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The International Lawyers Network (ILN) is a leading association of 91 high-quality, full-service independent law firms.

Since 1988, the ILN has helped its members keep pace with today’s global economy, through access to the tremendous strength and depth of the combined expertise of 5,000 lawyers in 67 countries on six continents.

ILN member firms are among the most respected and most experienced counsel in their jurisdictions. Clients’ increasing need for reliable foreign counsel is well-met by the personalized, high-quality and cost-effective legal services provided by ILN member firms. Unique to the ILN are the strong personal and professional relationships among its members and their clients developed over the past 26 years. Far from a mere directory, the ILN is an affiliation of lawyers who gather on a regional and worldwide basis annually and work routinely with each other to address client requirements and needs.

Each of the ILN’s member firms is international in outlook and staffed by highly trained senior attorneys, who are experts in a broad range of practice areas. ILN members have demonstrated experience in working successfully with international companies. They are independent, mid-sized firms within their jurisdictions, and are committed to the focus of the International Lawyers Network, admitted to the Network only after a rigorous application process. The ILN provides clients with high-quality service from experienced local counsel who work in firms that maintain excellent reputations in their own countries. This means that clients have immediate access to attorneys who are native, both linguistically and culturally, to the country of interest.

The ILN’s international directory app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. To access the app, click here or log on to ILNmobile.com from your smartphone.

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Boyles_Jami15Lewis Rice LLC is pleased to announce Jami L. Boyles has returned to the Firm to serve as our Chief Administrative Officer. Previously, Jami was the National Director of Human Resources at Graybar. Prior to her tenure at Graybar, Jami practiced Labor and Employment Law with the Firm from 2001-2011.

As Chief Administrative Officer, Jami will work closely with the Firm’s Management Committee, attorneys and department chairs to ensure that our employment and other administrative needs are met to support our attorneys as they, in turn, meet the dynamic needs of our clients. Additionally, Jami will lead the lateral attorney hiring efforts of the Firm. More…

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Two for Tuesdays: Unique Content Marketing Ideas

Supposedly, spring is coming here in the northeast, though with snow and continued single-digit temperatures, it’s hard to believe.

But April will start tomorrow regardless, and if you’re spring cleaning your house, why not “spring clean” your content marketing as well? (It’s a cheesy metaphor, but bear with me).

Last night, I was reading a post from Practical ECommerce that offered some content marketing ideas for April, using April holidays as a springboard. I was ready to discount this right off the bat as being not applicable to the legal industry, but it turns out that it may actually be quite useful…which serves as yet another good reminder as to why we’ve all got to stay open-minded when it comes to marketing and business development ideas. 

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International Lawyers Network Forms Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialty Group

We’re excited to announce today that the ILN is forming a Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Specialty Group, which will be co-chaired by James Giszczak of McDonald Hopkins (Cleveland, Ohio) and Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker & Green (Washington, DC). The group joins the ILN’s thirteen other practice and industry-focused specialty groups.

I have the opportunity to work closely with the chairs of our specialty groups as their facilitator, and I particularly enjoy working with lawyers who have a passion for their work, which Jim and Stuart certainly do in this area. I expect great things to come from the CDP guys and gals! 

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International Lawyers Network Forms Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialty Group

(PRLEAP.COM) New York (March 31, 2015) – On Tuesday, the International Lawyers Network announced the formation of their Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Specialty Group, which will be co-chaired by James Giszczak of McDonald Hopkins (Cleveland, Ohio) and Stuart Gerson of Epstein Becker & Green (Washington, DC). The group joins the ILN’s thirteen other practice and industry-focused specialty groups.

Both chairs are enthusiastic to push the group forward, with a goal of working together with the other members of the group to co-promote the combined strength and depth of expertise of its members, both domestically and internationally. A directory of ILN firms with Cybersecurity & Data Privacy expertise is already available on the ILN website (http://www.iln.com/groups_detail_159.htm). More…

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Compliance in times of uncertainty – dealing with new and missing regulation


One of the key elements of good regulation is to ensure that the regulation is transparent and known to those who it affects and must observe the regulation.  This is the reason why there are procedures in place to ensure that proposed new regulation and changes to regulation are communicated to those affected well in advance to their introduction to allow for proper response to the implementation.

Although the notion that “Ignorance of law is no excuse” does exist, I think that it is accepted by all that reliance on that notion is not advisable and that it is in everyone’s interests for law and regulation to be communicated and understood before it commences.  After all, the aim of law and regulation is not to raise revenue from breaches of an unknown law but to secure the aims of the law and regulation by their observance. More…

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Lidings conducts a large-scale road show in China

Lidings’ partner Stepan Guzey and counsel Vadim Konyushkevich took a two-week long (28 February – 11 March 2015) journey to China visiting all of the country’s major industrial and business centers including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.

During their visit to Hong Kong, Mr. Guzey and Mr. Konyushkevich discussed ongoing and future projects with the firm’s long-standing client – a large investment fund with over US $ 4.6 bln. worth of asset under management. They also held a series of meetings with partner law firms located in Hong Kong.

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Larry Yen to present in Shenzhen, China

On April 2, 2015, Larry Yen, along with TMX Equity Transfer Services and HQ Vancouver, is hosting Destination Canada at the Futian Shangri-La Hotel in Shenzhen, China. A representative from each company will speak on setting up regional headquarters in Vancouver, TMX markets and the legal and regulatory environment. Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade at the Government of BC, is keynoting the event.

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How to make a group gift like Coach Dean Smith’s

Recent media reports state that Dean Smith, coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team, left a gift of $200 to each former letterman player that he coached. One of the players posted a copy of the letter and cheque on Twitter and it went viral.

Occasionally our clients wish to do something similar, for example business owners wanting to leave gifts to employees of their company. Such gifts tend to leave a significant emotional impact regardless of their amount, in part because they are usually unexpected.

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Communicating Conference Attendance Value: Engage

Last week, we started talking about how to get the most value out of a conference or event that you’re attending, and then communicate that value back to those at your office. Preparation before the event is key, but the next piece of the puzzle if about engaging at the conference itself.

This is something that we’ve talked about here at Zen before. in part, it’s about putting into place the preparation that you started before you left for the conference.

Attend all of the Sessions You’ve Identified in Your Review

Prior to the event, you’ve reviewed the agenda and identified the sessions that will have value for you, your firm and your colleagues. Now is the time to not only get to those sessions, but also to stay engaged in them – take notes, live tweet, write blog recaps, ask questions – whatever will keep you most invested in each individual session so that you stay focused on the takeaways is the key here.

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Managing the transition: the impact of Canada’s amended Trade-marks Act on pending trade-mark applications

iStock_000000423466SmallThe recent amendments to Canada’s Trade-marks Act present many interesting opportunities and challenges to brand owners and their counsel.  This article focuses primarily on the impacts for Canadian trademark applications that are pending at the time the amended Act comes into force—that is, applications that have been filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) but that have not yet issued to registration.

As a preliminary comment, there is, unfortunately still no clarity about when the amendments to the Act will come into force. When the amending legislation was passed, CIPO initially indicated that the effective date could be as early as late 2014; subsequent projections were revised to mid-to-late 2015. More recent comments from CIPO suggest that mid-2016 is a more realistic timeframe.  The delay is apparently related to the magnitude of the IT changes required, particularly as connected to implementation of the Madrid  Protocol, to which Canada is becoming a party.

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