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ILS Chair's News & Notes
Dear ILS Members,

Now that we are mid-January, I wonder if it is already too late to wish you all Happy New Year? Reasonable minds differ about this annual enigma. While that debate rages on, it is certainly not too late for the International Law Section to begin preparations for a successful 2022.  

The big news is that, despite the current Covid surge, i-Law 2022, our flagship conference, which was originally scheduled to be held on Friday, February 18, will still be held in-person at the JW Marriott Marquis. However, we are moving back the date about five weeks to Friday, April 1st. The thought behind this change is that, in the weeks leading up to April, the currently dominant strain of Covid (Omicron) hopefully will have dissipated with ample time to allow us to gain full registration by our members and guests. No new variants, please. Also, by holding this usually well-attended event on April 1st, we will be providing ample targets and opportunities for those pranksters within our ranks. Joking aside, you’d be a fool not to attend.

In the meantime, besides preparing for i-Law 2022, we will be spending February and March arranging more webinar-style CLE programs, outdoor cocktail parties and virtual get-togethers with more Florida law schools. We will also be spending time coordinating with the various active committees of the ILS to encourage a return to full programming, both virtual and in-person. With that in mind, I will be contacting all of our Committee Chairs and requesting that they provide mid-year reports for distribution to the Executive Council via email on February 17th, just as if we were holding our mid-year meeting on that date as originally planned. The Committee Chairs will be able to update their reports at our now delayed mid-year meeting which has been rescheduled for March 31st. Immediately following that mid-year meeting, we will adjourn to enjoy a cocktail party at Chi in Brickell City Centre to kick-off the i-Law programs and festivities the next day.

Please note, however, that the dates and schedule for the Vis Pre-Moot Court Competition will not change, as the stand alone event has already been modified to be held largely in a virtual format, with some hybrid in-person components in order to allow a more geographically diverse law student participation. We will plan to have Vis Pre-Moot Court re-join the i-Law conference in 2023. Please contact the Chair of the Vis Pre-Moot Committee, Adrian Nunez, with any questions or comments. 

We are also doubling down on our plans to hold a spectacular retreat on the island of Bimini in The Bahamas on April 29th through May 1st. Registration for this event will be opening soon. 

Finally, make sure to save the date for the Florida Bar‘s annual convention to be held in June this year in Orlando. The annual meeting of the ILS will occur there at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria on Friday morning, June 24th. In line with our grand traditions, there will be a rowdy cocktail reception in the Chair’s suite the night before.

I look forward to seeing each and everyone of you at as many of these events in 2022 as you are able to attend. 

At the risk of offending, I really do wish you all a happy new(-ish*) year (*note the lack of initial capitalization). 

James M. Meyer
New Date for iLaw 2022
Please save the NEW date for the International Law Section's flagship conference, which will take place on Friday, April 1, 2022 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami! More information to follow!
Save the Date - 2022 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot
Save the Date for the 2022 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot! The ILS invites all members to join for the annual Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Competition, co-hosted with JAMS on Saturday, February 19, 2022. The event aims to give students an opportunity to practice and sharpen their skills by presenting and defending their legal arguments and receiving feedback from some of the best practitioners in the field. This year's event will be a hybrid format, hosting schools both in Miami, FL and virtually. To register a team, please contact For any other questions or to volunteer as an arbitrator, please contact
The ILS Participation Challenge
The ILS Executive Board invites all ILS Members to compete in the 1st Annual ILS Participation Challenge and win amazing prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights. Here is how it works:

