The ILS Gazette

Monday, October 27, 2014

In This Issue
International Law Quarterly  
Summer 2014, 30th Anniversary Edition Now Available
The Summer 2014 Edition of the ILQ is available on the ILS website.

If you are interested in contributing to the next edition of the ILQ, please contact ILQ Editor Yara Lorenzo at


Visit our sponsor




Global Sponsor 

- Aballi Milne Kalil

- Astigarraga Davis 

- Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CCBC)

Hogan Lovells

- Meaden & Moore


Hemispheric Sponsor

- Hunton & Williams

- Kobre & Kim LLP  

Regional Sponsor

- Bilzin Sumberg
- GrayRobinson
- Harper Meyer 


Become an ILS Sponsor for the 2014-2015 Cycle 


In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2013-2014, 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.

The ILS Gazette:


Kristin Drecktrah 



Peter A. Quinter

Immediate Past Chair:

C. Ryan Reetz


Eduardo Palmer


Alvin F. Lindsay, III


Arnoldo B. Lacayo


















* The ILS thanks the Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CCBC) for renewing as a Global Sponsor for the 2014-2015 term. Thank you for the continued support!


* ILAT Conference Steering Committee conference call meeting, October 28 


* "The Establishment of an International Commercial Arbitration Court in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida," Discussion at AAA/ICDR, October 30, 2014 


Cuba 2014: What the U.S. Legal and Business Communities Need to Know, CLE program, November 20-21, 2014. Early bird rates extended to October 29, 2014!

* Save the Date: International Litigation, Arbitration & Business Transactions (ILAT) Conference, February 27, 2015

* Recent software updates to the Florida Bar's E-Filing Portal
Upcoming Events
October Events

October 28, 2014 - Steering Committee Meeting for the ILS International Litigation, Arbitration & Business Transactions (ILAT) Conference, at 5:30 p.m. Join fellow ILS members in organizing and planning this annual conference of the Florida Bar ILS, which will take place on February 27, 2015. The Steering Committee meeting will be via conference call. Telephone: 1-877-294-8214; Access Code: 8102568. 


October 30, 2014 - The Future of Arbitration: Miami (FAM), The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and The Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA), Capítulo de la Florida, are pleased to invite you to attend a conversation with Judge John W. Thornton, Circuit Judge Circuit Civil Division for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, discussing: The Establishment of an International Commercial Arbitration Court in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. 

The event will take place on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the American Arbitration Association/ICDR Hearing Center located at 100 SE 2nd Street, Suite 2300, Miami, Florida 33131, from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm, with a networking cocktail. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Angel Valverde ( Click here to view the flyer.


November Events

November 3-4, 2014 - The ICC invites you to its 12th Annual Miami Conference at the Mandarin Oriental, Brickell Key, Miami. The focus of this year's conference is "Theory, Technique and Practice of Arbitration." 

An advanced-level training, "Conduct of the Proceedings and Case Mangement - The Arbitrator's Perspective," will be held on November 2, 2014. Click here for more information on the program and to register.  



November 6-7, 2014The 2nd Annual Caribbean Corporate Counsel Summit 2014, the largest gathering of Caribbean attorneys, will take place at the Eden Roc Hotel on Miami Beach. See the updated agenda here.

If you attended the CCC 2013, you will receive 20% off registration rates. Kindly note "CCC 2013 Attendee" on your form and use discount code "CCC2013" when registering online. Group discounts are also available!

All details of the event, registration rates, hotel information, membership information, and online registration are available on this siteOver 91 rooms have been booked at The Eden Roc Hotel.  Attendees are encouraged to book early at this site.



November 17-18, 2014 - The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend the "2014 North America Regional Forum: Doing Business within the Region and Collaborating Abroad" Conference on at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 
The ILS is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by registering online and selecting the "Cooperating Entity" Rate.


Click here to view the full conference brochure including programming and social events. Register before October 17th to save on your registration with Early Bird Rates!


Visit to register and for more information on programming, hotel accommodations and the latest updates on the conference.

November 20-21, 2014 - The Florida Bar International Law Section presents "Cuba 2014: What the U.S. Legal and Business Communities Need to Know." Earn up to 14 CLE credits attending multiple panels with top legal practitioners and academics.

Click here to view the updated Cuba 2014 program. Register by October 29 to take advantage of early bird rates! The ILS has reserved a block of rooms at the Loews. Book your room by October 29, 2014 to enjoy the group rate of $179. 



 Save the Date


The International Litigation and Arbitration Conference (ILAC) and the International Business Transactions Conference (IBTC) are being combined into a one-day program, the  International Litigation, Arbitration & Business Transactions (ILAT) Conference. This one-day conference will take place on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Conrad Hotel in Miami.


The ILS has reserved a block of rooms for Conference attendees. Promotional rates are valid from February 24 through March 2. Please call (305) 503-6500 to make reservations, and be sure to mention the "International Law Section Conference" to receive discounted rates. 


Help Plan the ILAT! The 2015 Conference is looking for dedicated volunteers to join the Steering Committee. If you would like to help plan this Conference, please contact Robert Becerra at

February 28, 2015 - The Florida Bar ILS Willem C. Vis Pre-Moot Competition at JAMS, 600 Brickell Avenue, Miami. A formal save-the-date will follow.

April 7-9, 2015Florida Chamber International Days in Tallahassee. Plan to join Florida's premier international trade conference as we continuing advancing to secure Florida's future through trade and logistics.
In The News

Recent Changes to Statewide E-Filing Portal


On October 24, the Florida Bar installed updates to the statewide e-filing portal for state court filings to address uniformity concerns and to add a few user-friendly enhancements. Please click here to view an article from the October 15th issue of the Florida Bar News that addresses these updates. 



Opportunity to Host Foreign Attorneys: Lawyer Exchange Program of the International Law Section and the Barcelona Bar


The ILS and the Barcelona Bar have an agreement allowing for the creation of a Lawyers Exchange Program to encourage lawyers from both countries to expand their knowledge in matters involving international law and arbitration/litigation. Firms hosting foreign attorneys under this agreement are not required to compensate the foreign attorneys. Click here to view the agreement.


For more information about this program, please contact Yine Rodriguez at