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UF Law Latin America Conference Includes Cuba Issues, Argentina Economic Development

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Officials and academicians from Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina, Mexico and Cuba will be among participants at the third annual Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas conference here April 22.

Two panels on Cuba issues also are scheduled for the event, organized by the Center for Governmental Responsibility of the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Keynote address will be by Adrian Makuc, Argentina’s director of foreign trade policy and secretariat of industry and ministry of economy, who will speak on “Argentina’s Efforts at Financial Recovery.” All sessions will be held at the Sheraton Hotel.

Discussion topics include “Organized Crime, Terrorism and Money Laundering in the Americas,” “Environmental Damages and Crimes,” and “Legal Education in the Americas.”

Taking part in a session on “Potential for Future Economic Relations with Cuba,” will be Antonio Zamora of the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Miami, and past director and legal counsel of the Cuban-American National Foundation; Teo Babun Jr., president and chief executive officer, Cuba-Caribbean Development Co., Miami, and national executive director of ECHO-Cuba; and two noted professors each affiliated with the Levin College of Law and the University of Havana.

“Export of Medical Supplies and Agricultural Products to Cuba” will include Andrew J. Markus, also of Hughes Hubbard & Reed; William Messina of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; and Terry L. McCoy, director of the Latin American Business Environment Program of UF’s College of Business Administration.

Preceding the day-long conference will be a speakers banquet the evening of April 21, at which law school officials will present their annual award for distinguished service in legal issues in the Americas. Previous award recipients are Raul E. Valdes-Fauli, Miami, in 2000; and Kenneth H. “Buddy” MacKay Jr., Tallahassee, 2001.

The conference has been approved for Continuing Legal Education credit from The Florida Bar. Additional conference details and registration available through Lenny Kennedy of the CGR, at 352.392.2237, or email:

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Published: March 26th, 2002

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