ILS Chair’s News & Notes

Dear ILS Members,
Today is Friday. The first known use of the word “Friday” was before the 12th Century, coming from the Old English word “Frigedoeg”. In Israel, Friday is the sixth, not the fifth day of the week. Until 2006 in Bahrain, UAE and Saudi Arabia, Friday was the last day of the weekend with Saturday being the first day of the work week. Here at ILS, it is the last day of the work week, also known as “Gazette”.
On April 14 the ILS sponsored a panel entitled “Keeping a Seat for Gender Diversity at the International Law Table”, at the ABA Section of International Law’s annual virtual meeting. The panel was moderated by ILS Past Chair Clarissa Rodriguez of ILS Hemispheric Sponsor Reich Rodriguez and included panelists ILS Treasurer Jackie Villalba of ILS Global Sponsor HarperMeyer; ILS Executive Council member Cristina Vicens of ILS Hemispheric Sponsor Sequor Law; and ILS Executive Council member Neha Dagley of RiveroMestre. The panel was successful and very well received. Our members did the ILS proud in representing us before the ABA Section of International Law and I thank them for their good work on a very important topic. See more below about our panel.
On April 20 at 1pm the next installment of the entertaining ILS Lunch and Learn, featuring host ILS Past Chair Clarissa Rodriguez and this month’s guest Richard Lorenzo, Regional Managing Partner of ILS Hemispheric Sponsor Hogan Lovells. Learn about Richard’s journey through an international litigation and arbitration career. This session, for the first time, our host Fiduciary Trust International will provide attendees a voucher for a free Uber Eats lunch while you enjoy the virtual Lunch and Learn session. We thank our host as well for use of their Zoom platform and for lunch! RSVP at
On April 22nd, the ILS is presenting the virtual webinar “PPE Transactions in a Pandemic: Achieving Compliance and Identifying Fraud” featuring an all-star panel discussing the multi-billion dollar market in Personal Protection Equipment and how to identify and prevent fraud, and ensure compliance for your clients. The panel will feature ILS Past-Chair Peter Quinter and Tucker Thoni of GrayRobinson; ILS Chair-Elect Jim Meyer of ILS Global Sponsor HarperMeyer; Dan Harris, Managing Partner of HarrisBricken and industry professionals Colette Durst, inside counsel for 3M; and Dan Pak, VP of supply chain management of Hartford Healthcare. Don’t miss it if you want to protect your clients in this huge market to supply customers with products to protect against Covid-19 exposure. See registration info below. 2 CLE hours, including international law and international litigation & arbitration certification credits, included.
In our continuing series featuring international law board certified lawyers, we highlight Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Feeley. Matt knows that “[g]iven the rigorous certification standards, board certification carries a lot of weight with the legal community and potential clients.”  I could not agree more. Board certification tells the world that you are an expert in your area of certification. And, for international law and international litigation & arbitration certifications, the ILS provides plenty of programming to earn the all so important certification CLE hours. The ILS also has for sale its International Law Deskbook 2020, a great international law resource, and great review for the certification exams, available for sale on the Bar’s website for $99.
The ILS has joined as a Community Supporter for the upcoming panel entitled “Combating Hate, Racism, and Xenophobia Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” on April 28th. The ILS supports the Asian-American community against those who eschew tolerance, peace and the rule of law. Please attend and support this program.
Lastly, stay tuned for upcoming news on the ILS’ annual meeting in June, where we will hold our annual executive council meeting, committee meetings, and both council and officer elections.
Have a great weekend!
Sincerely yours,
Robert J. Becerra