BASF Delegation Travels to Asia to Establish Sister City Ties By Edwin Prather bers with conference rooms, a law Clarence & Dyer LLP library, and a cafeteria, among other amenities. The most impressive part of the OBA was that the entire first I n December of 2005, during her installation address, BASF President Joan Haratani opined that floor housed legal services for the local community. as globalization continues its major Our next stop, the Dai-ni Tokyo effect on the practice of law, BASF Bar Association, is the most progres- lacked international relationships to sive of the three bar associations in assist its members abroad. To fill this Tokyo. Dai-ni was most proud of its void, Haratani created BASF’s Sister intake center for pro bono cases and City Bar Initiative to build relation- direct legal services and explained ships abroad, to foster goodwill and that with no formalized legal aid to offer practical assistance to BASF organizations in Japan, local bar asso- Seated left to right: Osaka Bar Association Vice President Tastsumi-sensei, 2006 BASF members in their practices. ciations are left to provide those serv- President Joan Haratani, Osaka Bar Association President Kotera-sensei. Standing left to Over the course of last year, a task ices. Dai-ni’s intake center, serving right: Haratani’s husband Ralph Latza, Kabashima-sensei, Osaka Bar Association; 2006 force comprised of Joe Malkin, thousands of clients a year, is remi- BASF Board member Edwin Prather, Chikamori-sensei, and Murakami-sensei both of the Osaka Bar Association. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Paul niscent of a bank lobby with teller Finigan, Morgan Lewis & Bockius windows based on various areas of direct legal services that rival some of Osaka and San Francisco: LLP; Haratani and myself, started assistance. the best bar associations in the world. Sister Cities for 50 Years developing relationships between We did not have the opportunity to It was also refreshing to find that bars BASF and bar associations in various view the headquarters of the Hong across Asia have a common ground Kong Bar Association (HKBA) as we 2007 marks the 50th anniversary cities throughout Asia. The effort with their concerns for and dedica- of the sister city relationship culminated in October with a trip to visited the city on a national holiday. tion to legal aid for marginalized between Osaka and the city of Osaka, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. In meeting with the bar’s vice presi- communities. San Francisco. Through the intro- The Osaka Bar Association (OBA), dent, he expressed the association’s With the success of the yearlong duction by Tom Flippen of Law which may be the most impressive concern over the lack of legal aid effort to develop sister city relation- Room, Inc. and Eric Sibbitt of bar association in the world, was the services in Hong Kong. He explained ships, the Sister City Initiative has O’Melveny & Meyers, the BASF first stop. The OBA just completed that after the government now become a subcommittee of the delegates were able to meet with construction of an ultramodern 12- changeover, newer lawyers have start- BASF International Law Section. and tour Oh-Ebashi LPC & story building (for those lawyers trav- ed to carry the flag for legal aid where As we continue to develop relation- Partners, the largest law firm in eling by helicopter, the OBA has a others previously had not. ships with these sister bars, BASF will Osaka. They also met with repre- helipad!). Their location adjacent to As we visited each bar association, sentatives from the office of the use this common ground to grow and it was nice to see that BASF offers Mayor of Osaka, as goodwill the courthouse allows them to fully mature our relationships for many ambassadors of the 50th anniver- support the interests of their mem- member services, programs and years to come. sary celebration.
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