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The International Law Section Gazette
Postponed: ILS Retreat
Hurricane Irma has impacted the majority of our members across the State.  However, southwest Florida has been particularly hard hit.  The Florida Bar International Law Section is in active discussions with the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs to reschedule our Section Retreat to a later date.  We expect to have new dates in the coming week and will share those dates with you as soon as they become available.

Section News
Hurricane Irma Relief

Hurricane Irma has caused widespread damage and pain from the Caribbean through Florida.  The Florida Bar International Law Section has reached out to the Caribbean Bar Association and Broward County Bar to offer assistance with a collection and donation drive that they are spearheading.  Please stand by for further information this week.
In addition, the Florida Bar International Law Section supports the many initiatives spearheaded by the Florida Bar in the aftermath of the storm. Additional information from Bar President Michael Higer is provided below.

Dear Florida Bar Members:
Florida is no stranger to hurricanes. We have endured them before and will do so again. There are significant challenges ahead as we rebuild and recover, but together we will meet these challenges.
The Florida Bar is focused on assisting our members and Floridians in the wake of Hurricane Irma's devastation and gathered many helpful resources at We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
Here are ways the Bar can assist you -- our members -- in recovery as well as ways you can volunteer to assist Floridians, and please check the Bar's website frequently for updates.
Help for Florida Lawyers
  • The Practice Resource Institute (PRI) provides a webpage with disaster planning and business continuity resources for Bar members and a FloridaBarNews.TV video also provides resource information. PRI advisors will assist members by phone during regular business hours by calling 1-866-730-2020 and the live chat feature at is active. In addition, members may email for assistance:
  • The Florida Bar is setting up a system to connect Florida lawyers who have been adversely affected by the storm with other lawyers who are able to assist them with needs including temporary housing, office space, and cleanup services. Please watch for another email from me with a link to a form to request or provide assistance and check "Lawyer Resources" section for updates. If you have an urgent need, please email and we will do anything we can to assist you until this system is operational.
  • Fastcase legal research is already available free of charge to Florida Bar members and for recovery relief assistance, Fastcase is making its full research service available through the end of Sept. 30, 2017. If you have any questions or need support, call Fastcase at 1-866-77-FASTCASE (1-866-773-2782) or email
  • It may help you to take advantage of the more than a dozen Florida Bar Member Benefit providers that offer free trials, demos or initial services, including practice resources, legal forms and legal research.
  • If you have been impacted by Hurricane Irma and have not yet paid 2017-2018 annual fees and late fees as a Florida Bar Member, Authorized House Counsel (AHC) or Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP), the deadline to pay has been extended from Sept. 30 to Oct. 30, 2017. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please call the Membership Records Department at 1-800-342-8060.
  • If you have been impacted by Hurricane Irma, and your Florida Bar Member, AHC or FRP Continuing Legal Education Reporting Cycle ends on Sept. 30, an extension is being granted until Oct. 30, 2017. Questions about CLE reporting can be emailed to
  • The Florida Supreme Court is posting announcements about state court closures, re-openings and tolling orders following Hurricane Irma on an emergency information webpage -- please check this page if you have business pending in the state courts. The webpage also provides links to local courthouses to access the latest local information.
Assisting Floridians
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, working in conjunction with the ABA Young Lawyers Section and FEMA, set up a Disaster Relief Hotline 1-866-550-2929 and an online request for assistance form, and all Florida Bar members eligible to practice may volunteer to provide basic civil legal services for people who cannot otherwise afford legal representation in non-fee generating cases. Volunteers return calls placed to the YLD's hotline or requests for assistance via the online form. To volunteer, complete this form and review the  FEMA Disaster Assistance Manual for Legal Services Advocates posted here. The types of legal questions most frequently asked will involve landlord/tenant and other housing problems, consumer protection matters, and home repair contracts.
  • Florida Free Legal Answers now has a Hurricane Irma category and a temporary increase of the qualifying cap is in effect so all Floridians can pose questions relating to Hurricane Irma. To volunteer for Florida Free Legal Answers, a virtual civil legal advice clinic, please register here. If you are already a volunteer, please subscribe to the Hurricane Irma category to receive email alerts when questions are posted. 
  • The Florida Bar Foundation created a webpage with resources and volunteer opportunities for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, as well as information to help Floridians seeking civil legal aid. The Foundation has also created the Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund for donations to go directly to civil legal assistance for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma and any subsequent hurricanes making landfall in Florida.  
  • Florida Pro Bono Matters is another way to assist Floridians via an interactive website funded by The Florida Bar Foundation -- both in hurricane recovery and year-round. Lawyers can view descriptions of available pro bono opportunities and indicate an interest in any of them, and then will be contacted by the posting organization with more information.
Now is the time for each of us to help each other, help our colleagues, help our neighbors, and help our communities. Together, we will make a difference and we will recover stronger than ever.

