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first_imgLawyers from across the world to gather in Cancun October 1, 2001 Assistant Editor Regular News Lawyers from across the world to gather in Cancun Amy K. Brown Assistant EditorThousands of lawyers from over 130 countries will gather in Cancun, Mexico, from October 28 through November 2, as part of the International Bar Association’s Business Law International Conference. The Florida Bar will have a noticeable presence at the conference, as the Bar’s International Law Section will hold a cocktail reception on Thursday evening, November 1, and conduct a seminar on the advantages of doing business in Florida for the foreign attendees, “Florida: Gateway to the World.” This will not be the last collaboration of the two organizations, according to IBA Executive Director Mark Ellis. “We feel Florida is one of the key states in the U.S., when it comes to international trade and international legal issues,” he said. “We feel that there’s a great interest from lawyers in Florida in international affairs, and we think the IBA can work with lawyers in Florida on mutual interests that we have in expanding our contact in the international community.” Ellis was recruited to be IBA’s executive director from his position as head of the ABA’s Central and East European Law Initiative program. As the first American to head the IBA, and as a member of The Florida Bar, Ellis said he hopes to forge a lasting relationship with the Bar. Larry Gore, the International Law Section’s liaison to the IBA, said the partnership has arisen out of the organizations’ similar goals. The Cancun conference will be the closest meeting of the IBA to Florida, Gore said, the International Law Section has close ties with the Mexican Bar. “It presents a two-fold opportunity for Florida attorneys to get acquainted with their international counterparts around the world. The IBA has extended its invitation to attend the Cancun meeting to all Florida lawyers – not just those in the International Law Section – because of the diversity of topics to be covered. The conference will focus on business law in a global sense, but also will include seminars ranging from small and solo practice management issues, to maritime law, to personal injury claims, to the legal issues surrounding travel websites. All told, the conference will offer hundreds of seminars for lawyers from virtually every practice area. “Florida is at the crossroads of trade and services and goods,” said Tony Santos, chair of the Bar’s International Law Section. “It’s not just Latin America. It’s Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Africa.” Members of the International Law Section have spent years developing working relationships with attorneys and law firms in other countries, Santos said, and the International Law Section is building on those already developed relationships. “What I would like to see is other sections taking advantage of the International Law Section’s vast worldwide resources and working together so that everybody benefits,” he said. This is another area where the IBA can help, Ellis added. “The fact that we are going through a globalization process, you can look at issues like capital markets, intellectual property, antitrust issues. No longer do these issues pertain to one jurisdiction. They affect cross-borders of many different countries. That’s why the IBA plays an important role in this,” he said. Josh Markus, vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice, and a member of The Florida Bar’s International Law Section, noted this globalization is new for many Florida lawyers. “Everybody’s practice is becoming international in one respect or another,” he said. “Firms that weren’t involved in international aspects of the law are now becoming increasingly involved. Practices are becoming globalized, and frankly, that’s one thing that’s important for practitioners to know.” And the Cancun conference will highlight the multijurisdictional issues attorneys face every day. “There’s no other venue in the world where you will be able. . . to interact with a diverse number of attorneys from throughout the world,” Ellis said. “Not only that, but we attract some of the top attorneys in the world from some of the top law firms. Just being able to be a part of that type of gathering is exhilarating and important.” For more information about the International Bar Association’s Business Law International Conference in Cancun, Mexico, visit www.ibanet.org/cancun. The International Law Section has arranged with the Hilton of Cancun for Florida Bar attendees to receive a special rate for three nights. The entire cost for three nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) hotel and round-trip airfare is $587 per person, double occupancy. To get more information about the discounts available for Florida Bar members, contact Seminars at Sea Travel at (800)491-3567 or [email protected]last_img read more

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