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Homeland, Port Security in Seattle and Beyond are Focus of ABA Conference

Homeland, Port Security in Seattle and Beyond are Focus of ABA Conference

By Daniel Buchanan

CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2011—U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour, former U.S. Attorney John McKay, and corporate and port security experts will discuss legal and business-related issues involving homeland security at the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Fall Leadership Meeting Oct. 12-16 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

The proximity between the Puget Sound ports and their city centers presents unique security challenges. These harbors are among the nation’s more than 300 sea and river ports, handling 20 percent of the world’s maritime trade, and are troubling potential targets for terrorist attacks.

The programs are part of the section’s year-long initiative on disaster preparedness and response spearheaded by section chair Randy Aliment, a lawyer with Williams Kastner in Seattle.

Program descriptions are as follows:

Homeland Security, 10 Years Later: How Innovation and Technology Have Changed the Approach to Homeland Security Since the 9/11 Attack

(Oct. 13, 2 – 5 p.m., Fairmont Olympic Hotel). Panelists will discuss cyber, border, port and transportation security; insurance protection for cyber liability risks and security breach disasters; and the roles and responsibilities of corporate directors and officers in disaster preparedness and recovery plans. Speakers include Professor Jeffrey F. Addicott, Center for Terrorism Law, St. Mary’s University; Professor John McKay, Seattle University School of Law and former U.S. attorney; and U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour.

The Business Case for Secure Ports

(Oct. 14, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Fairmont Olympic Hotel). Panelists will discuss port security, steps for ensuring regional safety and the impact a disaster would have on the business community in Seattle and beyond. Speakers include Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., executive chairman, Lightbridge Corporation; Juval Aviv, chairman, president and CEO, Interfor; Gael Tarleton, commissioner, Port of Seattle; Eric Holdeman, director of security, Port of Tacoma; and John Holmes, senior manager of operations, Port of Los Angeles. This panel is co-sponsored with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

There is no charge for media covering these events.

To set up interviews with panelists or to cover the events, please contact Ira Pilchen, ira.pilchen@americanbar.org, 312-988-5743.

For further meeting information, click here. For information on the section’s yearlong disaster preparedness and response initiative, click here.

What:

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fall Leadership Meeting

When:

Oct. 12-16

Where:

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and 32 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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