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June Newsletter

19 Jun 2016 7:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Dear Members,

This month brings our most packed newsletter to date!  In addition to our regular events, I'm happy to share some very exciting updates.  The IABA was recently awarded a grant from the Irish government.  The details are below, but I find it satisfying to see the organization's value proposition is being recognized abroad!  This will no doubt help us to strengthen ties between the legal communities of Northern California and Ireland.

Additionally, I recently had the good fortune of coming across the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland.  Their leadership had reached out to share news of a symposium they will be holding in Dublin.  Again the details are in the newsletter below, but a scan through the itinerary shows and impressive list of speakers and events that will no doubt be of interest.  I'm more than happy to share these details with you, in addition to the details of the Cleveland society.  I look forward to continued cooperation with the folks in Cleveland, and many more of the Irish American law societies that exist today.

Several newsletters ago, we put out a call to our membership to assist the United Irish Cultural Center on a pro-bon basis.  Several of our members stepped up to the task and have been actively assisting the UICC ever since.  We recently received a note from the UICC president thanking the IABA for their help in this matter.  To me this is another great example of how the IABA's membership can provide a positive impact for the Irish community.  Congratulations on a job well done!

I hope many of you can join us this Wednesday night, as we hold our first MCLE event in the South Bay.  This is a great opportunity to expand our events taking place outside of San Francisco!

Finally, happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.  It's a particularly special day for me as I celebrate my very first Father's day with my wife and 3 month old son.

Best of luck to the Warriors tonight!


Nick Ginger

IABA President


The IABA is delighted to announce our first South Bay MCLE event.  Join Michael Moore as he takes us through the ins and outs of patent portfolio management.  This event is graciously hosted by Fenwick & West at their Mountain View office, 801 California Street.

A reminder, all MCLE events are free for members and $15 for non-members.  For the convenience of our hosts, we respectfully request that you visit the RSVP page which you can view by clicking here.  Non members may pay with a credit card through this page


Our monthly Final Wednesday happy hour will be held at Harrington's.  You can find us by looking 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.

We have been holding our Final Wednesdays at Harrington's for the last 6 months.  When we originally selected Harrington's, it was with the intention of revisiting the decision in 6 months to see if this would continue to be the best venue for our members.  We will discuss this in our next board meeting, but would like to hear from the members.  Please reply to this email with any suggestions or comments regarding Final Wednesdays and venues!


From September 29 to October 1, 2016 the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law, will host a Business and Legal Symposium in Dublin and Galway, Ireland.  

The symposium will start in Dublin on Thursday, September 29th at the Historic King’s Inns with a presentation on the trial of 1916 Easter Rising leader, Roger Casement.  Casement was the only 1916 leader to go through a criminal trial, the others were condemned after military tribunals.  His appeal will be presented again with lawyer/historians arguing both sides of the case beforepanel of two Irish Supreme Court Justices and two Ohio Supreme Court Justices.  Those arguing the case includeMichael McDowell, an Irish Senator and grandson of Eoin MacNeill (Leader of the Irish Volunteers in 1916), and Terrance Kenneally, Esq., an Ohio lawyer with aMasters in Irish Studies.  Following the presentation the group will enjoy a cocktail party at the King’s Inn attended by participants as well as Irish Lawyers and Judges.

The next morning the group will travel by Bus to Galway where they will be hosted in two half day seminars by NUI Galway School of Law.  There they will enjoy business/legal topics such as Entity Selection (dealing with corporate inversions) and General Counsel’s Criteria for Selection of Outside Counsel.  Another interesting topic will be comparisons of Same Sex Marriage Laws in Ireland and the US.  Last year Ireland passed a constitutional referendum permitting same sex marriage and the SCOTUS decided the Obergefell case.  Participating on Same Sex Marriage panel will be Plaintiff’s counsel in the Obergefell case and Ireland Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, a leading proponent of the Irish constitutional referendum.

Other great topics include Software Protection, Employment Law, Death Penalty, Legal Malpractice and US Discovery Assistance to Foreign Tribunals.  Both days in Galway will include lunches and dinners.

For further information, please visit the following link:http://www.irishclevelandlawyers.com/#!forums/c8ui


Recently, the IABA Board had the opportunity to apply for a grant under the Emigrant Support Program.  We are happy to announce that our grant application was approved!  This is spectacular news for our organization as we are an all volunteer board and funds will go a long way in helping build out our infrastructure.  The board will discuss the allocation of funds at our next board meeting, although several proposals are currently being considered.  Of course, we are always open to member suggestions!


The IABA recently received this note from the President of the UICC regarding the UICC pro-bono volunteers:

The Board of Directors of the United Irish Cultural Center could not be more delighted by the involvement from IABA members in the Center's activities. We put out a request through the IABA for Pro-Bono assistance and found three delightful volunteers who have already committed several hours to assisting us in our evaluation of a major Capital Campaign. The work will be ongoing and they are committed to our cause. We could not be more appreciative.
Thank you to William Crean, William Murphy, and Frank Liuzzi!
Michael Barnacle
President, Board of Directors, UICC


The next South Bay happy hour will be held Thursday, June 2 at Molly Magee's in downtown Mountain View.  Please click here for details.


This October, the IABA will take part in the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers Festival, described further in this article.  Details are still unfolding, stay tuned for further updates.


The IABA newsletter has always and will always contain a short pitch to encourage members to become paid members.  Although we are happy to see the outpouring of support from our members, we do continue to struggle to meet our membership goals.  The grant we recently received will go a long way in helping us streamline and automate certain processes, but as an organization we rely on our members dues to keep the association going.  As a reminder, there is no requirement to be an attorney, or to be Irish, in order to be a member, 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.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions on member dues.

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