Welcome to the U.S. Lawyers Abroad Committee
The work of our committee is directed at U.S.-qualified attorneys who live outside of the U.S., or who live in the U.S., but travel or expect to travel and work abroad on legal matters.
The goals of the U.S. Lawyers Abroad Committee are:
- to help you to cope with conflicting professional responsibility requirements;
- to give you support and mentoring in unfamiliar legal cultures;
- to improve ABA benefits for those of you who live abroad;
- to provide networking opportunities; and,
- to provide programs, articles, and literature directed to your needs.
If you are interested in taking an active part on our Steering Committee or on a particular project, please contact either Bayo Callender, Amy Sommers or Christian Jacobson, whose details are on the upper right.
Here are some projects that may interest you:
- Increase the number of ABA benefits that actually work for members who live abroad
- Set up local U.S. Lawyers Abroad networking groups and events
- seek out and correct ABA electronic forms that require information that does not apply or exist abroad
- Suggest and work on Committee programs, publications, phone, and teleconferences
- Improve the Committee webpage
- Mentor members and law students who have recently moved or who expect to move abroad
- Work on changing the SSA law that discriminates against non-U.S. citizen widows and widowers of deceased U.S. citizens Social Security beneficiaries
- Increase Committee membership
- Work on identifying and resolving the gaps which impact the ability to obtain notarized statements required for various reasons within the U.S.
- Support the ABA Focus on Women in the Law positive deviance programs
- Identify ABA Ethics 20/20 issues and concerns which impact U.S. lawyers practicing abroad
- Other creative activities that you suggest