WFLS News

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

Stolen Asset Recovery
February 7, 2012

On Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, in cooperation with the ABA Section of International Law International Anti-Money Laundering Committee; The World Bank; Transparency International- USA; and the ABA Section of International Law Anti-Corruption brought together a distinguished panel of practitioners to lead a substantive discussion on the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR); current efforts to track and trace misappropriated monies from former government officials; the DOJ’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative that is now up and running tasked to identify, and recover, the proceeds of foreign official corruption through civil forfeiture; the strength and weaknesses of criminal and civil laws in pursuing the recovery of these assets in foreign jurisdictions; and cooperation and challenges in building these types of asset recovery cases.

Careers in International Anti-Money Laundering
February 6, 2012

On Monday, February 6, 2012, the Washington Foreign Law Society, in cooperation with the ABA Section of International Law International Anti-Money Laundering Committee and other organizations presented an evening panel representing a broad spectrum of practitioners who are focused on anti-money laundering careers. Panelists shared how they arrived at their present positions, what helped to get them there, the type of work they do and what they wish they'd known in law school related to AML careers.

WFLS Happy Hour
January 12, 2012

On January 12, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a happy hour on the rooftop of Eden Lounge. A good time was had by all as we met new members and reconnected with old ones. We thank all those who came to celebrate the New Year with us!

The Lacey Act and Imported “Plant Products”: Recent Enforcement Trends Generate Calls for Amendment
January 5, 2012

The Washington Foreign Law Society was pleased to co-sponsor a panel discussion on the implementation of the 2008 Lacey Act amendments and the various proposals to adjust them. Speakers included representatives from the Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section, the Environmental Investigation Agency, and the International Wood Products Association.

Reception Honoring Japan
November 1, 2011

On November 1, the Washington Foreign Law Society co-hosted its annual reception with Harold Koh, the Legal Adviser for the U.S. Department of State, in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State. The honoree for the 2011 reception was Japan, and Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki accepted the honors in a keynote address to the more than 250 people in attendance.

Photos from Reception Honoring Japan
November 1, 2011

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WFLS and ABA Breakfast on Careers in International Anti-Corruption
October 25, 2011

The Washington Foreign Law Society in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Committee of The ABA Section of International Law and local D.C. law schools presented an expert panel on careers in international anti-corruption compliance and enforcement. The audience heard from practitioners from the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, international organizations, and private practice as they provide an update on international policy and enforcement trends of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws and discussed careers for lawyers working in these areas.