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International Law Certification.

The International Law Certification Committee's focus this year was directed to revising the exam and making improvements to define the difference between the international law certification and the separate international litigation and arbitration certification. International lawyers who do not handle disputes, but focus instead on areas such as cross-border transactions, international taxation, customs, and immigration, will appreciate the revised exam as well as the professional benefits of board certification in international law.

* Board Certification in International Law--Of those states that offer specialty certification for lawyers, Florida is the only state that offers board certification in international law. Currently, 53 Florida lawyers are board certified in international law. That means that there are only 53 lawyers in the nation who have certified their expertise in international law. In 2018, six candidates were recertified and one new candidate applied and took the international law exam.

* Modifications and Improvements to the Certification Examination --The committee has continued to review and revise examination questions that for any reason were determined to be less than optimal for their intended purpose. Questions were assigned to individual committee members for initial review and, when appropriate, revision, and then assigned to a second committee member for further review. At the same time, the examination specifications were reviewed to ensure that the areas of knowledge deemed necessary for a specialist in international law were appropriately covered by both the multiple-choice and essay examinations. As a result, the committee is confident that its examination is well-designed, up-to-date, and appropriate for testing expertise in international law.

* Promotional Efforts--The committee continues to discuss and promote the benefits of certification as well as the certification process at various international law events, including the International Law Section's iLaw conference, held every year in Miami, as well as the Florida Bar's annual convention.

I express my strong appreciation to our Florida Bar liaison, Jacqueline Faerman, as well as all committee members for their efforts and contributions. This year's members are Margarita P. Muina, Harout Samra, Angelika Hunnefeld, John Murphy, Clarissa Rodriguez, Robert Becerra, and Theodore Walters. The International Law Certification Committee encourages all members of The Florida Bar for whom international law forms a substantial portion of their practice to seek board certification.

Alvin F. Lindsay III, Chair

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Title Annotation:Annual Reports of Committees of the Florida Bar: 2018-2019
Author:Lindsay, Alvin F., III
Publication:Florida Bar Journal
Date:May 1, 2019
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