ILS Chair’s News & Notes

Dear ILS Members,
It is the first non-holiday Friday of 2021, so here is our first Gazette of the year!
The events of the past week in Washington have been extraordinary. However one characterizes the mob that entered the U.S. Capitol, and the actions of the U.S. President, the importance and lesson of the events are that adherence to the Rule of Law is paramount in a government that functions for the people, instead of against the people. The rule of the mob is chaos, and always disenfranchises a portion of the body politic. That is why I was so gratified to see the Congress, despite an invasion of its spaces where it does its good work by a mob that sought to interrupt its processes and procedures, stay throughout that night and perform as the U.S. Constitution mandated and intended. Whether one agrees with the election result or not, the Rule of Law was followed, the Electoral College votes certified by Congress in conformity with the law, and the republic moves on. Rule of Law must win; cult of personality must not, lest we descend to the depths of those nations where rights and democracy ultimately were subverted to the will of the strongman.
On a lighter note, the Board of the ILS made the hard and disappointing decision to cancel the iLaw2021, which is a live conference, due to the massive surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations nationwide. That surge made it nigh impossible to secure sponsors, speakers and attendees for this year’s iLaw. Instead of diluting the iLaw brand and the greatness of our conference by holding something which would have been subpar, the decision was made to look forward to the iLaw2022, and to make it the best iLaw yet. The iLaw2022 will be held on February 18, 2022 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Miami. We look forward to when this pandemic will be placed on the ash heap of history.
In this issue of the Gazette, we continue to promote Florida Board Certified international lawyers. This issue we feature Daniel Visoiu, Board Certified in International Law and an experienced transactional and arbitration practitioner. His biography is impressive having been Secretary General of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court, and an arbitrator with the Chartered Institute.
In that vein, also note the upcoming international tax boot camp and conference being held by the Tax Section January 13-15, where one may earn international law certification credits both for International Law and International Litigation & Arbitration.
We also continue to feature ILS Regional Sponsor Sandler Travis & Rosenberg’s podcast on various international trade issues. On January 12 the India subcommittee of the Asia Committee of the ILS will co-sponsor a webinar on “Mediation, Arbitration and “Mixed Modes”” On January 13 we will resume the ILS Lunch and Learn series, hosted by Fiduciary Trust International, with our guest ILS Past Chair Larry Rifkin of Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. Learn about Larry’s journey to arrive at his successful immigration law practice. Larry will also be involved in an ILS webinar on February 17 on H-1 Visas and the new procedures applicable for 2021. Registration links for all these events are featured below.
Have a great weekend! I will be watching much NFL playoff football.
Sincerely yours,
Robert J. Becerra