Sovereign Immunity for Public Airport Operators

This past month, after a lengthy process of drafting, editing, revising, and finalizing, my firm’s article, “Sovereign Immunity for Public Airport Operators” has been published under the auspices of the Airport Cooperative Research Program through the National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board. My co-authors are John Adams Hodge, Hodge & Associates, Columbia, SC and Kyle Seay, Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith, Omaha, NE.

Here is a link to a free downloadable copy:

Cuba 2014: What the U.S. Legal and Business Communities Need to Know



14-hour Audio CD Now Available.

Topics include: Cuba, an evolving marketplace; legal changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba since 2008; the impact of the Cuban diaspora in Cuba and the U.S.; challenges of the legal framework for economic development; issues key to energy, mining and the environment; issues relating to agriculture and trade; and case studies relating to doing business in Cuba.

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International law bar takes aim at overbroad bans on Shariah law

ABA Journal’s recent coverage about the Section’s work fighting the effort to ban the use of foreign law in Florida:

International law bar takes aim at overbroad bans on Shariah law

By William C. Smith
Jan 1, 2015, 03:00 am CST

The story of Florida’s anti-Shariah law movement began three years ago with a courtroom bang, but it ended last May in a legislative whimper.

It started when a state judge ruled in March 2011 that a dispute between the Islamic Education Center of Tampa and its ousted trustees should be resolved among the parties “under ecclesiastical Islamic law, pursuant to the Quran.” . . . read more

International Law Section and Barcelona Bar: Lawyers Exchange Program

The agreement between the International Law Section and the Barcelona Bar allows for the creation of a Lawyers Exchange Program to encourage lawyers from both countries to expand their knowledge in matters involving international law and arbitration/litigation. Firms hosting foreign attorneys under this agreement are not required to compensate the foreign attorneys. For more information about this program please contact Yine Rodriguez at

Links to the Agreement and to the Barcelona Bar:

Agreements with foreign bars

Former Section Chair Brock McClane to Become Head of Fisher Rushmer, P.A.

J. Brock McClane
J. Brock McClane
Former Section Chair

Effective September 1, 2014, McClane Partners Law Firm, P.A. will merge its practice into the firm of Fisher Rushmer, P.A. and relocate to their offices at 390 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801.

Former Section Chair Brock McClane will become the head of the Fisher Rushmer, P.A. commercial practice continuing the practice of commercial litigation and trust services, specializing in international matters.

Congratulations to Newly Certified International Law Bar Members

Congratulations to our four Florida Bar members who have become newly certified in International Law!

  • Robert J. Becerra, Miami
  • Francis M. Boyer, Jacksonville
  • Daniel F. Visoiu, Bucharest, Romania
  • Stephen H. Wagner, Miami

For more information on board certification in International Law, please contact Zachary Shrader at or

Florida Avoids Passage of Foreign Law Ban Through Rational Compromise that Codifies Existing Case Law

Press Release by International Law Section of Florida Bar (ILS) – May 12, 2014

Florida Avoids Passage Of Foreign Law Ban Through Rational

Compromise That Codifies Existing Case Law

On May 12, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB 386, a bill describing the application of foreign law in Florida courts in family law and child custody cases.  The bill is a compromise measure drafted by Senator David Simmons (R – Altamonte Springs) with the help of the ILS.  The original bill, sponsored by Senator Alan Hays (R – Umatilla) was similar to proposed legislation introduced in over 30 states seeking to severely restrict the application of foreign law in state courts.  . . . more