Archive for August, 2006

International Law Conference List

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

So many interesting conferences…so little time.

For a good list of this fall’s international law conferences around the world, access’s events list.

Event: Improving Attorney-Client Communication CLE (9-14-06)

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

Please join me on September 14 when I present an interactive and energetic CLE titled The Effective Advisor:  Improving Attorney-Client Communication to the Corporate Counsel Section of the Houston Bar Association; 12-1 pm at the offices of Akin Gump Strauss Haur & Feld, 1111 Louisiana, Suite 4400. No charge.  Approved for 1 hour of CLE by the State Bar of Texas.

International lawyers will particularly be interested in the tips for communicating with foreign clients.

International Development Job Postings for International Lawyers

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

The Development Executive Group lists a broad variety of international development jobs for international lawyers, including some short-term consulting posts.  The site posts approximately 1000 jobs per month from a broad variety of employers–from the Danish Technological Institute to the Aga Khan Foundation, from the Islamic Transitional State of Afghanistan to Women for Women International, and from the Congressional Research Service to the World Fish Center.

 There is something for everyone.

Avoiding Scams Targeting International Travelers

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

The Daily Telegraph recently highlighted some common scams being played on international travelers.

Wrong Currency. One common scam is to give the international traveler change in the wrong currency. Often the wrong currency is hidden within bills of the correct currency, so look carefully at what you get.

Parisian Travelcard Bait and Switch. Another scam du jour reported to be popular in the Parisian Gare du Nord happens when locals insist on helping you buy a valuable Metro travelcard from a machine; they buy a card, take your cash reimbursement, and then hand you a card worth much less.

Valuables Disappearing at Security Checkpoint. Although today’s increased airport security makes this scam less likely in certain airports, there’s always the risk of your laptop or other valuables disappearing off the security scanner’s conveyor belt.  This usually happens when you sail on through the metal detector ahead of your valuables in the conveyor belt’s queue. Make sure that your possessions are screened before you are.

For more on this topic, read Keep your Wits or Lose your Wallet.

Bose QC3 Headphones Cut Airplane Noise

Friday, August 11th, 2006

International lawyers who travel a lot take note: Bose’s new QuietComfort 3 headphones are improved with leather padded ear cups and a more compact design.  The headphones cut engine roar in flight, and plug into CD, DVD and MP3 players, or airplane chair plugs for inflight movies.  Price $349.