The Gonzaga Journal of International Law
“International Business and Trade: From Policy to Practice”
2013 Speaker Biographies
Intellectual Property Panel
Patent Attorney at Lee & Hayes – Spokane
Benjamin Keim has a Masters in Technical Communication and Technical Japanese from the University of Washington and a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law. Prior to joining Lee & Hayes, Benjamin served as a Legal Intern for the USPTO, Intellectual Ventures, Apex Juris, and Nakamura & Partners in Tokyo. Benjamin authored the articles, “Key Points in International Patent Licensing”, International Intellectual Property Institute, Enforcement Studies and Quizzes, at www.iipi.org, “Gobbledygook or the Future of Obviousness in U.S. Patent Law Teleflex v. KSR”, CASRIP Newsletter, Autumn/Winter 2007, Volume 14, Issue 1, as well as the article “International Copyright Protection Through the Berne Convention”, The Global Gavel, Winter 2006-2007, Volume 2, Number 1, at 4.
Patent Attorney at Lee & Hayes – Spokane
Bea Koempel-Thomas received her B.S. in computer science from Central Washington University (2002); her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law (2005). She is a partner at Lee & Hayes, where she leads the International Practice Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property creation, primarily in computer related arts.
More representative projects and speaking engagements include:
- Foreign Filing License and Inventor Remuneration Requirements Project for AIPLA Annual Meeting, 2009
- Strategies and Goals for Prioritized Patent Examination at the Inland Empire Intellectual Property Institute, October 2012
- Patent Landscaping, Forward Invention, and Directed Prosecution at Lee & Hayes, June 2011
- Intellectual Property Considerations for Inventors and Invention Contests at the Big Ideas Kickoff, May 2011
Patent Attorney and Co-Founder of Lee & Hayes – Spokane
Lewis Lee has a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. As a co-founder of Lee & Hayes in 1994, Lewis has developed expertise in many diverse technologies and business processes, including computer software and hardware, financial innovations, Internet-related technologies, gaming environments, network technologies, telecommunication systems, cryptography, medical devices, microprocessors and semiconductor technologies.
Career highlights include co-authoring two books, Intellectual Property for the Internet in 1997 and Managing Intellectual Property Rights in 1993. Lewis is a past lecturer at the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) at the University of Washington and adjunct professor at Gonzaga University’s School of Business. Lewis continues to lecture at various events both domestically and abroad, including events such as the IPL conference in India hosted by George Washington University School of Law and at the Peking University School of Law and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing, China.
World Trade Organization Panel
John Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law
Ved P. Nanda serves as Director of the International Legal Studies Program there. In addition to his scholarly achievements, he is significantly involved in the global international law community. He is Past President of the World Jurist Association and now its Honorary President, former honorary Vice President of the American Society of International Law and now its counselor, and a member of the advisory council of the United States Institute of Human Rights. He was formerly the United States Delegate to the World Federation of the United Nations Associations, Geneva, and Vice-Chair of its Executive Council, and also served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association-USA. He also serves as an elected member of the American Law Institute and as a council member for the American Bar Association Section of International Law. In 2006 Professor Nanda was honored with a $1 million founding gift from DU alumni Doug and Mary Scrivner to launch the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law. The Center began its programming in 2007, hosting programs for the lawyers, students and community participants as well as promoting scholarship in the field of international law. He is widely published, having authored or co-authored 23 books in the various fields of international law and over 180 chapters and major law review articles. He is a frequent guest on television and radio and writes regularly on international issues for The Denver Post.
