International Practice Section Loses One of Its Own


We are saddened to hear of former International Practice Section Chair Richard (“Dick”) J. Boles Sr.’s passing on December 11. A native of Cambridge, Mass., Dick was a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (1957) and UNC School of Law (1966).

Boles was a licensed Engineering Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, held a commercial pilot’s license, and traveled to more than 40 countries, the Arctic and Antarctica. He also served as Construction Engineer on the U.S.S. Enterprise, the first nuclear powered Air Craft Carrier.

After earning his J.D., Dick clerked for the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He became a highly respected tax attorney, publishing numerous articles in various journals on taxation and estate planning, including the North Carolina Law Review.

In addition to serving as Chair to our Section, Dick authored the North Carolina Foreign Legal Consultants Act, taught a course in International Taxation at UNC School of Law, and taught at the University of Sydney Law School in Sydney, Australia.

Richard is survived by his sons: Richard J. Boles, Jr. of Murrells Inlet, SC and Thomas E. Boles of Durham, NC. A sister, Mildred F. Donovan of Londonderry, New Hampshire, also survives.

More information can be found on the Goldfinch Funeral Home website.

NCBA International Practice Council Seeking Nominations


The NCBA International Practice Council is seeking nominations for new Council members from which a slate of proposed new Officers to the Council will also be considered.  As a reminder, Council membership requires both membership in the NCBA and the International Practice Section, attendance at four Council Meetings scheduled around the state each year, and a willingness to serve a three-year term.

A special word of thanks to all currently serving as Officers; your participation is greatly appreciated.  For members who are not Officers, please let Nominations Chair Jennifer Parser know if you are interested.  Also, any member who would like to propose a new Council member should also contact Jennifer at 919-783-2955 or

ICYMI: Trade in the Trump Era


Pat Togni discusses “Trade in the Trump Era.”

On November 7, the International Practice Section held a Lunch and Learn titled “Trade in the Trump Era” at Poyner Spruill in Raleigh. Pat Togni from King & Spalding introduced the topic with an overview of the historical trade landscape. The Trump Administration’s activities, in part, are premised on the idea that while other countries have been actively pursuing their national interests, the United States historically has not been as aggressive as it should have been in trade negotiations to promote the interests of the United States.  The change in approach can be seen in at least three current administration objectives: (1) restoring U.S. manufacturing, as trade negotiations have been more heavily weighted in the past on other interests; (2) recognizing that a well implemented trade strategy can promote other policy objectives (e.g., serving as an additional “tool in the toolbox”); and (3) addressing the China “problem”, i.e., recognizing that the world’s second largest economy is not a market economy and fails to respect intellectual property.  These tactics have included unilateral actions/tariffs (to bring countries back to the negotiating table), bi-lateral vs. multi-country agreements, and a focus on leverage and supply-chain uncertainty.

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Join Us for Lunch as Pat Togni Speaks on “Trade in the Trump Era”


Patrick “Pat” Togni

Please join us for lunch as the International Practice Section invites Patrick “Pat” Togni to present on “Trade in the Trump Era.”

Pat is a senior associate in the International Trade practice group of King & Spalding, LLP, where he assists clients in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C.  Particularly, Pat has worked to help his clients navigate the Trump Administration’s approach to international trade policy.

The presentation will take place at 12:00 p.m. on November 7, 2019, in Poyner Spruill’s offices located at 301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1900, in Raleigh, N.C.  Attendance is free to all International Practice Section members.  Lunch will be provided.

Please note, this presentation will not provide CLE Credit.

Space is limited, so please click here to RSVP now.

If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Wheeler at

Micro-Lending with a purpose: A closer look at Kiva


By Bryant Pernell

Kiva is one of several non-profit organizations helping to provide access to financing and outside investment through micro-lending for humanitarian purposes.

What is Kiva?

Organizations like KivaHeifer International, and Accion International, are leading the charge in the global effort towards financial inclusion.  These microfinancing organizations are helping to provide disadvantaged individuals and businesses with financial tools to improve their lives and their communities.

Officially launching in 2005, Kiva is a 501(c)(3) U.S. non-profit based in California.  As a person-to-person crowdfunding platform, Kiva connects everyday Americans who are willing to lend capital oversees to people needing small amounts of capital to start and grow their businesses.  Because so many people around the world lack access to financial institutions, Kiva is helping to expand interaction with underserved and impoverished communities.

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Volunteers Needed for Law School Panels


By Laura Burton

We are seeking volunteers for the following law school panels:

UNC School of Law: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 – 12:50 pm (2-3 panelists needed).

