What are the chances that in your practice, you will represent a transnational corporation, take an assignment at a foreign office of the U.S. law firm, advise international clients on the U.S. law, outsource legal work to lawyers in India, help American retirees to settle down in Mexico, or devise an estate plan for foreign nationals with assets in the U.S.? You may think that you have a local practice, but in today’s economy, more and more of your business and individual clients choose to trot the globe. Are you ready to travel with them? If you need help, the following resources can be your guide across cultures:
Pamela Slim of Escape from Cubicle Nation gives advice on "How not to be a cultural knucklehead in a global business world."
Lynn Gaertner-Johnston of Business Writing addresses pitfalls of cross-cultural communication in her post “Do You Like My Dressing?”
Janet Moore offers great advice to lawyers across borders at her International Lawyer Coach Blog. If you are considering a study abroad program, read the post “Study Abroad Opportunities for Law Students,” which has a list of helpful websites. The blog also has useful information for foreign lawyers in the U.S.
I always look forward to Anne Fox and Dr. Laurent Borgmann’s podcast ‘absolutely intercultural!’ which deals with intercultural issues in creative and engaging ways.