Attorney at Squire Sanders – Japan
Alex Peterson has a J.D. and L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law from Cornell University. Alex Peterson focuses his practice on cross-border corporate transactions and international trade matters. Prior to joining Squire Sanders, Alex served as a legal intern in the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He studied law at the University of Hong Kong and also pursued further legal education in China. He was the first American University student to participate in the school’s Dual Undergraduate Degree Program with Ritsumeikan University, during which he undertook university coursework in Japanese. His publications include “An Opportunity for Progress: China, Central Asia and the Energy Charter Treaty,” which will appear in the Fall 2012 edition of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (co-authored with Noriko Yodogawa) and “Sino-Japanese Cooperation in the East China Sea: A Lasting Arrangement?,” which appeared in the Cornell International Law Journal in 2009.
Legal Counsel for the University of Montana
David Aronofsky is the University of Montana (UM) Legal Counsel, as well as an adjunct faculty member in the Schools of Law and Education. As UM Legal Counsel, he oversees all legal work for the University’s several campuses located throughout western Montana. David received his J.D. and B.S. in Education from the University of Texas at Austin; a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University; and an M.Ed. in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. He has worked with all 50 U.S. state legislatures as coordinator of his firms state government relations practice; and with most U.S. Congressional committees on numerous substantive law matters including international trade and finance. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a higher education consultant in the Peace Corps and privately in Chile, where he designed the reorganization of two universities. He also worked on various education and human resources training projects elsewhere throughout Latin America. David’s UM teaching includes Technology Law, International Business & Trade Law, Public International Law, and Advanced Legislation in the Law School.
Justice Debra L. Stephens
Washington State Supreme Court Justice
Justice Debra L. Stephens has served on the Washington State Supreme Court since January, 2008. She previously served on Division Three of the Court of Appeals. Before taking the bench, Justice Stephens was the coordinator of an institutional amicus curiae program and an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law teaching state and federal constitutional law, community property, and appellate advocacy. A Spokane native, Justice Stephens earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Gonzaga University. Justice Stephens currently chairs the Supreme Court Strategic Planning and Personnel Committees, and is the Washington State Director of ASTAR, a congressionally directed program to enhance the ability of courts to address scientific and technical issues.
CEO, PlanetHospital – Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Professor, University Legal Assistance General Practice Clinic Supervising Attorney, Gonzaga University School of Law
Professor Gail Hammer teaches primarily in the Legal Clinic, where she directs a General Public Interest Practice Clinic for University Legal Assistance. She has taught in the classroom and the clinic at the University of Montana, Washington University in St. Louis, and Gonzaga. Her classroom teaching focuses on pretrial and trial practice and on children’s law.
Prof. Hammer is a member of the Washington and Montana state bars. Before and while teaching, she represented indigent people in civil cases in Idaho, Washington, Missouri, and Montana, and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana. She has significant volunteer experience with community agencies dedicated to ending interpersonal violence.
Prof. Hammer served as a consultant on teaching methods in Croatia, Serbia, and Brazil; in Croatia for the ABA CEELI program; in Serbia for the National Center for State Courts Serbia Rule of Law project; and in Brazil for South American law professors, and for law professors and graduate students at São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas (Direito GV). She served as legal consultant for Same Page, a project working to improve parenting evaluations and treatment and to raise the standard for expert testimony on parenting issues.
International Business Transactions Panel
Vern W. Jenkins
Vern W. Jenkins (International Trade Specialist -Spokane Export Readiness Center) Since January 2011 Vern has played a key role in the development and implementation of client training and client advising approach for the Export Readiness Center) Vern holds a Masters of International Management (MIM) degree and is a Certified Global Business Professional with over 18 years of international business experience in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Middle East, and Afghanistan. Seven Years as Founder and CEO of Scentia International Inc., A private corporation that provided onsite bilingual Project Management training and Quality Control consulting services to foreign nationals employed by fortune 500 companies operating in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and India. Six years as CEO of Horizon International Consulting Ltd registered in Hong Kong providing onsite assessment and supplier qualification of potential Asia based joint venture partners, sourcing agents and key-component manufacturers for U.S. and European Corporations entering or expanding business operations in the China Market. Two years work experience as a Program Manager for a USAID Project to rebuild the higher education system in Afghanistan. Also served as a lead consultant to successfully re-establish the Institute of Diplomacy for the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law – Moscow, ID
Professor Telesetsky joined the University of Idaho College of Law in 2009, after eight years of practicing as an attorney in California, Washington, and abroad. Her practice focused on public international law and environmental law. She had the distinction of representing the Government of Ethiopia before the Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Commission at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In 2003 and 2004, she was a Bosch Fellow in Germany where she worked for the German Foreign Ministry on promoting international food security and assisted in drafting guidelines on implementation for the “Right to Food.” As a Fulbright Fellow and a Berkeley Human Rights Center fellow, she collaborated with communities in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea on developing culturally appropriate legal solutions to environmental protection problems. In addition to bachelors and masters degrees in Anthropology, Professor Telesetsky earned her law degree from the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and an LLM in International Law from the University of British Columbia.
