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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
Message from the Chair

Dear International Law Section members:                  
 
Welcome to the 2017-18 Section year!  It is an honor to address you as Chair and to highlight for you the exciting events coming our way in the next year. 
 
Thanks to the leadership of our Immediate Past Chair, Al Lindsay, and the tireless work of our leaders and committees, the state of the International Law Section is stronger than ever before.  As reported at our annual meeting, our finances and membership are healthy.  The quality of our new website, of our  publications, and of our CLE programs is commended throughout the Bar.  Our collaboration with other international law organizations, with other Sections of the Bar, and our legislative efforts make concrete our promise to make the Florida Bar International Law Section a platform for Florida's international practitioners to Lead Globally with Information, Innovation and Insight.
 
Our next big event is the International Law Section Retreat to be held on September 29 - October 1, 2017, at the stunning Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida.  Situated along the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, between Naples and Ft. Myers, the resort offers a multitude of amenities and activities including a secluded beach island, hydro-grid tennis facilities, 18-hole golf course designed by Senior PGA Tour Champion Raymond Floyd, a 19,000-sq. ft. full-service spa, a 5,000 square-foot lagoon pool with a 140 foot water slide and lap pool and six restaurants.  As with past Retreats we will do some work and a lot of socializing.  We welcome families and significant others and are looking for proposals for our second annual ILS Talks modeled on the TED Talks known to many of you.  Please be on the lookout for registration details in the coming days and be sure to contact us if you are interested in giving an ILS Talk.
 
Another feature of the coming year will be the International Law Section's outreach to our members and potential members outside South Florida.  Planning is underway for an event in Orlando in November and for other events in Tampa and Jacksonville in 2018.  If you are interested in helping with these events, please reach out to me directly.
 
Other important dates to calendar now:
  • August 11, 2017, Deadline for iLaw2018 Proposals
  • August 16, 2017, Florida Bar International Law Section Lunch and Learn featuring former Chair Edward H. Davis, Jr., Location:  Fiduciary Trust International, Coral Gables, Florida
  • August 18, 2017, Deadline for Submissions to the Fall 2017 International Law Quarterly
  • September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017, ILS Retreat and Executive Council Meeting, Location:  Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida
  • February 15, 2018, Florida Bar International Law Section Spring 2018 Executive Council Meeting, Location:  Miami, Florida
  • February 16, 2018, iLaw2018: The ILS Global Forum on International Law, Location:  Conrad Hotel, Miami, Florida
  • February 17, 2018, 2018 Florida Bar International Law Section Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot, Location:  JAMS, Miami, Florida
  • June 13-16, 2018, Annual Florida Bar Convention and Executive Council Meeting, Location:  Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, Florida
For additional details about any of the above events please visit our website (http://internationallawsection.org).  Also, please keep your news, events and photos coming so they can be featured in the Gazette and on the Section's website's calendar and news page.
 
All the best,

Arnie Lacayo
Chair
 
CLE Carry Over Proposal - Feedback Request

Dear ILS Members,

We need your input on a proposed change to the R ule on Minimum Continuing Legal Education Standards which would allow a member to carry over excess CLE credits from one reporting period to another. In other words, if you earn more than the minimum required number of credits during 3-year reporting period, the proposal would allow additional credits to be carried over to the next reporting period. 

Two proposals addressing this issue have been submitted for consideration (see attached). These proposals are summarized as follows:
  1.  The original proposal from Jay Cohen (Board of Governors Member Circuit 17, Seat 4) would allow a member to carry-over any excess credits (i.e. any credit hours over 33 hours) to the following 3-year reporting cycle without restriction.
  2. The alternative or amended proposal from the Board of Legal Specialization and Education, would allow a member to carry over only a certain amount of credits to the next reporting period (12 general credit hours, 2 credit hours in ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse or mental illness awareness programs, and 1 technology hour)
The Board of Legal Specialization and Education is seeking input from the various sections and their members to these proposals for their consideration at their next meeting in September. 

