Annual Institute Agenda

Theme: “You’re An International Lawyer But May Not Know It!”

Approved for 6.75 Hours of MCLE including 1 Hour of Ethics

Attire: Business Casual


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast and Registration

8:45 – 8:50 a.m.              


8:50 – 9:40 a.m.              

Current Issues in Export Controls and Sanctions

  • Lindsay Forbes, Senior Associate, Schulz Trade Law PLLC, Dallas, Texas

9:40 – 10:25 a.m.            

Nearshoring Trends and Impacts for US and Mexican Companies

10:25 – 10:40 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.           

A Primer on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): Are You Ready for Increased Enforcement?

  • Derrick Kyle, Senior Associate, Torres Trade Law, Dallas, Texas
  • Don Pearce, Senior Trade Advisor at Torres Trade Advisory and a Retired Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement

11:30 – 12:15 a.m.         

Healthcare Staffing Crisis: Can Immigration Reform Solve the Problem? 

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.


The United States on the World Stage in 2023: A Conversation with Former US Ambassador to NATO and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

  • Moderated by Eric F. Hinton, Director, Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership, SMU Dedman School of Law; International Law Section Chair, State Bar of Texas, Dallas, Texas

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Everything, Everywhere, All at Once: A Global Look at the State of Human Rights in 2023

  • Dr. Rick Halperin, Professor of the Practice, Human Rights, and Director, Human Rights Education Program, SMU, Dallas, Texas
  • John Vernon, Partner, The Vernon Law Group, Adjunct Professor of Law, SMU, Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas

2:20 – 3:05 p.m.              

The Origins of Russian Membership in the Council of Europe and the Seeds of its Expulsion

3:05 – 3:20 p.m.              

Coffee Break

3:20 – 4:20 p.m.              

Ethics for International Compliance Lawyers and Compliance Officers

  • Eric F. Hinton, Director, Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership, SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas
  • Howard Hacker, Chief Compliance Officer, Walmart Global Health & Wellness, Dallas, Texas
  • Betty E. Ungerman, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Lennox International Inc., Richardson, Texas

4:20-4:30 p.m.


This program is subject to change at the discretion of the ILS.

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