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Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep.

- A Nightmare On Elm Street

Dear ILS Members,

If you fall asleep this upcoming week, the FOMO monster will get you! Starting today, the ILS is bringing back-to-back opportunities for you to expand your knowledge and collaborate with attorneys from around the world. Over the past several weeks, the details regarding these exciting events have been described in the ILS Gazette and although they will be featured one last time in today’s announcements section, I am highlighting them for you below, for a quick reference.

  • Friday, October 28th, ILS welcomes the Milan and Bergamo Bar Associations for our Cooperation Signing Ceremony and Luncheon at Akerman.

  • Saturday, October 29th, ILS, in conjunction The Bar Council of England and Wales, CIArb Brasil Branch, and Club Español de Arbitraje, hosts the first, International Arbitration Battle Royale at Reed Smith.

  • Monday, October 31st, ILS welcomes representatives from the UK Ministry of Justice and Bar Council of England and Wales for a networking meeting at Harper Meyer.

  • Tuesday, November 1st, ILS welcomes the Paris Bar Association for our Cooperation Signing Ceremony and Reception at Harper Meyer.

  • Friday, November 4th, ILS invites all members to attend the Rule of Law Town Hall on Misinformation at the Miami Beach Convention Center, organized by the IBA Rule of Law Forum, IBA Foundation, and Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy and co-sponsored by the ILS, the Miami Beach Bar Association and the Miami-Dade Bar.

In addition to these ILS organized and co-sponsored events, we are including information on several other conferences, meetings, and networking opportunities happening next week. There is still time to register, so, don your best professional costume, visit each event, and collect all of the wonderful treats that the ILS has organized for you.

Happy Halloween!

Jacqueline Villalba, Esq.


Join the ILS in Welcoming the Milan Bar and the Bergamo Bar!

Join the Florida Bar International Law Section in welcoming the Milan Bar (Ordine degli Avvocati di Milano) and the Bergamo Bar (Ordine degli Avvocati di Bergamo)!


The Europe Committee of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar cordially invites you to attend the signing of the Bar Cooperation Agreement on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Akerman LLP offices in Miami (98 SE 7th Street, Ste. 1100). The signing will be followed by a luncheon hosted by the ILS.


Those who will not be able to join us in person will be able to follow the event via Zoom. To RSVP and/or receive the Zoom coordinates, please email Europe Committee Vice-Chair, Davide Macelloni, at


Hope to see you all there!

The Florida Bar is Offering a Free Upcoming Cyber Security Webinar November 17, 2022!

The Florida Bar is offering a free upcoming cyber security webinar. Please be advised that the webinar requires advance registration to be able to participate. See below for details:

Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 12:00 noon EST


Introduction to Cyber Security: Awareness & Prevention

CLE Credit: 1.5 includes 1.5 Technology

This introductory cyber security CLE webinar will provide answers to the following questions: 1) What is Ransomware and how has it evolved over the last few years?; 2) What if I Pay/Don’t Pay/OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control/Trading With The Enemy Act Guidance): and 3) What is OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) and how does it lead to compromised credentials that can compromise an entire system? This webinar will cover the minimum protective measures needed by lawyers and law firms. 

Sponsored by: The Florida Bar Board Technology Committee and LegalFuel

Presenters: Franklin Zemel is a partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP and a Certified Information Privacy Professional whose practice includes Privacy and Cybersecurity Law. Steven Teppler is of counsel to Mandelbaum Barrett and leads the firm’s cybersecurity and privacy practice. John Giantsidis is the President of CyberActa, a boutique consultancy empowering medical device, digital health, and pharmaceutical companies in their regulatory, cybersecurity, privacy, data, and commercialization endeavors.

The ILS Co-Sponsors Rule of Law Town Hall - Misinformation: What Can the United States, and Others, Do to Counter Misinformation and Avoid its Potentially Destructive Consequences?

Dear ILS Members and Friends,


Join the ILS at the Miami Beach Convention Center on November 4, 2022, for a Rule of Law Town Hall - Misinformation: What Can the United States, and Others, Do to Counter Misinformation and Avoid its Potentially Destructive Consequences?

To register, please click the following link: 

Join the ILS for the Orlando Luncheon on

November 10, 2022!

Dear ILS Members and Friends,


Join us for a networking lunch with ILS members from Central and Northern Florida on November 10, 2022. 

To register, please contact Penelope Perez-Kelly at by November 4, 2022. 

Join the UK Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Trade for the "GREAT Legal Future" Event Series

ILS members are invited to attend the UK Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Trade’s ‘GREAT Legal Future’ event series taking place in Miami from October 30 through November 3. For more information and to register for their events, please visit the following link:

Miami Conference - Great Legal Services

Join the ILS in Welcoming the Paris Bar for a Reception and Bar Cooperation Signing Ceremony on November 1st!

