* 1. In 2015, the American Bar Association will publish "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands®: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels." The original "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands®" is a Library Journal “Best Business Books” winner, with over 300,000 copies sold - and the updated Digital Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands® Database is now available through McGraw-Hill. Print and digital clients include multinationals like Accenture, American Airlines, American Express, AT&T, Boeing, Campbell's Soup, Celebrity Cruises, Cisco, Citadel, Deloitte, DuPont, Ernst & Young, Federal Express, Franklin Templeton Investments, HP, IBM, KPMG, Marathon Oil, Marriott, Microsoft, NATO, Navistar Defense, Newfield Exploration, Orbitz, PepsiCo, Sanofi, United Technologies, Wyndham Hotels, Zippo, The US Navy CIS division, and the National Defense University - as well as universities like Cornell, Duke, Oxford, and the Wharton School.

We are asking for your help with the critical intercultural legal research for this new ABA book! The first question follows.

Has an intercultural communications issue ever affected one of your cases or contracts? Here is an example of the type of data we are seeking:

"A senior Japanese executive was called to testify at a product liability deposition in the USA. As his defense attorney, I realized during questioning that my Japanese witness felt obligated to take responsibility for a faulty component that his company did not make, but was integrated into his product. And every time he assumed the blame, my client bowed, apologized, and lowered his eyes. Fortunately, I am aware of Japanese cultural values and behaviors. I was able to help the witness understand the limit of his legal responsibilities in the USA, and modify his presentation. I could also prepare an explanation of the cultural behavior for the jury during voir dire, if necessary." Miko Brown, Partner, Wheeler, Trigg, O'Donnell

Clearly, cultural traditions and values can influence legal proceedings - and their outcomes. Whether your experience involved a mediation or jury selection issue, a religious taboo, or a translation blunder, please relate your anecdote below. Or call (610) 742-5359 to be interviewed directly by Terri Morrison.

* 2. What is your ethnicity or cultural heritage? (Please select all that apply.)

* 3. Please list any languages you speak or read besides English.

* 4. In U.S. courtrooms, do you ask potential jurors culturally-sensitive questions? If yes, please give an example:

* 5. Have you ever represented clients whose behaviors are legal in their country of origin, but are illegal in the USA? For example: bribery, usage of certain drugs, discrimination, bigamy, environmental or OSHA violations, etc. If so, please relate the situation:

* 6. Have you ever represented clients whose belief systems prohibit behaviors that are legal in the USA? For example: They may not cut their hair, wear certain symbols or gold jewelry, touch the opposite gender in public, drink alcohol, work on specific dates, abstain from tithing or prayer, wear tattoos, etc. If so, please relate the situation:

* 7. Have you ever committed a faux pas with an international prospect or client? If so, please relate the situation.

* 8. Considering your personal cultural viewpoint, please rank the following priorities in order of importance.

* 9. Thank you for your assistance in this research! Unless you specify otherwise, your participation grants usage for publication. Please add your contact information, and any additional comments below.

* 10. Please check this box if you would like to receive information on "Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands: Courtrooms and Corporate Counsels" when published.