Barbara S. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award

CITBA is pleased to announce the creation of the Barbara S. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award and to name its first recipients. By unanimous resolution of the Board of Directors, this award honors the memory of Ms. Barbara S. Williams, a former Board member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and the former Attorney in Charge of the International Trade Field Office of the U.S. Department of Justice. During her tenure, Ms. Williams served the United States with great distinction, integrity, and honor, defending the interests of the government while heeding the legitimate concerns of its citizens seeking redress. She was admired for her dedication, work ethic, generosity, and candor. Ms. Williams was an active member of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Court of International Trade, and served as the first law clerk to the Hon. Richard W. Goldberg of the CIT. Ms. Williams' career exemplifies the ideals of this award.

The criteria for recognition with this award are as follows:

  • Substantial and long-term contributions to the practice of international trade (including export controls) and/or customs law.  A "substantial and long-term contribution" is one demonstrating a level of dedication and achievement beyond that expected in the normal course of an individual's or organization's work.

  • Service and support to the U.S. Court of International Trade and its legal community.

  • Created, influenced, or expanded opportunities in the practice of international trade and customs law for the next generation of international trade and/or customs lawyers.

  • Service to the development of the international trade and/or customs legal profession.

  • Service to the bar.

  • Advanced ethical practice and professional responsibility in the field of international trade and/or customs law.

  • Sitting members of the CITBA Nomination Committee or CITBA Board may not be nominated.

The 2016 recipients of the Barbara S. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award are:

  • David M. Cohen
  • Gail T. Cumins
  • William D. Outman II
  • Valerie A. Slater
  • Terence P. Stewart

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition

CITBA and Brooklyn Law School (BLS) sponsor this annual Writing Competition to encourage law students who are interested in careers in customs and international trade law. The competition honors the memory of Andrew Vance, past president of CITBA and a distinguished practitioner and public servant.  Entrants must be currently enrolled in a JD or LLM program at any of the nation's law schools. Additional information and instructions for participation in this competition is forth in this link (you will need a program that reads .pdf files such as Adobe Acrobat Reader).
Click here to view winners since 1999.