Your monthly news & updates | October 2021
We are excited to present our first virtual CLE event of the new season that is sure to spook your interest on the Mexican Energy Reform, plus other news and events happening across the state of Texas of interest to Texas lawyers and law students. If you ever have news or events to share with our ILS members, please submit to for consideration.

ILS Presents Virtual CLE Event
Don't Get Spooked by the Mexican Energy Reform
The State Bar of Texas International Law Section Presents a Virtual CLE event you don’t want to miss!!

October 28th, 2021
11:30 am to 1:00 pm CST 
Approved for 1.5 Hours of CLE
Course No. 174137075

$30 – Lawyers
$0 – Law Students & Sponsors
The current Mexican government is spearheading an ambitious plan to achieve energy sovereignty, sustainability and self-sufficiency. As a result, the current administration has promulgated two key legislative reforms in the electricity and hydrocarbon sectors, favoring the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). Most recently, the government has embarked on a series of administrative actions against fuel importers, in an attempt to crack down on alleged tax evasions. 

Join the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for an interactive virtual discussion with leading legal and political experts from both the US and Mexico on the impact of these regulatory changes and actions, and what’s to come. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the discussion with this very diverse panel. 

Diana Pineda, Partner, Gonzalez & Calvillo, Ciudad de Mexico

Gabriel Ruiz, Partner, Holland & Knight
Jose Maria Lujambio, Partner, Cacheaux Cavazos
Mariana Cordera, Founding Partner, Publika
Carlos Gastelum, Partner, Publika
Rocio Cardenas, Business Development Senior Director, IENOVA

Nuts & Bolts Series
The State Bar of Texas International Law Section Presents "Nuts & Bolts Series." The Nuts & Bolts series features informative CLEs that are ideal for the new international law practitioner and can also serve as an excellent refresher for more seasoned international lawyers.
International Treaties Every Lawyer Should Know
November 9, 2021
12:00-1:00 pm CST (Virtual CLE)
Free of Charge
1 Hour MCLE – Approval Pending

Presenter: Martin Lutz, Partner, McGinnis Lochridge (Austin)

Zoom registration link will be sent out soon in a secondary email message.
About The Presenter

Martin Lutz advises a wide variety of US and foreign clients on international legal matters. Numerous companies on the Fortune Global 500 list have sought his counsel, as well as foreign governments, universities, private equity funds, international charities, technology companies, and manufacturers of all sizes on cross-border commercial matters and issues arising under international law. In addition, he also advises US and foreign high-net-worth individuals and family-owned companies with business operations, assets, and heirs moving across borders. Martin practiced international law for 17 years with AmLaw 100 firms in Washington D.C. prior to moving his international practice to Austin in 2006.
Interested in attending this Nov 9 virtual CLE?
International Human Rights Committee
The International Law Section Announces Essay Contest on Topic of International Human Rights
Contest Now Open to Texas Law Students with $1,500 First Place Cash Prize

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2022

The State Bar of Texas International Law Section is holding an essay contest on the topic of international human rights. The contest is open to individuals attending law school (including LL.M. programs) within the State of Texas and Texas residents in law school outside the state. 

The essay may address any aspect of international human rights law that the student chooses and there are no minimum or maximum word limits. A first-place prize of $1,500 will be awarded for the best entry as judged by representatives from the Section.

In addition to the $1,500 prize, the winner will be recognized at the ILS Annual Institute and the winning essay will be published in a future issue of the ILS International Newsletter and on the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Law Committee’s website.
Essay submissions are due April 1, 2022 on or before 11:59 PM (Central Time) and should be sent by email attachment to Diana Marin at

For complete contest official rules and guidelines visit

International Newsletter
Deadline for Articles:
Monday, December 6, 2021
Call for Articles!

Focus: Energy Industry
The ILS is now accepting articles for publication in the Section’s ninth issue of its International Newsletter, which is scheduled to be published in February, 2022.

For this issue, we are returning to a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of many Texas lawyers: the international energy industry and the legal and social challenges this industry and the lawyers involved with it will face in the coming years. The energy industry impacts many law practices in the state of Texas, but it has also always been an international industry crossing national borders, touching both the developed and developing world.
St. Mary’s Law launches the nation’s first fully online J.D. program approved by the ABA
St. Mary’s University and its School of Law recently became the first law school in the nation to approve offering a fully online J.D. program that is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Following the ABA’s approval of the School of Law’s online program request in May, St. Mary’s University leaders announced their intention to move ahead with the innovative program and recruit a cohort of students who will begin their studies online in Fall 2022.

“As the only law school serving San Antonio and the southernmost school serving South Texas, St. Mary’s Law has a tradition of excellence in legal education stretching back to its founding in 1927,” said Patricia Roberts, J.D., St. Mary’s Law Dean and Charles E. Cantú Distinguished Professor of Law. “This new fully online J.D. program — the one and only of its kind — exemplifies how St. Mary’s Law continues to lead with tradition and innovation.”

This limited enrollment, part-time program is meant to support increasing access to the profession for those typically underrepresented, Roberts said. St. Mary’s Law is already among the most diverse law schools in the nation with 57.6% of students identifying a minority background, according to the law school’s 2020 ABA disclosures.

“It will provide the increased affordability of being able to obtain a legal education without a move to San Antonio,” she said. “While this will never replace our in-person program, it will expand opportunities for those in South Texas and beyond who need to stay closer to home while pursuing an excellent legal education.”
State Bar of Texas International Law Section |
Juan Alcalá, ILS Chair |
Diana Marin, ILS Admin |