Robert E. Lutz
Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School – Los Angeles, CA
Robert E. Lutz is Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on both international private and public law, specifically: International Business Transactions Law, International Trade Law, International Litigation and Arbitration, Public International Law, and other international legal topics. He is the author of articles in leading law and business journals, op-ed pieces, topic-focused books and several textbooks; he is frequently appointed as an arbitrator for international public and commercial disputes; and serves as a consultant to law firms on international legal matters and disputes.
Prof. Lutz is a member of the California Bar and is a former Chair of the 24,000-member Section of International Law (SIL) of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Los Angeles County Bar’s International Law Section, and the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) International Law Section.
Prof. Lutz is currently a participant in the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20; he previously chaired the ABA’s Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services (ITILS) (and continues as a member), was the Chair of SIL’s Transnational Legal Practice Committee (5 years) and the California Bar’s International Ethics Committee. He participated on SIL’s Outsourcing Committee and 20/20’s Technology Committee which developed the proposed ABA approach to “outsourcing” and cloud-computing issues. For many years he was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law and is a long-time member of the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Dispute Resolution to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Prof. Lutz continues to lead the U.S. legal profession’s efforts to address the issues of transnational legal practice. He has led legal delegations to many foreign countries (e.g., Cuba, China, Guatemala, Costa Rica, South Africa), and organized and chaired a number of “Summits” of legal services leaders focused on Asia, Europe and Latin America and, recently, India, Korea, and the “global” practice of leading firms. Most recently he organized an ABA Delegation to the “Business and Human Rights Forum” at the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva in December, 2012 and organized a panel on the “Role of the Legal Profession”.
Prof. Lutz’s memberships in organizations include: American Law Institute (Life Member); American Bar Foundation (Life Member); Pacific Council on International Policy; American Society of International Law; Inns of Court; and Chancery Club (L.A.).
Professor Upendra Acharya
Associate Professor, Gonzaga University School of Law – Spokane, WA
Dr. Upendra D. Acharya holds a S.J.D. (Doctorate of Juridical Science) from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin; an LL. M. from the University of Utah College of Law; an M.C.L. (Master of Comparative Law) from the University of Delhi, India; and an LL.B. from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has written numerous articles on international law, Constitutional law, administrative law, and comparative law as well as presented papers and delivered lectures in national and international conferences in the North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Middle East. Prof. Acharya has represented landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Nepal, including daughters’ right to inherent property, and the Godabary Marble Case that resulted in the enactment of an Environmental Protection Act in Nepal. He also has worked toward eradicating bonded labor systems in far western areas of Nepal. Some of his publications include International Aid and Assistance to Constrain Piracy in Somalia: Ignored Facts and the Political Delivery of Charity (forthcoming 2012 in the Gujarat National Law University Journal, Gujarat, India); ICJ and Maintaining International Peace and Security, Antonine University Conference Proceedings, Beirut, Lebanon, 2011; and Is Development a Lost Paradise? Trade, Environment and Development: A Triadic Dream of International Law, Alberta Law Review (2007).