Miami Law to Play Significant Role in American Bar Association Meeting in Miami Beach


Twenty-seven Miami Law students and three members of the school's faculty will take active roles in the fall meeting of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, set to take place in Miami Beach on Oct. 16-20. The ABA says the meeting is one of the world's most important gatherings of international lawyers, and points to the 2009 fall gathering – also in Miami Beach – as having attracted more than 700 attendees from 36 countries.

The students will be volunteering at the event throughout the week. "They will be very engaged," said Gretchen Bellamy, the Director of International Public Interest Programs at Miami Law and a program chair and panelist at the ABA gathering, of which Miami Law is a co-sponsor. Bellamy is also the Diversity Officer for the ABA's Section of International Law as well as a co-chair for the section's International Legal Exchange Delegation to Rwanda and Tanzania earlier this year.

Attendees at the fall meeting will include high-level practitioners with some of the largest global law firms; lawyers with regional and national firms in the United States; members of small firms and solo practitioners with international practices; corporate and in-house counsel; lawyers serving in government or with non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations; and academics.

The meeting at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach will include more than 70 concurrent continuing legal education sessions and showcases with world-class speakers; programming on key issues and interest areas; networking opportunities with contemporaries from around the world; special programming for young lawyers and law students; and provisions for a year's worth of CLE credits.

The educational programs that Miami Law is involved in include Pathways to Employment, with Bellamy as a panelist, on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m., for both young lawyers seeking to bring their skills to the global arena and experienced practitioners who wish to expand their practices into international law; The Human Rights Council Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: The Lawyer's Role, moderated by Miami Law's James W. Nickel, Professor of Philosophy and Law, on Oct. 17 at 9 a.m.; International Legal Exchange Follow-Up: The State of Women's Rights and Access to Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa, with Bellamy as panelist, on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m., featuring a discussion about steps the ABA can take to move justice and human rights forward in East Africa; From Norms to Implementation: Realizing Women's Human Rights in the United States, with Caroline Bettinger-López, an Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic, as program chair, on Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m., when the panel will discuss the landmark Lenahan case and other aspects of international human rights law; Right Before Our Eyes: Occupational Segregation and Inequities Faced by Afro-Latinos in the Workplace, on Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m., a forum in which to analyze the inequities that exist for an often overlooked and marginalized population; How Can Diversity Help or Hinder Cross-Cultural Negotiations, on Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m., which will address how diversity can be an important interest in composing negotiating teams, whether the corporate world should be paying attention to indigenous populations, and so-called "cross-cultural gaffes" that may occur during cross-border negotiations; and Developments in Global Pro Bono: Emerging Opportunities for Law Firms and Corporate Law Departments to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, on Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.

Bellamy will serve as program chair for the latter three events.