Abstract
This Article focuses on the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act's (FSIA) state-sponsored terrorism exception and roadblocks created by judicial rulings in this area. Through litigation, courts expanded the FSIA beyond Congress' intent to allow injured U.S. citizens to bring state law claims in federal court for damages resulting from a terrorist action supported by a foreign state. However, other courts took a restrictive approach, barring these claims. This shift led Congress to revise the FSIA to carry out its true intent.

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Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: The Roadblocks to Recovery

Abstract
This Article focuses on the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act's (FSIA) state-sponsored terrorism exception and roadblocks created by judicial rulings in this area. Through litigation, courts expanded the FSIA beyond Congress' intent to allow injured U.S. citizens to bring state law claims in federal court for damages resulting from a terrorist action supported by a foreign state. However, other courts took a restrictive approach, barring these claims. This shift led Congress to revise the FSIA to carry out its true intent.

2013

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I was featured on Influential Entrepreneurs Podcast

Attorney Sivonnia DeBarros describes the difficulty in being a first-generation law business owner, how she determined her niche market, and what she's doing to provide protection for her clients.

Apr. 2, 2020

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Chicagoland attorney Sivonnia DeBarros joins Atlanta's 'Beyond the Game Network' as first lawyer member.

Chicagoland Attorney, Sivonnia DeBarros, is pleased to accept membership with Beyond the Game Network (BTG). BTG's members consist of Professional Athletes and Business Executives.

Attorney DeBarros is a five-year veteran attorney, founder and Principle attorney of SL DeBarros Law Firm, LLC, and practices in the areas of Business, Contracts, Sports & Entertainment, and Labor & Employment law. Attorney DeBarros represents Professional Athletes (current and former) by implementing innovative plans and systems to help them properly start-up and operate sustainable, profitable businesses.

Nov. 13, 2019

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IIT Chicago-Kent to compete in NBLSA's 2013 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Midwest Regional Competition

Sivonnia Hunt, a trial advocate student competes in a trial competition with IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Feb. 6, 2013

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44th President, Barack Obama Takes his Inaugural Oath and Sivonnia Hunt is among the crowd to clap him on.

Sivonnia stands in a crowd with a scarf over her face clapping as Barack Obama gives his inaugural speech.

Jan. 20, 2009

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MID-AMERICA TAPING & REELING, INC. v. SMT CORPORATION, Sivonnia DeBarros representing the Plaintiff.

MID-AMERICA TAPING & REELING, INC. v. SMT CORPORATION
No. 16 C 10703.

May 15, 2015

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Smith vs. Adams & Associates. Young Sivonnia DeBarros representing the Plaintiff.

In this heated debate over enforcing arbitration, a federal court judge denies the Defendant counsel's argument and deems it disengenious.

Oct. 9, 2015

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