Join the 2014 KBA Delegation to Cuba
Friday, May 23, 2014
Posted by: Beth Warrington
The Kansas Bar Association is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba for the purpose of researching the country’s legal system. Our delegation will undertake a comprehensive study of the Cuban legal system, from the teaching of law, to the criminal justice and judicial systems; civil and family code; business and commercial rights; and resolving domestic and international commercial conflicts.
This delegation will convene in Miami, Florida, on November 9 at which time we will depart for Cuba. We will return to the United States on November 14. Delegates will participate in professional meetings and site visits each day; the final meetings and topics for discussion will be determined by the research interests and composition of the team. The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,295 U.S.D. This cost includes round-trip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation. For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if tax deductibility is applicable to you.
Travel to Cuba is restricted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department. However, this delegation will be traveling under OFAC regulation 31 CFR § 515.564 General license for professional research. This license supports our access to the highest level professionals in Cuba. Travel arrangements will be arranged through our cooperation with Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad. The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History, and many top professional associations and universities. Academic Travel Abroad is licensed by the OFAC as a Travel Services Provider for U.S. travel to Cuba.
Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at (877) 298-9677 or online at www.professionalsabroad.org. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place. In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program.
If you have questions regarding the delegation, you can contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at (877) 298-9677 or Danielle Hall, law practice services director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional program details, to RSVP, or to recommend a colleague to be invited, please visit www.professionalsabroad.org.