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You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.

-Rosa Parks


Dear ILS Members and Friends:


March is Women's History Month, a monthlong celebration where we honor and celebrate women’s contributions to America and the advancement of gender equality. It is a time to recognize the strength, resilience and achievements of women of all ages, cultures and walks of life who have made a positive impact on our society. It is also a time to reflect and thank those women who have made a positive impact on our own lives.


On behalf of the ILS, I want to honor the exceptional women who have served as Past Chairs of our Section, including Jacqueline Villalba, Clarissa Rodriguez, Francesca Russo-Di Staulo, Jana Sigars-Malina, and Maurine O’ Brien.


I also want to recognize and express my sincere appreciation to the incredible women who currently serve on our Section’s Leadership Team, including on our Board, Ana Barton (Chair Elect), Cristina Vicens (Secretary), Laura Reich (Treasurer), and all of those listed below. Their commitment, leadership and contributions have elevated our Section’s prominence at a local, national and international level.


Priscila Bandeira: Co-Chair, Richard DeWit Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Committee

Lauren Bengochea: Executive Council

Neha Dagley: Executive Council; Co-Chair, Asia Committee

Jennifer Diaz: Executive Council

 Nouvelle Gonzalo: Executive Council; Chair, North America Committee

  Susanne Leone: Executive Council; Co-Chair, Europe Committee

Jennifer Mosquera: Executive Council

Kristin Drecktrah Paz: Executive Council; Chair, CLE Initiatives Committee and Co-Chair, International Litigation and Arbitration Board Certification Committee

Penelope Perez-Kelly: Executive Council

Clarissa Rodriguez: Co-Chair, ILS Deskbook Committee

Yine Rodriguez-Perez: Executive Council

Pamella A. Seay: Executive Council


It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve alongside these inspiring women to lead our Section’s mission to provide an important forum for the development, exchange and promotion of international law.


Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the women in my life who have helped shape me into the man and lawyer I am today: my mom, Esther Montes de Oca, my wife, Tiany Montes de Oca, my sister, Cindy Montes de Oca, my late grandmothers, Abuela Luz and Abuela Fina, and my cousin lawyers, Isis Carbajal de Garcia and Gina Polo. I am forever grateful for your inspiration, motivation and guidance.


As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I encourage you to reflect, recognize and appreciate the women in your life who have inspired you!



Richard Montes de Oca, Esq.

Florida Bar ILS Chair

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The ILS Celebrates Women's History Month!

The ILS celebrates the strength, resilience, and achievements of women this Women's History Month!

Here's to strong women - may we known them, may we be them, may we raise them.

This Past Week

ILS Executive Board Members Attend UM School of Law's Bar Association Fair on March 6!

Member Spotlight

Congratulations to ILS Member, Vice-Treasurer, Executive Council Member, and Co-Chair of the iLaw Steering and Europe Committees, Davide Macelloni, on Being Promoted to Partner at Daniels, Rodriguez, Berkeley, Daniels & Cruz, P.A.!

Davide Macelloni, a devoted Member of the ILS, as well as ILS Vice-Treasurer, Executive Council Member, and Co-Chair of the iLaw Steering and Europe Committees, was recently promoted to Partner at Daniels, Rodriguez, Berkeley, Daniels & Cruz, P.A.!

Davide is an experienced litigator, focusing his practice on commercial litigation, construction litigation, and design professional liability disputes. Davide represents local, regional, national, and international architectural and engineering firms in matters ranging from wrongful death and personal injury claims to multi-party construction disputes.

To read more about Davide and his practice, please click here!


Just Published: The International Law Quarterly - Winter 2024 on "Hot Topics"

The Winter 2024 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - "Hot Topics" is now available.

Click on the images above to download or please click here!

For all previous issues of the International Law Quarterly, please follow this link.

ILQ Call for Articles for its Spring 2024 Edition on "This or That!"

ILQ Winter 2024 on "Hot Topics" Article Spotlight

"The Greening of Trade" by Robert M. Kossick

ILS Member, Chair of the International Law Board Certification Committee, and Co-Chair of the ILS Deskbook Committee, Robert M. Kossick's "The Greening of Trade" dissects how eco-friendly trade policies can disrupt traditional legal realities in certain transactions. A copy of Robert's article from the Winter 2024 Edition of the ILQ on "Hot Topics" is reprinted below!

Robert is a board certified international attorney, a licensed customs broker, and a certified export specialist, whose practice focuses on the planning, compliance, enforcement, and security dimensions of U.S. import and expert transactions.

Robert is a senior trade advisor within A.N. Deringer's Trade Advisory Group, focusing exclusively on customs and trade issues.

Job Postings for International Law Careers

FIFA's In-House Commercial Legal Department is Hiring!

FIFA's In-House Commercial Legal Department is hiring! As part of Lynn Carillo's new role as Director of Commercial Legal at FIFA, Lynn is building a team and hiring for several exciting in-house counsel positions that will be key to supporting FIFA's Partnership & Media Division, including:

To learn more about these exciting opportunities, please click the individual positions above!

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.

Turn in your membership application TODAY!

Join an ILS Committee Today!


Amicus Committee


Chair: Edward Mullins

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Arbitration & Mediation Committee

Chair: Gary Birnberg

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Asia Committee


Chairs: Neha Dagley | Fred Rocafort

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CLE Initiatives Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

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Europe Committee


Chairs: Susanne Leone | Davide Macelloni

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Foreign Legal Consultant Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

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iLaw Steering Committee


Chairs: Davide Macelloni | Adrian Nuñez

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ILS Deskbook Committee


Chairs: Robert Kossick Pamella Seay | Laura Reich | Clarissa Rodriguez

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ILS Gazette Committee


Chair: Matthew Akiba


Immigration Liaison Committee

Chair: Larry S. Rifkin

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International Law Board Certification Committee


Chair: Robert Kossick

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International Law Quarterly Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

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International Litigation and Arbitration Board Certification Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz | Gilbert Squires | Gregory Grossman

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International Tax Law Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

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Law School Liaison Committee


Chairs: Prof. Manuel A. Gomez | Laura Reich

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Legislative Committee


Chair: Carlos F. Osorio

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Lunch & Learn Committee


Chair: James Meyer

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North America Committee


Chair: Nouvelle Gonzalo

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Richard DeWit Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Committee


Chairs: Andres Sandoval | Priscila Bandeira

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White Collar Crime Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

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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 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 Reich at [email protected] or Vice Treasurer, Davide Macelloni at [email protected] for 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

Fabio Giallanza

Jeffrey S. Hagen

Davide Macelloni

Penelope Perez-Kelly

Yine Rodriguez-Perez

Terms Expiring 2025

Gary Birnberg

Phillip Buhler

Jennifer Diaz

Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Prof. Manuel A. Gomez

Omar K. Ibrahem

Adrian Nunez

Pamella A. Seay

Terms Expiring 2026

Matthew Akiba

Lauren Bengochea

Neha Dagley

Gary E. Davidson

Nouvelle Gonzalo

Susanne Leone

Jennifer Mosquera

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 [email protected].

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