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IBA Networking Reception : Seoul : September 2019

In the hurly-burly of the IBA Conference in Seoul, where 6,000 eager lawyers from across the world converged on the city, Benjamin Kim and Jennifer Kim of Sojong Partners, our Korean firm, provided an oasis of calm and hospitality for Mackrell International members.

On the Thursday evening, the team at Sojong graciously hosted a cross section of the MI family, from the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Europe, on the roof garden of the Art Nouveau hotel in the famous Gangnam district.

We paused for breath, connected, laughed and swapped stories from far and wide in that relaxed and open way MI members do – like being at a family gathering.

Keith Heddle joins Mackrell International as new Managing Director

Latin American Event in Houston

30 clients gathered in Houston, Texas,last week at the invitation of Mehaffy Weber, member of Mackrell International to hear the views of six distinguished panelists on Anti Corruption Moves in Latin America. Nigel Rowley, Deputy Chair, and Clive Mieville, MD of MI, were in attendance to meet clients and Texan lawyers and to learn more of the complexities surrounding corruption in both public and private entities. Some American stereotypes on the subject were debunked!

The nine Central and Southern American Members of Mackrell International all participated in the debate and fully intend to hold more seminars in the USA along with domestic legal firms that are members of MI.

Clive Mieville thanked Paul Heyburn, partner at the host firm, and all the Latam members, for their sterling initiative.

N.B. Mackrell International is present in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela as well as in 50 other countries around the world.

Baker Donelson's Linda A. Klein Becomes President of American Bar Association

Linda A Klein, board member and managing shareholder from Baker Donelson, one of MI’s 23 US members, has become the President of the American Bar Association (ABA). Baker Donelson is the 60th largest law firm in the US with 650 attorneys and has been a member of MI for 20 years from 14 of its offices across Alabama, Louisiana, New Orleans, Mississippi and Tennessee.

During her one year term, Linda A Klein will focus on improving access to justice and providing legal assistance to US veterans. She will also mobilise ABA resources to promote voting in upcoming elections and support the rights of all children to a quality education.

On her appointment, Linda A Klein said; “It’s an honor and privilege to lead this great association. I have dedicated my career to the law and the legal profession. As president of the ABA, I will continue the Association’s work to advance justice throughout our country.”

Nigel Rowley, deputy chair of MI, said; “It’s one of the most prestigious legal appointments in the world and we are thrilled for Linda and all our colleagues at Baker Donelson.”

With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organisation. As the US voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promote programmes to assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of rule of law.

Linda A. Klein

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

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