If you have any comments or opinions regarding these proposals, please submit them via e-mail to Katherine Sanoja (katherine.sanoja@gstllp.com) by August 11, 2017.

iLaw 2018 - Steering Committee Meeting

The first steering committee meeting for the iLaw2018: The ILS Forum on International Law will take place at Shutts & Bowen LLP, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4100, Miami, FL 33131, on August 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. All members interested in planning the ILS's annual flagship conference are welcome to attend (the iLaw2018 will be held on February 16, 2018, at the Conrad Hotel). Please RSVP to kpaz@shutts.com to ensure an appropriate headcount for light bites and refreshments.


iLaw2018 - Call for Proposals

Dear ILS Members:

We are now soliciting proposals for the iLaw2018: The ILS Global Forum on International Law, which will take place on February 16, 2018, at the Conrad Hotel in Miami. Similar to the preceding few years, the iLaw2018 will consist of four panel presentations with three simultaneous tracks, as follows: (1) the ICDR arbitration track, (2) the litigation track, and (3) the business transactions track, all in addition to one opening plenary session and one closing plenary session. We will consider submissions that are appropriate for each of the three tracks.

The deadline for initial proposals is August 11, 2017. Please submit your proposal(s) by email to Ana Barton, Jacqueline Villalba and Kristin Drecktrah Paz at the email addresses indicated below.

Each proposal should contain a suggested title and a description of the panel of no more than 200 words. Identification of speakers is not necessary at this time, but proposals may suggest the type(s) of speakers envisioned to speak, or specific topics covered, on the panel. Please be mindful that the iLaw2018 Steering Committee is committed to, and will ensure, diversity (including, without limitation, gender, racial, ethnic) on all panels.

The iLaw2018 Steering Committee, consisting of the co-chairs, the ILS executive officers, and volunteer members, will evaluate all proposals and timely decide which proposals to accept for the iLaw2018. Based on the limited number of panel presentations during the conference and the potential high volume of proposals, we are unable to select all submissions.

Thank you for your time and commitment to the ILS and the iLaw2018. We look forward to hearing from you!

iLaw2018 Co-Chairs
Ana Barton (abarton@reedsmith.com)
Jacqueline Villalba (jvillalba@harpermeyer.com)
Kristin Drecktrah Paz (kpaz@shutts.com)


Members News
Jennifer Diaz Speaking Engagements
 

Jennifer Diaz of Diaz Trade Law, P.A. presented a webinar to Audio Educator titled "Importing into the United States in Compliance with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and moderated a webinar for the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT International) event: Supply Chain Trends of 2017.

 
Tiffany Comprés Interview with AltaClaro
 
Tiffany Comprés (Of Counsel in the Miami office of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.), was interviewed by web-learning platform AltaClaro on her career path in international law. The interview is available at https://altaclaro.com/Posts/Details/71.


 
MDO Partners Advises on New Venture for Grove Bay Hospitality Group and Top Chef Winner Jeremy Ford
 
MDO Partners is pleased to announce the closing of a transaction resulting in the creation of Stubborn Seed, the first of two new restaurants that formalize the partnership between the hospitality experts at Grove Bay Hospitality Group (GBHG) and Season 13 "Top Chef" Winner Jeremy Ford. Stubborn Seed is a highly anticipated new restaurant scheduled to open in September 2017 and located in the South of Fifth neighborhood  of South Beach at 101 Washington Avenue.

Managing Partner Richard Montes de Oca and Associate Counsel Lauren Bengochea worked
directly with GBHG Co-founders and Co-CEOs Ignacio Garcia-Menocal and Francesco Balli to
complete the transaction.
 
Upcoming Events

August 16, 2017
Join founding shareholder of Sequor Law, Ed Davis, for  lunch  on  Wednesday, August 16 , as he discusses financial fraud and corruption throughout the world.  Ed focuses his practice on the representation of individual, corporate and institutional victims of fraud throughout the world.  In the course of his practice, he conducts financial fraud investigations, prosecutes civil claims for fraud and pursues misappropriated assets.  Today's nature of money flow allows for stolen funds to be instantaneously transferred; Ed has pursued such funds in jurisdictions across the globe including Japan, the Bahamas, Latin America, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, among others.

