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Law Beyond Our Four Walls


By Dean S. Douglas.

I know what you’re already thinking––it was so much work getting your JD here in the states, why should you even concern myself with much of anything else? That’s fair, but let me offer you this idea––why wouldn’t you want to make yourself aware of the global issues your client may face in a landscape where globalization and technological advances are here to stay?

I was inspired to write this small piece after reading an article some time ago from the November 2011 issue of the ABA Journal entitled, “New World: Despite Globalization, Lawyers Find New Barriers to Practicing Abroad.” Though there are several roadblocks that somewhat limit practice in other nations, that does not serve as an absolute bar from the responsibility of American lawyers having some degree of international awareness. The ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries is moving full speed ahead to enhance foreign relationships and to form new partnerships with colleagues across the Atlantic, including our friends in England.

The Forum Governing Committee’s April 2013 excursion to the United Kingdom visiting sites such as the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office, BBC Worldwide, and participation in discussions pertaining to copyright and tax, served as a momentous educational and informative opportunity. This endeavor to obtain substantive knowledge related to the business and practice of law universally is also represented in the forum’s now annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports held in Miami.

For more information on the exciting activities the Forum has planned, please visit


Dean S. Douglas, a 3L at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Vol. 41 No. 9

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