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It’s such a happiness when good people get together.

-Jane Austen

Dear ILS Members,

The Executive Board, our Committee Chairs and Members have been working hard to bring you several opportunities where we all can get together with good people to exchange ideas, collaborate and have fun. This week, we are happy to announce that after two long years, the ILS Orlando Luncheon is back!

Please join us on November 10th at the Citrus Club in Orlando for a networking lunch with our friends and colleagues from Central and Northern Florida. In November, the ILS will also be hosting the Milan-Bergamo-ILS Bar Cooperation Signing Ceremony and Luncheon and the Paris-ILS Bar Cooperation Signing Ceremony and Reception. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues from Italy and France and celebrating with everyone. Please scroll down for additional details and information on how you can register for these great events.

Wishing everyone a very happy Friday!

Best regards,

Jacqueline Villalba, Esq.


Join the ILS in Welcoming the Milan Bar and the Bergamo Bar!

Join the Florida Bar International Law Section in welcoming the Milan Bar (Ordine degli Avvocati di Milano) and the Bergamo Bar (Ordine degli Avvocati di Bergamo)!


The Europe Committee of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar cordially invites you to attend the signing of the Bar Cooperation Agreement on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Akerman LLP offices in Miami (98 SE 7th Street, Ste. 1100). The signing will be followed by a luncheon hosted by the ILS.


Those who will not be able to join us in person will be able to follow the event via Zoom. To RSVP and/or receive the Zoom coordinates, please email Europe Committee Vice-Chair, Davide Macelloni, at


Hope to see you all there!

The Florida Bar is Offering Two Free Upcoming Cyber Security Webinars on October 27 and November 17, 2022!

The Florida Bar is offering two free upcoming cyber security webinars. Please be advised that both webinars require advance registration to be able to participate. See below for details:

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 12:00 noon EST


Cybersecurity for Smaller Law Firms: Practical Advice for Protecting Your Firm

CLE Credit: 1.0 General includes 1.0 Technology

Cybersecurity for Smaller Law Firms: Practical Advice for Protecting Your Firm (and Your Own Finances) from Online Threats. Cybersecurity is THE hot topic these days, especially for legal firms. However, most discussions about it either provide bland generalities with little practical advice or in-depth techno-speak that raises more questions than answers. Daniel Cohn of Dynamic Quest will provide a high-level discussion – in plain English - of cybersecurity in general, the real threats that are out there, and the practical steps and technologies you should have in place. The presentation is meant for owners, partners, and practice managers who may not be comfortable “talking tech” but need real-world information on policies, products, and solutions to keep their practice, their clients, and their staff safe. Daniel will discuss what security threats your firm will likely encounter and how to deal with them. This includes not just online threats but also cyberattacks that use social media, cellphones, and even in person “social engineering” to compromise security. The information presented will also empower your staff to protect themselves and avoid identity and financial theft. Lastly, the Daniel will highlight some of the increased threats due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the upcoming mid-term elections, and other hot button issues, and what you should specifically be looking for in the days and weeks ahead.

Sponsored by: LegalFuel and Dynamic Quest

Presenter: Daniel Cohn is a Solutions Architect at Dynamic Quest, one of North Carolina's largest managed IT, cloud and security services companies.


Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 12:00 noon EST


Introduction to Cyber Security: Awareness & Prevention

CLE Credit: 1.5 includes 1.5 Technology

This introductory cyber security CLE webinar will provide answers to the following questions: 1) What is Ransomware and how has it evolved over the last few years?; 2) What if I Pay/Don’t Pay/OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control/Trading With The Enemy Act Guidance): and 3) What is OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) and how does it lead to compromised credentials that can compromise an entire system? This webinar will cover the minimum protective measures needed by lawyers and law firms. 

Sponsored by: The Florida Bar Board Technology Committee and LegalFuel

Presenters: Franklin Zemel is a partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP and a Certified Information Privacy Professional whose practice includes Privacy and Cybersecurity Law. Steven Teppler is of counsel to Mandelbaum Barrett and leads the firm’s cybersecurity and privacy practice. John Giantsidis is the President of CyberActa, a boutique consultancy empowering medical device, digital health, and pharmaceutical companies in their regulatory, cybersecurity, privacy, data, and commercialization endeavors.

THE USCIS, ICE, CBP, and the State Department Liaison Committee Provides Practitioners with a Summary of the Federal Government's Current Accommodations for Individuals Impacted by Hurricane Ian. 

The USCIS, ICE, CBP, Labor, and State Department Liaison Committee is pleased to provide practitioners with a summary of the federal government’s current accommodations for individuals impacted by Hurricane Ian.


At this time, the EOIR (part of the Department of Justice) has committed to the following: Due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, the Miami, Krome, and Orlando Immigration Courts will exercise their discretionary authority to automatically accept late-filed documents for 30 calendar days, effective September 28, 2022. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) will exercise its discretionary authority to automatically accept late-filed appeals, motions to reopen or reconsider, or accept late-filed briefs in cases arising from these Immigration Courts for 30 calendar days, effective September 28, 2022. Outside of cases arising from these Immigration Courts, pursuant to section 3.1(b)(6) of the BIA Practice Manual, the BIA will take into account the extenuating circumstances caused by Hurricane Ian when the Board receives requests to accept late-filed documents where the inability to meet the deadline was caused by the storm. Due to the inability to deliver mail to many individuals impacted by the storm, we are continuing to work with EOIR and the BIA on further relief.


