Europe’s debt troubles this year have posed a danger to the still-recovering American economy, illustrating just how interrelated the world has become. In less dire ways, advances in technology make it easier for people across the globe to connect with one another. From the economy to technology to cultural practices, international integration is quickly becoming the norm, even in Texas. This issue of the Texas Bar Journal provides several tools to help Texas attorneys practice in an increasingly global atmosphere. Juan M. Alcalá explores transnational disputes and how to effectively deal with them, while Margaret Jones Hopson explains how to avoid violating Export Administration regulations. S. Douglas Stinemetz and Erika C. Anderson give us a primer on what international partners should know when investing and forming joint ventures in Texas. Leigh Ganchan shares how to minimize the risks of complying with U.S. immigration rules, and Nina Fantl outlines how to effectively traverse H-1B rules when hiring foreign nationals. Marsha Z. Gerber and Elaine L. Lawson discuss what Texas businesses need to know about how to prevent violating U.S. and foreign laws that prohibit illegal gratuities and bribes. We thank C.E. Rhodes of Houston and Sylvia Cardona of San Antonio for helping coordinate this issue. Let us know your thoughts: email@example.com.
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