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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
The ILS Retreat Starts Tomorrow!

Bonita Springs, FL May 18 - 20, 2018  

The Florida Bar International Law Section Annual Meeting and Retreat starts tomorrow!!!  
The International Law Section Executive Council Annual Meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134, (239) 444-1234.
The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded at this link.  The program is available here. For those who cannot attend in person, conference call information is listed here: Toll-free number: 888-376-5050. Conference Code: 030261945#. Customer Service: 866-640-5038.
If you have any questions, 
please contact Angie Froelich at (850) 561-5633 or
ILS Retreat - Frequently Asked Questions  
  • Is the ILS Annual Meeting happening at the Retreat in Bonita Springs on May 19, 2018
Yes!  The ILS will not be meeting at the June meeting of the Florida Bar in Orlando.  The ILS Retreat and Annual Meeting were combined into one event because of the proximity of the May and June dates.  That means we have very important ILS business to take care of on May 19, 2018, including Officer and Executive Council elections.  We need all Executive Council members to attend on May 19, 2018 to insure a quorum.
  • Do I need to register for the Retreat and Annual Meeting?
Yes!  Retreat and Annual Meeting registration is required so we can plan for our meals and social events during the weekend.  Some events require payment and others do not.  Please CLICK HERE to view the weekend agenda and to register for the meetings and meals.  It is not enough to have made a hotel reservation.  We will not be able to accommodate registrations on site so please register today!  
  • Can I bring my significant other and/or kids?
Yes!  The ILS Retreat and Annual Meeting welcomes significant others and kids for the social portions of the weekend.
  • Are there rooms left at the venue hotel (Hyatt Regency Coconut Palm Resort & Spa)?
Our understanding is that there are rooms left at the venue hotel, but our ILS discounted rate room block was exhausted.  This means the hotel is charging its regular rates for rooms at this point.
  • Can the ILS suggest other hotels nearby?
Yes!  The ILS has been circulating information about overflow hotels through its Gazette, including information about the Hyatt Place Coconut Point which is offering a $134 room rate and is less than 2 miles away from the venue hotel.  Other overflow hotel information is contained in the attached.
  • Who can I contact if I still have questions?
Please contact Angie Froelich at

Upcoming Events
May 23, 2018
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, White & Case LLP, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida and the South Asian Bar Association of Florida are hosting a reception on May 23 between 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Miami office of White & Case, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900, Miami, FL 33131. The featured speaker is Professor M. Evelina Galang, Director of MFA Creative Writing at the University of Miami and noted author.  Please RSVP by emailing

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.

June 14, 2018
An interesting panel on international mediation will be held at the Florida Bar Convention in Orlando, on  June 14 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Florida Ballroom G,  from 4:00 - 5:30. The panel will discuss the Singapore Convention. See details below.

What is the Singapore Convention and What Could This Mean for Your International Arbitration Practice
UNCITRAL is moving forward with a Convention and Model Law for the international recognition of mediated settlement-agreements. Most of your multi-national clients are already mediating their domestic litigation. What is their perspective on the mediation of cross border disputes and how can you adjust your practice to meet your client's needs in this new environment. Join us to hear from experts on the Singapore Convention as well as in house counsel to discuss this significant development in cross border dispute resolution.

Effie Silva, Partner, Duane Morris, Moderator
Sonia Zeledon, Regional Counsel-Americas, Business Integrity Group at Nokia Corporation
Leon Skornicki, Legal Counsel, Visa, Inc.
Stacie L. Strong, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law, University of Missouri
Timothy Schnabel, Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of State

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