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November/December Newsletter

20 Dec 2016 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



President's Letter

Dear Members, 

I'd like to thank each and every one of you for helping the IABA grow over the past year.  Indeed, it was a little over a year ago where a group of us met several times over pints to discuss how we could reinvigorate the IABA.  I don't believe any of us could have believed how far we could have come in one year.

Our newsletter below will highlight our accomplishments, but two are of particular note to me.  First, we were able to partner with the Italian American Bar Association to bring back the annual softball game.  I saw many of our past members come out to join our new members, the same can also be said of the Italian players.  Continuing the traditions of the IABA and creating new ones will always be important for our organization.  Speaking of past members, Pat Goggins was kind enough to help me get in touch with Barbara Kavanaugh so that we could arrange to hold the game in her late husband, Denny's, honor and send on the game ball to Barbara.  Denny was one of the main organizers for the softball game in the past.  Although I did not get the chance to meet Denny in person, we were able to exchange several emails where he hoped we would bring back the game.  I very much enjoyed the chance to speak with and get to know Barbara.  A special thank you to current board member Michael Hale for taking on the responsibility of bringing back this tradition!

Second, the IABA is now an approved provider of legal education credits.  This, coupled with the gracious volunteer speakers we've found, has helped us not only provide a valuable service to our members, but also introduce us to new friends!  We've partnered with several firms & speakers to hold discussions on a variety of topics.  I look forward to welcoming them back in the new year, as well as engaging with many more members of the legal community as we continue to build out our MCLE program.

As we wind down the year, I hope that you have the chance to spend plenty of time with loved ones and family.  My wife and I will be traveling to Longford, Ireland where we will be celebrating our son's first Christmas!

In short - it's been a great year, but we're only just getting started!

Safe travels, Merry Christmas and a happy new year! 

Nick Ginger

IABA President

Reeling in the Year

This has been quite a year for IABA NorCal. Along with the introduction of a new website and online membership platform, the IABA was approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) Business League, and was also approved by the State Bar of California as a Multiple Activity Provider (thereby enabling us to offer and grant MCLE credits to attendees without first submitting separate applications requesting prior approval). 

The IABA took full advantage of its MCLE provider status and ran an MCLE event virtually every month, each session covering a different and interesting area of law. This year saw the first South Bay MCLE event, where Michael Moore took us through the ins and outs of patent portfolio management.  Back in San Francisco,  Joseph Breen (former president of the Irish American Bar Association) spoke on the topic of employment law.  Our very own Jim Byrne, an original member of the IABA, presented an overview of the recent changes to immigration law impacting J1 and other visas. Tom Trombadore (owner of Trombadore Gonden Law Group LLP) spoke on the topic of non-profit law.  Siegmar PohlGretchen Ramos, and Philip Zender, all of the firm Squire Patton Boggs, were kind enough to present an overview of the EU's latest privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation. Alana Joyce (of the firm Strike & Techelpresented an overview of alcoholic beverage law in the United States. We look forward to continuing this trend in legal edification in the new year

This year also saw a changing of the guard, involving the departure of a beloved board member and the induction of many new. Mr. Kevin Byrne, the Vice-Consul General of Ireland returned to Ireland to fulfill his diplomatic duties at home, and we saw the addition of several new members: Caroline Goulding, Brian O'Beirne and Jane Cunningham. 

The IABA Board is exceedingly grateful for the generous support it has received over the past year. We received support in the form of a grant from the Emigrant Support Program and also from our new sponsor Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP (LPS). A big thank you to both LPS and the Emigrant Support Program from the Board of Directors! As an all volunteer board, these funds go a long way in helping build out our infrastructure and continuing the Board's activities.  

The IABA was involved in many other events this year, playing the part of both host and participant. The IABA played a part in the Dublin Business and Legal Symposium that took place in Dublin and Galway from September 29 to October 1, 2016 and was hosted by the the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law. The IABA also provided pro bono advice to the Board of Directors of the United Irish Cultural Center. Three volunteers, William Crean, William Murphy, and Frank Liuzzi, put their legal heads together to help the UICC. 

The Board also participated in the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers' Festival, where they hosted a special literary-cum-legal event on the eve of the Festival. Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector welcomed guests and speakers which included include IABA Board Member, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney.  Also joining was Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice. The event was a big success and hopefully something we can continue to participate in in the New Year. 

Apart from many of the new events and initiatives that the Board are involved in, the Board continued some of its time-honored traditions. It showed off its athleticism in the annual Irish Italian softball match. The game was played in honor of Dennis Kavanaugh and John Riccio, two esteemed former members of our associations. We were honored to be able to commemorate these two men with this fun event, and more recently we hosted the Third Annual Irish Thanksgiving. It was a ball (no pun intended) and we would encourage everyone to attend next year. 

All-in-all, the IABA has come a long way in the last year. We hope to continue our work on into the New Year, and continue to represent the Irish American Legal Community in the Bay Area. 

Happy Holidays to all! And may the New Year bring you joy and fortitude!

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