW Marriott Marquis

    The ABA Section of International Law is pleased to offer its next series in the International Law Bootcamp Program, an engaging presentation that will provide a practical overview of how international law impacts legal practice across several areas, including: Contracts Litigation Ethics Anti-Corruption ...

    Comparative Methodology and Attribution in Cyber Operations


    A major issue in responding to Cyber Operations is the question of attribution. As with rules of engagement in combat, both law and policy have assumed stringent requirements of positive identification of adversaries. This is a very hard standard to meet in the world of cyberspace where actors usually ...

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