Section Program

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


2021 – Global Challenges and Opportunities in a New Era



Section Chair

Jay L. Himes
Labaton Sucharow, LLP.

Program Chairs

Jay G. Safer, Esq.
Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
Ruby Asturias
Ernst & Young


Event Sponsor


4.0 MCLE Credits- 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice; 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

8:00 AM – 8:05 AM

Welcome and Introduction


Jay L. Himes | Labaton Sucharow, LLP., New York, NY


8:05 AM – 9:45 AM

Cross-border Litigation. When we need the most from our allies around the world: Best Practices and Recommendations

In this round table, the panel will discuss when US litigators need assistance in cross-border litigation with a mix of both Common Law and Civil Law-based rules. Experienced panel members will explore common challenges that US litigators can face when communicating with their local counsel, and discuss recommendations and best practices from leading practitioners to overcome those common issues regarding proper communication, legal terminology, and procedural idiosyncrasies.


Esteban Mancuso | Managing Director, Deputy Counsel, Citi Latin America and the Caribbean
Kiesha Minyard | U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Foreign Litigation, Washington, D.C.
Jay G. Safer | Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP, New York, NY
Ron S. Soffer | Soffer Advocats, Paris, France
Maeda Yoko | City-Yuwa Partners, Tokyo, Japan


Jorge Luis Arenales | Partner, Arias, Guatemala City, Guatemala

2.0 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice


9:45 AM – 10:05 AM

Award Presentations and Acceptances

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award (recipient to be determined)

Distinction in International Law and Affairs Award (recipient to be determined)

New York State Bar Foundation Presentation


10:05 AM – 10:10 AM



10:10 AM – 11:50 AM

A Breath of Fresh Air: 2020’s Impact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | How the Global Legal Community Has Been Impacted and is Responding to Proactively Advance the Landscape and Promote Inclusion

2020 will be remembered for a number of historic events, most significantly the global pandemic and the awakening on issues of racial inclusion and equity. This panel will explore forward-looking initiatives of importance to world-wide regulators, investors, in-house counsel, investment managers, and the C-Suite impacting policies and practices that proactively shape diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Bendita Cynthia Malakia,CPC, ELI-MP | Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.
Marcia Cicarelli | Demarest Advogados, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mariana Eguiarte-Morett | Sanchez Devanny, Mexico City, Mexico
Claire Y. Flores | International Regional Director – Americas, BARBRI International, New York, NY
Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira | Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Tokyo, Japan
Sara Crowther | Outer Temple Chambers, London, UK


Diane E. O’Connell | Diane O’Connell PLLC, Brooklyn, New York
Daniel L. Morriss | Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Chicago, Illinois

2.0 Credits in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias


11:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Business Meeting and Election/Goodbye


Jay L. Himes | Labaton Sucharow, LLP., New York, NY
Sharon Stern Gerstman | Magavern Magavern Grimm, LLP


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Distinction in International Law and Affairs Award Winner

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

United Nations ODA was established in January 1998 as the Department for Disarmament Affairs which was part of the SG’s programme for reform in accordance with his report to the General Assembly (A/51/950). It was originally established in 1982 upon the recommendation of the General Assembly’s second special session on disarmament (SSOD II). In 1992, its name was changed to Centre for Disarmament Affairs, under the Department of Political Affairs. At the end of 1997, it was renamed Department for Disarmament Affairs and in 2007, it became the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.

The Office for Disarmament Affairs supports multilateral efforts aimed at achieving the ultimate goal of general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control. The mandate for the programme is derived from the priorities established in relevant General Assembly resolutions and decisions in the field of disarmament, including the Final Document of the Tenth Special Session of the General Assembly, the first special session devoted to disarmament (resolution S-10/2). Weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons, continue to be of primary concern owing to their destructive power and the threat that they pose to humanity. The Office also works to address the humanitarian impact of major conventional weapons and emerging weapon technologies, such as autonomous weapons, as these issues have received increased attention from the international community.

UNODA provides substantive and organizational support for norm-setting in the area of disarmament through the work of the General Assembly and its First Committee, the Disarmament Commission, the Conference on Disarmament and other bodies. It fosters disarmament measures through dialogue, transparency and confidence-building on military matters, and encourages regional disarmament efforts; these include the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms and regional forums.

It also provides objective, impartial and up-to-date information on multilateral disarmament issues and activities to Member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-governmental organizations, the media and the general public.

UNODA supports the development and implementation of practical disarmament measures after a conflict, such as disarming and demobilizing former combatants and helping them to reintegrate in civil society.



2020 Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award

New York State Bar Association International Section


Daniel J. Alvarez
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

My name is Daniel Alvarez, and I am a third-year law student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.  I am a lifelong resident of the state of New Jersey and currently live in the small town of Nutley.  After graduating from high school, I attended Montclair State University where I double-majored in History and Jurisprudence.  While at Montclair State, I was awarded the History department’s William McLean Scholarship, was a member of the Dean’s List for eight semesters, and graduated summa cum laude.  I also remained very active on campus by participating and holding positions in various clubs and organizations while also working at the university library.  I am currently in my final semester at Pace Law School and am completing concentrations in both International and Business Law.  Additionally, I am also currently serving as an Articles Editor for the Pace Law Review.  Outside of classwork, I enjoy casual reading and am an avid fan of baseball, hockey, and basketball.

I decided to write this note because, as a descendant of Cuban immigrants, I was very empathetic towards the challenges faced by the citizens of Hong Kong which ultimately led to the mass protests against the Foreign Offenders Ordinance.  The promises of due process and equality under the law were very important reasons for why my family decided to leave Cuba and move to the United States.  I also believe it is critically important for the international community to take appropriate actions whenever necessary in order to uphold the basic human rights that have been enshrined in various landmark international treaties.



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New York Contract Law: A Guide For Non-New York Attorneys

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International Law Practicum

International Law Practicum


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NY International Law Review

New York International Law Review


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