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The International Law Section Gazette

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ILS Chair's News & Notes

The most important things in life are the connections you make with others.

-Tom Ford


Dear ILS Members,


September will bring several opportunities for us to connect with our international law colleagues. On September 22, ILS will host the first Lunch & Learn event of the 2022-2023 term. Join us that day at the Coral Gables office of Fiduciary Trust International where past ILS Chair, Clarissa Rodriguez, will moderate a panel presentation with Jorge Salcedo H. Esq., founder and proprietor of Salcedo Attorneys at Law P.A. On September 28, we invite all young professionals (and seasoned ones too!) to say Farewell to Summer at our young practitioner networking event. Meet us at CH’I in Brickell City Centre for delicious “chino-latino” bites and the opportunity to continue building connections with members of the South Florida international law community.


Various ILS committee meetings will also be held next month including the first iLaw Steering Committee meeting, where planning for our Section’s flagship event officially begins. If you would like to be involved in planning next year’s iLaw conference, scroll down for information on how to join the committee.


Mark your calendars now and stay tuned to the Gazette for information and details regarding all of the great events coming to you next month!


Best regards,


International Law Quarterly – Call for Written Articles

The editors of the International Law Quarterly are soliciting articles for the Winter 2023 edition, which will have the focus Trends in Immigration. PLEASE NOTE, timely articles not specifically dealing with this area of law are still eligible for consideration and inclusion in the Winter 2023 edition, but space for such articles is limited. The Winter 2023 edition will be the largest distribution of the year, at iLaw in February 2023.


Please submit a short Statement of Interest in writing an article on a specific topic to the ILQ Editors at and by Friday, November 4, 2022. Final drafts will be due from authors by Friday, December 2, 2022.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of the editors directly: Neha Dagley, Jeff Hagen, or Jennifer Mosquera. 

iLaw 2023 Committee: Call for Committee Members

Join the Florida Bar International Law Section on September 22 for a Lunch & Learn Presentation with Jorge Salcedo H., Esq.

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.

Foreign Legal Consultant Committee: Call for Committee Members

The Foreign Legal Consultant Committee is calling on ILS members to volunteer for the Committee, which vets applications to the Florida Bar for the Foreign Legal Consultant certification. Those already certified as Foreign Legal Consultants would be very much welcome on the committee, but certification is not required to serve on the committee.


The Foreign Legal Consultant certification permits a person who is admitted to practice in a foreign country as an attorney, counselor at law, or the equivalent to act as a foreign legal consultant in the state of Florida. The Rules authorizes an attorney licensed to practice law in 1 or more foreign countries to be certified by the Supreme Court of Florida, without examination, to render services in this state as a legal consultant regarding the laws of the country in which the attorney is admitted to practice.


Those interested in joining the Committee to perform this important service to the legal community, and to the Florida Bar, please contact Robert Becerra, Chair of the Foreign Legal Consultant Committee, at

International Law Certification

Did you know that those Board Certified in International Law represent a group of only 50 specialized experts certified by The Florida Bar?

To see the requirements and the application for International Law Certification, please visit Additionally, please see the attached Flyer for more information.

The application deadline for this certification cycle is August 31, 2022. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Allison Armour, Certification Specialist, at if you have any questions. Ms. Armour is happy to help you navigate through the application process!

How Can YOU Earn CLEs?

ILS Members! Your good friends on the Int’l Law Board Certification Committee want YOU to apply to become Board Certified in International Law. Here’s how you can earn credits! Apply today!




Minimum standards for international law certification, provided in Rule 6-21.3, include:

·        Practice of law for at least five years, in either the United States or abroad, or four years with an LL.M. in international law or a related field;

·        Substantial involvement in the specialty of international law — 50% or more — during each of the three years immediately preceding application;

·        60 hours of approved international law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;

·        Peer review; and,

·        A written examination.

For more information and details go to

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

Ed Mullins Appointed as Budget Officer for the ABA International Law Section

Ed Mullins, former ILS Chair, has been appointed as Budget Officer for the American Bar Association International Law Section for the ABA year of 2022 to 2023. Ed previously served as Membership Officer of that section.

Congratulations on behalf of the Florida Bar International Law Section!

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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