Spring 2024 Newsletter

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News from the Clerk of the Court

Federal Circuit and CIT Case Summaries



Upcoming Events

April 18, 2024 at 9:00 am CDT – The Center for International Trade at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law is proud to present the 22nd Dominick L. DiCarlo-U.S. Court of International Trade Lecture. The Honorable Jane A. Restani will be the featured speaker and the Honorable Leo M. Gordon will serve as a moderator/panelist. This year’s theme is the legal and ethical impact of the use of artificial intelligence tools in trade compliance, and lectures will also feature discussions surrounding supply chain visibility, tariff classification, and the legal ethics of employing new technology in the practice of law. This event is free, virtual, and includes the opportunity to earn four hours of CLE credits. For more information about this event and the register, please visit the event page here.

May 1, 2024 at 12:00 pm-1:00 pm –  Deemed Liquidation in the AD/CVD Context: Avoiding Common Pitfalls And Maximizing Significant Commercial Benefits. Please see the International Trade Committee update above for more information.  Register here.

CITBA Committee Announcements

DEI Committee

CITBA and the American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group (ASIL IEcLIG) are committed to diversity and inclusion in the international trade and economic law fields, to ending racism and its effects in our society, and to increasing opportunities for attorneys from underrepresented groups who have been adversely affected by racism. To assist promising students who otherwise might not be able to afford an international trade or economic law internship in the public or non-profit sector, CITBA and ASIL IEcLIG are pleased to announce a joint summer fellowship for first- or second-year law students. Members of groups that historically have been underrepresented in the customs and international trade law practice in the United States and who have been adversely affected by racism are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for applications is April 15, 2024, at 11:59pm ET.

For more information, including the fellowship application, please visit the fellowship program page here.


In its first three years, the CITBA/ASIL Summer Fellowship Program has assisted ten students.  Funding for the program has largely come from generous donations of CITBA members.    You can make a contribution either directly through the CITBA Website or through ASIL if you want the contribution to be tax deductible.   Either way, make sure you indicate that the contribution is for the CITBA/ASIL Fellowship Program.

International Trade Committee
CITBA’s International Trade Committee co-chairs Mary Jane Alves, Partner, Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP, and Kristin Mowry, Partner, Mowry & Grimson, recently hosted two events and scheduled another event in the coming weeks. 

On January 30, 2024, CITBA joined with GATT DC (LGBT Professionals in International Trade) to host a panel discussion on customs issues at Cassidy Levy Kent (US) LLP.  Panelists included Emily Simon, Deputy Executive Director for Regulations and Rulings at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); Lea Ann Bigelow, Director for Green Trade at CBP; and Felicia Pullam, Executive Director, CBP Office of Trade Regulations.  Margaret Monday, Associate at Cassidy Levy Kent, served as moderator.  The panelists offered their insights on a range of customs enforcement priorities at the well-attended event that included approximately three dozen in person attendees and another three dozen joining remotely.  CITBA appreciates GATT DC’s work organizing this event and encourages its members to join or become corporate sponsors of GATT DC, if they have not already.

Just over a week later, CITBA’s International Trade Committee held the annual Winterfest 2024.  The Canadian Embassy graciously hosted the event, with introductory remarks followed by a reception and hors d’oeuvres.  The first panel discussed one of the hottest trade topics: How the New Aluminum Extrusions Investigations May Signal an Expansion of the Dumping Laws.  Kristen Smith, Partner, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg moderated a panel that included:  Carry Connolly, Associate, Faegre Drinker; Jill Cramer, Partner, Mowry & Grimson; and Robert DeFrancesco, Partner, Wiley.  Representatives from the petitioner and respondent bars, agency officials, and representatives from individual associations and companies in the audience generated a series of questions trying to untangle the intricacies of this topic.  Keynote speaker Leah R. Listen, Director Customs & Trade Affairs, U.S. Trade Representative, had a tough act to follow.  In her interactive presentation, How Do We Facilitate Trade, Ms. Liston provided real world examples of how negotiators need to reconcile competing interests domestically and internationally to advance trade negotiations.  Special thanks to CITBA’s Customs Committee Co-Chair Alex Hess, who helped Mary Jane and Kristin coordinate this event.

Finally, on Wednesday, May 1 at 12:00pm (virtual), CITBA’s International Trade Committee will host a roundtable on Deemed Liquidation in the AD/CVD Context:  Avoiding Common Pitfalls and Maximizing Significant Commercial Benefits.  Kristin will lead a robust discussion between E.J. Thomas, Associate, Covington & Burling, LLP and Mary Hodgins, Partner, Morris Manning & Martin LLP on the deemed liquidation statute and relevant case law, including a deep dive into common mistakes by importers and Customs and a discussion of controversial recent deemed liquidation cases.  Registration remains open.

Past Events

April 4, 2024 – April Members Only Series: The Use Of Experts In Litigation Before The Court Of International Trade; The Pros, Cons And Procedures From A Government And Private Perspective, with Edward F. Kenny, Senior Trial Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, International Trade Field Office, and Jason M, Kenner, Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

February 16, 2024 – James L. Watson Moot Court Competition – The CITBA DEI Committee hosted the First Annual Watson Moot Court Competition at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.  The Competition attracted eighteen diverse and young attorneys and students from across the United States.  Judge Choe-Groves of the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) and Judge Wallach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) presided over three moots, whose topics covered a range of international trade issues that arise in litigation before the CIT and CAFC.  Participants and judges alike commented on how much they enjoyed the Competition and look forward to encouraging their peers to partake in next year’s competition.  At the conclusion of the Competition, the audience had the privilege of witnessing recently-confirmed Judge Laroski of the CIT take his judicial oath.

February 8, 2024 – Winterfest – CITBA’s International Trade Committee held the annual Winterfest 2024, hosted by the Canadian Embassy.  The event included a panel discussion on How the New Aluminum Extrusions Investigations May Signal an Expansion of the Dumping Laws and keynote speaker Leah R. Listen, Director Customs & Trade Affairs, U.S. Trade Representative, giving an interactive presentation, How Do We Facilitate Trade. Please see the International Trade Committee update above for more information.