Career Choice Series

Cannabis Law

Note: This is not for CLE. Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members. Not an ABA member? Join now and get the benefits of membership. 

11 states  -- AK, CA, CO,  IL, ME, MA, MI, NV, OR, VA, WA and DC  have adopted the most expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

11 states -- AK, CA, CO, IL, ME, MA, MI, NV, OR, VA, WA and DC have adopted the most expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.

Description

Cannabis law is a rapidly evolving sector practice involving the regulatory and other challenges facing the booming cannabis industry. Firms representing clients in this industry may specialize in regulatory and litigation advice, or they may handle a full range of legal concerns, including licensing, corporate transactions, taxation,  intellectual property, and real property.  Your focus will likely depend on the state(s) in which you practice, since recreational use of marijuana (but, since 2014,  not hemp and CBD) is still illegal on the federal level and lawful in only a handful of states.  

Our speakers discuss their career paths in the cannabis industry, offering their thoughts on the skills you’ll need to break in, what drew them to this specialization, the pros and cons, and what a typical day as a cannabis lawyer entails. 

Speakers

Hilary Bricken, Partner, Harris Bricken PLLC , Seattle, WA

Cat Packer, Executive Director,  City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation, Los Angeles, CA


Moderator:

Elizabeth "Betsy" Munnell, Business Development and Social Media Coach for Lawyers, EHMunnell, Boston, MA; ABA Career Center Chair

Sponsors

ABA Career CenterYoung Lawyers DivisionLaw Student Division , and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division 

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