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ILS Chair's News & Notes
The achievements of an organization are the results of
the combined effort of each individual.
-Vince Lombardi

Dear ILS Members,

Yes, I know…it is still July, but on Sunday, we will be exactly three weeks away from the first ever, International Law Section fantasy football draft! This year, the ILS has set-up its very own fantasy football league and we want each of YOU to become Team Owners. It’s time to network and start a little friendly competition among the membership. There is no fee/cost to register or participate and signing-up is easy! All you have to do is contact Commissioner (and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the ILQ) Jeff Hagen, at Commissioner Hagen will send you the link to sign-up and answer any questions you may have about the league.
The ILS league is being run through Yahoo Sports and our fantasy draft has been scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. The winning team will have bragging rights for an entire year and will be given the ILS fantasy football trophy to proudly display in their office until next season. So go…right now, email the Commish to sign up, mark your calendars for draft day, and start thinking of a really cool team name. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Best regards,

Jacqueline Villalba, Esq.
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.

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.

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 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 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

Co-Editors: Davide Macelloni and 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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