Monday, July 25, 2016
The International Law Section Gazette
Section News
Introducing Incoming ILS Gazette Editor
Beginning next week, Fabio Giallanza will take over as Editor of the weekly ILS Gazette. Fabio is an associate attorney with Salcedo Attorneys at Law P.A. in Miami. A native of Rome, he holds degrees from both civil and common law jurisdictions. Please direct future news and events items of interest to the Section to Fabio at fgiallanza@lawjsh.comWelcome, Fabio!

Conference Naming Contest
The ILS's annual international litigation, arbitration, and business transactions conference needs a NEW name and we need your help!! In the past, the conference has been referred to as ILAC (Int'l Litigation and Arbitration Conference) and ILAT (Int'l Litigation, Arbitration and Business Transactions Conference), among other names.  

We are looking for new ideas and short, memorable words that creatively identify our Section's flagship event.  As such, the ILS Annual Conference Name Contest has begun!  Over the next few weeks we will be accepting naming ideas at the following email - Please include "ILS Conference Name Contest" in the subject line of your email. The winning idea and its author will be announced at our Section's Retreat in September.  If your idea is selected as the winning name, you will receive a prize at the retreat.  Submissions will be accepted until August 12, 2016.  So get to work, put on your thinking caps and send us your ideas!  

International Law Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

Initial Applicants: The  filing period for initial applications opens July 1, 2016 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2016. 

Applications for initial board certification and recertification are available on the   International Law Certification website .

Upcoming Events

August 3, 2016
The ILS Annual Conference (ILAT Conference) Committee will hold its first  steering committee meeting   at  Fowler White Burnett, 1395 Brickell Ave, 14th Floor, at 6:30 p.m. ILS members interested in participating in the planning of the section's premier event scheduled for February 17, 2017, are welcome to attend.  Please email your RSVP (indicating whether you will attend in person or by phone) to Reina Diaz at by Monday, August 1. 

August 10, 2016
The ILS Tax Law Committee will be holding a planning meeting for the 2016-2017 cycle at the offices of Aballi Milne Kalil located at 1 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 2250, Miami. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Committee Chair Megan Campos at by Thursday, August 4. 

August 30, 2016
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce  will be hosting a panel discussion regarding Brexit. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event will be held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, which is located at 260 Aragon Avenue. Please keep an eye on the Gazette as more information will be forthcoming. To learn more about this event, please contact Arthur Freyre at

Member News
Steven M. Harper Elected Officer of Inter-American Bar Association

Steven M. Harper, a partner at the Miami law firm of Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O'Connor Albert & Dribin LLP,  has been elected to the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer, of the Inter-American Bar Association, an organization  formed in 1940 as a cooperating entity of the OAS and composed of lawyers and law firms from throughout the Americas and Europe.

Spring 2016 ILQ
International Law Quarterly (ILQ)
The Spring 2016 ILQ focusing on Women and International Law is now available to view and download here.

If you are interested in submitting an article in the next ILQ or have questions, please contact Rafael Ribeiro:

Visit our Sponsors                                             
ILS thanks its sponsors for the 2015-2016 cycle
  • Aballi Milne Kalil, P.A.
  • Astigarraga Davis 
  • Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação-Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Canadá (CAM/CCBC)
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Lex International
  • White & Case
  • Akerman LLP
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Bryan Cave
  • Buckner, Shifrin, Etter, Dugan & Kohlman, P.A.
  • Fowler White Burnett
  • Jones Day 
  • Harper Meyer
  • Kobre & Kim LLP 
  • Tenzer PLLC

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2015-2016, 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.  Contact Elizabeth Ortega at   for more details.

  Become a Sponsor  for the 2016-2017 Cycle
The ILS Gazette

Editor: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Chair: Alvin F. Lindsay, III
Immediate Past Chair: Eduardo Palmer
Chair-Elect: Arnoldo B. Lacayo
Secretary: Carlos F. Osorio
Treasurer: Clarissa Rodriguez