Partner, Life Fellow and member of the board of directors of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association (FFBA) Nestor M. Méndez recently participated in the forum: Economic Development and the Judicial Branch. The event was held on March 18, 2010 and was organized by the FFBA and the Historical Society of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico (HSSCPR). The panel was composed of the Honorable José A. Cabranes, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Dr. Diego Iribarren, David Lewis, Vice-President Global Taxes for Eli Lilly, and Mr. Méndez. The panel was moderated by Miguel A. Soto-Class, President of the Puerto Rico Center for the New Economy. The FFBA and HSSCPR have also organized a conference on Judicial Independence by Justice Stephen G. Breyer and various activities with Justice Sonia Sotomayor in her first trip outside the Continental United States after being sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.