ILS Chair’s News & Notes

Dear ILS Members,

After a well deserved week off, Friday has transformed itself once again into the all-important Gazette Day.

Monday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. On March 19, 1911, International Women’s Day was officially marked for the first time. More than one million people celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Women demanded the right to vote, to fight against sex discrimination in the workplace, and to hold public office. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in 1975, which was declared “International Women’s Year”. In 1977, the United Nations invited members to proclaim March 8th as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. Today, in the U.S., we mark the day on March 8th. Our Section promotes gender equality and diversity. The ILS had had female Chairs, and our Board and Executive Council has gender diversity as well.

While on that topic, your Section will be sponsoring a panel on gender diversity, moderated and populated by our ILS members, at the annual virtual meeting of the American Bar Association Section of International Law being held April 14-16. Stay tuned for more news on what will be a great panel.

Much closer temporally is your Section’s Mid-Year Executive Council meeting, being held live on March 11th at Jungle Island in Miami. The meeting will be held in an outdoor meeting space, with virtual attendance available. The meeting will be followed by a cocktail reception at Jungle Island, once again outdoors. Masks and social distancing will be enforced. All ILS members are welcome! Please RSVP to me at, if you have not already done so.

The new International Law Quarterly, Winter 2021 issue focusing on Digital Law is out and can be accessed by clicking the link below. Your Section is proud to publish this flagship publication, the finest in the land. Thanks to co-editors Laura Reich and Ana Barton for their hard work in putting together a first class publication. As always, there are advertising opportunities in our ILQ.

In our continuing feature showcasing board certified lawyers, this week we feature ILS Chair-Elect James Meyer of ILS Global Sponsor Harper Meyer. Jim knows the great benefits of board certification, and the usefulness of the ILS International Law Deskbook for review in preparation for the exam. The ILS encourages all Florida international practitioners to seek board certification in either International Law or International Litigation & Arbitration.

Our Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Competition, held virtually this year for the first time last Saturday was a resounding success! Thanks to all the volunteer arbitrators and teams for participating. Law Schools from as far away as Beijing, Moscow and Mozambique competed! Thanks above all to Adrian Nunez, chair of the Vis Pre-Moot Steering Committee and his team on the committee for putting together a successful virtual competition. Congratulations to winner Stetson University! Your Section provides Florida law schools who compete a stipend to promote their Pre-Moot programs.

Please continue to send us your Member News, such as Jennifer Diaz’s news on being ranked by Chambers and Partner, short articles or items, like ILS Regional Sponsor Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s podcast, and webinar ideas for future ILS programming. Your Section is here to highlight your accomplishments and provide you with opportunities to promote your expertise.

Have a great weekend, and a great International Women’s Day!

Sincerely yours,

Robert J. Becerra