Customs and International Trade Bar Association


Upcoming Events

December 3, 2015: Breakfast Briefing - What The Iran Nuclear Deal Means For The Lifting Of US Sanctions

CITBA - in cooperation with the D.C. Bar International Law Section, the ABA Section of International Law’s International Trade and Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committees, and the Iranian American Bar Association - invites you to a breakfast briefing with Sarah Liebschutz, Attorney Advisor Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control) U.S. Department of the Treasury, to discuss the recent Iran nuclear deal and its potential impact on US sanctions.

The event is off-the-record and is a non-CLE event.

Details regarding registration and venue can be found below.

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

As a courtesy to its members, CITBA is now providing a list of upcoming international trade-related events of sister organizations.  CITBA intends to keep this list updated periodically, so please check back often for the latest list of events.
To access the list, please click below.
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Recent Events

November 18, 2015: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Doing Business with CBP R&R But Were Too Afraid to Ask

CBP's Office of Regulations & Rulings (R&R) and its component branches issue numerous administrative decisions and rulings that may impact your clients on topics ranging from tariff classifications and markings, to country-of-origin labeling, to entry filings and duty processing, collections, refunds, and duty drawback claims. 

Please join government officials from R&R, along with members of the trade bar, to discuss best practices in communicating and working with R&R on behalf of your clients.  Remarks at this event are off the record.

The event is free, but RSVP is required.

A reception and CITBA's Semi-Annual meeting will immediately follow the event.

Further details can be found below.

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November 3, 2015: Formal Presentation of the Portrait of Senior Judge Donald C. Pogue

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a Special Session of the United States Court of International Trade - One Federal Plaza, New York, New York - at 2:30pm on November 3, 2015, for the formal presentation in its ceremonial courtroom of the portrait of Senior Judge Donald C. Pogue.  Reception to follow in the library.

RSVP acceptance only by October 1, 2015.  Contact or call 212-264-4484. 

November 3, 2015: The 125th Anniversary of the Act of June 10, 1890 and The Establishment of the Board of General Appraisers, and Honoring Joseph F. Donohue, Jr. for His Service as President of the Historical Society

You are cordially invited to an event hosted by The Historical Society of the United States Court of International Trade: "The 125th Anniversary of the Act of June 10, 1890 and the Establishment of the Board of General Appraisers."  The event will also honor Joseph F. Donohue, Jr. for his service as President of the Historical Society.  One hour of CLE credit will be available through the event. 

Further details can be found below.

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October 29, 2015: Recent Legislative Changes in U.S. Trade Remedy Laws - Implications for Importer and Domestic Industry Litigants

Where:                 Federal Circuit Bar Association
                             1620 I Street, NW
                             Suite 801
                             Washington, DC 20006 (or via webinar)
When:                  3:00-5:00pm
The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association cordially invite you to a panel discussion regarding recent legislative changes to the AD/CVD laws.


Marc Bernstein - Assistant General Counsel, AD/CVD Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission

Claudia Burke - Assistant Director, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Chris Marsh - Deputy Assistant Secretary, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce

Details regarding registration and how to log into the webinar can be found below.


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October 20, 2015: Effective Litigation at the WTO

CITBA cordially invites you to a special event entitled "Effective Litigation at the WTO."  As international trade issues increase in prominence, international lawyers and policymakers have focused increasing attention on the dispute resolution mechanism of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Daniel Brinza, Senior Counsel for Dispute Settlement at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, will share his unique insights into the "nuts and bolts" of WTO litigation.  Whether you are new to international trade or a seasoned hand, this event will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the noteworthy procedures and nuances of this distinctive international dispute resolution system from an experienced practitioner.  The discussion will be followed by a networking reception at The Exchange.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and space is limited to 50 attendees, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.  Details are on the attached flyer.

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October 7, 2015: WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement - Next Steps in Ratification and Implementation

CITBA is proud to co-sponsor at event presented by the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia regarding the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).  The TFA was the first multilateral agreement in the WTO since its creation nearly 20 years ago, and intends to facilitate global trade by improving transparency, streamlining clearance procedures, and reducing red tape at the border.  The panelists will have a dynamic discussion on the next steps of this landmark WTO Agreement.

