Past Events

Roundtable about D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46, Admission to the Bar

Thursday, July 19 2018. 10:00 AM

Jones Day,                                                                                                                   300 New Jersey Ave NW                                                                            Washington, D.C., 20001,

The IABA D.C. Chapter was pleased to invite you to a Roundtable about the D.C. Court of Appeals Notice for Public Comment on the D.C. Bar’s Proposed Amendments to D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46, Admission to the Bar. The event was held on Thursday, July 19 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Jones Day Law Firm offices located at 300 New Jersey Ave NW, 20001, Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss the proposal and inform the IABA D.C. Chapter opinion to be submitted to the D.C. Court of Appeals by July 31. This interests our Chapter because the proposed amendments pertain to the admission requirements for foreign attorneys graduates of non-accredited law schools. In general, changes would impact attorneys graduated from non-ABA-accredited law schools whether domestic or foreign.

The link to the D.C. Court of Appeals Notice and other documents is here, and the following excerpt is part of that notice:

“The court specifically invites interested parties to address the following questions, in addition to whatever other else parties wish to address: (1) To what extent, if any, should considerations of reciprocity play a role in the admission of foreign-educated lawyers to the D.C. Bar? Cf D.C. App. R. 46 (f)(2)(D) (addressing reciprocity in context of Special Legal Consultants); (2) Should the rules permitting admission to the bar of graduates of domestic law schools not accredited by the American Bar Association be different from the rules applicable to graduates of foreign non-accredited law schools?; (3) Should the court require that the some or all of the requisite course of study be taken within the United States?; ( 4) Should the court permit any of the additional course of study to be fulfilled by distance learning, and if so to what extent?; ( 5) If specific courses are to be required, what should they be?; (6) If the court were to retain the rule requiring that all courses focus on subjects tested on the Uniform Bar Exam, should it amend the rule to add a distribution requirement for those courses?; (7) Should a separate English-language proficiency requirement be imposed?; (8) To what extent would the proposal address the specific needs of law firms, their clients, and other individuals seeking legal services in the District of Columbia?; and (9) What is the expected practical impact of the proposal on the number of new admittees to the D.C. Bar?”.

We would like to recognize our host Jones Day Firm for supporting this event. Thank you!

Your participation was very valuable!


International Investment in the US: Are We Still Open for Business?

June 14, 2018. 12:00pm-2:00pm

901 4th ST NW
Washington, DC 20001-2776

The IABA is proud to co-sponsor with the D.C. Bar this fascinating and timely discussion.

At the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting, President Trump stated that “America is open for business.” Since President Trump took office, however, a number of important developments have caused stakeholders and observers to wonder whether that really is the case. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviewed a record number of proposed acquisitions of US companies by foreign entities in 2017 (over 200); it reportedly is applying a more intense level of scrutiny to the deals it is reviewing; and its reviews have led to two presidential decisions to block deals in the relatively brief period since President Trump took office (compared to three such decisions in the almost three decades before then). Moreover, Congress may soon enact legislation that would significantly expand the jurisdiction and powers of CFIUS. In addition, President Trump has directed the Treasury Secretary to propose actions that could be taken to address concerns about investment in the U.S. directed or facilitated by China in industries or technologies deemed important to the U.S. in connection with findings resulting from the Section 301 investigation that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) conducted relating to certain Chinese intellectual property and technology transfer policies and practices. During this program, a panel of experienced practitioners with diverse backgrounds will discuss these developments, how they may affect to the decision-making of companies involved in international M&A transactions, and what limits, if any, exist with respect to the way in which the U.S. can regulate international investment.
Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. As always, please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend.
This “Off the Record” luncheon program is sponsored by the International Investment and Finance Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Community. Cosponsored by the Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Community; the Government Contracts and Litigation Community; the Intellectual Property Law Community; the American Bar Association Section of International Law; the Association of Women in International Trade; the Customs and International Trade Bar Association; the Inter-American Bar Association’s D.C. Chapter and the Virginia State Bar International Practice Section. Food is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Remarks made during “Off the Record” programs may not be used for publication. Doors open at 11:30 am. Lunch and networking begins at 12:00 pm. Program content will begin at 12:30 pm.
**This program is offered in-person and also as a live teleconference format.
Please note: Only those registrants who sign up under the “Remote Attendance” price category will receive access to the teleconference. Teleconference information will be e-mailed to registrants no less than two hours prior to the event.
  • Francesca Guerrero, Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Ted Posner, Partner, Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP
  • Vanessa Sciarra, Vice President for Trade and Investment Policy, National Foreign Trade Council
  • Geoffrey Goodale, Partner, FisherBroyles, LLP (Moderator)
In-Person Fees: $0 Sponsoring/Cosponsoring Community Member; $10 Law Student; $15 Government/NonProfit; $15 Cosponsoring Organizations; $20 D.C. Bar Member; $25 Non-Member
Teleconference Fees: $0 Sponsoring/Cosponsoring Community Member Teleconference; $20 Government/Nonprofit Teleconference; $20 Cosponsoring Organizations; $20 D.C. Bar Member Teleconference; $30 Non-Member Teleconference; $50 Group Teleconference

