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April Newsletter

27 Apr 2016 7:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Dear Members,

The IABA recently received the attached newsletter from one of our esteemed members.  What's notable to me is not so much the date of the newsletter, December 1998, but that many of the names listed are the same as those who, after so much time, continue to show support for the resurgence of theIABA.  The new board has been aware that we are not creating a new organization, but we are in fact building on a solid foundation of a long standing community.  As we move forward, we welcome any of our member's stories of past events that they would like to see again.

Our MCLE series continues to grow.  This month our very own Jim Byrne presented on the topic of Immigration Law, hosted by the Irish Consulate.  With changes to the J1 visa program affecting many in the Irish community, this was an informative and valuable session.  Next Wednesday, we are fortunate to have Squire Patton Boggs not only host an MCLE session, but also hold a wine reception for our members.  The topic will cover the new data laws in the EU that many of us have heard so much of in the news of late.  Further details can be found below.

The board has many plans in the works to build on the support we have received and to continue to strengthen the IABA.  Look for more details in the coming newsletters.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions!

Finally, I look forward to meeting those of you who can make it to tonight's Final Wednesday!


Nick Ginger
IABA President

May MCLE - May 4th, Understanding the EU's General Data Protection Regulation

On April 14th, the EU Parliament formally approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The GDPR applies to businesses of all sizes, anywhere in the world, that hold information on European residents, regardless of whether that company has an EU base or not.  Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE) stated "The regulation will also create clarity for businesses by establishing a single law across the EU. The new law creates confidence, legal certainty and fairer competition." Violations of the GDPR can potentially reach up to 4% of a company's world wide revenue.  That could amount to billions in fines for many of Silicon Valley's notable tech companies if they fail to adhere to the new law.

Join the IABA Wednesday, May 4th at 6 PM to learn more about how the GDPR will affect multinationals.  This informative session will be hosted by Squire Patton Boggs.    Presenters will beSiegmar PohlGretchen Ramos, & Philip Zender.  

Following the presentation, Squire Patton Boggs will be hosting a wine reception for attendees.  Where possible, we respectfully request an RSVP to help our hosts accommodate us.

A reminder, all MCLE events are free for members and $15 for non-members.  To guarantee your spot, we have set up an RSVP page which you can view by clicking here.  Non members may pay with a credit card through this page. 

Final Wednesday - Tonight, April 27

Our monthly Final Wednesday happy hour will be tonight at Harrington's.  We will have a table reserved, look for the IABA signs.  Details can be found on our events section of our website, or by clicking here.  All are welcome, members and friends alike!  Looking forward to getting together for some great chat and a few pints.

South Bay Happy Hour - May 11

The next South Bay happy hour will be held Wednesday, May 11th at Molly Magees in downtown Mountain View.  Please clickhere for details.

June MCLE - June 15th in the South Bay

The IABA is excited to present its first MCLE event in the Southbay.  Join us on Wednesday, June 15th for a presentation on Intellectual Property law.  Our speaker will be Michael Moore, whom many of you have met during our South Bay happy hours.  Click here for more information.  This page will continue to be updated.

Irish Network Bay Area - Home Brew & Networking Event, June 2

Curious about the beer brewing process? Want to start your own home brew hobby but don’t know where to start? Looking for a lighthearted evening of networking? Come join our sister network,  the INBA, for an interactive night of homebrewing education. They will have master home brewer Andre Sanchez from San Francisco Brewcraft on hand to go over everything you need to know to start your own micro brewery from your living room closet.  This was one of the most popular events held by the INBA last year and we are delighted to be included for this year's event!  Information can be found on their facebook page by clicking here


The IABA exists as a non profit for the service of its members.  Member dues are critical to our success and future operations, especially in these early months!  While we enjoy the ongoing support of the Irish American legal community, we also heavily encourage you to join as a member if you have not yet done so.  All are welcome, there is no requirement to be Irish or a lawyer, only that you have an interest in one or both.  You can purchase your membership here.  We are also interested in expanding our mailing list, please feel free to forward this email on to all those who you think would be interested.

For any questions on membership, or for details on corporate membership, please reach out toIABASanFrancisco@gmail.com

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