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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
Meet the ILS 2018-2019 Executive Board 

Carlos F. Osorio, Esq. 
Osorio Internacional, P.A.
201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131

Clarissa A. Rodriguez, Esq. 
Reich Rodriguez, P.A.
9999 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 204
Miami, FL 33138

Robert J. Becerra, Esq. 
Becerra Law, P.A.
1001 Brickell Bay Drive
Suite 1200
Miami, Florida 33131

James M. Meyer, Esq.
Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O'Connor Albert & Dribin LLP
201 S. Biscayne Boulevard - Suite 800
Miami, Florida 33131
ILS Journey to Cuba - Open Letter to CABA's President

ILS Chair Carlos Osorio published an open letter ( click here for the document) in response to the concerns expressed by  Mr. Jorge Piedra, President of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), with regards to the planned ILS' Journey to Cuba. Mr. Osorio reassured CABA and its members that any ILS initiative regarding Cuba is sensitive to the obvious human rights issues that affect the country. Further information on the program will be communicated to registered participants.

Mr. Piedra's open letter is available at this link

Florida Bar Performance Evaluation Committee Approves Foreign Legal Consultant Membership Initiative

On July 26, 2018, Yine Rodriguez on behalf of the Foreign Legal Consultant Committee (FLCC), and Clarissa Rodriguez, Chair-elect, attended the Florida Bar's Performance Evaluation Committee Meeting seeking approval of the FLCC's motion for Foreign Legal Consultants to receive Florida Bar Membership Certificate and Bar Card. This motion comes after months of intensive work by the FLCC to bring this before the Florida Bar. 
Under the FLCC's initiative, foreign attorneys who are certified with the Florida Bar as a Foreign Legal Consultant will receive a membership card, similar to but distinguished from the Florida Bar Card, to have in their possession. The FLCC's carefully vetted language ensures the Foreign Legal Consultant is properly distinguished from a Florida licensed attorney but receives the proper distinction of foreign counsel. 
The ILS is proud and thankful to the FLCC for their initiative, hard work, and excellent presentation before the Bar. The Performance Evaluation Committee unanimously approved the initiative at their July 26 meeting. 
If you would like to learn about the FLCC and ways to become involved, please contact Yine Rodriguez at

iLaw 2019: Steering Committee Meeting - NEW DATE

The first steering committee meeting for the iLaw2019: The ILS Forum on International Law  will take place at Shutts & Bowen LLP, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4100, Miami, Florida 33131, on  August 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  All ILS members interested in planning the ILS' annual flagship conference are welcome to attend (the iLaw2019 will be held in February 2019 in Miami). A conference call number will be available for those who cannot attend in person. Please RSVP to , indicating whether you plan to attend in person or by telephone.

From our Members
Robert Becerra publishes on DBR

ILS Secretary Robert Becerra published an article on the Daily Business Review titled Trade-Based Money Laundering-South Florida Is in the Bull's Eye. The article discusses how international trade is used to put in place money laundering schemes and, an issue particularly relevant in South Florida given its standing as an international trade hub. The article can be found at this link.

From our Members
Section 301 Tariffs Guidance

Submitted by Peter Quinter, Chair of the Customs and International Trade Law Group at Gray Robinson.

There has been much discussion about Trump's Section 301 tariffs against Chinese products.  It certainly keeps Customs and International Trade lawyers busy.  T he Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has just released a third proposed list of tariff items to become subject to an additional 10% duty under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The first list ("List 1") covers 818 tariff lines. List 1 became effective on July 6, 2018. Goods covered on List 1 are now subject to an additional 25% duty. List 1 can be accessed at:  

The second proposed list ("List 2") consists of 284 tariff items and is currently in the notice and comment phase. Upon becoming final, items covered by List 2 would become subject to an additional 25% duty. List 2 can be accessed  at: .  

On July 10, 2018, USTR released a third proposed list ("List 3") covering over 6,000 tariff lines that, if implemented, would subject these goods to an additional 10% duty. List 3 products include meat, fish and foods; tobacco; chemicals; rubber goods; leather (but not footwear); luggage and bags; certain apparel items; articles of wood (including paper); textiles; carpets; cutlery; metals; machinery; motor vehicle parts; and many other items. The full proposed List 3 is available at:  .  

Proposed List 3 will be subject to comment process prior to being finalized. The critical dates of the comment process are as follows:
* Requests to testify at the public hearing must be filed by July 27, 2018.
* Written comments must be filed by August 17, 2018.
* The public hearing will take place August 20-23, 2018.
* Rebuttal comments will be due on August 30, 2018.
There is a process for applying for product-specific exclusions for List 1 items. See Submissions are done electronically, and are available to the public. 

If you are interested in publishing in the ILS Gazette, please submit your piece to the Editor, Fabio

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

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.

Visit our Sponsors                                             
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.

  Become a Sponsor for the 2018-2019 Cycle
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