Further details regarding this event can be found below.
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September 25, 2015: Brown Bag Panel Discussion on Careers at the Intersection of Trade Law and Politics

Please join CITBA's Young Lawyers Committee for an informative brown bag discussion about careers at the intersection of trade law and politics.  The speakers will include:

Vigi Rangaswami - Vice President of Federal Affairs at Liberty Mutual; former Chief Trade Counsel and Staff Director, Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways & Means; former Associate in the Trade, Equity, and Development Project at the Carnegie Endowment

John Smirnow - Principal of Smirnow Law; Member, Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee for USTR; former Vice President of Trade and Competitiveness for Solar Energy Industries Association; former Chairman, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Commerce

This event is free, but please RSVP to  For those out of town or unable to attend in person, a dial-in teleconference number will be provided upon request. 

July 7, 2015: Brown Bag Panel Discussion on Trade and Development

Please join CITBA's Young Lawyers Committee for an informative brown bag discussion about the interplay between trade and development.  The event will be held at noon on July 7, 2015 at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Further details can be found below.
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June 9, 2015: Customs and International Trade Law Careers

Please join CITBA's Young Lawyers Committee for a panel of established trade and customs practitioners in the New York City area as they offer their perspectives on trade and customs careers and provide guidance for newer attorneys looking to break into the field.  There will be a networking reception with light refreshments immediately following the panel.  

Further details can be found below.

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June 3, 2015:  Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Scope Rulings But Were Too Afraid To Ask

Please join CITBA for a brown bag lunch event on June 3, 2015.  The discussion will address U.S. Department of Commerce antidumping and countervailing duty scope rulings and how to develop the scope language for new petitions.  Please refer to the flyer below for event details.

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January 9 - May 22, 2015: American University's Washington College of Law Founders' Celebration 2015

American University's Washington College of Law is please to welcome CITBA members to its 2015 Founders' Celebration.  More than just a celebration, it is five months that will change perceptions, spark new ideas, and lead the conversation in all areas of the law. Founders’ Celebration 2015 is about championing what matters. It’s a theme that began in 1898 with Founders Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett and continues to gain momentum at this school today.         

From January 9 – May 22, American University will be welcoming students, alumni, judges, scholars, and members of the DC and international legal community to American University Washington College of Law for a series of events, seminars, panel discussions, expert forums, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs.

For a full schedule of events and registration details, please click here.

May 11, 2015: Technology in the Courtroom and Preparing Witnesses

CITBA cordially invites those interested to come to the U.S. Court of International Trade to view a technology demonstration by the Court's Operations Manager.  There will be one presentation for Customs practitioners and one for trade remedies practitioners.  There will also be an ethics panel on preparing witnesses, followed by a reception.

Further details on the event can be found below.

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April 28, 2015:  2015 International Trade Law & Policy Debate

CITBA is proud to co-sponsor the 2015 International Trade Law & Policy Debate, organized by the D.C. Bar International Trade Committee. The debate will take place April 28, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Dan Pickard and Dan Porter will debate today's most important and controversial international trade law and policy issues from the perspective of U.S. petitioner and respondent, respectively, including developments at the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce, and World Trade Organization, China's non-market economy status in 2016, how to address undervalued currencies, trade promotion authority, free trade agreement negotiations, and U.S. trade policy. 

Please use this link to register. CITBA members get a $5 discount on registration.

March 9, 2015: Meet the Judges - Tips for Better Advocacy Before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Court of International Trade

Please join CITBA's Younger Lawyers Committee for an informal conversation and reception with Judges Wallach and Stanceu as they offer wisdom from the bench on how younger lawyers can improve their advocacy before the CIT and CAFC.  While geared toward younger attorneys, the judges' presentations will undoubtedly include essential insights for attorneys at all career stages.

