Monday, February 22, 2016
The International Law Section Gazette
Member News
Call for Committee Members
The China Law Committee of the ILS is looking for members to join a new committee that will oversee the implementation of the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Shanghai Bar Association and the Florida Bar ILS. Interested members should contract Mark Weiner, Chair of the Asian Law Committee for more information (

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. Deadline is April 30, 2016. For more information, click here.

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 24, 2015
VIVANCO & VIVANCO is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Private Wealth Panama Forum in Panama, Panama. Grant Smith, Florida attorney and the Director of the Miami office, along with Arturo Astudillo, Ecuadorian attorney and the Director of the Guayaquil, Ecuador office for VIVANCO & VIVANCO will be attending the event. VIVANCO & VIVANCO is a full-service law firm for the entire region of Latin America and North America. For more information, please contact Grant Smith ( or visit the event's website by clicking here.

February 25, 2016
The International Law Section will hold its Executive Council Meeting at Hogan Lovells, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, Florida, at 4:30 PM. The meeting will be followed by the ILAT Conference Opening Cocktail Reception, also hosted by Hogan Lovells, at 6:30 PM. For inquiries about the meeting, please contact Angela Froelich (

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 click here to register.

February 26, 2016
The International Law Section invites you to attend its International Litigation, Arbitration & Transactions (ILAT) Conference on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Conrad Hotel in Miami, Florida. As the Section's premier annual event, the ILAT Conference is one full day of plenary and breakout sessions designed to educate attendees on emerging issues in international law. Seven CLE credits are available, including one ethics credit.  Click here to see the conference brochure and registration details

Today is the deadline to receive a discounted rate for hotel rooms at the Conrad Hotel. Book your room by following this link

Valet parking is available for conference attendees at a discounted rate of $10. A valet station will be available on the 3rd floor near where the conference is taking place from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and will be cash only. If you would like to pay for parking with a credit card, or if you arrive after 9:00 a.m., please visit the front desk on the 25th floor of the hotel.

February 28 - March 1, 2016
The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend the 2016 Americas Forum Conference on February 28 -March 1, 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, Florida. The Florida Bar 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.  Registration rates are further discounted for full-time law students, full time gov./academic/NGO, corporate counsel, and young lawyers (35 and under). 

The Americas Forum is a one and a half day conference that will feature two tracks on best practices for international companies doing business in the Americas and for companies in the Americas working internationally. The Forum will be presented by international legal experts and will attract a diverse audience of lawyers, in-house counsel, government representatives, academics and law students from the United States, Central and Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. It will begin with a plenary session on the "CONTINENTAL SHIFT: The Changing Terrain of Professional Ethics in the Americas" and will be followed by a series of panels presented by international legal experts on the latest in key topics such as cross-border litigation, arbitration, politics and M&A, Energy, Natural Resources Development and Sustainability. This program will also offer a unique forum for international lawyers to explore and expand their networks as well as meet colleagues from all over the world during networking breakfasts, networking breaks, a luncheon, and receptions, which are included with the registration fee.
This program is expected to qualify for 9.0 hours of CLE credit including 1.5 hours of ethics credit in 60-minute states and 10.8 hours of CLE credit including 1.8 hours of ethics credit in 50-minute states. Click here to view the full conference brochure including programming and social events. 

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

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 also have the option to 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 29 - April 3, 2016
The Texas Bar International Law Section has organized a trip to Cuba and invites The Florida Bar International Law Section members to join in the trip. The purpose of this trip is to get an in-depth look at the Cuban legal system while experiencing a rich assortment of cultural attractions. Please click here to view and download the event itinerary and here for the registration form.

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 (

April 12-14, 2016
The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law invites you to its 2016 Spring Meeting in New York City. ILS members and friends will be participating in this three-day conference, including Ricardo Cata, James Meyer, and Nancy Thevenin, who will participate in a panel discussion entitled "The Role of Mediation in Resolving the U.S. Claims Against Cuba." Jennifer Diaz will also speak in a panel discussion on Cuba. Early bird registration rates are available through February 29. Click here to access the program brochure and to register.

April 21-23
The Madrid Bar Association will hold its VIII edition of the Madrid Meeting, where attendees will convene to analyze questions of common interest for the legal profession and partake in a number of institutional activities.

Seeking to forge closer ties and strengthen commitment to the rule of law, the Madrid Bar Association hopes to be joined by legal professionals from international associations and bars. This meeting will take place in the headquarters of the Madrid Bar Association. For more information and to register, click here.

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
  • Jones Day 
  • 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