Elon University School of Law: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm (3 panelists needed).

Duke University School of Law: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12:30 pm (3 panelists needed).

Additional Information:
Many law students would like to have an international career but don’t know where to start, what the opportunities are, how to prepare or what to expect. Each year our Section’s Law School Liaison Committee organizes panels of international attorneys at each of the North Carolina law schools.  The panels are composed of 3-4 attorneys who are willing to speak to students about their careers and opportunities in the international legal arena. Typically, the panelists talk for a few minutes about their backgrounds, their international practice, how they got involved in international law and opportunities they see.  It is then opened to Q&A.

Please consider volunteering! It is a rewarding experience providing information on your career, international legal career opportunities and general suggestions and advice.

If you are interested in serving on a panel, please contact me at  I look forward to hearing from you!

Duke Law Opens New Immigrant Rights Clinic


By Jennifer Maher

The Duke University School of Law has announced a new clinic to be housed at the law school.  The Immigrant Rights Clinic will be Duke’s 11th clinical program and will offer students the opportunity to develop critical professional skills and knowledge while providing free legal services to immigrants who could not otherwise afford a lawyer.  Supervised by clinic faculty, student-attorneys will have the opportunity to primarily represent individuals seeking asylum or facing deportation.  The clinic aims to engage students in cutting-edge work from grassroots community empowerment efforts to litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court.  In doing so, the Immigrant Rights Clinic will partner closely with the local immigration bar and immigrant rights organizations.

Duke Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic will be run by Kate Evans, who recently joined the Duke Law faculty as a clinical director and professor.  In addition to numerous accolades, Ms. Evans graduated magna cum laude from NYU Law, where she won the dean’s award for exceptional work in NYU’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.  Ms. Evans now brings her depth of experience and passion for immigration work to Duke.

Duke Law students will be able to enroll in the clinic for the spring 2020 semester.

Unplug Social Media? How CJEU’s Fashion ID Ruling Could Affect Your Website


By Sean W. Fernandes

Weeks after the FTC fined Facebook $5 billion and the company entered a $100 million settlement with the SEC, Facebook has once again made significant privacy law news—this time on the other side of the Atlantic.

On July 29, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a significant opinion in the Fashion ID case regarding the use of social media plugins such as the Facebook “like” button.

Although the ruling interprets GDPR’s predecessor, the EU Data Protection Directive, it contains some important takeaways for websites subject to GDPR.


The Fashion ID case arose when a German consumer advocacy organization asserted a claim against online fashion retailer Fashion ID regarding its use of a Facebook “like” button on its website. The claim alleged that the “like” button automatically transmitted personal data from Fashion ID website visitors to Facebook, regardless of whether the visitor had a Facebook profile or clicked on the “like” button, and that Fashion ID failed to obtain the visitors’ consent to, or to notify them about, Facebook’s processing.

In response, Fashion ID argued that it could not be held responsible for data transmitted through the use of the “like” button, as it had “no influence either over the data transmitted by the visitor’s browser from its website” or over whether and how Facebook used that data.

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Want To Publish Your Article On the International Practice Section Blog? Here’s What You Need To Know

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By Communications Committee

Topics: We encourage relevant, timely articles on substantive cross-border legal issues and any others that may be of interest to the international legal community in North Carolina.

Length:  All articles are limited to 300-400 words. For articles exceeding this world limit, the author may:  1) edit the article into one article of 300-400 words, 2) serialize the article into two or more articles, or 3) include an abstract of the article as the blog post with author contact information for the reader.  The International Practice Section Blog Committee and the NCBA reserve the right to make final edits to the article before publication.

Process:  If you believe that your proposed article meets the topic and length requirements set out above, please submit it to with “NCBA International Practice Section Article Submission” in the subject line.  A committee member will get back to you shortly with a publication decision and proposed publication date(s).

Thank you for your interest in publishing with us.  We look forward to working with you!

A New Year With a New Name

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By Sarah E. Schtakleff

Dear Fellow International Practice Section Members,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Bar Association year, I am honored to serve as your chair and would like to thank Jennifer Parser for her role as chair for the 2018-2019 Bar year.

Did you notice anything different? Last year, we changed our name to “International Practice Section” to better capture the wide range of cross-border work that our members do. We will continue to provide these updates and other interesting articles to our members through our blog. If you come across any articles that would make a good addition to the blog, be sure to send them our way and we’ll do the rest!

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