Events and Announcements




Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Place: Husch Blackwell, 750  17th  Street, NW, 2nd Floor Conference Center, Washington, DC 20006

Time: Reception:  5:30 – 7:30 pm                             

Event: Meet and greet new ITC Commissioners:   The Honorable Randolph Stayin and The Honorable Amy Karpel
Brief remarks followed by Q&A

Price: CITBA Members:  Free | Non-members:  $25 | Government:  Free



CITBA WEBINAR—June 20 12:00- 1:00 pm –RSVP needed

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Regulations and Rulings Directorate:  What you have always wanted to know and never dared to ask!

Topic: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Regulations & Rulings Directorate (“R&R”) will present a comprehensive look at each Division within R&R. The discussion will include who to go to and when depending on the needs of your client and the best legal practices before each Division. The discussion promises to be insightful for new and seasoned attorneys alike.
Panel: Alice Kipel, Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings
            Myles Harmon, Director of the Commercial & Trade Facilitation Division, Regulations & Rulings
            Craig Clark, Director of the Border Security & Trade Compliance Division, Regulations & Rulings
            Robert Altneu, Director of the Regulations & Disclosure Law Division, Regulations & Rulings
            Steven Mack, Director of the National Commodity Specialist Division, Regulations & Rulings
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar hosted by the Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson
Call-In: Will be made available to those who RSVP
RSVP:    The event is free, but please kindly RSVP at:


November 14, 2018:  CITBA YLC November Happy Hour & Speaker Event

Please join CITBA’s Young Lawyer Committee (YLC), in partnership with the LGBT Professionals in International Trade (GATT DC), for a happy hour and speakers series.  Judy Wang, Associate, Steptoe & Johnson, will discuss recent changes by the Foreign Investment Risk Review and Modernization Act (FIRRMA) to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUIS) review process.

The event will take place from 5:30-7:30pm at Cortez, 1905 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

November 8, 2018:  The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement – What’s New and What’s Not in a Post-NAFTA North America?

A non-CLE program proudly presented by the Inter-American Affairs Committee of the D.C. Bar and the D.C. Bar International Law Community, in cooperation with the Inter-American Legal Affairs Committee, International Trade Committee, and International Finance Committee of the D.C. Bar International Law Community; American Bar Association Section of International Law; Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT); Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA); Inter-American Bar Association (DC Chapter); and the Virginia State Bar International Practice Section.

President Trump made renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) one of his Administration’s primary trade policy objectives.  On September 30, 2018, the three countries, the United States, Mexico, and Canada, announced that they had reached consensus on a new framework for trade in North America, which President Trump stated would be known as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  While many NAFTA provisions are retained in the USMCA, there are significant differences relating to a number of areas, including those pertaining to rules of origin for automobiles, market access provisions related to agriculture (e.g., dairy) products, and intellectual property rights protection.  In addition, the USMCA includes chapters relating to certain subjects that were not addressed in the NAFTA, including ones pertaining to anti-corruption, digital trade, and good regulatory practices.  A diverse panel will discuss the similarities and differences between the USMCA and the NAFTA from the perspectives of US, Mexican, and Canadian practitioners, and they will offer their thoughts on the wide-ranging implications that the USMCA, once implemented, could hold for businesses and consumers in the three countries.

The event will take place from 12:15 – 2:00pm at the DC Bar, 901 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

  • Irwin P. Altschuler, Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Kira Alvarez, Principal, Vizcaya Trade Strategies (Former Deputy Assistant USTR for IP Enforcement)
  • Simon V. Potter, Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (Montreal, Canada)
  • Alvaro Santos, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Sharie Brown, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP (Moderator)

To access regular, in-person registration, please click here.
To access webinar registration, please click here.

November 1, 2018:  CITBA Notice of Special Presentation in NYC

CITBA and the United States Court of International Trade’s Historical Society cordially invite you to a special presentation in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James L. Watson Courthouse.

Witness a Calendar Call, and return to procedures and practices employed by Plaintiff’s Counsel, Customs Section Counsel, and the Bench.

Featuring “Judge” Patrick D. Gill and a cast of attorneys at least as old as the courthouse, including Michael S. O’Rourke, Gilbert Lee Sandler, Joseph I. Liebman, and the immortal Peter Jay Baskin.

This Special Presentation will begin at 3:45pm and will take place at the U.S. Court of International Trade, One Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278.  It will be followed by a reception starting at 5pm in the library of the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Please RSVP by October 17 to

July 12, 2018:  Negotiating Trade Agreements with Ambassador Susan Schwab

CITBA’s Young Lawyers Committee and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP cordially invites everyone to a program about negotiating trade agreements.  Former U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab will provide insight into the art and science of negotiating trade agreements based on her decades of experience in government and the private sector.  Brooke Ringel, Senior Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, will moderate.  The event will take place from noon to 1pm at the law offices of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, 3050 K Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20007.

The event is free, but please kindly RSVP here (password: TRADE) no later than July 10, 2018.  Call-in information will be provided when registering as a teleconference attendee.


June 21, 2018:  Section 232 Cases – Protecting U.S. National Security or Risking International Trade Wars?

The ABA Section of International Law, Customs and International Trade Bar Association, Inter-American Bar Association (DC Chapter), and the Virginia State Bar International Practice Section cordially invites everyone to an off-the-record, non-CLE luncheon program to discuss the use of Section 232 by the Trump Administration.

