Hamline Events

CLE: Practice Areas in International Law

Date: February 07, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: N/A
Contact: Amy Hasbargen, ahasbargen01@hamline.edu
Location: Seattle Room, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500 Minneapolis, MN 55402-1498
Sponsor: International Law Student Association, Hamline Law Immigration Law Society, St. Thomas School of Law International Law Student Association, William Mitchell College of Law International Law Society, University of Minnesota Law School
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This CLE will give attorneys an opportunity to explore the issues and legal requirements of specific practices areas in international law. Panelists will discuss their respective practices in international law, in the areas of international litigation, immigration, international business, international public human rights, and international commercial arbitration. Each panelist will describe their perspectives on international practice and will present legal issues they deal with in an international setting.

This program is aimed at providing a broad perspective on the variety of practice areas within the field of international law, and the rigors of practicing in an international setting. PANELISTS:
Clint Conner - Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Clint Conner is Of Counsel in Dorsey's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation and patent enforcement strategies. He helps large and small companies solve complex intellectual property problems and has successfully represented market leaders in high stakes litigation. He has extensive experience providing strategic advice regarding patent assets, successfully managing high stakes litigation in the U.S. and Asia, successfully defending companies against patent assertions by non-practicing entities, successfully defending the validity of high-value patents at the U.S.P.T.O., conducting pre-suit investigations and negotiation, and providing infringement and validity opinions. Although he has remained focused on U.S. intellectual property law throughout his career, he brings an international perspective, having spent over four years living and working in Tokyo. In addition to his Japan experience, he has managed a patent litigation in Korea and represented a large international trading company in international arbitration in Malaysia. He has experience handling patent issues relating to semiconductor manufacturing, hard disk manufacturing, medical devices, rare earth magnets, digital cameras, optics, imaging and printing, wireless network protocols, GUI interfaces, navigation systems, visual search technology, online real-time auction systems, interactive programming guides, and software.
Emily Good - Staff Attorney at the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Emily Good is a Staff Attorney for Research, Education & Advocacy. Ms. Good was the previous director of the Refugee & Immigrant Program representing asylum seekers before the Asylum Office, Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals, in addition to advising volunteer attorneys. Ms. Good often speaks about immigration and asylum law to various groups, and co-authored an article about asylum that was published in Hennepin Lawyer in May 2006. In 2005, Ms. Good was named an "Up and Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer. Ms. Good is currently co-teaching the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Minnesota Law School as an adjunct. She chaired the Human Rights Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association for three years. Ms. Good received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003 and has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

Ann Johnson - In House Counsel for Open Access Technology International, Inc.

Ann Johnson works as in house counsel to Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI).  OATI is the leading provider of software solutions to the North American energy industry.  OATI's solutions include Energy Trading and Risk Management, Transmission and Reliability, as well as Smart energy solutions.  Prior to moving in house, Ann practiced consumer and business bankruptcy law at area firms.  Ann graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2002 and from Hamline University School of Law in 2009. Ann currently serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit, serving girls in North Minneapolis. Ann majored in German and Political Science at the University of Kentucky. While at Hamline University School of Law Ann competed on both the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition Team. Ann was also an officer for the International Law Student Association and Phi Alpha Delta.

Brooke Mengel - Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group

Brooke B. Mengel  is an Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group who practices in all areas of immigration law and is a member of the WLG litigation immigration defense team. Brooke conducts representation of her clients in English and in Spanish before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Brooke earned her Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law in January of 2010 and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in May of 2010. In 2013, Brooke was admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.  Brooke has attended the American Immigration Lawyers Association Litigation Institute in Leesburg, Virginia and has served as a council member for the local American Bar Association Immigration Division. Brooke has presented on various immigration topics including survivor benefits, family based petitions, and community based speaking engagements. Brooke is a volunteer consulting attorney with the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and volunteer international exchange coordinator for high school students studying in the United States to ensure their compliance with the United States Department of State regulations governing student exchange. Brooke has studied and lived abroad in New Plymouth, New Zealand and Merida, Venezuela.

Peter Nagell - Associate Attorney for Pratt International Law Firm

Associate Attorney Peter M. Nagell practices in the area of Social Security Disability and Immigration Law, specializing on family and humanitarian-based immigration. Peter graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in May of 2012 and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October 2012.  During law school, Peter taught Constitutional Law as a Marshall-Brennan Fellow at St. Paul's Central High School.  Peter also worked as a Law Clerk in private practice and as a Research Assistant at the Public Health Law Center. Peter served as a student attorney at the William Mitchell College of Law Immigration Clinic, where he represented (and won!) his first removal case. Before going to law school, Peter worked as an Americorp Volunteer at Project for Pride in Living. Peter completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, graduating with honors.  After high school, Peter lived for a year in Stans, Switzerland as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.  Peter is fluent in Spanish and conversational in German.

Matthew Resch - Attorney at Wagner, Falconer, & Judd Ltd.

Matthew D. Resch is an attorney with Wagner, Falconer, & Judd Ltd., located in the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis.  Matt manages cases both nationally and internationally in the areas of distribution, import/export compliance, securitized transactions, international commercial arbitration, and appellate practice.  Matt is actively involved in multiple international organizations, including the Minnesota International Center, US China Business Connections, and World Link for Law.  Matt has presented and written on a wide variety of legal issues concerning international trade and dispute resolution. Before coming to Wagner, Falconer, & Judd, Matt was an intern at Freshfields, Bruckhaus, & Deringer, LLP where he focused on international commercial arbitration and was also a Judicial Intern for Judge Jim Randall at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  Matt is a cum laude graduate of Hamline University School of Law, and while a student there received distinctions for both his legal writing and oral advocacy in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong.  Prior to entering the legal profession, Matt lived and worked in Shanghai, China for two years and is conversationally fluent in Chinese.

Luis Resendiz - Attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Luis is a shareholder in Fredrikson & Byron's Corporate, Franchise and International Groups. He has particular expertise on regulatory and contractual issues related to franchising. Luis, along with Patrick Kelly, oversees Fredrikson & Byron's office in Monterrey, Mexico. He practices out of both the Minneapolis and Monterrey offices, traveling between the two offices as needed. Prior to emigrating to the U.S., Luis earned a law degree and practiced law in Mexico for 6 years. With his dual education/licensing, his background and understanding not only of the different legal systems (civil code and common law) but of the cultural differences, he is uniquely qualified to represent U.S. clients doing business in Latin America and Latin American clients doing business in the U.S. He advises clients in setting up different types of operations in Latin America, including manufacturing, joint ventures and sales. He counsels several companies that have manufacturing and/or sales operations in Latin America. He frequently represents U.S. clients purchasing and/or developing real estate in Latin America. He also works with foreign clients in negotiations with U.S. companies, and he currently represents an important Mexican mining group in their operations in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.