ILS Aids in Filing Amicus Brief with Florida Supreme Court

On behalf of the International Law Section, Larry Rifkin, Ed Mullins, and Jacqueline Villalba assisted in the preparation of an Amicus Brief filed with the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of O.I.C.L., a minor unaccompanied alien. The Fourth District Court of Appeal’s decision in O.I.C.L. v. Department of Children and Families, No. 4D15-53, 2015 WL 4461164 (Fla. 4th DCA) (July 22, 2015) concerns the International Law Section because, among other issues, it seeks to restrict unaccompanied minors’ access to the courts by denying petitions for adjudication of dependency simply on the basis of whether the child lives with a relative, without further inquiry. The term “unaccompanied minor” is defined as a child who is under the age of 18, has no lawful immigration stat­us in the United States, and has no parent or legal guardian in the United States that can provide care for the child. In most cases, an unaccompanied minor’s only form of relief from deportation is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status which requires, among other things, that a state juvenile court issue an Order of Dependency. In O.I.C.L., the Court failed to issue an Order of Dependency solely because the minor was living with a relative. The Brief urged the Florida Supreme Court to quash the Fourth District Court of Appeals’ decision on legal and humanitarian grounds.

President Obama has nominated ILS Member Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga to the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Pedro Martinez-Fraga, Appointee for Member, Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

Pedro Martinez-Fraga is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration practices at Bryan Cave LLP, a position he has held since 2014.  He was previously a Partner at DLA Piper (US) LLP from 2011 to 2014 and at Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP from 2007 to 2011.  Before that, he practiced law at Greenberg Traurig LLP for 20 years.  Mr. Martinez-Fraga is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Professor at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.  Mr. Martinez-Fraga received a B.A. from St. John’s College, a J.D. from Columbia University, and two law degrees and a Ph.D. from La Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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