The ILS Gazette

Friday, June 21, 2013

In This Issue
International Law Quarterly
Russia Issue Now Available
The Russia Issue of the ILQ has been released and is available on the section's website:
Hard copies will be available at the Florida Bar Annual Convention on June 28.

If you'd like to get published in this premier journal, which covers all areas of international law, please submit topic ideas to Alvin Lindsay at

He will provide deadlines and the
publication's style guide.


Visit our sponsors

Become an ILS Sponsor for the 2012-2013 Cycle


We are in the midst of a new sponsorship cycle for the 2012-2013 ILS year. In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor for another year. In 2011-2012, various firms, companies and suppliers sponsored the Section. We look forward to another year of innovative programs where we can advance international law and further promote our sponsors.


Contact Elizabeth Ortega for more details.

ILS Thanks its Hemispheric Sponsors:

- Bilzin Sumberg

- Devine Goodman Rasco & Wells, P.A. 

- Hughes Hubbard 

- White & Case 


The ILS Gazette:

Regan Kruse & Quinn Smith

Richard C. Lorenzo 

Immediate Past Chair:
Nicolas Swerdloff 

C. Ryan Reetz 

Peter A. Quinter 

Eduardo Palmer


* Governor Scott Signs ILS Legislative Committee's International Arbitration Glitch Fix Bill


* Congratulations to ILS Member Ed Davis Jr. for being named Global Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year in the 2013 Who's Who Legal Awards.


* Florida Bar Annual Convention is coming up this month in Boca Raton on June 26 - 29, 2013. *All ILS members are encouraged to attend the luncheon (ticket required), committee meetings, and executive council meeting*. Registration for the Bar's annual meeting is not required

to attend the ILS lunch or meetings. 


* The newly redesigned ILS website is up and running. Check it out at:


* Also, please don't forget to check the ILS box when completing your Florida Bar Annual Dues form!


* AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats) annual Congress will be held in Buenos Aires from Sept. 17-21. 

In the News
International Commercial Arbitration "Glitch Fix Bill" Signed By Governor Scott Last Week

ILS Legislative Committee is very pleased to announce that on June 14, 2013, Governor Scott signed the "Glitch Fix Bill" into law (SB 186/HB 775; Chapter No. 2013-164)!  The new law clarifies ambiguities in the Florida International Commercial Arbitration Act, F.S. Ch. 684, and added a new provision, Section 684.0049, regarding consent to jurisdiction.


The passage of the Glitch Fix Bill will serve to enhance the business climate in Florida by streamlining legislation related to international law matters in order to increase Florida's attractiveness as a business friendly state. The text can be viewed at this link:


The passage of the Glitch Fix Bill is a result of three years of tireless effort by the ILS Legislative Committee. Special thanks to the Committee's fearless leaders, Eduardo Palmer and Carlos Osorio, and team members Katie Sanoja, Marisol Bodero, and Regan Kruse, on their victory.


Congratulations to ILS Member Ed Davis Jr. for being named Global Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year!


Edward Davis Jr. of Astigarraga Davis has been named Global Asset Recovery Lawyer of the Year in the 2013 Who's Who Legal Awards.


This is the first time there has been an award in this sector, and Davis received more votes from clients and peers in the course of researching the award than any other individual worldwide. The awards are based on a number of factors, including general feedback received in the research process, past performance and the overall aggregate number of weighted votes cast in their favor. A "legendary" figure in the market, he has pursued funds across the globe.  


Who's Who Legal is the official research partner of the International Bar Association and strategic research partner of the ABA Section of International Law. Visit:

Upcoming Events

June 26 - 29, 2013 
Florida Bar Annual Convention

Boca Raton, Florida


The Florida Bar Annual Convention will be held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Florida from June 26 - 29, 2013. All ILS members are encouraged to attend the luncheon (ticket required), committee meetings, and executive council meeting. Registration for the Bar's annual meeting is not required in order to attend the ILS lunch or meetings.

