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ILS Chair's News & Notes
Dear ILS Members,

On last Friday, many of our members gathered at the Florida Bar Convention in Orlando to enjoy some of our Section’s annual traditions, including the outgoing Chair’s cocktail reception and the election of our new ILS Executive Board. There was camaraderie and celebration. We even had fireworks that were perfectly viewed from Jim’s suite! 
Throughout this weekend, there will be more festivities and fireworks as we celebrate our Nation’s independence. Over 200 years ago, our founding fathers fought for the unalienable rights given to us by our Creator - the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are extremely blessed to live in a democratic country where the Rule of Law is uniformly applied, and human rights are protected. As international lawyers, we support and promote the application of international law principles by foreign nations, which, by its very nature, includes the uniform application of the Rule of Law and recognition of fundamental human rights. While we are celebrating and making memories with our friends and families this weekend, let us remember and thank all of those who have fought (and continue to fight) for our freedoms. Let us also take a moment to remember and pray for our international colleagues who are risking their lives fighting for democracy and human rights in their home countries.
Over the next twelve months, we will continue to bring new opportunities that will enhance our practices and our profession. Stay tuned to the ILS Gazette for news and information on our upcoming events. I am excited to serve as your Chair for the 2022-2023 year and look forward to working with the incredible members of the ILS Executive Board and Executive Council.
Feel free to start your grills a little early and remember - always keep sparkling!
Jacqueline Villalba, Esq.
Meet the 2022-2023 ILS Executive Board
Jacqueline Villalba
Harper Meyer Perez Hagen Albert Dribin & DeLuca LLP
201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 800
Miami, FL 33131
Richard Montes De Oca
MDO Partners
175 S.W. 7th Street, Ste. 1900
Miami, FL 33130
Ana María Barton
Reed Smith LLP
1001 Brickell Bay Drive, 9th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
Cristina Vicens-Beard
Laura Reich
Harper Meyer Perez Hagen Albert Dribin & DeLuca LLP
201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 800
Miami, FL 33131
8 ILS Members Appointed to the ILS Executive Council
Please join the Executive Board of the International Law Section in welcoming the newest Members of the ILS Executive Council: Adrian Nuñez, Omar K. Ibrahem, Kristin Drecktrah Paz, Prof. Manuel A. Gomez, Gary Birnberg, Jennifer Diaz, Pamella A. Seay, and Phillip A. Buhler. Their term will expire in 2025.
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.
ILQ Call for Articles - Fall 2022: Focus on Ukraine, Russia, and Eastern Europe
The editors of the International Law Quarterly are soliciting articles for the Fall 2022 edition, which will focus on international law issues related to Ukraine, Russia, and Eastern Europe. PLEASE NOTE, timely articles not specifically dealing with this region are still eligible for consideration and inclusion in the Fall 2022 edition. The Fall 2022 edition will distributed at ILS meetings and other events this fall.

Please submit a short Statement of Interest in writing an article on a specific topic to the ILQ Editors at by Friday, July 1, 2022. Final drafts will be due from authors by Friday, August 5, 2022.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of the editors directly: Neha Dagley, Jeff Hagen, or Laura Reich. 
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.

Members News
Jennifer Diaz Presents for the NCBFAA
On June 21, 2022, Jennifer Diaz, President of Diaz Trade Law, presented a webinar titled "How to Successfully Navigate the CBP Detention and/or Seizure Process" for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). In this webinar, Jennifer provided insights into CBP priority trade initiatives, the difference between a CBP detention case versus a seizure case, and discussed the real cases and tips on how to achieve the best results in these matters. For more information on Jennifer and Diaz Trade Law, please follow this link.
Upcoming Events
July 20, 2022
On July 20, 2022, Past Chair Larry Rifkin, together with Juan Carlos Freire and Elaine Weiss, will present the Webinar "Expanded Professional Employment Opportunities for O-1 Visa Holders and National Interest Waiver Applicants." Starting at 12:00 PM, the program will discuss substantial changes occurred to immigration policy in the interpretation and application of the regulations with regard to the qualifying criteria for O-1 visas and National Interest Waiver applicants with regard to professional workers, opening up increased opportunities to U.S. companies to employ foreign professional workers. To register for the program, please follow this link. The following CLE are offered: 1 CLE for International Litigation & Arbitration, Immigration & Nationality, and International Law Certifications.
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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