Very truly yours,

Michael J. Higer, President
The Florida Bar  

Job Opportunity at the University of Akron School of Law

The University of Akron School of Law anticipates hiring a tenure-track or tenured faculty member with a focus in the area of international and comparative law to begin teaching in Fall 2018.  We seek a candidate demonstrating general international law expertise with a preference for private international law, including but not limited to international business transactions, international trade, and/or international commercial arbitration.  Both entry-level and lateral candidates are encouraged to apply.  The appointment may include opportunities for administrative leadership overseeing study abroad programs, programs for foreign lawyers, and other international programs.  The committee is interested in candidates with scholarly distinction or great promise as demonstrated by strong early scholarship and a thoughtful agenda for future work, as well as a commitment to excellence in teaching. 

The University of Akron School of Law is a public, mid-size law school of approximately 500 students located in the Akron/Cleveland metropolitan area.  With a new building, a new dean, and strong enrollments, Akron Law provides an energized community and faculty environment.  The School of Law has a strong tradition of teaching and offers students low tuition, a commitment to student success, strong job placement, award-winning clinical programs, a national trial team program, and unique mentorship with the local and regional bars.  It has research centers in Intellectual Property, Constitutional Law, and Professional Responsibility.  Akron Law has recently enhanced its international initiatives including new collaborative relationships with universities in Asia, an accelerated juris doctor program for international students, visiting international scholars, and a four-week, three-city, two-country study abroad program in Japan and South Korea.  In addition, the larger University has been expanding international initiatives and programming.  

The University of Akron is a public research university of 25,000 students, with a national reputation in polymer science, engineering, and business in addition to law.  It is centered in Akron, Ohio, a city with a population of 200,000, known for its low cost of living and high quality of life, its surrounding natural beauty including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, its history of industrial innovation, and its multitude of cultural, artistic, athletic, and recreational opportunities.

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2017. For complete details and to apply for this position, visit: Job ID# 9816

Members News
Maria Sallato Wins Child Abduction Case

As a result of a three-day trial in front of the Honorable Judge Federico Moreno, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Attorney Maria T. Sallato, board certified in Family Law, successfully obtained the return of a three year old child to Canada, under the terms of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Abduction. Final judgment was entered on August 31, 2017, Case No. 17-cv-20745-FAM.

Upcoming Events

September 20, 2017
Please join the ILS on Wednesday, September 20 at 12 pm, at the offices of Fiduciary Trust
Company International, at 
2 Alhambra Plaza, PH1A, Coral Gables, Florida for lunch with wealth planning executive Joseph Kellogg as he explores the growth of family offices in South Florida.  Joseph Kellogg has more than 15 years' experience working with wealthy families. As partner of WE Family Offices, Joseph works with clients to identify their unique objectives and challenges and to implement a comprehensive planning strategy in coordination with their estate and tax planning professionals.

September 20, 2017
This year's Wilberforce Miami Seminar will be held at the office of Aball√¨ Milne Kalil, 1 SE 3rd Ave, 10th Floor, Miami on Wednesday, September 20 at 4.45 PM. The focus of this year's seminar will be " Getting assets out of offshore jurisdictions". For more information please refer to the event's brochure.  

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 to ensure an appropriate headcount for light bites and refreshments.

June 5-6, 2018
The German Bar Association (DAV) will be hosting its first International Bar Leaders Symposium on June 5th and 6th in the historic city of Heidelberg, Germany.  Don't miss this chance to benefit from inspiring presentations and to engage in a fruitful dialogue with legal professionals and experts from all over the world. Registration details are forthcoming.

Spring 2017 ILQ
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 ( if you would like to contribute or have any questions.

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2016-2017 cycle
  • 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. For more information, c ontact Robert Becerra at  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