High-profile speakers at the meeting include former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (Aug. 12, afternoon) and Attorney General Eric Holder (Aug. 12, morning). Also, several bestselling authors, including Marcia Clark, Sheldon Siegel, David O. Stewart and Talmage Boston, will discuss law as a platform for writing (Aug. 10, 9 a.m., Moscone Center West).
In addition to the more than 1,400 events at this premier gathering of legal professionals, the ABA House of Delegates — the association’s policymaking body — will meet Aug. 12-13 at the meeting headquarters, the Moscone Center West. For details on the proposals for debate and vote during the two-day session, click here.
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Among Annual Meeting program highlights are:
Thursday, Aug. 8
“Are Courts Dying? The Decline of Open and Public Adjudication” — Panelists will discuss the rise of open, public, independent courts and a combination of pressures — the high cost of lawyers, decreased court funding, the volume of criminal cases and new laws that mandate outsourcing adjudication to private venues — that threaten our court systems. Among the panelists is California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
10:30 a.m. – noon, Rooms 2014/2016, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“The War of the Roses: Apple v. Samsung — Implications for Innovation and Intellectual Property Law” — A panel of intellectual property experts will discuss enforcement efforts and tips for strengthening and protecting intellectual property without coming off as an IP bully.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 3016, 3rd Floor, Moscone Center West
Friday, Aug. 9
“Stand Your Ground” public hearing — Expert local witnesses will testify on the impact of “stand your ground” laws in the western region. The event will be the fourth and final regional hearing of the ABA National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws.
8 – 11 a.m., Metropolitan I, 2nd Floor, Westin Market Street
“Day of the Woman — Women in the Law: Beyond a Seat at the Table” — A panel of female corporate counsel will discuss the advances made toward ensuring a level playing field for women, the obstacles they see and have faced, how to effectively confront those obstacles, and what companies and law departments can do to remove them. Panelists include Michelle Banks, general counsel at Gap Inc., Kathleen Blanchard, associate general counsel and practice group leader at Genentech, and Salle Yoo, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 2007, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Lawyers, Guns and Money: Prohibitions, Restrictions, Guns in Schools, Civil Liability — Will These Strategies Prevent Gun Violence and Save Lives?” — This panel will answer the question on everyone’s mind: Which evidence-based approaches will save the most lives, and does America have the will to do what it takes to stop gun violence? Panelists include San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr and Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Johnson.
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 2018, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Drones on the Horizon: Legal Issues with UAVs Flying in Domestic Airspace” — Panelists will discuss the legal aspects of self-driving cars and/or drones, from privacy to product liability. Come see a real-life Google car.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 2024, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“More Than an Equal Sign: DOMA, Prop 8, the Supreme Court and Your Practice” — An all-star panel will explain how America got to this significant point in the great debate about same-sex marriage, analyze the high court’s decisions and make practical recommendations for lawyers advising individuals, businesses and policymakers on family, employment, estate planning, taxation and other legal matters. Panelists include Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Therese Stewart, chief deputy city attorney for the city of San Francisco.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 3006, 3rd Floor, Moscone Center West
“The Government/Private Prison Experiment: New Laws, Rising Populations and Changing Conditions” — This session will address a number of questions, including: What are the legal, economic and custodial care implications of privatization of prisons and detention facilities? Which options provide the best conditions for prisoners and detainees? Does the private prison lobby have a nexus to “tough on crime” sentencing laws, state immigration laws or increased incarceration rates? What legal remedies exist under a privatization scheme?
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 3004, 3rd Floor, Moscone Center West
Saturday, Aug. 10
“NSA Surveillance Leaks: Facts and Fiction” — The program will look at the implications of the disclosure of the National Security Agency’s PRISM data-gathering program and the hot-button issues of government secrecy, intrusion into American citizens’ privacy interests, the beginning of the era of Big Data and the role of the free press in emerging national security technology.
8:30 – 10 a.m., Room 2009, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Law as a Platform for Writing” — Prominent authors Marcia Clark, Sheldon Siegel, David O. Stewart and Talmage Boston will discuss their legal writing careers.
9 – 10 a.m., Expo Floor, 1st Floor, Moscone Center West
“Campus Colors: Race-Conscious Diversity Efforts in Higher Education in the Wake ofFisher v. University of Texas at Austin” — This program features a critical assessment of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and its implications for the consideration of race in admissions.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 3015, 3rd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Cybersecurity: Resources for Attorneys, Law Firms and Business Professionals” — A recent report notes that security losses due to insiders or hacktivists are dwarfed in size by the actions of organized groups. Law firms and government law departments have become prime targets because of their vulnerability and the valuable client information they safeguard. The loss of trade secrets and other important operational data can severely disrupt corporate practices. Copies of the newly released ABA Cybersecurity Handbook — A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms and Business Professionals will be available. The handbook addresses applicable law and ethical standards for lawyers and offers suggestions for preparedness planning and risk management as well as an analysis of insurance coverage. The moderator is national security legal expert Harvey Rishikof.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 3001, 3rd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Legal and Ethical Consequences of Medicinal Marijuana Representation: A Dope Niche — With State Law Changes, It’s Pot That’s Hot” — The panel will discuss the state-level policy work undertaken by the Marijuana Policy Project, provide an overview of the arguments regarding federal authority versus states’ rights to develop law in this area, review the extant laws in the various states and reference associated ethics opinions.
2 – 3:30 p.m., Room 2005, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“Ethical Counsel in Corporate Crisis” — Crisis manager Judy Smith, whose work has inspired the television series Scandal, will be among the panelists who will discuss issues that a corporation’s counsel faces when a major crisis erupts, including tips to manage the legal problems to limit the fallout.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Peacock Court, Lobby Level, InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Sunday, Aug. 11
“Spotlight on Human Trafficking: New Law and Next Steps” — This program will focus on a new uniform law on human trafficking and what lawyers and judges can do to advance the new law in their states as well as what they can do to help stop the widespread scourge of human trafficking in the United States.
10:30 a.m. – noon, Rooms 2014/2016, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
“What’s Next with Immigration? Behind the Scenes with the Decision Makers” — This panel, including experts who have served in Republican and Democratic administrations, will provide the most up-to-date status of the immigration debate and talk about what’s next. Panelists include Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, Department of Homeland Security, and Executive Office for Immigration Review Director Juan P. Osana, Department of Justice.
10:30 a.m. – noon, Room 2005/2007, 2nd Floor, Moscone Center West
Information on these programs and other Annual Meeting events are available here.
During the Annual Meeting, accredited journalists should register on site at the Moscone Center West, Exhibition Hall, first floor, beginning at 8 a.m. on Aug. 8. A press room for accredited reporters will be provided in 2014 Overlook, located on the second floor of the Moscone Center West, starting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 8. The room will be open daily thereafter from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will close one hour after the House of Delegates adjourns on Aug. 13.