25th Anniversary Special EventThe Challenges of American Litigation: A Primer for Japanese Legal Staff Managing Litigation in the United States

December 5-6, 2007 (Wednesday and Thursday)
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus
Please register online at http://www.abanet.org/tips.
The conference is free of charge unless you require CLE credit. The fee for any attendees requesting CLE credit is US$200. For more information on payment methods, please see the attached brochure.
Donald Quarles (quarlesd@staff.abanet.org)
Janet Hummons (hummonsj@staff.abanet.org)
Temple Law School (Contact information)

The ABA is requesting accreditation for this program from every state with mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements for its lawyers. Please be aware that each state has its own rules and regulation. Check with your state agency for confirmation of this program's approval. Registration fees must be paid in full before registrants can receive credit. You may contact Donald Quarles at quarlesd@staff.abanet.org two weeks prior to the conference for confirmation of the number of CLE credit hours requested by the ABA or credits approved by any particular state.

A conference, to be held over two evenings and presented by Temple Law School and the American Bar Association, discussing the many obstacles facing Japanese companies doing business in the United States. Panelists of Attorneys from the United States will discuss various legal issues relating to the formation of U.S. subsidiaries, including employment and management practices, litigation strategies, and legal ethics.

Day One - Wednesday, December 5, 2007 18:30 - 21:30

(Topics and speakers subject to change without notice)

18:30 - Introductory and Welcoming Remarks

  • John C. McMeekin II, Esq., Rawle & Henderson, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • James C. Stroud, Esq., Rawle & Henderson, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Matthew J. Wilson, Esq., Temple University, Japan Campus

18:45 - Understanding the Mechanics and Rules of US Litigation: General Rules of Civil Procedure and Application of the Hague Service and Discovery Conventions to Japanese Companies

  • Holly Polglase, Esq., Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy, Boston, MA
  • Richard Turbin, Esq., The Law Offices of Richard Turbin, Honolulu, HI

19:30 - Understanding and Documenting Corporate Formalities for Foreign US Subsidiary and Holding Companies

  • Garrett Fitzpatrick, Esq., Mendes & Mount, LLP, New York, NY
  • Steven F. Napolitano, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, New York, NY
  • Yasuo Fukuda, Esq., Nihon University College of Law, Tokyo, Japan

20: 15 - Management and Control of United States Subsidiary Employees and Operations: What Roles and Responsibilities do a Japanese Company and its Subsidiaries Have in Relation to Subsidiary Companies and Employees under United States Employment Laws?

  • Sandra R. McCandless, Esq., Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, San Francisco, CA

21:00 - Open discussion with faculty and attendees

Day Two - Thursday, December 6, 2007 18:30 - 21:30

(Topics and speakers subject to change without notice)

18:30 - Opening remarks and comments on Day Two agenda

18:35 - Uniquely American - Class Action Litigation in the United States

  • Michele A. Powers, Esq., Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP, Los Angeles, CA
  • Peter A. Antonucci, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, New York, NY
  • Perry S. Granof, Esq., Chubb & Son, a division of Federal Insurance Company, Chicago, IL

19:15 - Responding to Corporate Discovery and Document Request: Electronic Discovery

  • John C. McMeekin II, Rawle & Henderson LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Masahiro Morimoto, UBIC, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
  • Shirley J. Spira, Esq., The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY

20:00 - Ethics: Is Your Communication with a Client or within Your Company a Privileged and Confidential Communication?

  • Matthew J. Wilson, Esq., Temple University, Japan Campus

20:45 - Teamwork is the Key to Success: Plan Early and Thoroughly for the Success of Your Litigation

  • Kemsley Brennan, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
  • James C. Stroud, Esq., Rawle & Henderson LLP, Philadelphia, PA

21:15 - Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Business Transactions: Planning for the Future by Drafting ADR Clauses for your Commercial Contracts

  • Randy J. Aliment, Esq., Williams Kastner, Seattle, WA