Event: CBLA's Opening Ceremony

Date: 04/09/2009

On April 9th, 2009, CBLA's Opening Ceremony was held at Goodwin Procter New York Office
The opening ceremony was held on the evening of April 9 at the offices of Goodwin Procter in the New York Times Building. At the event, Bill Allen (former chancellor if Delaware Court of Chancery) gave the opening remarks and a strong panel shared with audience their perspectives on law, business, career and China. The panel consisted of Stuart Cable (partner, Goodwin Procter), Joyce Xu (senior counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett) and Matthew Kerfoot (senior vice president, HSBC USA).

The event was significantly oversubscribed with a total of 122 attendees, including 81 U.S.-qualified lawyers. Of those lawyers, 68 registered as members of the CBLA on the spot.
Our members come from approximately 40 employers, including 9 of the top 10 law firms (based on Vault 2009 prestige ranking), and obtained their U.S. law degrees from 20 law schools, including 14 of the top 15 (based on US News 2008 ranking). Our members also reflect a wide diversity in terms of ethnicity, country of origin, non-law experience and seniority - their law school class years range over a quarter of a century, from 1982 to 2008. 
At the directors' special invitation, a select group of nonlawyer professionals, from investment and commercial banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, rating agencies, government and academia, also attended the opening ceremony. Certain representatives of law students from the NYC-area law schools attended as well. 
A distinguished guest, Jeff Lehman, met with CBLA directors and attended the reception of the CBLA opening ceremony. Mr. Lehman was the dean of Michigan Law School, where he largely succeeded in defending the law school's affirmative action admission policies, and then president of Cornell University. Since 2007, Mr. Lehman has served as chancellor and founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law (北京大学国际法
学院 or “STL”) located in Shenzhen. It is China's first American-style law school, where courses are taught in English using the Socratic method with a curriculum designed for a J.D. degree.