Jan Bulletin.qxp2006 July BASF Bulletin.qxd by LeesRadford


									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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