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    Happy New Year From the Washington Foreign Law Society!

    The President of the Washington Foreign Law Society, Mr. Michael Teodori, issued the following letter to members, subscribers, and friends of the Washington Foreign Law Society.

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    Dear friends of the Washington Foreign Law Society,

    Warm greetings from the Board of Governors, and best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to you all. We hope you and your families are healthy and well, and we appreciate your continued support throughout these difficult times.

    Despite the challenges of having confined our activities to a mostly digital environment for a second consecutive year, the season that just ended has been a rich and successful one for the Society. Over the past twelve months we maintained and even increased our program offering compared to the previous year, and our overall online engagement has more than doubled, with users tuning in from 52 countries to follow our webinars – which, in turn, featured panelists from across the United States and from abroad as well.

    Below is a quick recap of the programs we offered throughout the past year, with links to watch the recordings in case you missed them:

    As was the case for last year, all of our events were again offered free of charge. Moreover, our subscriber base grew by 23% throughout the year: a special welcome therefore goes out to all the new friends that the Society has gained in 2021.

    But our activities over the past year were not limited to our online programs. We maintained our longstanding friendship with sister organizations while also developing new and exciting partnerships, such as those with the Stimson Center for our cyber accountability series and with the Law Library of Congress. Members of the Board of Governors took part in two International Legal Careers Symposiums organized by Georgetown University Law Center, GW Law School, and AU College of Law, where they spoke to law school students about the importance of networking and of joining a professional society such as WFLS. And, with two in-person gatherings in the second half of the year – our 2021 Annual Meeting, and our traditional Holiday Happy Hour – we were also able to reconnect with friends old and new, for joyful moments of celebration in full compliance with existing health and safety regulations.

    Looking back at the year, there is much to be grateful for here at the Society. Thank you to all those who participated in our programs and activities, whether as a speaker, a listener, or an organizer. The interest and curiosity of our most active members is always a core ingredient of all our initiatives. Thank you, of course, to the Board of Governors, whose guidance and dedication has allowed the Society to adapt to the unusual circumstances we are all too familiar with by now. Thank you, finally, to the outgoing President, Giuliana Canè, whose term ended at our last Annual Meeting. The new leadership of the Society builds upon and stands in continuity with the hard work of the past years.

    We now look forward to another year of interesting content and, hopefully, more live engagement as soon as the circumstances allow for it. Remember to check our website for upcoming events, and to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates on programs and initiatives. We are always open to ideas and input from our audience: fill out this survey if you wish to make a recommendation for a program, or reach out to us at mail@wfls.org.

    Finally, do consider becoming a member of the Society if you haven’t already: more information on membership opportunities can be found at this link. Next year will be the Society’s 70th anniversary, and we’d love for you to spend it with us as a member.



    Michael Teodori

    President, Washington Foreign Law Society


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