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Barbara S. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award

Past Winners
Richard M. Belanger (2019)
Donald B. Cameron, Jr. (2018)
Jeanne E. Davidson (2018)
Tina P. Kimble (2017)
David M. Cohen (2016)
Gail T. Cumins (2016)
William D. Outman III (2016)
Valerie A. Slater (2016)
Terence P. Stewart (2016)

November 18, 2019
Richard M. Belanger receives CITBA’s Barbara S. Williams Lifetime Achievement Award

The lifetime achievement 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, was the first U.S. government Board Member of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, and served as the first law clerk to the Hon. Richard W. Goldberg of the U.S. Court of International Trade.  Ms. Williams’ career exemplifies the ideals of this award.

Award Criteria:

A strong candidate for the award should have demonstrated one or more of the following criteria:

  • Substantial and long-term contributions to the practice of international trade and/or customs law. A “substantial and long-term contribution” shall be considered to be 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 lawyers.
  • Service to the development of the international trade and customs legal profession.
  • Service to the bar.
  • Advanced ethical practice and professional responsibility in the field of international trade and customs law.

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



The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and partner law schools sponsor an 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.  To get additional information regarding the requirements of the competition, please click here.

Carr, Kaitlyn (2017, First Prize) – “The International Enforcement of Mediated Settlement Agreements”

Figueiredo Ribeiro De Sena, Bianca (2017, Second Prize) – “Strategies for Competitive Advantage: The Steel Industry and International Trade”

Wood, Cody (2016, First Prize) – “How Patents and 3-D Printing Could Undo the Gains in Global Welfare Promised by Free Trade”

Launchbaugh, Alina (2016, Second Prize) – “Increased Trade and Decreased Human Trafficking: Harmonizing The European Union and United States’ Public Procurement Regulations”

Cox, Courtney (2015, First Prize) – “International Trade’s Zero-Sum Game: How Zeroing In Accordance With The Tariff Act of 1930 Harms The American Economy And Why It Must Go” (publication pending)

Pham, Duy D. (2015, Second Prize) – “Dark Clouds: Privacy Law as a Barrier to Trade in Cloud Computing”

Baroody, Anne Horn (2014, First Prize) – “Real Problems with Fake Antiquities and How Geographical Indications May Help”

Eddy, Jessica K. (2014, Second Prize) – “Re-focusing Export Control: A Review of the Obama Administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative and Suggestions for the Future”

Elofsson, Niklas (2013, First Prize) – “Ex Parte Interviews of Party-Appointed Arbitrator Candidates: A Study Based on the Views of Counsel and Arbitrators in Sweden and the United States”

Torpy Elizabeth (2013, Second Prize) – “If Criminal Offenses Were Added To CITES, Would Nations Be Better Able To Restrict International Trade In Endangered Species And Protect Biodiversity?”

Springer, Timothy S. (2012, First Prize) – “Two and a Half Hurdles Between Eurozone Debts and U.S. Courts: How Recent Distressed Foreign Deals Could Soon Be Unwound Domestically”

Buder, Kimberly B. (2012, Second Prize) – “Cross-Sector Retaliation”

Langille, Joanna (2011, First Prize) – “Neither Constitution nor Contract: Understanding the WTO By Examining the Legal Limits on Contracting Out Through Regional Trade Agreements”

Leaver, Joshua D. (2011, Second Prize) – “Building Consumer Trust in Cross-Border E-Commerce Transactions: UNCITRAL and the Globalization of Online Dispute Resolution”

Torem, Steven (2010, First Prize) – “Electronic Data at the Border: Safeguarding the Privacy of Our Thoughts”

John, Soji (2010, Second Prize) – “Improper Seizures by Sovereigns at Customs”

Templin, James S. (2009, First Prize) – “University Research Under Siege: How the War on Terror Has Placed Academic Freedom Under Fire”

Vanden Brink, Ryan M. (2009, Second Prize) – “Competitiveness Border Adjustments in US Climate Change Proposals Violate GATT: Suggestions to Utilize GATT’s Environmental Exceptions”

Zuckerman, Michael A. (2008, First Prize) – “The Offshoring of American Government”

Stephenson, Christina (2008, Second Prize) – “Reproductive Outsourcing to India: WTO Obligations in the Absence of U.S. National Legislation,” 43 Journal of World Trade 189 (2009)

Waggoner, Justin M. (2007, First Prize) – “Acquiring a European Taste for Geographical Indications

Grieb, Owen (2007, Second Prize) – “The Potential for U.S. Action Under WTO Law Against China’s Fixed Foreign Currency Exchange System”

Canizares, Alex O. (2006, First Prize) – “Is Charming Betsy Losing Her Charm? Construing U.S. International Trade Statutes Consistently with International Law and Chevron”

Broome, Stephen A. (2006, Second Prize) – “Conflicting Obligations For Oil Exporting Nations?: Satisfying The Membership Requirements Of Both OPEC and the WTO

Athanasakou, Konstantina (2005, First Prize) – “Why Invoking The SCM Agreement May Not Be A Good Response To Chinese Textiles,” 4 Loy. U. Chi. Int’l L. Rev. 281 (2006)

Smith, Derek (2005, Second Prize) – “Establishing a Global Quarantine Against Weapons of Mass Destruction

DiLascio, Tracey (2004, First Prize) – “How Safe is the Safe Harbor? U.S. and E.U. Data Privacy Law and the Enforcement of the FTC’s Safe Harbor Program”

Emslie, John J. (2004, Second Prize) – “Labeling Programs As A Reasonably Available Least Restrictive Trade Measure Under Article XX’s Nexus Requirement”

SiprutJoseph J. (2003, First Prize) – “Rational Irrationality: Why Playing The World Trade Organization as a Scapegoat Reduces the Social Costs of Armchair Economics,” 29 Brook. J. Int’l L. 709 (2004).

Leicht, Chad (2003, Second Prize) – “Air Wars Trade Laws and the Battle for Dominance in the Aircraft Industry”

Hicks, J. Noelle (2002, First Prize) – Facilitating International Trade: The United States Needs Federal Legislation Governing the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments,” 28 Brook. J. Int’l L. 155 (2002).

Minella, Nicholas J (2002, Second Prize) – “Motives and Consequences of the FSC Dispute: Recent Salvo In A Long Standing Trade War or Fashioning A Bargaining Chip?,” 27 Brook. J. Int’l L. 1065 (2002).

Ford, Rosemary (2001, First Prize) – “Carousel Sanctions: A Roundabout Way to Force Compliance With World Trade Organization Decisions,” 27 Brook. J. Int’l L. 543 (2002).

Gong, Hongliu (2001, Second Prize) – “Legal Strategies for Challenging Current EU Antidumping Campaign Against Imports From China: A Chinese Perspective,” 27 Brook. J. Int’l L. 575 (2002).

Renaud, John Robert (2000, First Prize) – “Can’t Get There From Here: How NAFTA and GATT Have Reduced Protection for Geographical Trademarks,” 26 Brook. J. Int’l L. 1097 (2001).

Monte, Mark J. (2000, Second Prize) – “How Corporate Factory/Supplier Monitoring Programs Succeed in Curbing Abusive A Sweatshop,” 26 Brook. J. Int’l L. 1125 (2001).

Slater, Scott S. (1999, First Prize) – “Overcome By Hardship: The Inapplicability of the UNIDROIT Principles – Hardship Provisions to CISG,” 12 Fla. J. Int’l L. 231 (1998).

Moisant, Jay P. (1999, Second Prize) – “Addressing the Grey Market – What the Supreme Court Should Have Done,” 25 Brook. J. Int’l L. 639 (1999).

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