Practicing Law in an Interconnected World Exploring Trends and Opening Dialogue

This conference will provide an opportunity for leaders in the legal profession to engage in enriching dialogue and build an international network. To maximize participation and allow for stimulating conversations about the latest developments in the practice of law, topics will be addressed in discussion groups. In addition, there will be presentations by distinguished speakers.

Benefits of Attending

  • Networking with legal practitioners from the US and around the world
  • Opportunity to showcase your practice
  • Professional Development and CLE credits
  • Meeting WCL Professors and colleagues
  • Sunny Miami in April!

Thursday, April 8
5:00 pm Registration
6:00 - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
8:00 - 10:00 pm Alumni Meeting and Dinner
Friday, April 9
8:00 - 8:45 am Continental breakfast
8:45 - 9:45 am Welcoming remarks
  • Dean Claudio Grossman

    American University Washington College of Law

  • Dean Richard Durand

    American University Kogod School of Business

  • Mayor Tomas Regalado

    Mayor of Miami

  • Professor David Hunter

    Professor of Law and Director, International Legal Studies Program, American University, Washington College of Law

9:45 - 11:00 am Attend one of the following discussion groups:
  • Current Developments in International Commercial Arbitration and Bilateral Investment Protection Treaty (BIT) Arbitration

    Interactive exchange between participants to discuss current issues and challenges in international arbitration including efforts by international arbitral tribunals to reduce time and costs, procedural issues, and the enforceability of arbitral awards.

    Facilitator: Horacio Grigera Naón, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, American University Washington College of Law
    Discussant: Manuel Garcia (WCL '00) Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC
  • Trends in Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law

    Exploration of the latest trends in Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, particularly how they are changing to address the threat of climate change both internationally and domestically, under a comparative lens.

    Facilitator: Professor David Hunter, Director, International Legal Studies Program, American University Washington College of Law
    Discussant: Paul Hagen (WCL `90) Beveridge & Diamond, PC, Washington, DC
  • Law Teaching in the 21st Century

    Discussion of the resources available to, and challenges faced by, legal educators in an interconnected world and developing ways to take advantage of the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law.

    Facilitator: Professor Anthony E. Varona, Director of S.J.D. Program, American University Washington College of Law
    Discussant: Douglas Alvarado (WCL LLM ��� 95) San Jose, Costa Rica
11:15 - 12:30 am Attend one of the following discussion groups:
  • Bad Faith Claims

    More information to be provided.

    Facilitator: Richard Lydecker Founding Partner, Lydecker Diaz, Miami, Florida
  • Human Rights

    Discussion future of the Inter-American system, recent developments in international human rights law and the role of the regional human rights systems in addressing global changes.

    Facilitator: Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law
  • Intellectual Property

    This session will highlight some of the latest issues in intellectual property law and will discuss how international developments impact domestic practices.

    Facilitator: Professor Christine Farley, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, American University Washington College of Law
    Discussants: Karen B. Leetzow, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, NASCAR
    Gabriel Groisman(WCL ���06) Coffey Burlington, PL, Miami, Fl
    Olivia T. Luk (WCL ���05) Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL
12:30 - 1:45 pm Luncheon Discussion: The Future of International Economic Law.
Moderator: Professor Padideh Ala'i, American University Washington College of Law
Panelists: Ricardo Ramirez (WCL`95) Member, WTO Appellate Body
Welber Barral, Secretary of Foreign Trade of Brazil
2:00 - 3:15 pm Attend one of the following discussion groups:
  • Regional and Multilateral Trading Rules

    After the Doha Round stalemate, are regional agreements the answer to move us forward? This session will explore the prospects of multilateral trade negotiations in face of regional challenges.

    Facilitator: Padideh Ala'i, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
    Discussants: Ricardo Ram��rez (WCL '95) Member, WTO Appellate Body
    Welber Barral Secretary of Foreign Trade of Brazil
    Esteban El��as El��as Napadensky & C��a., Santiago, Chile
    Douglas Alvarado San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Corporate Responsibility and Governance

    Discussion of corporate responsibility and governance issues in the wake of the international economic crisis in the financial sector, public, and private companies.

