Congratulations to the New Section Board!

 We are pleased to announce that our Board was unanimously elected for the 2017-18 program year:

Mimi Tsankov as Chair;

Roger Kobert as Vice Chair;

Stephanie Moncada Gomez as Treasurer;

Beth Persky as Secretary.

Congratulations to all! Thank you for your willingness to donate your time and expertise to such a worthwhile cause.

Read their election statements below and stay tuned for the next issue of Global Perspectives for a spotlight on the 2017-2018 Board!

Mimi Tsankov: Chair of the International Law Section

In the role of Chair, I hope to focus on two initiatives:

  • Supporting the rule of law through establishing cutting-edge CLE programming on rule of law issues for an international audience; and
  • Assisting and encouraging outreach among international leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, and law students who plan to work in the field of international law.

I have served as Vice Chair of the FBA ILS from 2015 to 2017, and as Chair of the Human Rights Committee from 2014 to 2015.  Under my direction, the FBA ILS co-sponsored full day regional CLE programs on human rights law at the Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2015, and at the New York Law School in 2017.  I chaired the national task force supporting the FBA’s application to the United Nations for Consultative Status, for which I received a special commendation from FBA President, Hon. Michael Newman.

Between 2010 and 2015, I serve in a variety of leadership roles in the Immigration Law Section, including Secretary and Treasurer, as a member of the Executive and Advisory Boards, and as National Conference Chair.  I was honored to receive the “Service to the Section” Award in 2015 and the “Government Lawyer of the Year” Award in 2013.  

I am currently a member of the FBA Southern District of New York (SDNY) Chapter, where I serve on the Advisory Board and as Chair of the Immigration Law Committee.  I served as FBA Colorado Chapter Immediate Past President in 2015 and President from 2013 to 2014.  During this period, the Colorado Chapter was awarded three separate FBA Chapter Activity Grants to provide professionalism continuing legal education programming for the Colorado legal and academic community.  From 2010 to 2013, I held the positions of Vice President and Board Member, and am honored that, under my direction, the Chapter was awarded the Meritorious Newsletter Award in 2013 and 2014, and the Chapter Activity Presidential Excellence Award in 2013 and 2014.

I am a strong proponent of building bridges between the FBA and academia in the international law area having taught immigration law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and the University of Colorado, School of Law during which I sought out opportunities to co-sponsor programs of joint interest.  I have published three international human rights law articles in The Federal Lawyer.

I have been serving as a U.S. Immigration Judge since 2006 and currently preside at the New York Immigration Court.  In my official capacity, I hold national leadership positions with the National Association of Immigration Judges on issues related to international law and the treatment of individuals in vulnerable populations and in outreach to the United Nations UNICEF.  I hope to continue to meld my official professional interests in international law with my personal capacity interests at the FBA for the betterment of the ILS and the FBA, as a whole.  

Roger Kobert: Vice Chair of the International Law Section

Roger has faithfully served as Treasurer of the International Law Section since October 2015. In addition to proposing Section budgets and fiscal policies, Roger has made valuable contributions during monthly ILS Executive Board meetings. Roger is a partner at Weiss Serota Helfman cole & Bierman in Miami, Florida. Roger is also an active member of the ABA Section of International Law.

Stephanie Moncada Gomez: Treasurer of the International Law Section

I have been the Secretary of the Federal Bar Association International Law Section for the past year (since May 31, 2016). In that role, I have taken meeting minutes during the executive board meetings and disseminated those minutes to the executive board on a timely basis. I have worked with the executive board to further the goals and purpose of the section, including helping to plan for the International Trade Program in Miami (which has not yet taken place), and the upcoming Joint Voluntary Bar Association networking event in Miami that I am helping to organize as a Hispanic National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division board member. I also contributed to the Section’s Newsletter Global Perspectives with my article “Travel Between the United States and the Republic of Cuba: Lesson Learned from Carnival Cruise Lines.” I am more than happy to contribute as the treasurer for the section, if so elected. If anyone has any questions, I can be reached at sgomez@kttlaw.com.

Beth S. Persky: Secretary of the International Law Section

From the time that I was a law student at Boston University, my professional interest has been the intersection of international law and U.S. federal law. My professional focus has been on international human rights law. While pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, I studied international organizations with a professor who helped found the League of Nations. I prepared a report for the UN Women's Division in Vienna through a Human Rights Advocacy seminar at Harvard Law School. I interned in the Washington, D.C. office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, which is based in Geneva. I became interested in human rights treaties, many of which have been pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since President Jimmy Carter's administration. As an immigration lawyer, I have litigated many cases involving the UN Refugee Convention, which was incorporated into U.S. law through the 1980 Refugee Act. The UN Convention Against Torture was later incorporated into U.S. law, and has become a remedy regularly pursued in conjunction with political asylum. I am excited about the opportunity to become more involved in the Federal Bar Association's International Law section.

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