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CALOBA Workshop: Legal Writing Tips from Experienced Attorneys

2019/10/10 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Advice on effective legal writing.

This event will focus on improving writing in legal settings. It will address mistakes commonly made by native Chinese-speakers, including common grammar mistakes, improper style in professional communications, and mistakes caused by the lack of cultural understanding. It's an event tailored to law students and young attorneys with Chinese as their native language, and we have seasoned practitioners working in transactional law, litigation, and in-house give advice on the best practice in legal writing. Should be an exciting event!

Speaker Profile

Alan Seem is partner of Jones Day. His primary areas of focus are SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S securities offerings, M&A, venture capital and private equity investments and going-private transactions. He has a JD from Columbia University School of Law. He speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese fluently and is an active speaker in the Bay Area Chinese professional community. When he was working in China, he regularly worked with Chinese associates to improve their English writing skills.

Wendy Wang is a senior associate at Vinson & Elkins. Her area of practice is intellectual property litigation including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, with a focus on patent litigation involving data storage, sound recognition, software, Internet technologies, and computer electronics. She has been representing major players technology industry and leading numerous high-profile cases. With tremendous experience working with major Chinese companies and dealing with cross-border complicated dispute, on behalf of the Service Alliance for Chinese Companies on Investment & Trade, Wendy devoted herself into assisting Chinese companies to navigate US legal and trade system each year by providing legal consultant services at CES. Wendy earned bachelor’s degree from Peking University and Juris Doctor with magna cum laude honor from Northwestern University Law School. After her law school, she obtained competitive position to work as Judicial clerk to The Honorable Ronald M. Gould, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Deanna Kwong is Senior IP Litigation Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. She is responsible for managing global IP lawsuits for the company, as well as handling pre-litigation disputes and advising the businesses and other global function teams on litigation-related issues and strategy. Deanna serves as the Global Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the HPE Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs. Additionally, Deanna is a lead for the HPE Legal Department’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and was selected as the HPE 2017 Legal Council on Legal Diversity Fellow. Deanna has been recognized both for her professional achievements and proactive efforts to drive diversity in the legal profession. She was named a Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2018, and was awarded the Marci Rubin Emerging Diversity Leader Award at the California Minority Council Program Annual Business Conference in September 2019.


Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs. For more information, please go to http://www.jonesday.com/

Vinson &Elkins is an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers and 15 global offices worldwide — Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Riyadh, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Vinson & Elkins’ network of offices allows us to leverage experience from many markets, cultures, and perspectives and to bring our clients the most comprehensive solutions to all legal challenges. For more information, please go to https://www.velaw.com/.


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