    Facilitator: Paul Allaer, Partner, Corporate Transactions & Securities and International groups Thompson and Hine LLP, Cincinnati, OH
    Discussants: Francisco Vel��zquez-Osuna (WCL `83) Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados, Mexico City
    Michel Vermaerke (WCL LLM ���85) Chief Executive Officer, Febelfin, Brussels, Belgium
  • Health

    Discussion of health care reform and its impact in the health care delivery system organization and the health care insurance industry.

    Facilitator: Joel Michaels (WCL '75), Partner McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Washington, DC
    Discussant: Paul Radensky, M.D. Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida
3:15 - 3:25 pm Break
3:25 - 4:40 pm Panel discussion - Crisis Management and Media

Practical advice for lawyers and practitioners in dealing with crisis communication

Facilitator: Professor Anthony E. Varona, Director of S.J.D. Program, American University Washington College of Law
Panelists: Midwin Charles Legal Contributor for In Session on TRU TV &��Managing��Principal��of Midwin Charles & Associates LLC,�� New York, NY
Kevin Corke Main Anchor/Reporter NBC 6/WTVJ
Mary E. Kennard Vice President, ��General Counsel and Secretary, American University
4:45 - 6:00 pm Attend one of the following discussion groups
  • Law Firms Working in Partnership Across Borders

    Discussion of the challenges and approaches to working in international cases that require collaboration between law practices across borders.

    Facilitator: Paul Allaer, Partner, Corporate Transactions & Securities and International groups Thompson and Hine LLP, Cincinnati, OH
    Discussants: Manuel Garcia (WCL ���00) Associate, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC
    Thomas Morante (WCL ���77) Partner, Holland & Knight, Miami, Florida
  • Ethics

    More information to be provided

    Facilitator: TBD
6:30 - 8:30 pm Reception
Miami Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
www.chophousemiami.com
305-938-9000
Saturday, April 10
8:00 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am Attend one of the following discussion groups:
  • Real Estate

    Examination of trecent trends in real estate law.

    Facilitator: Kevin Blauch (WCL ���83) Partner, Latham & Watkins, New York, NY
    Discussants:
  • Immigration

    Exploring the rights of non-citizens in the U.S. in civil, administrative and criminal prodceedings, discussion of how to regain momentum for immigration reform in the U.S., and a comparative discussion of immigration policy around the world.

    Facilitator: Ronald A. Karp (WCL '71) Managing Partner, Karp, Frosh, Lapidus Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A., Washington, DC
    Discussants: Julie C. Ferguson (WCL '92) Founding Partner, Julie C. Ferguson PA, Miami, FL
    Carlos A. Calderin (WCL '00) Founding Partner, Calderin & Oliva PA, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Finance and Banking

    Discussion of current legal, regulatory, and policy issues in the international financial crisis. Topics for discussion may include the prospect for financial regulation, the effect of the debt crisis in Latin America and Europe, the impact of the financial environment on law practice, and the potential for international regulatory arbitrage and a competition for business

    Facilitator: Professor David Snyder, Director, Business Law Programs, American University Washington College of Law
    Discussants: Michel Vermaerke, CEO Febelfin, Brussels, Belgium
    Howard Lee (WCL '73) Managing Director, Cosmos Alliance
    Thomas Morante (WCL '77) Partner, Holland & Knight, Miami, Florida
10:45 - 11:45 am Reflections on the trends explored and dialogues opened: conclusions and the way forward.

In this final discussion all groups will gather to summarize their reflections and report back on the issues raised during the conference, as well as explore the next steps in promoting interconnectedness in law practice.

Discussants: Paul Allaer (WCL LLM ���84)
Professor Padideh Ala'I
Professor Christine Farley
Dean Claudio Grossman
Professor David Hunter
Ronald A. Karp (WCL ���71)
Richard Lydecker
Joel Michaels (WCL ���75)
Horacio Grigera Naón
Professor David Snyder
Professor Anthony E. Varona
12:00 pm Lunch and Closing Remarks
Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law