We have implored USCIS, part of the Department of Homeland Security, to liberally extend deadlines and provide for satisfactory departure for those persons present in the United States on ESTA (Visa Waiver) impacted by Hurricane Ian. We are continuing to work with the agency and will provide updates as we receive them. At this time, they have our wish list and we expect to hear back from USCIS shortly. In the interim, please check this link for USCIS’ current policies for those individuals affected by natural disasters and other unforeseen circumstances who are seeking immigration assistance: 


The Department of Labor has graciously made arrangements to forgive late filings in many cases. We are continuing to work with them.


Senator Marco Rubio’s office has indicated that it will assist in expending nonimmigrant visa appointments for families of victims of Hurricane Ian who are abroad. The wait time for tourist visa appointments at most consulates is over a year. The applicant is instructed to schedule an appointment with the consulate and then contact Senator Rubio’s office. The applicant must provide Senator Rubio’s office with the nature of the emergency, any backup documentation (for example: property in the area impacted), the date and place of the scheduled visa appointment, and the attached consent form completed. Once the form is completed, please email the documentation to with the subject line "Hurricane Ian Travel Assistance" so it may be identified and processed by their team in a timely manner. 

The Committee thanks Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq. for her efforts in this matter.

Join the ILS for the Orlando Luncheon on

November 10, 2022!

Dear ILS Members and Friends,


Join us for a networking lunch with ILS members from Central and Northern Florida on November 10, 2022. 

To register, please contact Penelope Perez-Kelly at by November 4, 2022. 

Join the UK Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Trade for the "GREAT Legal Future" Event Series

ILS members are invited to attend the UK Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Trade’s ‘GREAT Legal Future’ event series taking place in Miami from October 30 through November 3. For more information and to register for their events, please visit the following link:

Miami Conference - Great Legal Services

Join the ILS in Welcoming the Paris Bar for a Reception and Bar Cooperation Signing Ceremony on November 1st!

Join the ILS in welcoming the Paris Bar (the Avocats Barreau Paris)! 

The Europe Committee of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar cordially invites you to attend a cocktail reception celebrating our cooperation with the Paris Bar with the signing of a Bar Cooperation Agreement on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 5.30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Enjoy a selection of wines and small bites at the Harper Meyer office in Miami.

To RSVP, please contact Susanne Leone at

Upcoming CLE Opportunity: International Arbitration Battle Royale - Civil vs. Common Law

For those interested, please visit the registration link, which can be found here!

Florida Bar International Law Section Secures Discount for the IBA Annual Conference for Young Florida Bar Members

MIAS: First Annual LATAM Investor-State Arbitration Conference

The Miami International Arbitration Society is excited to announce its First Annual LATAM Investor-State Arbitration Conference! For those interested, please visit https://www.mias.ord/investor-state-conference.

International Law Deskbook 2020

The International Law Section is proud to announce that its International Law Deskbook is now ready for shipping! Get yours today! CLICK HERE to purchase!

Join the International Law Section

If you are reading the Gazette, chances are that you are a practitioner or a student with an interest in International Law, one of the most wide-ranging, exciting and challenging legal specialties. Everyone in our field knows how crucial it is to stay on top of diverse and evolving national legal regimes, and at the same time, the difficulty of keeping meticulously up-to-date on developments around the world.

The International Law Section (ILS) of The Florida Bar is here to help you, the practitioner, navigate both the everyday and big-picture challenges of our field. Our Section is your forum to share knowledge and best practices, and to meet and mingle with peers in professional collaborations that can only enhance your grasp of the specialty and your standing among clients and peers.

Let ILS membership assist you in developing a thriving international practice through peer network development that includes important shared learnings and reciprocal referrals of clients and casework.

If your practice transcends borders, join us in making this the authoritative, go-to forum for Florida and the gateway to the region for anyone practicing International Law. Our Section is open to lawyers from other states and countries, full-time faculty at U.S. law schools, and full-time U.S. law students, all of whom may participate as associate members. For more information regarding membership with the ILS, click HERE.

Turn in your membership application TODAY!

From Our Members

ILS Member Jonathan Gomer joins Shutts & Bowen's Corporate Practice Group

The ILS is happy to spotlight ILS Member, Jonathan Gomer, on joining the Shutts & Bowen Corporate Practice Group at their Miami office!

ILS Executive Council Member Penelope Perez-Kelly Joins Brennan Manna Diamond 

The ILS is happy to spotlight ILS Executive Council Member, Penelope Perez-Kelly on joining Brennan Manna & Diamond in their Orlando office!

ILS Member Jennifer Diaz Moderates Webinar: "Experts Discuss Complying with CPSC and Getting the Most Out of CTPAT"

On September 28, ILS Member and Diaz Trade Law President, Jennifer Diaz, moderated a Florida Customers Brokers and Forwarders (FCBF) webinar titled "Experts Complying with CPSC and Getting the Most Out of CTPAT." 

International Law Quarterly

The International Law Quarterly - Spring 2022
The Spring 2022 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - International Law in the Time of COVID-19 is now available. Click on the image above to download! For all previous issues of the International Law Quarterly, please follow this link.
Visit Our Sponsors

The 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 2021-2022, 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 contact our Treasurer, Cristina Vicens Beard at for more details., or Vice Treasurer, Laura Reich at for more details.


The ILS Gazette

Editor: Matthew Akiba

Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

Immediate Past Chair: James M. Meyer

Chair-Elect: Richard Montes De Oca

Secretary: Ana Barton

Treasurer: Cristina Vicens Beard

Vice-Treasurer: Laura Reich

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