WFLS News

Keep up with the latest news and events from the Washington Foreign Law Society.

Luncheon on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program
October 14, 2010

The WFLS hosted a discussion with two of the Administration’s top experts on the international resettlement of refugees into the United States. Every year the United States admits over 70,000 refugees from around the world for permanent resettlement in the United States. The program is one of the U.S. Government’s most important humanitarian programs and has helped well over 2 million people find safety in the United States in the last 30 years. Terry Rusch of the U.S. Department of State and Barbara Strack of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were the Society’s featured speakers for a lunchtime discussion of this extraordinary program. The discussion included information on how refugees are selected for movement to the United States out of millions of displaced people worldwide, explored the legal standards that people seeking refugee status in the United States need to meet, provided an overview of the interviewing process, and discussed the impact that 9/11 had on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

Luncheon on Climate Change featuring Susan Biniaz
June 25, 2010

The Washington Foreign Law Society held a luncheon in June featuring Susan Biniaz, Deputy Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, co-hosted by Arnold & Porter LLP. Ms. Biniaz addressed the topic of "Climate Change: An update on international negotiations, Copenhagen, and prospects for this year.” Susan Biniaz has been the State Department’s lead climate change lawyer for the last 20 years and is considered to be the Obama Administration’s top international lawyer handling these issues. She reviewed recent legal and policy developments in the international discussion of climate change in recent decades and leading up to the 2009 conference in Copenhagen; looked ahead to the meetings to be hosted by Mexico in Cancun at the end of 2010; and engaged in a spirited discussion with a large audience.

Former Austrian Ambassador Dr. Wendelin Ettmayer speaks to WFLS on managing international crises
May 19, 2010

Ambassador Ettmayer argued that stronger coordinated supervision for all financial actors within the EU but also on an international level is vital, and effective crisis management procedures should be in place in order to build confidence and restore financial stability throughout Europe.

Luncheon: International Crisis — International or National Solutions?
May 19, 2010

A WFLS luncheon discussion with H.E. Dr. Wendelin Ettmayer, Former Ambassador of Austria

Panel at Law Library of Congress speaks about cross-cultural issues in U.S. courts
May 3, 2010

In recognition of Law Day 2010, WFLS co-sponsored an important and highly relevant event presented by the Law Library of Congress about cross-cultural issues in U.S. courts.

You Be The Judge: Cross-Cultural Issues in the Courts
May 3, 2010

In recognition of Law Day 2010, WFLS co-sponsored this important and relevant event presented by the Law Library of Congress. The event was free and open to the public

New web site
April 18, 2010

Read about our great experience redesigning our web site and member management system.