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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
Remembering Lucius Smejda
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Lucius Smejda, Esq., former ILS Chair, peacefully passed away on April 11, 2018. 
Lucius was an incredible International Lawyer sincerely involved with the International Law Section. He was the co-chair of the NAFTA Committee, Chair of the ILS 2004-2005, and also Treasurer and CLE Chair in 2002. 
He organized several successful seminars around the world, helping the ILS connect with fellow bar organizations and establishing long lasting partnerships. Notably, only a few weeks ago, Lucius successfully  organized the Florida-Quebec forum, the last of a series of events that, thanks to his vision, helped establish a bridge between the Florida Bar and the Quebec Bar.
Lucius' legacy and contribution to the ILS' mission will not be forgotten.

Request for Expressions of Interest Regarding Potential Public International Law and Human Rights Committee and Potential Asia Committee

The ILS will consider proposals for the reactivation of the Asia Committee and for the creation of a new Public International Law and Human Rights Committee at the Retreat and Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs on May 18-20, 2018.  Section members who are interested in learning more about the proposals or joining in the preparation of the proposals, please contact Tyrone Afrasan Adams at for the Public International Law and Human Rights Committee proposal and Neha Dagley at and Susanne Leone at for the Asia Committee proposal.  All proponents of the two new committees are strongly encouraged to attend the business portion of the Retreat and Annual meeting on Saturday, May 19, 2018. 
Minutes from  Meetings  of the  ILS Liaison Committee to the Department of Homeland Security 

The attached minutes involve a meeting with the Miami/Caribbean District of USCIS involving case processing within the District. There was a vigorous interchange of ideas and concerns between the private bar including representatives of the Florida Bar International Law Section and officials of the District. 

The attached minutes involve a meeting between members of the private bar and EOIR (Miami Immigration Court). The meeting involved members of the private bar including a representative of the Florida Bar International Law Section and Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Elena Sukkar involving concerns of the private bar and procedural issues involving case processing/court appearances.
2018 ILS Retreat and Annual Meeting
Bonita Springs, FL *   May 18 - 20, 2018  

Our Section Retreat will take place on May 18-20, 2018.  Because of the proximity of the new Retreat dates to The Florida Bar Annual Convention, the ILS Annual Section Meeting will also take place during the Retreat on May 18-20, 2018, in Bonita Springs.
The registration link is now live! Please CLICK HERE to view the weekend agenda and additional details, and to register.  

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs at the rate of $199 single/double occupancy. Follow this link to book your reservation online with the special ILS rate, or call the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa at (888) 421-1442.  Refer to group "Florida Bar International Law." Reservations must be made before April 27, 2018 or until sold out.  After April 27, 2018, the group rate will be granted on a space available basis. 
The group rate is available three days pre-and post-conference based on hotel availability, and the resort fee of $30 per day has been waived. This program includes welcome beverage for 2 at check-in, self-parking, 2 bottles of water daily in guestroom, coffee maker w/complementary coffee & tea, daily newspaper, 24-hour fitness center, 3 pools, lawn games, lazy river access and inner tubes, ferry transportation to the resort's secluded island, beach chairs and umbrellas at the resort's beach, rock climbing wall, bicycle rentals, resort trolley transportation to marina, Raptor Bay Golf Course and Coconut Point Mall (3 x daily), DVD rentals, golf bag storage, electric car charging stations and 10% discount off services at Stillwater Spa.

If you have any questions about the Retreat or issues with the hotel, please contact Angie Froelich at (850) 561-5633 or

We look forward to seeing you at the Retreat and Annual Meeting in May! 

Congratulations to the Inaugural International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee

Florida Bar President-Elect Michelle Suskauer and the Florida Bar Board of Governors have named the inaugural International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee.  Congratulations to Gary E. Davidson, Annette C. Escobar, Roger S. Kobert, Luis S. Konski, Edward M. Mullins, C. Ryan Reetz, Effie D. Silva, Gilbert K. Squires and Stephen N. Zack! 

Upcoming Events

April 24-28, 2018
The International Section of the New York State Bar Association will hold its 2018 Regional Meeting in Seoul, South Korea. I n recent decades, Asian nations have taken an increasingly active role in the development and application of public international law principles. Join experts from Korea, Singapore, and the U.S. in a discussion spanning diverse substantive legal areas, including environmental law, international trade and disputes, criminal justice, and individual rights.  Click here for the event's program and registration form. 

May 2-5, 2018
The Annual Conference of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) will take place at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida, on May 2-5, 2018.   Peter Quinter is the Chair of the TLA's International Transportation and Trade Committee, and one of the conference planners. Information about this Conference is available at the TLA website at .  For any questions, please direct any questions to Peter Quinter, GrayRobinson, P.A. at (305) 416-6960 or mobile (954) 270-1864 or .

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.

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

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.

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ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2017-2018 cycle

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. To learn more, read the Section's sponsorship package. You can also c ontact our Treasurer, Robert Becerra at  for more details.

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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