Andrea Franklin, 3L, recently wrote an article published in Law360 along with co-author Luis Perez, a shareholder in Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office. The article, “Interpreting Section 1782 Post-Intel,” was a two-part series analyzing Section 1782 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Intel Corp. v Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Section 1782 provides the basic requirements and parameters for interested parties seeking information located in the United States for use in foreign proceedings, and has had varied judicial interpretations in the U.S.
It all began when Franklin’s international law professor assigned an annotated summary of an article her roommate’s dad coincidentally wrote. She had never met Luis Perez. All she knew was that Mr. Perez was an international attorney and that he had published an article in FIU’s Law Review. After finally meeting him, she sent him the summary she wrote and offered to help him with research for his next publication.
Eventually, she began sending him memorandums regarding her research findings. After about three weeks, Mr. Perez suggested she start writing a draft for him to review. Upon reviewing a few drafts, Mr. Perez sent her an email to inform her that he would name her as his co-author.