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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
NEW   Committee for Human Rights, Public International Law, Global Justice

At the Florida Bar International Law Section we have several committees. And, NOW, we have a committee dedicated to the issues of human rights, public international law, and global justice. The purpose of this Committee shall be to provide leadership to the legal profession and global community, with a focus on service to people living in Florida, in protecting and advancing international human rights and global social justice. Additionally, the Committee shall be a resource to diverse communities combating the structural deprivation of rights and social justice. The Committee shall further provide attorneys with current and timely information in their legal specialty or focus area, develop CLE seminars/symposiums, build a local/international professional network, submit articles and participate in a variety of human rights related community service projects and social events.  Specific international and domestic issues the Committee will delve into include, for example, right to food, right to health, right to education, political prisoners and political rights, race discrimination, environmental justice, human trafficking, and much more.
            When Tyrone Afrasan Adams first brought this idea to the attention of the ILS Executive Chair Arnie Lacayo in late 2017, he immediately received positive feedback and support. Human Rights is not exactly known for being a profitable legal field - and the lack of profitability was the reason that there has never been a Human Rights committee at the Florida Bar. On the contrary, many attorneys who start working in this field quickly realize how difficult it is to win cases, how difficult it is to get attorney fees, and thus how difficult it is to focus on this area of law - especially in cities that are not called Miami, Washington DC, or New York. However, the topic is now just as important and relevant as it was 200 years ago, and we have been able to gather enough interest to convince the ILS executive committee to officially establish this Committee dedicated to Human Rights in May 2018. And, in September 2018 this Committee will start being featured on the ILS website, around the same time when the Committee's first public event will take place in Orlando. 
            Here is a list of some of our initial members:  Prof. Lisa Iglesias, Richard A.C. Alton, Bernice Bird, Prof. Emercio Aponte, Prof. Hannibal Travis, Tyrone Afrasan Adams, Francis "Mo" Roberts, Prof. Mark Schlakman, Pinky Shodhan, Prof. Madeleine Plascencia, Amirah Mohammed, and Jason Deleo.  
            This Committee shall help protect and advance human rights. To have the most impact, YOUR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED AND WANTED! Whether you are a law student, faculty member, practicing attorney or community leader, please consider joining and supporting the work of this Committee - today. 
            Feel free to reach out to our Committee's Secretary Tyrone Afrasan Adams, Esq. Francoeur Law Firm, LLC, who can be reached at, or 407-999-9990. 

Audio Webinar - H1B Visas

On January 30, 2019 the ILS will host an audio webinar titled H-1B Processing: Navigating Troubled Waters in  These Turbulent Times .   This audio webcast will offer a practical approach to the preparation of the H-1B visa petition taking into consideration USCIS regulations and current policy including adjudication trends at the Service Centers. For more information, please refer to the event's brochure. To register please visit this link.

U.S.-India Symposium on Law, Business and Investments

The Asia Committee of the Florida Bar International Law Section has organized a U.S.-India Symposium on Law, Business and Investments.  The symposium will take place on November 26-27, 2018 in conjunction with the Indian National Bar Association's (INBA) annual conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in New Delhi.  The symposium proposes to bring participation from legal luminaries, senior government officials, and international law firms from across the globe. 

Day 1 (Nov. 26) will consist of the program and seminars put together by the INBA, and Day 2 (Nov. 27) will consist of the seminars put together by the Florida/U.S. delegates.  Additionally, the INBA has organized a cultural program for the U.S. delegates which will take place on November 28.  It will include a trip to the Taj Mahal and a tour of government/court buildings.  
We only have three topics remaining for speaker participation and a few sponsorships slots available.  If you are interested in speaking on one of the following topics, please contact the program chairs immediately: Customs and Trade Law; Investing and Managing Florida Real Estate; IPR Issues in International Business (patents).
This is a fantastic opportunity if you are interested in extending your marketing and networking efforts into Asia, or if you are simply wanting to explore the beautiful sights, sounds, and the rich cultural heritage of India!
Lastly, the symposium has received promotional support from numerous organizations, including the following: ABA Section of International Law; The Florida Bar International Law Section; Florida International University College of Law; The India-US Chamber of Commerce of South Florida. 
For further information, please visit the below sites: 
If you are interested in attending the conference or speaking, please contact the Program Chairs, Susanne Leone and Neha Dagley.