  1. Download your ILS Participation Challenge “bingo” card using this LINK, or come pickup your “hard card” at our upcoming September 22, 2021 cocktail event with the Haitian Lawyers Association to benefit the Ayiti Community Trust (see the invitation in the Gazette below). You will note that you can also check-off a square by attending that same event.
  2. To win, you must be an ILS member. If you want to play but are not a member, then you have yet another compelling reason to join!
  3. Mark the tiles on the ILS Participation Challenge “bingo” card as you complete each activity or event marked on that tile.
  4. You may only mark one tile per event or activity and only during the period from June 30, 2021 until the June 2022 Executive Council Meeting.
  5. Bring your marked ILS Participation Challenge card to the June 2022 Executive Council meeting OR scan and submit your card to me by that date.
  6. Any ILS member to mark the most squares (regardless of their position on the card) will enter the competition in the form of a drawing to win the first place prize: free attendance for one (1) at the next ILS retreat (including hotel, meals and other VIP treatment).
  7. Any ILS member that covers the card with two diagonal lines, from corner to corner (in the form of an “X”) will enter the competition in the form of a drawing to win second place prize: one complimentary ticket for iLaw2023.
  8. Any ILS member that completes any 5 consecutive squares (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) will enter the competition in the form of a drawing to win third place prize: dinner for two at il Gabbiano in Downtown Miami.
International Law Deskbook 2020

The International Law Section is proud to announce that its International Law Deskbook 2020 is now ready for shipping! Get yours today!

To purchase the International Deskbook 2020, please click HERE to log into your account on the Florida Bar's website. Once logged in, please click HERE to search for the International Deskbook 2020 by entering the course number 4039. You will then find the International Deskbook 2020 under "Course Materials."

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.

Upcoming Events
January 19, 2022
Please join the International Law Section on January 19, 2022, for its webinar, "Alternatives for Client Where Permanent Residence or Non-Immigrant Visa is Not an Option." The webinar, presented by Past Chair Larry Rifkin, Chair-Elect Jacqueline Villalba, and Juan Carlos Freire, will examine immigration options for clients who want to live in close proximity to the USA in a stable country, but do not want to live in the USA full time because of tax issues or because they do not easily or readily qualify for a U.S. non-immigrant or immigrant visa. Destinations to be reviewed include Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos. The panelists will also review visa alternatives that may limit tax obligations of foreign nationals if they choose to be in the United States for an extended period of time. To register, please follow this link. CLE credits available.
Employment Opportunities
Osorio Internacional, P.A.

Osorio Internacional, P.A., Brickell based, is looking for a Florida Bar Licensed attorney for fast-paced international litigation and arbitration practice. Our cases are complex and high stakes. 5 year minimum required, with strong leadership and cross-cultural skills. Foreign law degrees, foreign practice and additional languages a plus. Please send CV/resume and writing samples in languages spoken. Pay is competitive. For follow up, please contact Office Manager, Gabriela Saavedra, at
MPA Law Firm

Senior Litigation Attorney
The MPA Law Firm is seeking to hire an experienced litigation attorney to work on complex, multimillion dollar commercial matters in state, federal and appellate courts. Candidates should have 5+ years of experience fluently handling all functions of a case from the initial client meeting through case resolution and large volumes of information. Must have excellent writing and analytical skills and be able to work independently as well as with others. Trial experience or experience as a public defender or prosecutor is a plus. This is a position with growth opportunity based on performance. The hours are flexible and the candidate can choose to work remotely or from MPA’s Brickell office. Competitive salary.
The MPA Law Firm focuses exclusively on complex commercial litigation in a variety of industries, including banking, financial services, securities, real estate and cross-border partnerships and investments. MPA’s clients are foreign and domestic businesses and sophisticated entrepreneurs in a wide range of federal, state and international litigation and arbitration matters involving business torts, complex contractual disputes, unfair trade practices, breaches of fiduciary duties, professional negligence, partnership dissolutions, civil RICO claims, international disputes, and appellate litigation.
Fall 2021 ILQ
The International Law Quarterly - Fall 2021
The Fall 2021 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on Haiti 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 2019-2020, 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, Ana Maria Barton at, or Vice Treasurer, Cristina Vicens Beard at for more details.
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Davide Macelloni

Chair: James M. Meyer
Immediate Past Chair: Robert J. Becerra 
Chair-Elect: Jacqueline Villalba
Secretary: Richard Montes De Oca
Treasurer: Ana Barton
Vice-Treasurer: Cristina Vicens Beard

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