A Conference on Challenges Facing International Business, Trade and Investments

April 27-28

Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C. Room: Gewirz 12 Floor

The IABA-DC, the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), and the GULC Center on Transnational Business and the Law, invite you to participate in the “Conference on Challenges Facing International Business, Trade and Investment” on April 27-28, 2018.  The event is free, but registration is required.  Please find the conference program linked below.

IABA ABILA April 27-28 Program

Opening Lecture Reception 4.27.18

Conference Saturday 4.28.18

The World Bank Group and the Global Fight Against Corruption: Sanctions, Monitoring and Compliance Mentoring

11:30am Wednesday May 9th, 2018

901 4th Street, NW

The IABA-DC is proud to announce that it will be co-sponsoring a lunchtime CLE panel discussion with the D.C. Bar at 11:30am on Wednesday May 9th, 2018 at the new D.C. Bar Building at 901 4th Street, NW.  This program will address the policy goals behind, and the practical workings of, the World Bank Group’s (WBG) processes for seeking to ensure that WBG-financed projects are carried out free of corruption, fraud, and other misuse of donor funds.  We hope to see you at what promises to be a fascinating discussion!

Investment Structuring and Treaty Protection

The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), D.C. Chapter, cordially invites you to the Program:  The event is co-sponsored by the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) and Georgetown International Arbitration Society (GIAS).

Description: The Program will count with a keynote by Professor Pierre Tercier, Emeritus Professor, University of Fribourg, addressing the controversial topic “International Arbitration: Evolution & Adaptation”. The keynote speech will be followed by two Discussion Panels: “Application and Interpretation of IIAs: New Trends in Treaty Policy Making” and “Structuring Investment for Treaty Protection: Mitigating Risks”.

Speakers include: Grant Aldonas, Executive Director, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown Law Center; Jennifer Danner Riccardi, Senior Trade Advisor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; Gaela Gehring Flores, Partner, Arnold Porter Kay & Scholer LLP; Nicole Thornton, Chief, Investment Arbitration, U.S. Department of State; Margie-Lys Jaime R., Chair, IABA-DC Chapter; Fernando Pimentel, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Brazil in Washington; Ricardo Daskal Hirschbrunch, Head of the Investment and Trade Promotion Bureau, Embassy of Brazil in Washington; Michael Rooney, General Counsel, Manhattan Construction Co.; Charles T. Kotuby Jr., Partner, Jones Day; Maria I. Pradilla Picas, Associate, Jones Day.

Date & Time: Monday, October 30, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Hotung Faculty Dining Room, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington DC.

PDF Invitation: Brochure October 30 FINAL(1)


Annual Latin American & Caribbean Law Student Welcome Reception.

September 28, 2017

Featuring: Lucinda Low, President-American Society of International Law


On September 28, 2017, the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), D.C. Chapter, celebrated its Annual Latin American & Caribbean Law Student Welcome Reception. Ms. Lucinda Low, President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), gave an inspiring talk about the challenges of the profession and ASIL’s mission to foster the study of international law and promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations and the rule of law, to over fifty students coming from different universities in the D.C. area such as American University, George Washington and Georgetown. The guest speaker was introduced by Ms. Margie-Lys Jaime, Chair of the D.C. Chapter. The President of the IABA, Mr. Jorge Hernan Rubio, attended the Reception and addressed a few words to the audience about the role of the IABA as a permanent forum for the exchange of professional views and to protect the democratic institutions in the Americas.

The event was hosted by the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) at Georgetown University Law Center and counted with the generous support of Dechert LLP, Baker & Hostetler and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP.


The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), D.C. Chapter, cordially invites you to the Panel Discussion “Investment Protection in Latin America”.

April 11, 2017

Featuring: Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner, White & Case LLP; Judd L. Kessler, Partner, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP; Alvaro Galindo, International Counsel, Dechert LLP; Estefania San Juan, Associate, White & Case LLP (Moderator).

