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08/11/06

Jones Day rolls out additional fellowships in China


With an aim to promote legal education in China, U.S.-based Jones Day has extended its Jones Day International Legal Fellowship to two Chinese cities. The fellowship, which was until recently awarded only to 10 outstanding law students in Shanghai, has been granted to 10 law students in Beijing. Academic record, original thought, oral and written presentation skills in English and Chinese, as well as other achievements are considered for the awards.

The initiative is expected to add to the popularity of Jones Day in China. The firm has been active in China for more than 20 years, assisting clients in meeting their investment, financial, and business objectives in this expanding market. The Beijing office is the firm's second office in Mainland China, making Jones Day one of the few integrated international law firms with offices in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

In addition to the more traditional foreign direct investment work, the attorneys in this firm have expertise in advising in the areas of dispute resolution, antitrust and WTO issues, energy, venture capital, and other corporate and finance matters. Jones Day also represents Chinese corporations and institutions with respect to their investments and activities both in Mainland China and in the U.S., Europe, or elsewhere in Asia.

Pepper Hamilton appreciated by Chambers & Partners
Chambers USA has acknowledged and honored Pepper Hamilton for ten of its practice areas and 17 attorneys in its 2006 edition of America's Leading Lawyers for Business. The firm's Health Effects practice received national ranking among the top-29 product liability firms. Other practice areas included antitrust, bankruptcy and restructuring (in both Delaware and Pennsylvania), corporate/mergers & acquisitions, employee benefits, employment, commercial litigation, insurance, securities, and real estate.

Besides this, the firm was also rated as a leader in defending producers of pharmaceuticals, experimental drugs including gene therapies, and medical devices such as cranial drills, bone screws, and cardiac pacemakers.

Chambers and Partners is based in London and specializes in legal publishing, preparing several directories worldwide that rank leading lawyers based upon their reputation among peers and clients. The current report is derived from more than 10,000 interviews conducted over six months across the U.S. and assessed technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, and commitment, among other qualities clients look for.

DLA Piper boosts Corporate & Technology Practice in Asia
Former President and Asia Pacific General Counsel of Motorola, Singapore, Jeffery Tam will join DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary as partner at the firm's Singapore office. Tam has been involved in several corporate transactions pertaining to infrastructure, corporate finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and general corporate matters and is expected to strengthen the corporate & technology practice in Asia.

The law firm is optimistic about the South Asian legal market and is expecting the government to open up several key sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, power generation, and retailing sectors to foreign service providers. As a result, a surge in demand from corporations and financial institutions for specialists in these sectors is anticipated.

ABA appoints Denver-based lawyer
In a recently concluded convention, the American Bar Association has chosen Colorado lawyer Karen J. Mathis as the new president of the association. With expertise in business, commercial, and estate planning, Karen Mathis is the first lawyer from the State to head the 410,000-member trade association for lawyers, the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world, and the third woman lawyer to do so.

The ABA press release revealed that during her tenure, Mathis plans to focus on promoting the rule of law internationally, mobilize attorneys to help the youth of the country, and involve lawyers in volunteer service as they enter active retirement.

Since the last 30 years, Mathis has been actively participating in the activities of the association and served as its second-highest elected officer, chair of its House of Delegates.


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