Further details can be found below. 
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February 26-27, 2015: International Trade Update

CITBA is pleased to announce that it is a co-sponsor of the International Trade Update held at the Georgetown University Law Center.  The 2015 International Trade Update is a "must attend" event for international trade lawyers, for it will provide you with practical, timely, and critical advice on numerous international trade issues.  Distinguished panels consisting of high-level government officials, respected members of the trade and customs bar, and corporate counsel will provide you with a comprehensive overview of current trends, the latest policy developments, and the most recent case law so that you can be up to date on hot-button issues pertaining to trade and customs law and policy.          

Further details on the 2015 International Trade Update can be found below.

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February 26, 2015: CITBA YLC Networking Lunch

The CITBA Young Lawyer's Committee is hosting a networking lunch to connect attorneys in the early stages of their customs and international trade law careers with one another and with experienced members of the bar.  Come meet other attorneys and get to know the up-and-coming members of the customs and international trade bar!!

Further details on the luncheon can be found below.

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February 19, 2015: Careers in Trade Law

Interested in trade law, but wondering what opportunities exist?  Come meet panelists who all work in international trade jobs that range from often-known (law firm associate, government agency employee) to the often-unknown (policy positions, in-house positions). 

Further details on this event can be found below.

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January 22, 2015:  CITBA Winter Luncheon - "New Horizons in Trade Law: The Landscape in 2015 and 2016"

CITBA cordially invites everyone to its Winter Luncheon on January 22, 2015 at the Willard Hotel.  The topic for the luncheon will be a discussion of what to expect over the next two years in international trade from the perspective of the federal courts and agencies involved. 

Keynote Speaker:  Judge Mark Barnett from the U.S. Court of International Trade

This will be followed by a panel of current and former agency officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Details regarding the panelists and registration can be found below.

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December 1, 2014:  U.S. Court of International Trade Judicial Conference


The 18th Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of International Trade will be held on December 1, 2014, at the New York Palace, 455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.


Additional information regarding the Judicial Conference can be found here.

November 10, 2014:  International Law:  From BNP Paribas to Kiev - Recent Developments in Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

This past year has seen a host of developments and changes to Canadian and U.S. economic sanctions and export control rules.  At the same time, vigorous U.S. and Canadian enforcement in these areas has resulted in multiple prosecutions, some including multi-billion dollar fines.  While the direction of Canadian and U.S. policies is similar in some respects, the countries are not always aligned.  With increasing cross-border trade and the extra-territorial reach of some key U.S. and Canadian regulations, failing to stay on top of developments can expose your organization/clients to severe risks, including jail time, massive fines, reputational harm and business interruptions.  Do not miss an opportunity to hear from a faculty of leading practitioners and in-house counsel, from both sides of the border, on hot topics, including:

• An overview of developments in trade control in Canada and the U.S.: how do they work together?

• New economic sanctions against Russia and Ukraine

• Reforms to the export controls regimes, including changes to Canada’s rules around the export of cryptography and the latest on the US Export Control Reform Initiative

• Changes to Canada’s Controlled Goods Program

• Enhanced enforcement: Recent Canadian and U.S. cases

Additional program and registration details can be found below.  

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November 6, 2014:  Trends in International Trade Litigation and Networking Happy Hour

Please join CITBA and GW Law School for an informative discussion of recent trends in international trade litigation before both domestic and international tribunals.  The panel will feature speakers from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Justice, and Office of the United States Trade Representative, and will be followed by a networking happy hour.

Both events are free, but RSVPs are requested.  Registration details can be found below. 

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October 28, 2014 - What’s New at the Agency Reception - U.S. International Trade Commission Commissioner Rhonda Schmidtlein

 **  Off-The Record / Press Not Invited **

CITBA cordially invites you to a candid discussion with Commissioner Schmidtlein regarding the U.S. International Trade Commission's recent accomplishments, opportunities, and challenges.   

The reception will be held at Wiley Rein LLP and call-in details to be provided upon request.  This event is FREE, but advance registration is required.  Registration and event details can be found below.

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October 24, 2014:  Recent Developments in Russia Sanctions

**  Off-The Record / Press Not Invited **

CITBA cordially invites you to an upcoming Breakfast Briefing covering "Recent Developments in Russia Sanctions".   

