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Social Media Use from Multinational Perspectives, Immigration and the Global Financial Meltdown Among International Legal Topics at ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 19, 2011 – With increasing globalization, now more than ever the consequences and effects of law extend far beyond a country’s border. The global financial meltdown, multinational business and global operations, social media and immigration are chief among international legal issues to be explored at the 2011 _ Annual Meeting, Aug. 4–9, in Toronto.

With more than 1,400 legal programs, events and presentations by the foremost law experts, the ABA Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals. Among the many notable speakers is Jean Chrétien, former three-term Canadian prime minister, who will engage in a Q&A session with audience members, Aug. 5, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. at the InterContinental Toronto Centre.

The 566-member House of Delegates, the association’s policy-making body, will meet on Aug. 8 and 9 in the Exhibit Hall F/G, 800 Level, South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In addition to considering policy recommendations and voting on resolutions, the House of Delegates will bestow preeminent lawyers David Boies and Theodore B. Olson with the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor, on Aug. 8.

For more information or interview requests, contact ABA Communications and Media Relations at 202- or .

Program highlights concerning international legal issues include:

Aug. 4

“The Perils of Social Media under the Laws of U.S. & Canada: A Cautious Tale for Lawyers and Clients” Lawyers, litigants, judges and jurors are all joining the social media craze. This panel will focus on evidence gathering through social media and social media issues crossing the borders, including Canada. They will discuss privacy issues, copyright laws and ethical implications for lawyers.
3:45 – 5:15 p.m., Room 718A, 700 Level, MTCC, South Building

Aug. 5

Question Time with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien Three-term former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien will host a lively question-and-answer session with Annual Meeting attendees.  As prime minister Chrétien led in several areas, including climate change, multilateral diplomacy and the elimination of the national deficit. Chrétien remains involved in global affairs and transnational negotiations as counselor, advocate and facilitator. The Honourable Louise Arbour of Brussels will be presented with the ABA Litigation Section’s 2011 International Human Rights Award during this session.
12:15 – 1:45 p.m., Ballroom A/B, Lower Level, InterContinental Toronto Centre

“The Restructuring of the Americas: How Insolvency Courts in Canada, Mexico and the United States are Reshaping Business” The effects of the global financial meltdown have led to insolvency for many businesses in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.  Panelists including Judge Arthur Gonzalez, who presided over the Chrysler, Enron and WorldCom bankruptcy proceedings, will discuss the domestic and international issues with cross-border cases, as well as efforts to minimize obstacles.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 718A, 700 Level, MTCC, South Building

“International Discovery: Around the World in 90 Minutes” Given the growing number of clients with global operations, conducting international discover efficiently and effectively is a must. Using a sample fact pattern, an international panel of attorneys from Canada, the UK, France, Mexico and China, will explain the unique discovery rules followed in their home country and answer questions that commonly arise when conducting international discovery.
3:45 – 5:15 p.m., MTCC, South Building

Aug. 6

“Redefining the U.S.-Canadian Border: Current Issues in Visitation and Migration” The relationship between the United States and Canada is the closest and most extensive in the world. It is reflected in the staggering volume of bilateral trade—the equivalent of $1.6 billion a day in goods—as well as in people-to-people contact. Some 300,000 people cross the border every day.  This program will navigate U.S.–Canadian immigration issues, including temporary and permanent options for migration. What are the variations between Canada and the U.S. in their immigration policies and what are the similarities, including NAFTA? The discussion will include options for business and family migration.
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 706, 700 Level, MTCC, South Building

International Perspectives on Older Persons with Disabilities: Civil and Criminal Law Practice As the “baby boomers” begin to age and expectant life spans widen because of medical advancements, countries throughout the world are grappling with the best way to take care of their elderly. Panelists from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom will address reforms from legal systems around the world in guardianship and conservatorship schemes, disability-specific aspects of initial contact with the criminal justice system, and circumstances of accommodation or confinement in such settings as independent living, hospitals, prisons and many more.
8:30 –10:00 a.m., Room 715A, 700 Level, MTCC, South Building

Aug. 7

“The Globalization of Anti-Corruption Law” will take a close look at new and complex money laundering and fraudulent financial schemes rampant in today’s uncertain global economy, white collar criminal prosecution and practice, and globalization of anti-corruption investigations and prosecutions.
10:30 – noon, Room 701A, 700 Level, MTCC, South Building

During the Annual Meeting, accredited journalists should register on-site at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Level 800, Hall E, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. A separate press room behind the main registration area will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Aug. 9.

Online registration for news reporters is easier than ever. Credential guidelines are at https://abanow.org/reporter-resources/media-credentials/.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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