Shortly after taking office, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to initiate investigations relating to imports of steel mill and aluminum articles pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (19 U.S.C. sec. 1862).  Ultimately, based on findings made by the DOC that imports of such articles threaten to impair U.S. national security, President Trump issued proclamations in March 2018 pursuant to which significant additional duties were imposed on imports of such articles.  The Administration’s launch of national security investigations under this little-used trade action that dates back to the Cold War – first on steel and aluminum products and more recently on uranium and autos – raises many questions as to the positive and negative effects for U.S. and foreign producers of the covered items, U.S. importers, and downstream-users in key industries such as the construction industry, as well as the impact on relationships with our global trading partners, especially the European Union, Canada, Mexico, and countries in Latin America.  During the program, a panel of experienced practitioners with diverse backgrounds will discuss the new tariffs, the products covered, those countries exempted and those in limbo, and the product exclusion process.  The panel will also explore WTO actions and threatened actions arising from this Administration’s deployment of Section 232, Section 301, and Section 201 tariffs, and whether, especially in the case of Section 232, we are protecting national security or risking international trade wars.

Further information regarding the panel and the specifics of the event can be found here.

March 27, 2018:  CITBA Spring Luncheon – Developments in Trade 2018

CITBA cordially invites everyone to its spring luncheon to discuss recent developments in trade.  The event will be located at the The Mayflower Hotel, Palm Court Ballroom, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW,  Washington, DC 20036.

The event will take place from noon to 2:30pm with a reception from noon to 12:15pm, lunch from 12:15 to 12:45pm, a luncheon speaker from 12:45 to 1:15pm, and a panel discussion from 1:30 to 2:30pm.

The luncheon speaker will be Clete Willems, Special Assistant to the President for International Trade, Investment and Development.  The panel will consist of David O’Sullivan, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Washington, DC (invited); Junichiro Kuroda, Minister (Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy), Embassy of Japan; Colin Bird, Minister-Counsellor (Trade and Economic Policy), Embassy of Canada; and Fernando Pimentel, Minister-Counsellor (Economic Affairs), Embassy of Brazil (invited).  The moderator of the panel will be Jennifer Hillman, Georgetown University Law Center.

The cost of the event will be as follows: CITBA Members – $100; Non-Members – $125; Government/Students – $75.

There will also be a conference dial-in for out of town attendees at a cost of $35 for CITBA Members and Non-Members, and $25 for Government/Students.

Please register by March 26, 2018.  After payment is made, please RSVP to: and


November 9, 2017:  CITBA Fall Meeting

CITBA cordially invites everyone to its Fall Meeting, where we are honored to have as our speaker Tim Reif, Senior Advisor at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  Mr. Reif advises the U.S. Trade Representative and other senior Administration officials on all global compliance, investment, and regulatory matters, as well as the development of legislation, legislative initiatives, and strategy.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Members:  $90
Government and student members: $70
RSVP and questions to  To register, visit, when click “buy now” and add ticket price and quantity.  Event details can also be found here.

September 21, 2017: Executing an Executive Order – How Exactly Did CBP Do That?

On March 31, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order on Establishing Enhanced Collection and Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Law.  Please join CITBA’s Young Lawyers Committee for a lunch discussion with Troy Riley, Executive Director of Commercial Targeting and Enforcement within the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate of the Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and learn about how CBP worked creatively to organize integrated project teams and the surprising lesson revealed throughout.  The event promises to be an insider’s look into a complicated, cutting-edge, and exciting area of trade.
Please RSVP by September 19, 2017.  Teleconferencing will be made available to those who RSVP.
Please note:  This event if off the record and closed to the press.
Further details can be found here.

June 27, 2017:  CITBA Annual Luncheon – “Navigating International Trade in 2017”

CITBA cordially invites everyone to its Annual Luncheon on June 27, 2017 at the Willard Hotel.  The luncheon speaker will be Kenneth Smith Ramos, Director of Trade and the NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico.

The speaker will be followed by panel of Chief Counsels from the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Department of Commerce, and will discuss international trade developments for 2017.

Details regarding the luncheon speaker, panelists, and registration can be found below.

The deadline to RSVP is June 19, 2017 (EXTENDED).


 Luncheon Flyer – Updated

March 14, 2017: Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) Workshop

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is offering a free workshop to provide valuable information to parties who are filing allegations or defending allegations such as: an opportunity to engage with CBP officials who enforce trade laws, specifically EAPA investigations; a walkthrough of a sample case with the team to learn CBP’s procedures and the actions CBP takes to pursue an investigation; and gaining guidance on how to develop strong allegations and learn more about the role of parties in EAPA proceedings.

Further information regarding this event can be found below.

 EAPA Flyer

February 16, 2017: Trade Policy in 2017

Trade was a key issue in the 2016 election.  The panel will discuss the likely priorities and objectives of the new President and Congress in the trade arena in 2017.  Specific topics will include potential areas where there may be policy changes and potential areas for bipartisan cooperation on trade and its effects on American jobs and competitiveness.

Time:5:00 – 7:00pm

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

The panelists will include:

  • Angela Ellard, Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jason Kearns, Chief International Trade Counsel, House Ways & Means Committee – Democratic Staff
  • Alan M. Dunn, Partner, Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce
  • David J. Ross, Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; former Associate General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Moderator: Jennifer M. Smith, Partner, Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart, and CITBA Young Lawyers Committee Member

The panel will be followed by Q&A and a networking reception.

RSVP in person here.

RSVP by Teleconference here.

February 9, 2017: Understanding and Complying With Economic Sanctions in 2017

CITBA is proud to co-sponsor the following luncheon event with the D.C. Bar International Law Section:

In recent years, truly remarkable changes have been made to the ways in which the U.S. Government utilizes economic sanctions, and further changes are likely under the Trump Administration.  During this “off the record” program the Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions, and seasoned practitioners will discuss these changes and how lawyers and their clients can understand and comply with complex constantly evolving sanctions.

Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street N.W.
Washington DC  20005

To RSVP, please click here.


CITBA membership is open to all attorneys admitted to practice in any country and to law students.