The ILS Schedule for Friday, June 28 is listed below: 

2:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. International Law Section Luncheon (Ticket Purchase Required)


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. International Law Section 2013 - 2014 Committee Meetings 


3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. International Law Section Executive Council Meeting 

The International Law Section meetings will take place on Friday, June 28, 2013, beginning with the section luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Click this link to the Luncheons page for a list of convention luncheons. Advanced ticket purchase for the ILS luncheon is required. The registration form for the luncheon is

listed on the last page of the Annual Convention Brochure. Click this link for a copy of the Annual Convention Brochure

You are not required to pay the entire Annual Convention 
registration fee in order to attend the section luncheon; you need only purchase the luncheon ticket for $42. Click this link for an explanation of convention registration versus ticket purchase.  

Following the luncheon, the 2013 - 2014 ILS committee meetings will take place at 2 p.m. and the ILS executive council meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. We hope to have an RSVP form for the committee and council meetings available on the ILS website shortly. 

For hotel reservations, click this link to the hotel reservation page. A block of rooms have been reserved for June 24 - June 29, 2013. The special room rate will be available until June 5th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.


Young Lawyers, Don't Miss the next AIJA Annual Congress in Buenos Aires


AIJA Annual Congress
Buenos Aires
September 17-21


AIJA is gearing up for its annual Congress, to be held in Buenos Aires from Sept. 17-21. Several days of informative and educational seminars along with opportunities to network with other participants, including hundreds of members of the world's largest association of young lawyers, AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats). The conference kicks off with a full-day seminar on the do's and don'ts when doing business in Latin America, a valuable tool for Florida lawyers practicing in the region. While attending the conference, explore Buenos Aires and find interesting and challenging seminars and working sessions on groundbreaking legal issues in various legal fields. There are numerous opportunities to learn and network, be involved in future events, and become an integral part of this dynamic group.
Online registration for the Buenos Aires 
Congress is open. Register now at this link.
For more information please visit this link 
or contact AIJA US National Representative Joseph Gulino at

We Want You!


Don't Forget To Check The ILS Box On Your Florida Bar Annual Dues Forms!


Florida Bar Annual Dues forms are being sent out around this time, so please remember to check the ILS box and re-up your membership!




In connection with a "sunset review" of the ILS committee

structure, we need to gauge our members' interest in existing and prospective committees. A list of the Section's existing committees appears below. We will be rebuilding our committee structure and appointing committee leaders, based upon your input, in time for the

ILS annual meeting on June 28, 2013.


If you are interested in leading one of our committees,please e-mail chair-elect Ryan Reetz at to let him know of your interest (including the committee(s) in which you are interested).

This request includes all existing committee 
leaders who would like to be reappointed.

Similarly, if you are 
interested in leading a new committee or pursuing another Section project that is not covered by our existing committee structure, please e-mail Ryan with those details, as well.


Currently, ILS has the following committees:

  • Admiralty Law Committee
  • Amicus Committee
  • Certification Committee
  • China/Asia Law Committee
  • Customs & Trade Law Committee
  • Education/CLE Committee
  • Energy Law Committee
  • Faculty Council
  • Foreign Lawyers Committee
  • DHS, Labor Department and State Department Liaison Committee (formerly
  • Administrative / Immigration Law Committee)
  • IBA Special Project Committee
  • International Business Transactions Committee
  • IBTC Conference Subcommittee
  • International Legal Exchange and Bar Liaison
  • International Litigation and Arbitration Committee
  • ILAC Conference Subcommittee
  • Vis Pre-Moot Subcommittee
  • International Mediation Committee
  • Intellectual Property Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Meetings Committee
  • NAFTA Committee
  • Publications/Newsletter Committee
  • Webinars Subcommittee
  • Sponsorship Committee
  • Taxation Committee
  • Travel Law Committee
  • Website Committee