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Florida's Gutierrez leads Inter-American Bar Association.

Renaldy J. Gutierrez of Miami was recently sworn in as president of the Inter-American Bar Association at its recent annual conference in Mexico City.

Founded in 1940 by a group of lawyers and jurists representing 44 professional organizations and 17 nations of the Western Hemisphere, the Inter-American Bar Association represents a permanent forum for the exchange of professional views and information for lawyers to promote the rule of law and protect the democratic institutions in the Americas. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.


The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law recently designated the IABA as an observer to its Arbitration Working Group, according to Gutierrez.

"This designation was obtained as a result of the efforts of John Rooney, from Miami, chair of the Committee XVIII (International Arbitration Law), who will represent the IABA at working group sessions," said Gutierrez, noting the first session IABA will participate in will take place in Austria September 10-14. UNCITRAL is responsible for drafting model texts, such as the UNCITRAL Model International Commercial Arbitration Law and the Vienna Convention of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Approximately every 12 months, the IABA holds an international conference in one of the countries of the Americas during which time special seminars on legal topics are presented and IABA Committees and Sections meet. These meetings serve as a forum for the presentation of papers and the consideration of issues and resolutions related to them. They facilitate networking and discussion of current issues of interest to lawyers of the Americas, their respective governments, and various international organizations.

In addition, social events are held which emphasize local culture and cuisine. The IABA also offers regional seminars, has an active Young Lawyers Section, and participates in international conferences and meetings sponsored by other international and national legal organizations.

Gutierrez, a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, practices with Gutierrez & Associates.

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