Monday, February 8, 2016
The International Law Section Gazette
Message from the Chair

Scott Allen Burr 5/4/64-1/27/16

It is with great sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of our friend and colleague, Scott Allen Burr. Scott was a longstanding member of the section and gave generously of his time by actively participating in many section programs and projects. He will be sorely missed.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
- Eduardo Palmer

Member News
New Regional Sponsors
The ILS thanks Bryan Cave and Fowler White Burnett for renewing as Regional Sponsors. Thank you for the continued support!

ILS Member Jen Diaz Elected OWIT Executive Vice President
Jennifer Diaz, Board Certified in International Law and Founder of Diaz Trade Law, was elected Executive Vice President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT International). Learn more about OWIT's leadership here.

International  Law Board Certification Applications for Lawyers
Recertification Applicants:  If you were originally certified in 2001, 2006 or 2011. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2016 unless you file a recertification extension request. Applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2016. 

Initial Applicants
The filing period for initial applications opens July 1, 2016 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2016.
Applications for initial board certification and recertification will be available on the International Law Certification website by April 1, 2016.

Nappert Prize 2016: Essay Contest for Young Lawyers and Law Students
The Nappert Competition is open to all students, junior scholars and junior practitioners from around the world. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be either currently enrolled in a B.C.L, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., D.C.L., or Ph.D. program (or their local equivalents). Those who are no longer in school must have taken their most recent degree within the last three years, or have been admitted to the bar (or the local equivalent) for no more than three years (whichever is later). Prize: First place: Can. $4,000; Second place: Can. $2,000; Third place: Can. $1,000. For more information, click here.

Call for Volunteer Arbitrators
The annual Florida Bar Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot Competition (the "Vis Pre-Moot") will take place at the Miami office of JAMS on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The Vis Planning Committee is currently seeking volunteers to sit as arbitrators for morning and afternoon rounds. CLE credits are available pending approval. Please contact the Vis Chair, Amy Shenstone (, if you would like to serve as an arbitrator.

International Law Quarterly
The Fall 2015 ILQ on International Arbitration is now available to view and download here.

The next ILQ will focus on Women in International Law. If you are interested in submitting an article or have questions, please contact Yara Lorenzo:

Upcoming Events                                              
February Events

February 8, 2016
The University of Miami School of Law's International Arbitration Institute and Shook, Hardy & Bacon along with Oxford University Press, are pleased to invite you to the launch of Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration, 6th Edition. Authors: Nigel Blackaby, Constantine Partasides QC, Alan Redfern, and Martin Hunter. Join speakers Professor Martin Hunter, Jan Paulsson and John Barkett in celebrating this release at the offices of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Florida 33131, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. To RSVP, please email
February 18-19, 2016
The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) invites you to attend its winter conference at the Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This networking and educational event will provide advice on management, start up companies, staying competitive, and a legal panel on Chapter 11 cases. For more information and to register,click here.

February 25, 2016
The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) invites you to a panel discussion on The Power to Summon: Does it Apply in International Arbitration? at the Miami offices of Hogan Lovells, 600 Brickell Avenue, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on February 25, 2016. This program is free of charge. Following the panel, attendees are invited to The Florida Bar International Law Section's cocktail reception to kick off its annual International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions (ILAT) Conference, also hosted by Hogan Lovells. Please see the attached brochure for a description on the program and RSVP information.

February 26, 2016
The International Law Section presents its annual International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions (ILAT) Conference at the Conrad Hotel, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami. Join fellow practitioners and experts in the field for discussions and presentations about emerging issues and important updates in international law. Click here to see the conference brochure and registration details. For general questions or sponsorship opportunities, please contact ILAT Conference Co-Chair Robert Becerra ( 

March Events

March 2, 2016
The Future of Arbitration Miami (FAM), Miami's young (under 40) arbitration practitioners group, invites lawyers and students to a networking happy hour from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meet FAM's new board of directors and learn more about the organization's initiatives for 2016. RSVP for the event at this site, where you can also sign up for annual membership.

March 7, 2016
The Media Law Resource Center, in cooperation with the University of Miami School of Communication and School of Law, and the Inter American Press Association, invites you to attend "Legal Issues Concerning Hispanic and Latin American Media," at the University of Miami School of Communication. This full-day conference features Yoani Sanchez, award-winning independent blogger and journalist from Cuba, as well as keynote speaker Jorge Ramos, anchor of Noticiero Univision. Please click here to learn more about the program and to register.

March 9, 2016
IBA Latin American Bar Leaders' Summit Open Session, The Future of Continuous Legal Education, will take place on March 9, 2016 at the Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil Seccional do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
What is the Bar Association's role in training young lawyers beyond law school? In some jurisdictions it is the profession's responsibility for ensuring that lawyers are, and remain, competent to practice. This half-day program will share the experiences and challenges faced by the growing profession in Latin America and discuss best practice models that have been effective in other jurisdictions.
Bar leaders, Bar executives, training officers and private practitioners with an interest in Bar Issues and the regulatory perspective on legal issues should not miss this important event on the international law calendar.
Please RSVP to by February 19th.
This event is free of charge, however registration is needed as places are limited.

March 17, 2016
The Ave Maria School of Law invites a member/members of the International Law Section to participate in its first Professional Association Networking Expo to be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The purpose of this event is to expose law students to the various business and legal associations and help them explore the benefits of joining and becoming involved. If you are interest in participating, please RSVP to by February 10, 2016, indicating that you will attend on behalf of the ILS. If you have questions, please email Celestine Oglesby ( or phone 239-687-5352.

March 31, 2016
The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute invites you to its Virtual Career Fair from 12-3 p.m. This fair is open to lawyers in all settings and specialties. For more information and to register, click here.
April Events

April 10-12, 2016
The University of Miami School of Law's  International Arbitration Institute and MIAS invite you to attend a three-day Master Series, "How to Persuade a Tribunal: The Fundamentals of Advocacy in International Arbitration and Litigation." Jan Paulsson will lead this program featuring distinguished arbitration practitioners and academics from the United States and beyond. The program will include a welcome dinner, plenary sessions, and group exercises. 

To register, visit this page. For more information, please contact Richard Lorenzo ( or Arlene Buchanan (

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2015-2016 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Astigarraga Davis 
  • Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação-Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CAM/CCBC)
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Lex International
  • White & Case
  • Akerman LLP
  • Bryan Cave
  • Buckner, Shifrin, Etter, Dugan & Kohlman, P.A.
  • Fowler White Burnett 
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Tenzer PLLC

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2014-2015, 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 at for more details.

 Become a Sponsor for the 2015-2016 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Chair: Eduardo Palmer
Immediate Past Chair: Peter A. Quinter
Chair-Elect: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Secretary: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Treasurer: Carlos F. Osorio