The depth and breadth of our Spring Meeting provided an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and enjoy our work. This year 3,000 people came together for this event in Washington, D.C., including more than 700 individuals from over 60 countries outside the U.S. I want to express the Section’s gratitude to the many people who contributed to the Meeting's success. In particular, our thanks go to our tremendous staff, to Co-Chairs Paul Friedman and Peggy Ward, and to the many judges and enforcers who generously shared their insights. We are extremely grateful to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose speech was a highlight of the Meeting, as well as to Bill Baer of the U.S. Department of Justice (soon to be Acting Associate Attorney General) and Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for their participation in the Meeting and for their many efforts (both within and outside the Section) to increase dialogue and transparency.
The Section will help you keep up with developments in antitrust and consumer protection even after you recover from the Spring Meeting. Register now for Antitrust in Asia, which will take place in Hong Kong on June 2-3, 2016. I also hope that you will enjoy the Spring Issue of Antitrust Magazine, which focuses on class actions, as well as the April edition of the Source, which features articles on diverse topics such as hub and spoke conspiracies, Donald Trump’s antitrust encounters, and Ginger Zhe Jin—the new FTC Director of the Bureau of Economics. Volume 80, Issue 3 of the Antitrust Law Journal is already in the mail, with articles by distinguished commentators Jonathan Baker, Einer Elhauge, Michal Gal & Dan Rubinfeld, Louis Kaplow, Ben Klein & Andres Lerner, and Richard Steuer.
The Section has also published an exciting slate of new books and treatises, including the 2015 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments; the fourth edition of Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding the Antitrust Issues; the third edition of the Antitrust Evidence Handbook; and the second editions of the Intellectual Property and Antitrust Handbook, the Indirect Purchaser Litigation Handbook, and Consumer Protection Law Developments.
Moreover, we look forward to continuing the Section's efforts to remain on the forefront of thought leadership with the upcoming Sentencing Symposium that will be held on June 21, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Participants will explore cutting-edge issues, some of which dovetail with the ongoing, much broader movement for sentencing reform that recognizes the very different roles of sentencing in the context of non-violent versus violent criminal conduct. Other covered issues relating to antitrust sentencing arise from cross-border enforcement of identical conduct in the context of international cartels, and from follow-on treble damage cases. No one disputes that our current system is lengthy and plagued with inefficiency. This Symposium will look at concepts for potential improvement.
In closing, let me remind all of our members to take advantage of the tremendous work of the Committees and to stay or get involved with that work. The committee programs and newsletters remain one of the best and most accessible resources on a vast array of the topics and issues that arise in our daily work. Check them out!
Chair, Section of Antitrust Law 2015-2016