Annual International Practice Seminar 2017: What Should International Practitioners Expect from the Trump Administration?

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, July 13, 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. ET
  • Webcast with Live Q&A
  • Telephone with Live Q&A

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 3.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fees:

$190 regular registration
$175 discounted registration for VSB International Practice Section or
DC Bar International Law Section member

Live on Site: June 21 in Fairfax (Waterford at Fair Oaks)


Why Attend?

Topics to be covered include:

  • Overview of the Trump administration’s trade and immigration policies and priorities 
  • Summary of U.S. trade agreements and their effects on U.S. companies
  • Summary of U.S. immigration policies and their effects on U.S. companies
  • Perspectives on the effects of the Trump administration’s policies on U.S. companies and lawyers’ obligations
  • Views on upcoming changes and priorities of the Trump administration

Cosponsored with the International Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar and the International Law Section of the DC Bar

President Donald Trump’s administration has promised significant changes to U.S. international policy, including in the areas of trade and immigration. From withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to announcing a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to issuing executive orders related to immigration and immigration enforcement, his administration has taken a number of actions and made a number of statements that may result in significant changes that affect legal practitioners. This seminar, cosponsored with the International Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar and the International Law Section of the DC Bar, provides an overview of the changes already made by the Trump administration and how they affect companies and law firms. The speakers will also provide perspectives on potential future initiatives by the administration, and their possible impacts.


Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Call (800) 979-8253 to register up to one hour prior to the seminar

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

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1:00 Policies and Priorities of the Trump Administration
John Huddle, TBD

The panel will address the policies and priorities of the Trump administration related to trade policy and immigration. Speakers will provide an overview of relevant trade agreements and immigration policies, their importance, and how they affect U.S. companies.

3:00 Break
3:15 Perspectives on the Effects of the Trump Administration Policies on U.S. Companies and Lawyers
Pratibha K. Agarwal, Melissa Stear Gorsline, Stefanie Holland, Megan Gajewski Barnhill (Moderator)

The panel will provide perspectives on the effects of the Trump administration’s policies on U.S. companies, along with practical strategies for lawyers.  The panelists will also provide their views on upcoming policies and priorities for the Trump administration and what they might mean for international practitioners.

4:00 Question-and-Answer Session
4:15 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Pratibha K. Agarwal
, Agarwal Law Group / Arlington

Pratibha Agarwal is the principal shareholder at Agarwal Law Group and advises institutional and individual clients in all areas of business and family-based immigration. Ms. Agarwal’s business immigration practice includes visas and corporate immigration services for employers, nonimmigrant visas for professionals, I-9 compliance, visas for athletes and persons of extraordinary ability, and EB-5 and other visa options for investors and entrepreneurs. She also assists individuals and families obtain permanent residency through family-based petitions, asylum adjustments, special immigrant juvenile petitions, and others. In addition, Ms. Agarwal handles U visas for victims of crimes and Violence Against Women Act self-petitioners. She also assists individuals in the naturalization process.

Prior to founding the Agarwal Law Group, Ms. Agarwal was an attorney with the law firm of Jones Day in Washington, DC. She represented Fortune 500 companies in government investigations initiated by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission. She is dedicated to giving back to her community and maintains an active pro bono practice. She is currently a volunteer at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services and represents individuals fleeing gang violence in affirmative and defensive asylum proceedings.

Ms. Agarwal was recognized by her peers and selected as a Rising Star by the Washington, DC, Super Lawyers magazine in 2014 and 2015. In December 2011, she served as the guest speaker for the first naturalization ceremony presided by the Honorable Judge Robert Wilkins of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Megan A. Gajewski Barnhill, Bryan Cave LLP / Washington, DC

Megan Gajewski Barnhill counsels foreign and domestic clients on regulatory matters related to international business transactions.  Specifically, Ms. Barnhill advises clients on regulatory issues related to international trade, including U.S. export controls, trade sanctions, anti-boycott, registration and reporting under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and anti-corruption. 
Ms. Barnhill regularly advises clients on issues related to U.S. export controls administered by the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security.  She has experience conducting due diligence reviews and compliance audits, drafting comprehensive compliance programs, drafting license and agreement applications, preparing commodity jurisdiction and classification requests, preparing voluntary disclosures, responding to government requests for information and administrative subpoenas, and assisting in day-to-day compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and with export controls on nuclear activities and materials administered by the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Ms. Barnhill also assists clients with understanding, preparing for, and complying with regulatory changes, including changes in regulations as a result of the administration’s Export Control Reform effort.

