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ILSA Chapter Happenings

Finally, GGU ILS is taking steps this year to bring together the local ILSA Chapters. We have already reached out to some members at different schools, and plan to reach out to the rest of the Northern California chapters to facilitate a networking event for the board and members. This year’s members are particularly enthusiastic about international law and we look forward to spearheading another successful year with passionate and driven indi- viduals.


Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

Macon, Georgia USA Natelie Schiess, President

Mercer’s International Law Society has been dormant in recent years, however with a boost in leadership and the resulting increase in mem- bership, 2013-2014 looks to be an exciting and busy year. Among others, the main objective of our Chapter is to increase awareness of relevant topics and subjects in international law and assist our law students in making a connection between their law studies, international law and a career path in international law. We draw on ILSA’s goals to assist our Chapter’s direction as we mobilize our organization and increase Chapter member- ship and participation.

In the spirit of promoting ILSA’s mission and in bolstering our objectives for promoting and bring- ing relevant issues in international law to light we have organized several events, conferences and luncheons throughout this academic year. To achieve this goal, we determined that a collabo- rated effort with our fellow Georgia law schools is imperative. As we planned our events and mapped our chapter’s direction, we contacted the Presidents of ILS at UGA, Emory, GSU and John Marshall in an effort to cultivate a stronger working relationship and create a larger network through shared resources and collaboration.

Through the fall semester, we will host two speak- ers who will aid us in our goals and objectives. Mr. Shelby Guilbert, counsel with King & Spalding, presented an informational session luncheon held at the law school on September 24. Mr. Guilbert spoke to a crowd of both ILSA members, non- members and faculty about the relevance and importance of International Law to Georgia law students. He covered the development of Inter- national law from the end of the cold war through to the Gulf War and up to current issues in inter- national business law, transnational contract law and international arbitration. The feedback has been very positive as students were exposed to the vast areas and employment tracks in interna- tional law.

In October, ILSA will host an afternoon informa- tional session with Chris Tucker of the UGA Cen- ter for International Security and Trade. Mr. Tucker will talk to and expose students to current issues in this area of law as well as provide information on employment in the government and private sectors.

In conjunction with Mercer Hispanic Law Society, the Asian Pacific Law Students Association and the Black Law Students Association, our ILSA will host a bake sale in October, in aid of all four orga- nizations charities and community service events. Some examples of who our proceeds will go to are the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc., Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Cri- sis Center of Georgia, and Georgia Food Bank to name a few.

Further, in October, ILSA will participate in the Mercer Law Review Symposium on “Current Trends In International Trade And Their Impact On Multinational Business” by hosting a student fac- ulty informational/Q & A session with John Lin- arelli of Swansea School of Law, UK, who will be a guest speaker at the Symposium.

In the Spring of 2014, ILSA will host what we hope to be our biggest annual events: a co-hosted

ILSA Quarterly » volume 22 » issue 1 » October 2013


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