Monday, March 7, 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.

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                                              
March Events

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.

April 27, 2016
Larry S. Rifkin and Jacqueline Villalba will present a lunchtime webinar entitled "Visa Strategies for the Entrepreneur," which aims to review non-immigrant visa strategies for the small business owner and/or investor. The seminar involves exploring the options that are available to an individual who would like to invest in a business either by acquisition or as a "startup." There will be discussion regarding the prerequisites involved in discerning which are the preferred options under the current policy. A registration link is forthcoming.

May Events

May 17, 2016
Managing Bilingual Mediation, from 12:00 - 1:40 p.m. with David S. Willig. 
This podcast will sensitize listeners to the ways effective mediation may go awry when one or more parties to the mediation primarily uses a language other than English.  The session will cover what the mediator can do to render the mediation effective under such circumstances whether the mediator is bilingual, or not. Included will be suggested strategies and best practices to overcome obstacles to linguistic communication in mediation.  There will be an ethics component.

May 18-21, 2016
The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) will hold its Half Year Conference at the Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago. This conference will provide Florida international practitioners with a great opportunity to interact with AIJA at a major program in the United States. For more information and to register, click here. You may also contact Arnoldo Lacayo (, who is on the conference organizing committee.

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

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