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ILS Chair's News & Notes

Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.

- Robert Collier

Dear ILS Members,

Last Friday, our Section did something that it does best – hosted a fantastic iLaw conference! For the past several weeks, the iLaw Steering Committee and your Executive Board worked relentlessly to organize our full-day, multi-track conference. As you can see from the photos below, with over 150 people in attendance, robust programming and stellar speakers, iLaw2023 was one for the history books! Again, thank you to the ILS members and law school volunteers for their efforts, to our vendor sponsors for their generous support and to you, our members and friends, for participating in this year’s conference.

iLaw2023 may be finished but the ILS’ momentum and efforts to continue collaborating with our international colleagues remain steadfast. On March 6, 2023, in conjunction with the Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacia de Madrida (the Madrid Bar Association), the ILS will host Invirtiendo en EEUU: Aspectos Legales. This half-day conference will feature panel presentations from ILS members discussing key issues that foreign citizens must consider and be aware of when evaluating and considering doing business in the United States. A very big THANK YOU to Past ILS Chair, Eduardo Palmer, for his herculean efforts in organizing and bringing to life this event for our Section.

Wishing you all a happy Friday.

Best regards,

Jacqueline Villalba, Esq.


International Law Quarterly: Call for Articles for the Spring 2023 Edition

For those interested in publishing an article in the Spring 2023 Edition of the International Law Quarterly, please submit a short Statement of Interest to the Editors, Jeff Hagen at and Neha Dagley at

Joint Conference Presented by the Madrid Bar Association and the ILS on "Investing in the United States: Legal Aspects" to Take Place on March 6, 2023

Internship Opportunity Organized by the Paris Bar for both English and French Speaking Lawyers!

Since 1991, the Paris Bar organizes a unique training program for young French speaking lawyers, in partnership with the Ecole de Formation professionnelle des Barreaux du ressort de la cour d'appel de Paris (EFB).  The "Stage International" brings together young French speaking lawyers from all over the world for a two-month theoretical and practical training.  Since 2015, the Paris Bar also organizes a second version of the program for English speaking lawyers called the "International Program".

Both programs are organized in cooperation with foreign bar associations and are supported by some French Embassies abroad. The Stage International will take place from October to November 2023 (8 weeks).  The International Program will take place in May and June 2023 (exact dates to be confirmed by the Paris Bar). 


The internship offers participants an introduction to the French legal system.  In the first month of the Stage International the foreign lawyers will participate in programs of the “Ecole de Formation du Barreau” to be able to understand the French legal system and its procedures.  Participants are able to discover the daily routine of the Palais de Justice by attending hearings, visiting the major French institutions and getting an insight of European law.  In the second month, the foreign lawyers will have the opportunity to experience Parisian legal life and will intern in a Parisian Law Firm. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Europe Committee Chair Susanne Leone at for more information.

Deloitte Presents the Attorney Leadership Forum: Trailblazing Women in Law

Tuesday, March 7th at 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Deloitte invite ILS Members for a virtual fireside chat on March 7th to celebrate women who have blazed the trail to shape the legal landscape, influence progress, and strengthen the community of law.

The dynamic panel will share their career wisdom, leadership perspectives and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to help foster the next generation of women legal professionals.


  • Betsy Ferguson

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, CVS Aetna

  • Linda Myers

Retired Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

  • Yvette Ostolaza

Chair, Management Committee, Sidley Austin

  • Petal Walker

Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

To learn more and to register to attend, please click the following link (please register with your mobile device if you experience a firewall on desktop:

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!

International Law Quarterly

The International Law Quarterly - Winter 2023

Focus on Immigration

The Winter 2023 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on Immigration 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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