American Bar Association
Section of International Law: U.S. Lawyers Practicing Abroad Committee

Section of International Law:
U.S. Lawyers Practicing Abroad Committee

Message From The Co-Chairs

This committee serves the needs and interests of U.S.-licensed lawyers who work or are interested in working outside the United States. Committee programs and initiatives include CLE programming to fulfill state bar CLE requirements, ad hoc programs of special interest to our members, initiatives to improve the practice of law outside of the U.S. and networking opportunities for U.S.-licensed attorneys residing abroad.

Looking for Active Members

If you are interested in taking an active part on our Steering Committee or on a particular project, please contact the Co-Chairs, 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

Join Us



Lima, Rosa
Vagenas, Konstantina


Dayal, Anand
Knox, Carolyn
Kounoupis, George
Matos, Nancy
Sullivan, Neil
Valenti, Thomas

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Archived Programs

Committee Events

So You Want to Be An Expat Lawyer - Part III

September 27, 2011
(archived podcast)

Section Events

    Transpacific Partnership (TPP)


    The 6000 + page text of the TPP is finally public. The TPP is billed as one of the first trade agreements of the 21st century. The 12 member states of the TPP cover 40% of the worlds economy with 800 million consumers and a combined GDP of $28.5 trillion. But does this Mega-Deal live up to its hype? ...

    The Global Refugee Crisis, Part 1: A True Account of A Syrian Refugee's Journey to Safety.


    The situation is Syria has reached critical mass. An estimated 240,000 Syrian, including 12,000 children, have been killed since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011. Over 1 million have been wounded or permanently disabled. Approximately 12 million Syrians have fled their homes, taking refuge in ...

    Food Safety Modernization Act Regulations.


    In-Person Event at:The American Bar Association 1050 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 570 Washington, DC 20036 Dominic Veneziano, Chief, Import Operations, of the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration will discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and recent implementing regulations and the impact on the ...

Archived Program Materials

Additional Committee Materials

Modified by Adam Vogel on July 9, 2015

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