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International Law Section to match interns with firms

first_img August 1, 2000 Regular News International Law Section to match interns with firms There you are, minding your own legal business and suddenly a client calls, frantic. It seems the client has an unexpected foreign business opportunity and your law firm is needed to negotiate a deal. In Thai. Or maybe Hindi. Or even Dutch. What do you do? Be thankful for the work of the International Law Section. Because of the section’s work, you could be only a mouse click away from finding a law student intern with a variety of special skills. That includes some who speak rather esoteric languages, including Afrikaans, Creole, and Czech, as well as Thai, Hindi and Dutch. It’s all part of the section’s effort to use technology to offer better services to its members. “We’re going to take advantage of the new technologies to reach out to our members,” said new section Chair Todd Kocourek, at the section executive council meeting during the Bar’s Annual Meeting. The chosen avenue for the coming year will be improving the section’s website (www.lex-fl.org). “I hope we’ll make its usefulness hit a point at which the membership will default to the website as the best source of information about what’s going on,” he said. One part of that is a new section of the website to match up law students seeking internships and law firms. “We now have an internship database,” said immediate past Chair Thomas Raleigh. “We are making available to students a link with Florida law firms and Florida businesses interested in international law and business. It’s a very simple procedure and there’s no cost to it.” Students list their background and special qualifications — including foreign languages — and prospective employers can scan their resumes. Those employers are also encouraged to list information on the site for students to review. Even if they don’t have an immediate opening, Raleigh said, it could be valuable to at least put general information about the firm on the site for students to review. The site is password protected and both students and potential employers must register. Students cannot see other students’ resumes, and employers cannot see what openings other firms are offering. Those seeking more information about the service should send an e-mail to ilsinterns@lex-fl.org. Raleigh said the section has been working to make the website more useful for members. It now includes a list of section committees and members, an archive of its quarterly newsletter, a bulletin board for messages between members and a listing of useful resources. The section is also living up to its name in a variety of activities. Raleigh and Kocourek noted that the head of the Mexican bar association was a section guest during the January Midyear Meeting. And the section has a relationship with the Barcelona Bar Association, and also just completing a successful seminar in Quebec City. The section is already planning another Canadian program. It also recently completed a successful seminar in Miami on Latin American issues, and will have a joint meeting with the International Bar Association in Cancun in 2001. On other matters, Raleigh said the section is in the very first stages of examining the relationship between The Florida Bar and foreign lawyers working in this country. While the Bar has offered the category of Foreign Legal Consultant for several years, Raleigh said, the section is exploring whether that is sufficient. “We’re looking at the next step on how to encourage the admission of foreign lawyers to The Florida Bar,” he said. “It’s in the very early stages. We’re looking at how they could be admitted, and they would still have to satisfy the character review.” International Law Section to match interns with firmslast_img

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