Annual Conference on German and American Law 2012
If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere is the key line in the theme song from Martin Scorsese’s film New York, New York which has gathered worldwide renown and has become an evergreen in Frank Sinatra’s interpretation.
Making it to New York, and in New York, is often a milestone. Holding its Annual Conference in New York City is also a milestone for the German-American Lawyers’ Association. In year 38 of our association’s history, we are gathering for the first time in New York City, which is viewed by many as the world-wide capital for the practice of law. In recent years, we have had two remarkable annual conferences in the United States: in Washington D.C. in 2007, together with Georgetown University Law Center, and in 2009 in Berkeley, California, a rather appropriate venue for what was then the first year of the Obama administration.
This time, we are delighted to invite you to our conference together with two superb New York law schools, Columbia and Fordham. The tribute for the idea and original sponsorship of the conference goes to Columbia Professor Hans Smit, who started the preparation with us back in early 2010. After Hans’ untimely death, George Bermann took over the pivotal role of co-organizer within Columbia. At Fordham, our long-time supporter, member and U.S. representative, Assistant Dean Toni Fine, has tremendously helped us. We are deeply indebted to George and Toni for their support. The topics of the various panels of our conference are relevant for practitioners in several areas of the law. The composition of the panels is truly outstanding, probably as good as you will have seen in any of our Annual Conferences. Please have a look at the details and get intrigued by the quality of the analysis and debate that may be expected. I cordially invite you to attend the conference, to enjoy the topical debates and the flavor of New York City.
Dr. Ludwig Leyendecker