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On August 3, 2009, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney hosted a Chinese delegation at the firm's Philadelphia office. The six lawyers were part of a one-month advanced training program organized by the U.S.-China Legal Exchange Foundation. Philadelphia's Howard D. Scher, Steven W. Smith, Steven E. Bizar and Elisa M.T. Basnight; Pittsburgh's John R. Previs; and Alexandria attorneys William C. Rowland and Fang Liu spoke at the meeting.

Scher briefly introduced Buchanan and its management style; Smith, Bizar and Basnight shared their professional insights on corporate finance, international arbitrage and anti-dumping in international trade, respectively; Rowland and Liu discussed the ITC Section 337; John Previs spoke by phone from Pittsburgh about international franchise.


The U.S.-China Legal Exchange Foundation (UCLEF), founded in 2008, is a nonprofit educational and professional organization. It promotes legal exchange and cooperation between the U.S. and China by providing education, networking opportunities, business development and other related services and resources. UCLEF provides the link between legal education and practice, promotes best practices, facilitates discussions at meetings and conferences, and provides a forum for its members through course offerings and other related activities, thus advancing their knowledge and careers.

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