Join the ILS in welcoming the Paris Bar (the Avocats Barreau Paris)! 

The Europe Committee of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar cordially invites you to attend a cocktail reception celebrating our cooperation with the Paris Bar with the signing of a Bar Cooperation Agreement on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 5.30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Enjoy a selection of wines and small bites at the Harper Meyer office in Miami.

To RSVP, please contact Susanne Leone at

Participate in the ILS's Annual Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Taking Place on February 18, 2023!

For those interested in either registering their school or volunteering as an arbitrator, please contact us at

Upcoming CLE Opportunity: International Arbitration Battle Royale - Civil vs. Common Law

For those interested, please visit the registration link, which can be found here!

Florida Bar International Law Section Secures Discount for the IBA Annual Conference for Young Florida Bar Members

MIAS: First Annual LATAM Investor-State Arbitration Conference

The Miami International Arbitration Society is excited to announce its First Annual LATAM Investor-State Arbitration Conference! For those interested, please visit https://www.mias.ord/investor-state-conference.

THE USCIS, ICE, CBP, and the State Department Liaison Committee Provides Practitioners with a Summary of the Federal Government's Current Accommodations for Individuals Impacted by Hurricane Ian. 

The USCIS, ICE, CBP, Labor, and State Department Liaison Committee is pleased to provide practitioners with a summary of the federal government’s current accommodations for individuals impacted by Hurricane Ian.


At this time, the EOIR (part of the Department of Justice) has committed to the following: Due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, the Miami, Krome, and Orlando Immigration Courts will exercise their discretionary authority to automatically accept late-filed documents for 30 calendar days, effective September 28, 2022. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) will exercise its discretionary authority to automatically accept late-filed appeals, motions to reopen or reconsider, or accept late-filed briefs in cases arising from these Immigration Courts for 30 calendar days, effective September 28, 2022. Outside of cases arising from these Immigration Courts, pursuant to section 3.1(b)(6) of the BIA Practice Manual, the BIA will take into account the extenuating circumstances caused by Hurricane Ian when the Board receives requests to accept late-filed documents where the inability to meet the deadline was caused by the storm. Due to the inability to deliver mail to many individuals impacted by the storm, we are continuing to work with EOIR and the BIA on further relief.


We have implored USCIS, part of the Department of Homeland Security, to liberally extend deadlines and provide for satisfactory departure for those persons present in the United States on ESTA (Visa Waiver) impacted by Hurricane Ian. We are continuing to work with the agency and will provide updates as we receive them. At this time, they have our wish list and we expect to hear back from USCIS shortly. In the interim, please check this link for USCIS’ current policies for those individuals affected by natural disasters and other unforeseen circumstances who are seeking immigration assistance: 


The Department of Labor has graciously made arrangements to forgive late filings in many cases. We are continuing to work with them.


Senator Marco Rubio’s office has indicated that it will assist in expending nonimmigrant visa appointments for families of victims of Hurricane Ian who are abroad. The wait time for tourist visa appointments at most consulates is over a year. The applicant is instructed to schedule an appointment with the consulate and then contact Senator Rubio’s office. The applicant must provide Senator Rubio’s office with the nature of the emergency, any backup documentation (for example: property in the area impacted), the date and place of the scheduled visa appointment, and the attached consent form completed. Once the form is completed, please email the documentation to with the subject line "Hurricane Ian Travel Assistance" so it may be identified and processed by their team in a timely manner. 

The Committee thanks Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq. for her efforts in this matter.

International Law Deskbook 2020

The International Law Section is proud to announce that its International Law Deskbook is now ready for shipping! Get yours today! CLICK HERE to purchase!

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.

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From Our Members

ILS Member Jennifer Diaz Moderates Webinar: "Experts Demystify CBP's Detention and Seizure (FP&F) Process as it Relates to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)"

On October 12, ILS Member and Diaz Trade Law President, Jennifer Diaz, moderated a webinar titled: "Experts Demystify CBP's Detention and Seizure (FP&F) Process as it Relates to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)." During this webinar, Diaz discussed the basics of IPR and highlighted CBP processes.

International Law Quarterly

The International Law Quarterly - Spring 2022
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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 2021-2022, 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, Cristina Vicens Beard at for more details., or Vice Treasurer, Laura Reich at for more details.


The ILS Gazette

Editor: Matthew Akiba

Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

Immediate Past Chair: James M. Meyer

Chair-Elect: Richard Montes De Oca

Secretary: Ana Barton

Treasurer: Cristina Vicens Beard

Vice-Treasurer: Laura Reich

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