January 2, 2019: Senior Justice Charles E. Ramos to be Honored by State Bar Association for Distinction in International Law and Affairs

The International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) will recognize the Honorable Charles. E. Ramos, senior justice for the Commercial Division in New York County; Ruby Asturias (EY Law Guatemala) and Lauren D. Rachlin (posthumous) at the 2019 NYSBA Annual Meeting on Monday January 14.

Judge Ramos will receive an award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs, which honors outstanding efforts in the area of international law, recognizes those who have contributed to international peace, understanding, and democracy. 

“Judge Ramos has shown a keen interest in cross-border matters and has taken a leadership role in that area,” said William H. Schrag, Chair of the International Section. “We are proud and honored to recognize this outstanding jurist.”

Ramos was appointed to the bench of the Civil Court of the City of New York in 1983 after being a senior partner at Benedict Ginsburg and Charles E. Ramos. From 1988 through 1993, Ramos served as an acting Supreme Court justice and supervising judge of the Civil Court in New York County. Ramos was elected to the Supreme Court in 1993. He has served as a Commercial Division justice in New York County since 1996.

Ms. Asturias and Mr. Rachlin will receive the Championing Ethical Practices Award at the International Section Luncheon. Both were instrumental in helping develop the groundbreaking Ethics Best Practice Guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean that was endorsed by NYSBA earlier this year.

Asturias has over 20 years of experience in transactional-corporate law, legal financial advice and business structuring from the legal and financial perspective. She specializes in multinational clients, having in-depth knowledge and management of the Central American region. 

Rachlin, who passed away in 2016, was an international lawyer for over 60 years, a former chair of the International Section, longstanding member its executive committee and originated the NYSBA internship-abroad program through the section.

Honoring attorneys who render extraordinary service to the public and the profession is part of NYSBA’s Annual Meeting, which each January attracts thousands of lawyers from around the state, the nation and the world. They come to meet and connect with their colleagues, and to learn from the experts in many areas of the law. 

NYSBA’s 142nd Annual Meeting January 14-18 explores of current issues in the law with a presidential summit on January 16 that looks at the #MeToo movement, wrongful prosecutions and whistleblower laws. Speakers at other programs during the week includes former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; New York State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, who recently served as the state’s first female Attorney General; Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; State Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried; and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

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