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Florida State Univ. College of Law Tallahassee, Florida USA

Kathleen Klepfer, Secretary 36

Florida State University (FSU) College of Law’s ILSA is looking forward to a number of events this year after the success of last year’s Diversity Week, which raised $340 dollars for the Save A Child’s Heart Foundation and received the Best International Social Event Chapter Award. The week-long event featured an International food and wine tasting, a retrospective on the History of Civil Rights in the South, Salsa lessons with the Cuban American Bar Association, talks with the Medical-Legal Partnership about the DOMA decision, and the always-inspirational Faculty Tal- ent Show. We have added a new position to our executive board--the Diversity Week Chairper- son--specifically to handle the immense amount of planning and coordination it takes to get all the student groups involved in the event. We’re hap- py to welcome first-year student Ashley Parker as the first to hold the position and we’re look- ing forward to an even larger Diversity Week next Spring!

Our President, Bryan Yasinsac, and Vice Presi- dent, Amy Parker, just returned from our Sum- mer at Oxford Program, where they studied European Union Law, English Legal History, and Public International Law in the historic and ven- erable St. Edmund’s Hall. Between their studies,

the Program took a trip into London to visit the Royal Courts of Justice and took in a show with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford- upon-Avon. The Executive Director of the Inter- national Bar Association (and alumnus of Florida State College of Law), Mark Ellis, took the time to speak with them while in London and we’re very pleased to be hosting a luncheon with him in November to see what the IBA has to offer our members.

We have a variety of other events in the works: welcoming our LL.M. students with a lun- cheon with other ILSA members and a discus- sion with the ACLU and Amnesty International about Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Jointly-sponsored events with other student or- ganizations have always been our forte, since in- ternational law crosses so many areas. Planned panel discussions include teaming up with the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy and the Ad- vocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation to present speaker panels on immigration, hu- man rights, the laws of war, and espionage. Our newly-elected Treasurer Megan Zbikowski will be looking for more opportunities to fundraise and interact with the community. Meanwhile, our new 1L representatives, Chancey Smith and Gio Bush, are hard at work introducing the incoming class to the variety of opportunities a background in International Law can open up. It is shaping up to be a great year for ILSA; we nearly doubled our membership base this year and have some amaz- ing and diverse students we are looking forward to working with!

ILSA Quarterly » volume 22 » issue 1 » October 2013

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