Eye on IPBA

Eye on IPBA Issue #22, March 2016




Issue #22 March 2016

The IPBA Secretariat
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E-mail: ipba@ipba.org

Featured Topics:  IPBA Membership News • IPBA Annual Conference 2016 Latest Information •
IPBA's Legal Development and Training Committee Workshop • IPBA Secretariat Schedule

Dear [[first_name]] [[last_name]] Esq.,
Greetings from the IPBA!
Did you know that the month of March used to be the first month of the calendar year, and the year spanned only 10 months? January and February were added in order to make one year align with the seasons. Currently, it is the first month of spring in the northern hemisphere, and the first month of autumn in the southern hemisphere. During the change of season, there is a tendency to catch a cold or the flu. We wish you good health during this transitional period!
The first quarter of 2016 was hectic for the IPBA, in preparation for the Annual Meeting and Conference in Kuala Lumpur. We hope you will join us April 13-16 in Malaysia's capital city! The last time the IPBA had an annual conference there was in 1997, and during the span of two decades Kuala Lumpur has transformed into a global player with great social and economic significance. It is an ideal platform for us now, and the conference theme of "Diverse Challenges, Global Solutions" has never been more appropriate as the world continues to become increasingly intertwined socially and culturally, as well as in the legal arena.
This concept segues into the theme of our annual conference in Auckland, 2017: "Connectivity and Convergence". If you can't make it to Kuala Lumpur, we hope to see you in Auckland. Or better yet: we hope to see you at both!

IPBA Membership News

The deadline for payment of membership dues for 2016 is March 31st, today!

Your membership dues must be paid for 2016 in order to take advantage of the cheaper conference registration rate.

Contact the IPBA Secretariat if you have any questions about your membership status.

We also take this opportunity to remind you that data for the printed version of our Membership Directory will be compiled in May/June, so if you have any changes in your contact information be sure to update your profile on the IPBA web site. (The online directory is available to you 24/7 in the Member Only section of the web site.)

IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Kuala Lumpur
April 13-16, 2016

Diverse Challenges, Global Solutions

Less than two weeks from now, the 26th Annual Meeting and Conference in Kuala Lumpur kicks off with three fabulous receptions, shown below. It's a great chance to relax and see old friends and meet new ones prior to the "business" side of the conference. Social events are rounded off with the Gala Dinner and After Party on April 14th, and the Farewell Party on April 15th.

Women's Business Lawyer Reception

Date: 13 April 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Room 302, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Dress Code: Business Attire
  The reception will feature a panel of successful female lawyers to discuss the progress of gender equality in professional legal settings. Gentlemen are welcome to join! 

New Members' and Scholars' Reception 

Date: 13 April 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Room 304, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Dress Code: Business Attire
  Join us to show traditional IPBA hospitality to newcomers and welcome our scholars!

Welcome Reception—"Cultural Night—A Night of Diversity"

Date: 13 April 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Ballroom 1, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Dress Code: Traditional / Business Attire
  Learn how to paint batik, try your hand at pewter-smithing or weave a traditional basket, before you tuck into our delectable hawker-style cuisine.

Gala Dinner—"Sophisticated KL!"

Date: 14 April 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 6.30pm – 12.00am
Venue: Level 1, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Dress Code: Business Formal


An elegant dinner awaits you at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel, located adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. 

After Party— "Raise the Roof!

Date: 14 April 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 11.00pm – 1:00am
Venue: Zouk Club
Dress Code: Smart Casual
  After a long day, it is time to relax and have some fun! Let your hair down at Zouk - ranked among the Top 100 Clubs worldwide. Entry and 2 drinks will be provided for 200 "young" delegates.


Farewell Party—"Sepang Comes Alive!"

Date: 15 April 2016 (Friday)
Time: 6.00pm – 12.00am
Venue: Sepang International Circuit
Dress Code: Smart Casual
  Experience the exhilaration of Formula 1 at the Paddock Club overlooking the starting grid, or enjoy a unique rooftop panoramic night view of the Circuit while sipping a glass of wine. Accompany us on an exclusive behind the scenes tour to the winner's podium and the control room!

Make plans to attend the Annual General Meeting on April 16th, 10:30AM - 12:00PM. Business matters and the financial status of the association will be reported by the Officers; nominees for leadership positions will be ratified; we will bid adieu to leaders whose terms are ending; and all IPBA members are welcome to speak freely.

IPBA Legal Development and Training Committee Workshop

While in Kuala Lumpur, be sure to join this workshop organized by the IPBA's Legal Development and Training Committee, led by Chair Varya Simpson, on Tuesday, April 12, 2:30-6:30.

Click on the image below for the flyer and registration information:


The IPBA Secretariat is available Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 6:00PM Japan time, except for national holidays.

Please note that the main IPBA Secretariat staff, Rhonda Lundin and Yukiko Okazaki, will be away from the office the week of April 11th to attend the Annual Meeting and Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Our part-time staff, Aki Davis, will be able to take phone calls most mornings, but the best way to communicate with us during this week is by e-mail:


While at the conference in Kuala Lumpur, please be sure to stop by the Secretariat booth in the exhibition hall!
We would love to meet our new members in person, as well as see old friends again!

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