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The University of Miami Inter-American Law Review announces Thomas J. Skola as the 21st Annual Lawyer of the Americas

THOMAS J. SKOLA is a Fulbright Scholar and 1970 graduate of Columbia Law School. He is a member of the bars of New York, Florida, Washington, D.C. and Brazil and has practiced in Argentina, New York City, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Miami. In 1981 he founded the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida where he has since served as President and Treasurer. Mr. Skola is also the founder and past Advisory Board Member of the Florida-Brazil Institute, which links the educational resources of Florida and Brazil in an effort to create partnerships and pursue economical development goals. Governor Chiles appointed him to the Florida Council on International Education in 1993 and the President of Brazil awarded him the Order of Rio Branco in April of 1996. In 1999 Mr. Skola joined the inaugural class of Civil Law Notaries in Florida to assist with transactions involving Civil Law jurisdictions, like those of Latin America, and to ease document exchange between parties in transnational litigation. He was also among the first group of attorneys to be Board Certified in International Law by the Florida Bar in 1999. Mr. Skola has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law since 1988 and has most recently offered his expertise through a seminar on International Credit Transactions. Fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, he has been an integral member of the Miami legal community for the past twenty years, where he continues to practice in the area of international business and banking transactions.

The Lawyer of the Americas Award is conferred each year upon one prominent and respected member of the legal community who has made significant contributions in the fields of international and inter-American law. The Inter-American Law Review is honored to present the 2003 Annual Lawyer of the Americas Award to Mr. Thomas J. Skola. 

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