Domestic and International Cross Border Practice of Law
Domestic and International Cross Border Practice of Law



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Course Description

This program was recorded on June 25th, 2019

It is virtually impossible for a legal professional today, to avoid situations where he or she may be called on to give legal advice or take actions which have implications and/or effects beyond the border of the jurisdiction where that lawyer may be licensed to practice. In this course we will suggest what to consider before undertaking giving legal advice or taking actions, in these situations, so as to avoid complaints of the unauthorized practice of law, in the “other jurisdiction”. A verity of circumstances will be considered, some of which will occur from time to time in any practice and some of which involve more out of the ordinary circumstances. This CLE goes through a number of scenarios in which cross border issues arise both within the United States and in other countries and attempts to provide guidance on how to deal with and resolve each situation.

Attorney Patrick StiehmPatrick Stiehm
One of Patrick H. Stiehm’s major areas of practice is representing the left-behind parent in international child kidnapping cases in both state and federal court, both as attorney of record and in a mentoring capacity. He has brought and/or mentored other attorneys in Hague Convention cases, throughout the United States. Some of these cases have furthered the purposes of the Convention and refined the law governing the Convention in the United States. Typical examples are Escaf v. Rodriquez, 200 F. Supp. 2d 603, (Eastern District of Virginia, 2002) and Ly v. Heu, 294 F. Supp. 2nd 1026 (District of Minnesota, 2003). Mr. Stiehm is a former District Attorney (Wisconsin), has served in a verity of legal capacities with the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has been General Counsel for a publicly traded commercial finance company. He has been an instructor in the United States Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Course, and a Continuing Legal Education Instructor, teaching in the areas of litigation, commercial finance, and international parental child kidnapping. He has been a featured speaker on legal matters at various trade meetings and seminars involving the commercial finance industry.

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1.5 General Credits

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  1. Inbound Cases:
    1. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction;
    2. it’s implementing Congressional legislation, The International Child Abduction Remedies Act;
    3. the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”) where the Hague Convention remedy is not available;
    4. the special rules have been fashioned by the treaty, the implementing legislation and court decision with respect to such cases; and
    5. cases with the Hague Convention does not apply. i.e., using the UCCJEA.
  2. Outbound Cases
    1. Cross Border Practice of Law in the United States:
      1. Practice of Federal Law;
      2. Practice in Federal Courts;
      3. Practice Using Uniform Laws, (Federalized State Laws);
      4. Practice Using State Specific Law; and
      5. Practice in the Courts of a State where you are not licensed.
    2. Cross Border Practice of Law in another Nation:
      1. Advising a Foreign Client On U.S. Law;
      2. Practice of U.S Law Outside the U.S.:
        1. Fly In and Fly Out Practice of Law in a foreign jurisdiction;
        2. Establishing an Office for the Practice of U.S. Law in a foreign jurisdiction;
      3. Precautions to Insure you are not Practicing Foreign Law.