Your monthly news & updates | November 2021
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"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)
Free of Charge
Approved for 1 Hour MCLE
(Course No. 174138047)

Self report your MCLE Hours at My Bar Page

Meet The Presenters
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.
Justin Cawley advises clients on a wide variety of international law issues, including anti-corruption, compliance, trade law, treaty rights, international litigation, human rights, and European Union matters. Justin’s experience includes representing private and governmental parties before domestic and international panels and arbitral tribunals adjudicating questions of trade remedies, bilateral agreements, and sovereign immunity. He has also represented clients in antidumping and countervailing proceedings before the International Trade Commission and International Trade Administration and in appeals before the Court of International Trade. After graduation, Justin practiced in Washington, D.C. with AmLaw 100 firms and a boutique international trade firm prior to joining McGinnis Lochridge in 2019. Before law school, Justin worked on Capitol Hill for two years as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr., focusing on foreign policy and defense matters.
International Human Rights Committee
The International Human Rights Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas presents its on-going series of webcasts on topics of interest to the section’s lawyers. Save the date for this upcoming CLE!
"Recent Developments in Asylum and Immigration:
From Afghanistan to the US-Mexico Border"
Save the Date!

December 2, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 pm CST (Virtual)
Free of Charge
1.5 Hours of MCLE - Approval Pending
Registration link forthcoming

Meet The Presenters
Joshua Newcomer, Moderator

Joshua Newcomer is a principal in the Houston office of McKool Smith. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on financial, fiduciary, and international disputes. Prior to joining McKool Smith, Joshua was an associate at an international law firm. He also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to the Honorable William H. Yohn Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before attending law school, Joshua was an associate consultant for L.E.K. Consulting in Boston and Singapore, where he focused on business strategy and shareholder valuation.
Maran Turner, Panelist

Maran Turner is executive director of Freedom Now, an organization that protects individuals and communities from government repression and defends human rights through direct legal support, targeted high-leverage advocacy, and capacity-building analysis and assistance. Most recently, Maran assisted Afghani refugees seeking to emigrate after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Prior to joining Freedom Now, she was a lawyer with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2006 to 2007, where she managed a team of pro bono lawyers and worked with Southern African jurists on human rights litigation. Prior to her position with SALC, she was an associate with DLA Piper LLP (US) where she was honored as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for her international human rights work representing notable human rights defenders such as former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu. Maran holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami.
Nicole Ramos, Panelist

Nicole Ramos is the Director of Al Otro Lado's Border Rights Project. Al Otro Lado is a binational legal aid and defense organization that provides services to migrants, refugees, and deportees in the United States and Mexico. The Border Rights Project works with asylum seekers in Mexico who wish to present themselves to immigration authorities in order to seek asylum in the United States. In addition to providing legal orientation and accompaniment, the project engages in human rights monitoring and impact litigation as well as broader media campaigns, and advocacy efforts to challenge systemic human rights violations committed by state actors, including advocacy before international human rights monitoring bodies. Nicole is an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law and lectures extensively at universities, law schools, and professional conferences throughout the United States.  
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.
State Bar of Texas International Law Section |
Juan Alcalá, ILS Chair |
Diana Marin, ILS Admin |