“When we fought, you had that eye of the tiger, man; the edge! And now you gotta get it back, and the way to get it back is to go back to the beginning.”
-Apollo Creed (Rocky lll)
Dear ILS Members,
This past week, the movie industry, fans, friends, and family lost a legendary actor and great person in Carl Weathers (aka Apollo Creed, Action Jackson, Greef Karga, Chubbs, etc.)
I still remember watching Weathers in action for the first time asApollo Creed in Rocky III. While I was a big Rocky fan, I identified more with Apollo - the motivator, the optimist, the true and loyal friend - who would go to great lengths to help his former rival, now best friend, The Champ (the Italian Stallion) become the best version of himself, who went on to defeat Clubber Lang (aka Mr. T) for the title!
While this Chair's message doesn't have much to do with international law, I hope it resonates with each of you as lawyers, advocates and champions for our important causes, cases, and clients. Whether it’s in the courtroom, the boardroom or the political arena, we can all benefit from our own Apollo Creed - someone who is by your side through thick and thin, tells it to you straight, and gives you a good old kick in the butt to help you get back your “eye of the tiger.”
While truly tragic, the timing of Weathers’ death during Black History Monthcouldn’t be more fitting. He played a pivotal and powerful role in the movie industry during an era when Black actors faced great injustice and discrimination. But his perseverance and successhelpedpave the way to inspirecountless actors of all colors and creeds.
As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s reflect on the struggles and contributions of Black Americansin our country and around the world; but also take a moment to remember the life and legacy of Carl Weathers, may we be inspired and inspire others like Apollo Creed to embody the “eye of the tiger!”
Speaking of inspiration,iLaw2024 is less than TWO WEEKS AWAY onFebruary 16at theJW Marriott Marquis in Miami.You don’t want to miss out on what will be a historicInternational Law Conference with extraordinary panelists from all over the world, afascinating AI Keynote andvaluable networking receptions. I look forward to seeing everyone there! SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER TODAY!
The Florida Bar International Law Section's Flagship Conference is finally here! Click on this link to sign up for iLaw2024, the ILS Global Forum on International Law held at the JW Marriott Marquis on February 16, 2024, featuring opening and closing plenary sessions, a lunch keynote speaker, and three parallel tracks on international litigation, international arbitration, and international business transactions with presenters from Miami, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., México, Brazil, Italy, BVI, Costa Rica, United Kingdom and beyond!
Special iLaw2024 rates are being offered for room reservations at the JW Marriott Marquis – don’t miss the opportunity to stay in one of Miami’s premier hotels. Click here to book!
iLaw2024 Opening Plenary Panel on 2023 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trends: U.S. International and Cross-Border Rules, Compliance, Best Practices and Enforcement
Take a look at the Opening Plenary Session Panel for the iLaw2024, the ILS Global Forum on International Law happening at the JW Marriott Marquis on February 16, 2023.
This panel discussion aims to address the growing importance of cybersecurity and data privacy for individuals and organizations globally. Industry experts, technologists, and attorneys will come together to examine the changing international landscape in this field.
iLaw2024 Panel "The International General Counsel SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)" to be Moderated by ILS Chair Richard Montes de Oca
iLaw2024 Panel "Keep it Moving, Miami:
Challenges Facing International Transport Companies in a Shrinking World Economy"
iLaw2024 Panel "We Aren't in Kansas Anymore, Toto: Do's and Dont's of Doing Business in Latin America"
iLaw2024 Keynote Speaker, Ryan Abbott, to Speak on
"The New Digital Age: Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption"
Call for Volunteer Arbitrators for the 2024 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot
Call for volunteer arbitrators! The Florida Bar International Law Section is looking for volunteers to participate as arbitrators for the Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The Pre-Moot will host students from top law schools, both domestic and international, to present arguments before panels of volunteer arbitrators in preparation for the most recognized moot competition in the world, the Willem C. Vis Moot. Up to 7 hours of Florida CLE is available for all volunteers.
Volunteers may participate in person (preferred) or virtually (via Zoom). The Pre-Moot will be held at JAMS Resolution Center in Miami, 600 Brickell Ave., Suite 2600, Miami, Florida, the Saturday after the International Law Section's 2024 Flagship iLaw Conference. Volunteers may indicate their preference for morning or afternoon rounds (or both).
Save the Date for the 2024 Richard Dewitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot!
ILS Chair, Richard Montes de Oca, Represents the Florida Bar ILS at Event Hosted by British Consul General, Rufus Drabble!
ILS Chair, Richard Montes de Oca, attended a special event hosted by the British Consul General, Rufus Drabble, as well as the British American Council Miami (BABC Miami), welcoming Lord Dominic Johnson, in furtherance of expanding the United Kingom-Florida Memorandum of Understanding to boost bilateral trade and investment!
Register for the February 6 Customs Bootcamp Hosted by Torres Trade Law!
On the Move: ILS Gazette Chair, Matt Akiba, Joins Barakat + Bossa!
ILS Executive Council Member and Chair of the ILS Gazette, Matt Akiba, joins Barakat + Bossa in Coral Gables! Matt focuses his practice on all aspects of business litigation, including breach of contract, partnership disputes, judicial dissolutions, fraud, and asset recovery.
Congratulations to ILS Member Jennifer Diaz on Receiving AV Preeminent Rating and for Hosting Live Webinar on FDA Compliance!
Diaz Trade Law President and ILS Member, Jennifer Diaz, received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Preeminent distinction is given only to attorneys who are peer rated for the highest level of professional excellence. Jennifer received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Also, on January 24, Jennifer Diaz, along with Diaz Trade Law Of Counsel Rick D. Quinn hosted a live webinar: “Getting MoCRA Compliant.” Attendees learned what is required under the MoCRA law, how to comply with the new rules, and where to find the most important information for compliance. The webinar is now available on demand here.
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, clickHERE.
Just Published: The International Law Quarterly - Fall 2023"Focus on BRICS"
TheFall 2023 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on BRICS is now available.
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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 2022-2023, 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, Laura Reichatlreich@harpermeyer.com or Vice Treasurer, Davide Macelloniatdmacelloni@drbdc-law.comfor more details.
ILS Board Members and Officers
Chair: Richard Montes de Oca
Chair-Elect: Ana Barton
Secretary: Cristina Vicens Beard
Treasurer: Laura Reich
Vice-Treasurer: Davide Macelloni
Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Villalba
ILS Executive Council
Terms Expiring in 2024
Jeffrey S. Hagen
Terms Expiring 2025
Kristin Drecktrah Paz
Prof. Manuel A. Gomez
Omar K. Ibrahem
Pamella A. Seay
Terms Expiring 2026
Gary E. Davidson
To learn more about the ILS Executive Council Members, click here!
About the ILS Gazette
The ILS Gazette is a weekly publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section that informs members about upcoming programs, initiatives and resources.
If you have any questions about the Gazette or wish to include an announcement in future publications, please contact our ILS Gazette Editor, Matthew Akiba at firstname.lastname@example.org.