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REED SMITH’S CHINESE EXCHANGE PROGRAM REACHES S.F. Three veteran Chinese lawyers just finished up a one-month internship at Reed Smith’s San Francisco office. And the Reed Smith lawyers who hosted them want you to know they’re nothing like summer associates. “With summer associates, all you do is teach � you don’t get anything back,” said Wena Poon, a Reed Smith associate who helped play host. “Here, it’s truly an exchange.” The lawyers are enrolled in an LL.M. program through a university in Beijing and Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. The firm has hosted Chinese lawyers in its Philadelphia office for the last seven years. This was the first year that some came to San Francisco. “It’s a really good chance to see American lawyers practice law here,” said Qian Li, a corporate lawyer with a law firm in Beijing. “I regard the one-month internship as a necessary part of my study.” Aside from learning, and helping to advise on a few international legal matters, Li and her compatriots � Huiling Ding, a patent lawyer with the Chinese government, and Hongyou Sun, a law professor at the Nankai University School of Law � also had some fun. They visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Chinatown and a wine tasting bar. “[The law firm]‘s very interesting. You must know the people behind it,” Li said. Both the visitors and their hosts say that they’ll keep in touch and may perhaps work together in the future. Li even enthused that she would “definitely” be willing to work for the U.S. firm. But Poon said future business arrangements aren’t really the point. “It’s not the intention at all to select people that we might have an employment relationship [with] in the future, like with summer associates,” Poon said. “At this point, it’s more a touchy-feely educational exchange thing.”

Zusha Elinson

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