HBS sponsored the World Affairs Council program, “The Intersection of Finance and Policy.” Jeffrey C. Sprecher, Chairman and CEO, Intercontinental Exchange and Chairman, New York Stock Exchange was the speaker. Dennis Lockhart, Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, served as moderator. HBS attorneys Carsten Alting, James Standard and John Parkerson attended the event with HBS international clients and the Consul General of Belgium.

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. hosted a half-day program at its offices on November 1 for a Chinese delegation from the Shanghai Administration Institute and UGA’s International Center of the Carl Vinson Institute.  HBS attorneys John Hall, John Parkerson, Carsten Alting, James Standard, and Ashik Jahan delivered remarks.  Among numerous subjects covered by HBS’ international practitioners were US-Chinese relationships from the local business perspective, global governance, the role of foreign trade offices and consulates, international transactions and business forms, immigration considerations for businesses, and assisting international clients with taxation and international investments.

International business attorney John Parkerson will deliver opening remarks on Friday at an invitation-only reception and lunch discussion on global affairs with U.S. Senator David Perdue and General Richard Hawley, USAF (retired).  Parkerson a representative on the Atlanta Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, which works in our nation’s capital and across the country to strengthen America’s civilian-led tools — development and diplomacy — alongside defense. By advocating for a strong International Affairs Budget, the USGLC is working to make America’s international affairs programs a keystone of U.S. foreign policy.  Parkerson is a frequent speaker on international affairs topics.

Hall Booth Smith international business attorney John Parkerson on Friday, July 21 attended the “Doing Business in Africa Investment Forum,” where he moderated a panel discussion titled “Africa Is Not A Country – Health in Perspective.” Panelists included the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia, Hon. Cynthia Blandford; International Association of National Public Health Institutes, U.S. Secretariat, Dr. Sue Binder; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Advisor on the Zika response, Yarkasah Peter Paye. Panelists focused on public health challenges facing Africa, and the recent significant successful responses, following Ebola and other health crisis on that continent. The photos show Parkerson and dignitaries attending from Africa, including among others Hon. Alhaji Minkalailu Mansaray, the Minister of Mines & Mineral Resources of Sierra Leone; and representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, and Republic of Liberia.

Hall Booth Smith was a proud sponsor of the World Trade Day on May 2nd, along with Of Counsel John Parkerson attending the event. In 1935, FDR officially proclaimed that each May there should be a national observance of the benefits of global trade and investment.  Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal, in a Proclamation, declared May 2 as World Trade Day in the State of Georgia; and the World Trade Center Atlanta recognized that event by organizing the 1st Annual World Trade Day in Georgia, which yesterday convened CEOs, policy-makers, scholars, and other thought leaders to discuss our most pressing international trade and investment issues.    Global trade’s economic impact within Georgia is clear:  according to recent data, Georgia ranks as the 11th largest exporting and 7th largest importing state in the U.S.  In fact, in 2016, total trade between Georgia and the world exceeded $121.7 billion and exports surpassed $35.5…       Read More

By:  John E. Parkerson, Jr., Esq. and Sandro Stojanovic, Esq. On October 5, 1961, a large number of countries signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (the “Convention”), a multinational treaty establishing the procedures through which a document issued in one of the countries that is party to the Convention can be certified for legal uses in other countries that are parties. The form of this certification is called an apostille. The U.S. is a party to the Convention, and each U.S. state has a procedure and authorized entity that is responsible for issuing apostilles. If you plan on using a certified or notarized document in another country for legal purposes, you first have to examine the Hague Convention to determine if the other country is a party. This list of member countries is found at:  https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/status-table/?cid=41 . If the country is not on…       Read More

On Tuesday March 22nd, Of Counsel John Parkerson will be speaking on a panel program organized by World Affairs Council of Atlanta’s Young Leaders and the French-American Chamber of Commerce-Atlanta Chapter (“FACC-Atlanta”).  The event will be held at the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation at Georgia State University’s College of Law and is titled, “Keeping the Door Ajar? Immigration and Refugee Policy in Today’s World.”  Mr. Parkerson will be joined by: Dr. Dabney Evans – Associate Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Ms. Paedia Mixon – CEO, New American Pathways; and Hon. Ted Terry – Mayor, City of Clarkston. For more information, click here

Am Yisrael Chai recently held its annual “Courage and Compassion” International Holocaust Remembrance in Sandy Springs. The keynote speaker was Judge/Professor Thomas Buergenthal. Hall Booth Smith’s Of Counsel John Parkerson wrote about Judge Buergenthal from a personal and professional prospective. See the full article from GlobalAtlanta here: http://www.globalatlanta.com/courage-and-compassion-a-lucky-child-survives-auschwitz/