Official Launch of the Third Annual US/Ireland Legal and Business Symposium in Westport on September 25-27, 2013.

The third annual U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium of the Brehon Law Society was officially launched last week by the Western Development Commission and Mayo County Council on behalf of the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia in the presence of Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and current UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Taking place in Westport, Co. Mayo on September 25-27, 2013, the Symposium is being hosted by the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia with the support of the Western Development Commission and Mayo County Council. Attendees will include Irish and American lawyers, business consultants and businesses operating in both Ireland and the United States.

The theme of the Symposium is ‘Doing Business in the U.S. / Ireland / Europe – Critical Legal Issues for U.S. and Irish Companies’. Attending the launch, Mary Robinson commented that the Symposium is a great opportunity to bring those interested in doing business in Ireland and the US together to explore collaborative opportunities and to look outward to new horizons and new opportunities.

Speaking on behalf of event sponsors National University of Ireland Galway, President Jim Browne said ‘NUI Galway is delighted to continue our association with the US/Ireland Legal Symposium. I look forward to welcoming delegates to the University during their visit and am pleased that many of my academic colleagues from Law, Business & Economics at NUI Galway will address the conference. In an increasingly competitive global market, we fully support this endeavor, which will further enhance economic, educational and social links between Ireland and the US.’

Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager was delighted to host the launch in Foxford, saying that ‘Hosting a high profile legal symposium of this caliber in Westport is an ideal opportunity to showcase Co Mayo. The event will create an interactive and dynamic platform for delegates to explore potential business opportunities and provide an environment conducive to learning with a range of educational programs and dynamic speakers on cross-Atlantic legal issues.’

Paddy McGuinness, Chair of the Western Development Commission commenting on the event stated “This U.S./Ireland Legal Symposium is now becoming a part of the annual calendar, where the west of Ireland looks forward to inviting friends old and new to the region to discuss business in a truly exceptional environment. In the WDC we see this not only as an important part of showcasing the region internationally, but also to lay the groundwork for business growth and investment”.

The Western Development Commission and Mayo County Council were key players in bringing this Symposium to the West of Ireland once again in a move that dovetails with Government plans for trade, tourism and investment.

The event will take place over a three day period and will combine a mix of accredited classes with social and networking opportunities. Registration and sponsorship information is available at

Notes to editors about The Brehon Law Society

The name “Brehon” is anglicized from the Irish “breitheamh”. The word breitheamh is derived from the word breith, meaning “judgment”. The Brehon Laws are the oldest known European laws. The Brehons of ancient Ireland were wise men of the family who memorized and applied the laws to settle disputes among members of the family.

The Brehon Law Society is a professional association organized to foster the profession of law among individuals of Irish ancestry. The Society is comprised of Judges, lawyers and law students and their friends. Brehon was chosen as the original name of the Society when it was founded in Philadelphia in 1976 and had chapters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The Society provides forums for educational, cultural and social activities concerning Irish heritage and tradition. The Society also seeks to promote closer affiliations between the bench, the bar, students of law and the community, and to further a high standard of legal ethics.

Since the time the Society was founded, it has grown from a handful of lawyers to over hundreds of members with a chapter in Pittsburgh and has branches in law schools in the Delaware Valley area, including Villanova University School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Rutgers School of Law – Camden, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and Widener Law School (Delaware and Harrisburg Campuses).

The Society counts many past and present members of the judiciary among its members including Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


Notes to editors about the Western Development Commission

The WDC is the statutory body promoting economic and social development in counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

The WDC’s strategic goals are:

1. Contribute to balanced regional development by ensuring that the Western Region maximises its full potential for economic and social development.

2. Promote the benefits of living, working and doing business in the Western Region.

3. Support the sustainable economic and social development of the rural economy.

4. Provide risk capital to SMEs and social enterprises. and

Notes to editors about Mayo County Council

Mayo County Council’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people living in Mayo and enhance the attractiveness of the County as a place to live in, work, enjoy and invest. While the people resident in the County are the Council’s primary responsibility the Council is also concerned with the well being and development of Mayo communities globally.

County Mayo is served by 31 County Councillors elected from six electoral areas within the county. These Councillors oversee the Mayo County government which carries out the policies of both the state and local governments.

Although based in Castlebar, the County Council services the entire county through a series of Area Offices located in nine towns across the county.

The County Council is responsible for providing a number of services to the county, including protecting the environment, fire protection, agricultural services, planning, road maintenance, enhancing the cultural and artistic life of the community, tax collection and licensing and maintaining refuse infrastructure.

Notes to editors about NUI Galway

NUI Galway is one of Ireland’s foremost centers of academic excellence. Over 17,000 students undertake an extensive range of studies at the University, which is renowned for the quality of its graduates. NUI Galway is a research-led University with internationally recognized expertise in areas including Biomedical Science and Engineering, Web Science, Human Rights, Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science, Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, and Humanities, in particular literature, theatre and Irish Studies. For more information visit www.nuigalway.ieBrehon_Symposium_Launch_Image1.