June 1, 2009


More than 100 Members of India's Legal Profession and Business Community will Explore India's Growing Importance in the World Economy & the Role of New York Law as an International Standard

(New Delhi, India) More than 100 leaders of India's legal profession and business community, as well as representatives from the United States, London, Germany and Hong Kong, will convene in New Delhi on June 4-6 for the first meeting of the New York State Bar Association International Section's India Chapter. The three-day conference at the Oberoi Hotel will explore India's growing importance in the world economy, the central role of New York law as the international standard, as well as other pressing legal and business issues.

Michael W. Galligan, chair of the State Bar's International Section (Phillips Nizer LLP, New York City) said, "India represents one of the oldest and most venerable cultures of the world. Now, it is fast emerging as a growing and significant presence on the global economic scene. The development of a close bond between the New York State Bar Association and the distinguished jurists and counsel of the India bar is long overdue. We are naturally very proud that New York law is a standard governing a great number of international business transactions in the world today but we know we have much to learn from the scholarship and practical experience of our Indian colleagues, whose roots in the common law are long and deep."

Mr. Galligan also expressed his deep appreciation to Fox Mandal Little & Co., Advocates and Solicitors (New Delhi); Singh & Associates, Advocates and Solicitors (New Delhi) and Trustman & Co., Advocates and Solicitors (New Delhi) for sponsoring this conference. He said, "I would like to recognize the generous financial and organizational support afforded by our India-based sponsors without which this program would not have been possible."

New York State Bar Association President Michael Getnick (Getnick Livingston Atkinson & Priore, LLP) said, "As the largest voluntary Bar Association in America - with more than 76,000 members - I am proud to welcome our Indian colleagues. While I regret not being able to join you at this conference, I look forward to working with you to expand and open new Chapters in major Indian centers of commerce and government including Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai."

The workshops and seminars will be presented by well-respected international legal and business practitioners from New York, California, India, Hong Kong and London.

Among the presentations will be:

  • The Importance of New YorkLaw as an International Standard and the Role of Chapters
  • India - A Continuously Growing Business Destination
  • International Taxation and Trust
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Labor and Employment
  • Information Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investing in the USA and India

For the full program go to http://www.nysba.org/InternationalIndiaProgram09. Also traveling to India to represent the New York State Bar Association will be Association President-elect Stephen P. Younger (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, New York City) and James P. Duffy, III, past chair of the International Section (Sullivan & Worcester LLP, New York City). Younger, Duffy and Galligan will also be giving opening remarks at the meeting on Friday, June 5th.

"The members of the International Section have worked tirelessly throughout the years to cultivate additional relationships and to expand local ties with attorneys in a host of different countries around the globe," said Younger. "The new India Chapter presents another excellent opportunity to share ideas and resources, and to collaborate with our legal colleagues in fostering solutions to a host of issues and challenges that the United States, and a rapidly-growing nation such as India, are likely to face in the near future. I would like to congratulate the section on this new endeavor and look forward to working with you as we go forward."

Chaired by Kaviraj Singh (Trustman & Co., New Delhi), the India Chapter is one of the International Section's newest Chapters. The section has more than 50 Chapters around the world in countries including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Sweden and elsewhere.

The International Section of the New York State Bar Association is dedicated to the promotion of the international practice of law on all planes of international life - whether commercially or for the public good - and to the support of the rule of law throughout the world. The section, which was founded in 1987, has about 2,200 members. While the majority of the section's members are admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, many members are licensed attorneys in other states of the United States or other countries. All licensed attorneys who are resident or non-resident members of the New York State Bar Association are invited to join the section.

For more information about the International Section go to: http://www.nysba.org/ilp.

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