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The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
Save the Date for iLaw 2019

Please join us for our annual flagship conference on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami. This year's conference will feature programming on hot issues in international litigation, arbitration, and business transactions. As in previous years, we have teamed up with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) for the international arbitration track. We have limited rooms available, so reserve your room early! For more information please visit our website,, or contact this year's co-chairs, Jacqueline Villalba,; Kristin Drecktrah Paz,; or Cristina Vicens


Democracy & Human Rights Symposium - CLE Approved!

The Committee on Public International Law, Human Rights & Global Justice, a standing committee under the Florida Bar International Law Section, proudly presents the Democracy & Human Rights Symposium: A Learning Venture into the Global and Domestic Implications of the United States' Approach towards Implementation of ICCPR since Ratification and other International Human Rights Agreements and Initiatives. The event will be held on October 12, 2018 10AM at Barry University School of Law 6441 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32807 ROOM: ALC 201

The Symposium is approved for 3.5 General CLE Credits and certification credits in International Law and International Litigation and Arbitration for the Symposium. For panelists' information please refer to the event's brochure.

If interested in attending, please RSVP with the Committee Coordinator Christina M. Green, Esq.  at

For the 2018-2019 cycle, the Standing Committee on Public International Law, Human Rights & Global Justice Co-Chair Elect  are:

Emercio Aponte is an International Human Rights attorney and lecturer who began practicing law in Venezuela before coming to the United States. Mr. Aponte graduated magna cum laude from University of Notre Dame Law School with a Master's in Law (L.L.M.) in International Human Rights Law. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute for Democracy, Justice, and Human Rights Education, Inc. (AIDJHRE) and founder of the Law Firm AE Immigration Law, P.A. Mr. Aponte has taught law in both Venezuela and the United States on topics such as International Law, International Human Rights Law, and Constitutional Law. Mr. Aponte's many publications include: The International Validity of the Venezuelan Denunciation of the American Convention on Human Rights; The Diffuse Model of Constitutional Review and the Venezuelan Constitutional Division of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice; Forgiveness and Punishment in the United Nation Transitional Justice Approach; and the Importance and Influence of the Venezuelan Constitutional Human Rights Regime. He currently serves this Human Rights committee as the Workgroup Chair on Global Recruitment and Human Rights Education, and he is also the Co-Chair elect for the 2019-2020 cycle.
Bernice Bird founded the Bird Law Firm, LLC, where she advocates on behalf of her clients as a family and immigration lawyer in Central Florida. Attorney Bernice Bird graduated cum laude from Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida before receiving her Master's, with summa cum laude honors, in Counseling Psychology from Florida International University. Next, Attorney Bird graduated cum laude from Barry University School of Law, and then she received her Master's in Law (L.L.M.), graduating summa cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law with a degree in Law and Government, and a dual specialization in Law, Politics, & Legislation and Gender and the Law. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington D.C. Attorney Bird has published on various civil rights issues including employment discrimination, reproductive rights, and voting rights.  Ms. Bird currently serves as the Workgroup Chair on Cooperation with United Nations and Embassies of this Human Rights Committee, and she is the Co-Chair elect for the 2019-2020 cycle.

Members News
IBA Arbitration News Publishes Article on Interim Measures by Ava Borrasso FCIArb

The International Bar Association's Arbitration Committee published  Ava Borrasso's article titled " Recent US Court of Appeals Rulings on Interim Relief Pending International Arbitration Proceedings"in its biannual publication. The article appears in the September 2018 issue and addresses efforts pursued in US courts to obtain pre-award writs of attachment pending ongoing international arbitration proceedings. The article may be accessed at

Claudia Herbello Joins MDO Partners

MDO Partners, an ILS' Regional Sponsor, announced the expansion of its corporate law and global compliance practices with the addition of Associate Counsel, Claudia Herbello.  
Ms. Herbello, who recently graduated from Florida International University (FIU) School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar, previously served as the firm's law clerk, and now joins the firm as an attorney.  She will represent MDO clients in corporate governance, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and global compliance matters.
Sequor Law Adds Two Attorneys

ILS Global Sponsor Sequor Law announced the addition of  Andrew (Drew) B. Dawson , a distinguished and tenured professor at the University of Miami School of Law, as of counsel, as well as Christopher A. Noel who leverages extensive experience in international commercial litigation and appeals.
"With Drew, we gain an eminent thought leader who previously was a Kaufman Legal Fellow at Harvard Law School and the resident scholar at the American Bankruptcy Institute. His counsel will be invaluable to our firm and clients," said Ed Davis, Sequor Law Founding Shareholder. "The addition of Christopher, whose practice has included working on noteworthy bet-the-company litigation, adds an experienced attorney to our team who is highly qualified in international matters."