Over the past decades Latin American countries have been engaged in a great amount of rule-making to encourage foreign direct investment, including both unilateral liberalization and international negotiations dealing with investment protections. The Panel will discuss among other issues, to what extent do current trends a favorable platform for foreign investment question and how a stable and transparent investment regime may affect investment decisions. In particular, attention will be given to the relevance of bilateral or multilateral treaties for the protection of foreign investments, which includes the access to the investor-state dispute settlement system, to investing in Latin America.

Location: White & Case LLP, located at 701, 13th St NW # 600, Washington, DC 20005.


The Simplified Joint Stock Corporation: A New Structure for Doing Business in the Americas

February 17, 2017


The Inter-American Juridical Committee (IAJC), which is the legal advisory organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), has approved a Model Law for the Simplified Company that was inspired by the successes of the Law of the Simplified Corporation of 2008 of Colombia. The Model Law is currently before the OAS political body (Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs of the Permanent Council) for its consideration.

Jeannette Tramhel provided an overview of the Model Law and how it may serve as a tool in encouraging a shift from the informal into the formal sector, with benefits to individual businesses and society as a whole. By simplifying incorporation, many countries in the Americas could improve the business environment for MSMEs, improve access to credit and thereby stimulate economic growth and development.

Jeannette Tramhel has been involved in private international law, commercial, business and trade law for over 20 years as a practicing lawyer and staff member of the OAS and UNCITRAL. She holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University in Canada, an LL.M. from Georgetown University (with distinction) and is a member of the bar in Ontario and New York.

Location: Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, located at 1900 K St NW #1110, Washington, DC 20006. Attendees must proceed to the security desk at the ground floor reception desk in the main lobby of the building and bring photo ID.


Recent Lessons on Treaty Shopping and the Establishing of an Investment

January 25, 2017

The DC Bar’s International Law Section’s International Investment & Finance Committee panel titled “Recent Lessons on Treaty Shopping and the Establishing of an Investment.”  Speakers Timothy Nelson of Skadden Arps, Herfried Wöss of Wöss & Partners, and Janis Brennan of Foley Hoag, moderated by Paolo de Rosa of Arnold & Porter, to learn about the elements of structuring a transaction with treaty and dispute resolution protections in mind and the impact of current jurisprudence.

Event Description: This panel focused on recent issues relevant for, on the one hand, structuring transactions to benefit from treaties and dispute resolution forums and, on the other hand, allegations of abuse based on treaty-shopping in international investment law. In particular, the discussion will focus on current developments related to the definition of “investment” and “protected investor,” and will seek to respond to questions of permissible corporate restructuring and veil piercing for purposes of treaty shopping.

All the panelists are renowned active practitioners in the field of international investment and commercial arbitration. They will touch upon cutting-edge issues that they encounter in their practice including the following topics:

  • Definition of ”treaty shopping“ and the variegated meanings that it can take;
  • Different understandings of “treaty shopping” from the viewpoints of corporate investors, the host State, and other stakeholders;
  • The structuring and re-structuring of investment decisions by means of establishing or transferring an investment to a treaty-protected jurisdiction; the legitimate considerations of the investor as well as the host State will also be analyzed in view of recent important international investment arbitration cases;
  • A review of the extant doctrines to address “treaty shopping,” including but not restricted to the doctrine of ”abuse of rights” and the doctrine of “fraudulent assignment of claims;” and
  • Finally, the panelists will look into the requirements established by recent decisions concerning effective management of an investment, as well as criteria related to the place of incorporation, the corporate forms adopted, the real economic connections to the situs, and other considerations related to the treaty protection of an investment.

Location: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, 601 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001-3743 (Paul Porter Conference Room on the 11th floor).

Sponsored Organizations: This program is sponsored by the International Investment and Finance Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Section; and cosponsored by the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Section, and the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), D.C. Chapter.

Moderator: Paolo Di Rosa, Arnold & Porter LLP (

Speakers: Janis Brennan, Foley Hoag LLP (; Timothy G. Nelson, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (; & Herfried Woss, Wöss & Partners, PLLC (

Indian National Bar Association’s 67th Constitution Day Conference

November 26, 2016

The IABA-DC collaborated with the Indian Bar Association to promote the 2016 Constitution Day Conference. Check out this fascinating panel on Evolving Cyber Crimes and Recent Regulatory Developments.

Check out the video and click the link below for more pictures.


Latin American & Caribbean Law Students Welcome Reception

The Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), D.C. Chapter, organized the Latin-American & Caribbean Law Students Welcome Reception, for students starting their studies at prestigious universities such as American University Washington College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and George Washington University Law School.  The Reception was held at the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretariat Building and counted with the participation of Gustavo Palacios, Ecuadorian Diplomat and Professor at the University of Kentucky, as our keynote speaker. This important event was made possible with the support of Dechert LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dentons, and Arnold & Porter.