In addition, Ms. Barnhill counsels clients on issues related to trade sanctions administered by the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including sanctions programs related to countries (e.g., Iran, Syria, and Cuba) and against individuals and entities.  Ms. Barnhill has assisted clients in preparing license applications and in responding to administrative subpoenas related to trade sanctions issues.  She also advises clients on compliance with the anti-boycott provisions administered by the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Treasury, on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and on companies’ and individuals’ registration and reporting obligations under the FARA.

Melissa Stear Gorsline, Jones Day / Washington, DC

Melissa Stear Gorsline has a wide variety of experience in international commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on public international law, treaty-based international investment arbitration, and quasi-criminal claims, such as RICO, ATA, TVPA, and ATS. She has experience arbitrating complex matters before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the AAA, and ad hoc tribunals constituted under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. She has been involved in complex international and multijurisdictional matters before federal and state courts and has practiced before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Ms. Gorsline also has significant experience in Section 1782 discovery and other litigation related to foreign or international proceedings. In connection with these matters, she has addressed issues unique to representing non-U.S. corporations in the courts of the United States and U.S. corporations with respect to legal matters abroad.

Ms. Gorsline played an integral role in some of the earliest international investment arbitrations brought pursuant to Chapter Eleven of NAFTA. She has significant experience in claims for denial of justice, denial of fair and equitable treatment, nationalistic discrimination, and expropriation. Likewise, she has successfully represented clients in matters involving cutting-edge issues of the RICO, ATA, ATS, and TVPA statutes, particularly those involving questions of causation. She has significant experience representing clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in RICO matters.

Stefanie Holland, Director of International Government and Regulatory Affairs for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) / Washington, DC

Stefanie Holland is the Director of International Government and Regulatory Affairs for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), where she is responsible for the development, advocacy, and implementation of CompTIA’s public policy positions with respect to international trade.  Previously she served as Director, International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 2007-2016, where she worked on successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a handful of nations, including, most recently, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. She played a key role in the Chamber’s international business priorities and promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda including: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank on behalf of the business community.

Ms. Holland is the President for the organization Women in International Trade (WIIT) and previously served on its Board and as co-chair for the WIIT Legislative Initiatives Committee. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked at Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BGR), a premier lobbying firm in Washington, DC.  She holds a Master’s of Arts in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI.

John M. Huddle, The Global Law Group, PLC / Richmond

John Huddle has been engaged in an international transactions practice on behalf of a diverse group of U.S. and foreign clients for 33 years. Prior to founding The Global Law Group, PLC in 2002, he organized and chaired the international practice group of one of the largest law firms in Virginia, and he was a shareholder and Director in that firm.

Mr. Huddle’s U.S. practice is national in scope, and his foreign clients hail from a wide range of countries. He regularly serves as lead counsel for foreign and domestic clients in transnational sales, licensing, distribution transactions, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, export regulatory compliance matters, foreign and domestic trademark registrations and portfolio management, and U.S. export tax incentive programs. He is a frequent speaker at international and domestic CLE, international trade and other business law conferences on Free Trade Agreements and other international legal and business matters. The U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Mr. Huddle to the U.S. District Export Council in 2003 and as its Chair from 2005-2009, and he has been re-appointed to the Council for successive terms since that time.  He has authored numerous articles for national and regional publications, including “Domestic Sales and Services Qualify for U.S. Export Tax Incentives,” Virginia Lawyer Magazine (June 2016) and “International Sales Intermediary Contracts:  Strategies for Success and Traps for the Unwary” Virginia Lawyer Magazine (April 2013).   He is Chair of the Business Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, and he is a former Chair and current Board member of the International Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar.

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