Upcoming Events
October 7-12, 2018
The International Bar Association will hold its annual conference in Rome, Italy. To receive further information and registration details visit: 

October 24-26, 2018
Join our partners of the New York State Bar International Section as it explores Montreal, Canada for its Seasonal Meeting in 2018! The meeting will be held October 24-26, 2018 at the InterContinental Hotel 360 Rue Saint Antoine Ouest Montréal, QC H2Y 3X4, Canada. Registration details are available in the event's brochure.

November 6-10, 2018
The ABA Section of International Law will hold its Conference on International Trade and Investments in Mexico City. To learn more, click here.

November 1-4, 2018
The Florida Department of State is pleased to announce the next Civil-Law Notary
examination will be administered November 4th in Tallahassee, Florida. The National
Association of Civil Law Notaries (NACLN) will conduct a training course and seminar
in Tallahassee to educate Florida Attorneys about the civil-law notary office in Florida
and worldwide, and to prepare candidates for the exam. The seminar begins November
1st and concludes November 4th with the administration of the examination.

Seminar attendees will earn CLE Credits (General - 25.0 hours, with 2.5 hours in Ethics)
and Certification Credits (Business Litigation - 25 hours; International Law - 25 hours;
and International Litigation & Arbitration - 25 hours). Any Florida Bar member may
register and attend the seminar, but attendees who choose to sit for the State examination
(optional) must have been previously approved by the Department of State for
appointment as a Civil-law Notary (application available online at

For more information, please refer to the examination announcement.

November 8-10, 2018
The International Association of Young Lawyers will hold a conference in San Diego on: Entrepreneurship and innovation: from early stages to the evolutionWith 70 miles of coastline and year-round amazing weather and serene ocean water, you can see why San Diego is the place to be. With hidden gems tucked into different neighbourhoods, you can explore San Diego's natural beauty, plentiful breweries, one-of-a-kind shops, cultural institutions, and attractions. Today, the city also gained a reputation as an innovative tech hub thanks to its top-notch universities and world-renowned research institutes. These are just a few of the reasons that make San Diego a perfect venue to speak about entrepreneurship and innovation.

The AIJA Seminar will address topics such as entrepreneurship legal issues, key challenges in setting up new businesses, use of intellectual property strategies to protect new assets, approaching investors, negotiation techniques between founders and investors, or licensing strategies. You will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders, professionals and listen to the "real stories" of successful entrepreneurs who have made an impact in their industry.

For more information, please refer to the event's brochure.

November 26-27, 2018
The Asia Committee of the Florida Bar International Law Section has organized a 
U.S.-India Symposium on Law, Business and Investments.  The symposium will take place on November 26-27, 2018 in conjunction with the Indian National Bar Association's (INBA) annual conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in New Delhi.  The symposium proposes to bring participation from legal luminaries, senior government officials, and international law firms from across the globe. 

January 30, 2019
On January 30, 2019 the ILS will host an audio webinar titled H-1B Processing: Navigating Troubled Waters in  These Turbulent Times .   This audio webcast will offer a practical approach to the preparation of the H-1B visa petition taking into consideration USCIS regulations and current policy including adjudication trends at the Service Centers. For more information, please refer to the event's brochure. To register please visit this link.

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.

Visit our Sponsors                                             
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 2017-2018, 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, James Meyer at  for more details.

  Become a Sponsor for the 2018-2019 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Fabio Giallanza

Chair: Carlos F. Osorio
Immediate Past Chair: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Chair-Elect:  Clarissa Rodriguez
Secretary:  Robert J. Becerra
Treasurer: James Meyer