Members News
Lola v. Skadden and the Automation of the Legal Profession

Past ILS Chair, Al Lindsay, co-authored a law review article titled "Lola v. Skadden and the Automation of the Legal Profession" that was recently published by the prestigious Yale Journal of Law & Technology.  The article is an important commentary for all lawyers and is particularly meaningful in this day and age.  In it, Lindsay and his co-authors examine the advancement of artificial intelligence and the effect this technology will have on the practice of law in the coming years. Perhaps most significantly, the article addresses skills that lawyers of the future will need to hone in order to remain competitive at a time when much of their traditional stock in trade may be supplanted by machines. The article may be read and downloaded here.

Jennifer Diaz at the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals

Jennifer Diaz will be moderating the Global Volatility & Risk: The Imperative for Supply Chain Agility Powered by AWESOME (Advancing Women's Supply Chain Leadership), at the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 2018 Edge Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition on October 3, 2018 in Nashville TN.

Upcoming Events
September 12, 2018
Please join us for a Lunch&Learn event at the offices of Fiduciary Trust International 2 Alhambra Plaza, PH1A Coral Gables, Florida 33134 on Wednesday, September 12th  for lunch with Joe L. Raia, Shareholder at Gunster's Miami office as he shares his experience working with  foreign and domestic individuals and companies in court proceedings, government investigations, and arbitrations relating to commercial, trade and investment matters pending in the United States and abroad. 

Joe deals with matters involving multiple jurisdictions, including the treaties and principles that govern jurisdiction, choice of law, service of judicial papers abroad, obtaining evidence for use abroad, and the complexities of obtaining and protecting electronic communications and data. He has worked with the major arbitration regimes, including ICC, ICDR, UNCITRAL and AAA. His practice includes the preparation and enforcement of agreements to arbitrate, as well as the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments.

September 19, 2018
The Wilberforce Miami Seminar 2018  will be held on September 19, 2018, 3.45 PM at 1 SE 3rd Avenue, 10th Floor, Miami, FL 33131. For more information and to read the speakers' bio please refer to the event program. To register, you can email Millie Calderon ( ).

October 7-12, 2018
The International Bar Association will hold its annual conference in Rome, Italy. To receive further information and registration details visit: 

October 24-26, 2018
Join our partners of the New York State Bar International Section as it explores Montreal, Canada for its Seasonal Meeting in 2018! The meeting will be held October 24-26, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel 360 Rue Saint Antoine Ouest Montréal, QC H2Y 3X4, Canada. Registration details are available in the event's brochure.

November 6-10, 2018
The ABA Section of International Law will hold its Conference on International Trade and Investments in Mexico City. To learn more, click here.

November 8-10, 2018
The International Association of Young Lawyers will hold a conference in San Diego on: Entrepreneurship and innovation: from early stages to the evolution. The AIJA Seminar will address topics such as entrepreneurship legal issues, key challenges in setting up new businesses, use of intellectual property strategies to protect new assets, approaching investors, negotiation techniques between founders and investors, or licensing strategies. You will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders, professionals and listen to the "real stories" of successful entrepreneurs who have made an impact in their industry. Fore more information, please refer to the event's brochure.

Winter 2018 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The  Winter 2018 ILQ -  Focus on International Aspects of Maritime, Admiralty, and Transportation Law  is now available to view and download here.

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ILS thanks its sponsors 

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2017-2018, 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. To learn more, read the Section's sponsorship package. You can also c ontact our Treasurer, James Meyer at  for more details.

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The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Carlos F. Osorio
Immediate Past Chair: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Chair-Elect:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Secretary:  Robert J. Becerra
Treasurer: James Meyer