Events

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/citba-11355329765?s=98220565


The CITBA Winter Luncheon Is Being Rescheduled.

Please stay tuned for the new date.


Past Events

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.

Speakers:
  • 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 mludwikowski@ClarkHill.com.


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.

THIS EVENT WILL BE OFF THE RECORD AND CLOSED TO THE PRESS.


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: nithya.nagarajan@huschblackwell.com and emily.beline@fedex.com.

THIS EVENT IS OFF THE RECORD.  NO RECORDING OR PRESS.


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 events@citba.org.  To register, visit www.citba.org/events.php, 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).

** UPDATE – DIAL-IN OPTION ADDED **

  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

Location:
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

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

To RSVP, please click here.


November 21, 2016:  19th Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of International Trade

The 19th Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of International Trade will be held on November 21, 2016, at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, 455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

Additional information regarding the Judicial Conference can be found here.


November 10, 2016: Formal Presentation of the Portrait of Senior Judge Evan J. Wallach

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 10, 2016, for the formal presentation in its ceremonial courtroom of the portrait of the Honorable Judge Evan J. Wallach.  Reception to follow in the library.

RSVP acceptance only by October 27, 2016.  Contact Elizabeth_cognata@cit-uscourts.gov or call 212-264-4484.


October 11, 2016: CBP’s New Evasion Investigation Regulations – A Panel Discussion

On August 22, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued landmark interim regulations on Investigation of Claims of Evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties.  Come listen to prominent members of the government and private bar discuss the effect of those regulations on Customs and trade practice.

Time:
Panel – 3:00-4:30pm
Reception: 4:40-6:00pm

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
717 Madison Place, NW
Washington, DC 20005

The speakers will include:

Alice Kipel, Executive Director, Office of Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, CBP

Emily Simon, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, CBP

Jonathan Stoel, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Martin Schaefermeier, Of Counsel, DLA Piper

Moderator:  Shama Patari, Associate, Barnes/Richardson

RSVP:  The event is free, but please RSVP here.

Call-In:  To be provided to those who RSVP as call-ins above.


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.

  Summer Events

July 6, 2016: Understanding ‘China 2016’

Please join CITBA’s Young Lawyers Committee for a panel discussion on the issue of China’s market economy status and the expiration of the NME provision in China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO.  Specific topics will include the sources of (competing) legal interpretation, various policy perspectives, political and legislative developments in the United States and European Union, possible paths forward for China, the United States, and other WTO Members, and potential practical and procedural effects in AD/CVD practice.  The speakers will include:

Jason Kearns – Chief International Trade Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee – Democratic Staff

Jennifer Hillman – Cassidy Levy Kent LLP and Georgetown University Law Center

Timothy Brightbill – Wiley Rein LLP

Matthew Nicely – Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Moderator:

Brooke Ringel – Senior Associate, Kelley Drye, and CITBA Young Lawyers Committee Member

Please RSVP by Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Please note:  This event if off the record and closed to the press.

Further details can be found below.

  China 2016

May 3, 2016: Spring Panel on Trade and Agriculture

Please join CITBA’s Young Lawyers Committee for an informative discussion about the intersection of trade and agriculture. Specific topics will include TPP, TTIP, recent WTO dispute settlement decisions, Doha Round developments, and the important trade barriers facing industry.  The speakers will include:

Stephen J. Claeys – Trade Counsel, House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Trade

Jonathan Cordone – Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen – Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Shawna Morris – Vice President of Trade Policy, National Milk Producers Federation

Moderators:

Zachary Simmons and Heather Doherty – Members, CITBA Young Lawyers Committee

Please RSVP here by Friday, April 29th , 2016.

Note: Event is Off the Record

Further details can be found below.

  CITBA Ag and Trade Event

CUSTOMS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING AND RECEPTION (Including Election of Officers and Directors)

Date:     April 21, 2016
Place:    U.S. Court of International Trade
One Federal Plaza
New York, NY  10278

Time:    5:00 – 6:30pm

Price:    $60 ($30 for government employees)

Please RSVP by April 14, 2016.

Payment can be made via Paypal at http://www.citba.org.  After payment has been made, please R.S.V.P. to info@thegateam.com.

Prior to the Annual Meeting, CITBA will sponsor a CLE seminar event.  The agenda and speaker materials can be found below:

AGENDA


2016 Customs and International Trade Seminar

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sponsored by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association

Location: U.S. Court of International Trade, One Federal Plaza, New York, New York

OVERVIEW:

This afternoon seminar program will provide a review of (i) efforts to stream-line litigation before the Court including discussion of amended FRCP discovery rules, small claims, mediation and reducing or eliminating discovery by narrowing issues early in a case, and (ii) the recently enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 including an overview of the Act, discussion about the new enforcement procedures for AD/CVD and the applicable standard of review.  Panelists will include practitioners, Government attorneys, and Judges of the Court.

AGENDA:

2:30 pm “ 3:30 pm   “      Stream-lining Litigation Before the Court  1.0 CLE

Through lively discussion, this Panel will explore various methods available to practitioners to stream-line litigation before the Court – considerations all practitioners should be aware of to advance their clients™ interests.

Participants:

Judge Leo M. Gordon

Lawrence Friedman, Partner, Barnes Richardson

Richard Belanger, Partner, Sidley Austin

Justin Miller, Senior Trial Counsel, Department of Justice

3:30 pm “ 3:50 pm “        Break

3:50 pm “ 4:50 pm “        Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015  1.0 CLE

This panel will provide an overview of this expansive Act, discuss the new enforcement procedures for AD/CVD and explore the applicable standard of review.

Participants:

Timothy Brightbill, Partner, Wiley Rein

Emily Simon, Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

David Forgue, Partner, Barnes Richardson

Tara Hogan, Senior Trial Counsel, Department of Justice

5:00 pm ” 6:30 pm         Reception and CITBA Annual Meeting

  Panel 1
  Panel 2

February 25-26, 2016: 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 2016 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 2016 International Trade Update can be found below.

  2016 International Trade Update

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.

  Breakfast Briefing

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.

  CBP Event

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 Elizabeth_cognata@cit-uscourts.gov 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.

  Historical Society Event

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.

Speakers:

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.

  Trade Remedy Law Changes

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.

  Effective Litigation at the WTO

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.

  TFA Panel

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 sterling.derusso@hugheshubbard.com.  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.

  Trade and Development Brown Bag

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.

  NY Career Panel

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.

  Scope Rulings Event

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.

  May 11 Event

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.

  Meet the Judges

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.

  International Trade Update

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.

  Networking Lunch

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.

  CITBA Career Panel

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.

  Winter Luncheon

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.

  OBA Event

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.

  Trends in International Trade Litigation

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.

  Schmidtlein Event

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.

  Russia Sanctions

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 nkoosau@strtrade.com.  Payment may be made via Paypal at www.citba.org/events.php (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.

  World Customs Law Program

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 www.fedcirbar.org.

Please refer to the agenda below for additional details.

  International Series

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 & Johnso

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 rstewart@kelleydrye.com.  Payment can be made by PayPal or check payable to “CITBA”.  After payment has been made, please RSVP by emailing to the above address.

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