The event will be held at Baker & Hostetler LLP and will feature Eileen Albanese, Director, Office of National Security and Technology, Transfer Controls, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, and Peter Chessick, Senior Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), Department of the Treasury.

Additional information and registration details below. 

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September 18-19, 2014:  2014 World Customs Law Meeting

CITBA members are cordially invited to attend the 2014 World Customs Law Meeting, which will be held in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the U.S. Court of International Trade on September 18 and 19, 2014.  The conference sponsors include CITBA and the International Customs Law Academy. 

Speakers include Valerie Hughes and Alejandro Gamboa-Adler of the World Trade Organization, Judges Jane Restani and Leo Gordon, Chairman Stephen Leach of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Paul Rosenthal, Lawrence Friedman, and Myles Harmon.  Topics include unfair trade laws as well as customs issues.  Six (6) hours of CLE credit are available.

Registration fee is $250.  A copy of the conference program can be found below.

Please send registrations to Beth Ring, Esq., Sandler Travis & Rosenberg PA, 551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1100, New York, NY 10176, or by e-mail to  Payment may be made via Paypal at (selecting "event" on the drop-down menu instead of "new membership").  After payment has been made, please RSVP to the above e-mail address.  Payment may also be made by sending a check payable to "CITBA" to the above address. 

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September 11, 2014:  Reception to Welcome the New Chief Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of International Trade

CITBA and the International Trade Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association cordially invite you to attend a reception to welcome the new Chief Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of International Trade.   

The reception will take place from 5:30 - 7:00pm on September 11 at the Dolley Madison House, 1520 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.  Attendance is free, but registration is required.  Please click here to register.

May 23, 2014:  FCBA International Series Event

CITBA members are cordially invited to a program scheduled by the Federal Circuit Bar Association on May 23, 2014, in Washington, DC.  Please join thought leaders in the annual International Series’ Washington, D.C. program.  In collaboration with the United States Chamber of Commerce, representatives from several countries will gather in the Nation’s capital.  In doing so, they will continue the Series’ on-going theme of “innovation and best practices” – treating the full spectrum of topics ranging from invention, to capital formation, intellectual property protection, trade, procurement, and enforcement. Participants will include government, judicial, litigation, and stakeholder representatives. Later this year, in October, the Series will sit in Geneva, in cooperation with WIPO, WTO, and EPO.


Registration for either event is available on the FCBA website at


Please refer to the agenda below for additional details.

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April 4, 2014 - CIT Judges Reception


On behalf of the ABA Section of International Law's Customs Law and International Trade Committees, CITBA members are cordially invited to a reception for the Judges of the U.S. Court of International Trade.  The reception will take place on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in "The Library" meeting room on the 18th floor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel - 301 Park Avenue in New York City


There is no cost to attend the CIT Judges Reception.  The ABA asks, however, that you RSVP at this link so that proper arrangements can be made:


February 7, 2014 - From Uruguay to Bali and Beyond:  International Trade Enforcement and Other Challenges


Luncheon Speaker:  The Honorable Claire R. Kelly, U.S. Court of International Trade

Panel:  Richard DiNucci, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs

            and Border Protection

            Scott Kieff, Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission

            Chris Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary, AD/CVD Operations, International Trade Administration,

            U.S. Department of Commerce

            Brad Ward, Director, International Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC)

Moderators:  Kathleen Cannon, Kelley, Drye & Warren and Alice Kipel, Steptoe & Johnson

Please join the Customs and International Trade Bar Association for a candid discussion with the panel on international trade enforcement and other challenges in the modern era. 
Location:     The "Nest" at the Willard Hotel
                    1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
                    Washington, DC 
Time:           Noon to 3:00pm
                    Reception:  Noon to 12:30pm
                    Lunch Served:  12:30 - 1:00pm
                    Luncheon Speaker:  1 - 1:30pm
                    Seminar:  1:30 - 3:00pm
Price:          CITBA Members:  $80
                   Non-Members:  $100
                   Government:  $70
Please RSVP by January 15, 2014 to  Payment can be made by PayPal or check payable to "CITBA".  After payment has been made, please RSVP by emailing to the above address.