September 12-14, 2017
The New York Bar International Section will hold its Guatemala Seasonal Meeting in Antigua, Guatemala at the Casa Santo Domingo Hotel. This meeting will offer many hot topics, including:
  • Doing Business in Cuba - Guide to doing business in Cuba Post-Castro and U.S. Embargo
  • Trade Secrets: A 180-Degree Change in its Protection
  • BEPS Latin America Style
  • Corrupt Business Practices and their impact on Human Rights in Guatemala
  • International Dispute Resolution
For more information, please refer to the event's website.

September 29 - October 1, 2017
The International Law Section Retreat will be held on September 29 - October 1, 2017, at the stunning Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida.  Situated along the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, between Naples and Ft. Myers, the resort offers a multitude of amenities and activities including a secluded beach island, hydro-grid tennis facilities, 18-hole golf course designed by Senior PGA Tour Champion Raymond Floyd, a 19,000-sq. ft. full-service spa, a 5,000 square-foot lagoon pool with a 140 foot water slide and lap pool and six restaurants.  As with past Retreats we will do some work and a lot of socializing.  We welcome families and significant others and are looking for proposals for our second annual ILS Talks modeled on the TED Talks known to many of you.  Please be on the lookout for registration details in the coming days and be sure to contact us if you are interested in giving an ILS Talk.


October 8-13, 2017
The 2017 IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia will feature around 200 conference sessions. These vary widely in style and, with the core substantive committee sessions at the heart of the conference programme covering most sectors and practice areas, the conference will provide the opportunity to focus on your own areas of interest. Click here to download the event brochure.

October 22-23, 2017
Will the push or pull of nationalist sentiments affect where and how businesses resolve cross-border disputes? Might the relationship between national courts and arbitral tribunals shift? Will the backlash against globalism encompass or impact the world of international arbitration? These and more questions will be topics of debate at the ATLAS - Atlanta International Arbitration Society 6th annual conference titled International Business Disputes in an Era of Receding Globalism. Additional details will follow soon.

October 24-28, 2017
The ABA Section of International Law Fall Conference on the Americas will be held in Miami at the JW Marriott Marquis, October 24- 28, 2017 with the topic "Doing business in the Americas in the New Global Economy: A New Dawn in the Hemisphere".

February 16, 2018
The ILS will be holding iLaw2018 - The ILS Forum on International Law. The event is work in progress, if you would like to help with the organization, t he first steering committee meeting for the iLaw2018: The ILS Forum on International Law will take place at Shutts & Bowen LLP, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4100, Miami, FL 33131, on August 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. All members interested in planning the ILS's annual flagship conference are welcome to attend (the iLaw2018 will be held on February 16, 2018, at the Conrad Hotel). Please RSVP to kpaz@shutts.com to ensure an appropriate headcount for light bites and refreshments.


Spring 2017 ILQ
ILQ Fall 2017 - Message from the Editor

Dear ILS Members and Colleagues:
 
We invite you to submit your topics for articles to be included in the Fall 2017 International Law Quarterly, which will focus on international dispute resolution
 
Feature Articles should be 8-10 pages, double-spaced, and must conform with the ILQ's Style Guide (which we can send to you if you're interested in submitting an article).
 
The Fall 2017 ILQ will have between 10-12 Feature Articles, so please send us your proposed topic so that we can ensure that there is no duplication.
 
Deadline for articles is Friday, 18 August.
 
We look forward to receiving your proposed topics.
 
Best,
Rafael Ribeiro
Editor-in-Chief


International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Spring 2017 ILQ - 
Focus on International Aspects of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy 
 is now available to view and download
.



Our next ILQ will focus on international litigation and arbitration, and we look forward to your submissions.  Please write the ILQ's Editor-in-Chief, Rafael Ribeiro ( rafael.ribeiro@hoganlovells.com) if you would like to contribute or have any questions.


Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2016-2017 cycle
 
Global
Hemispheric
Regional
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Sequor Law 
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Akerman
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • White & Case
  • Bryan Cave
  • Coffey Burlington
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • MDO Partners
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Stokes McMillan Antunez
  • Tenzer PLLC
  • Wilberforce

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2016-2017, 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  eco@ecostrats.com   for more details.

  Become a Sponsor  for the 2017-2018 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Immediate Past Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Chair-Elect:  Carlos F. Osorio
Secretary:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Treasurer: Robert J. Becerra