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FRIDAY, JULY 31st
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
A distinguished panel of engineers, scientists and lawyers will explain how innovations, sustainable energy, clean technology, biotech, and a national system of electronic health information can jumpstart your legal practice engine while driving national recovery.
This panel will focus on novel intersections of science, technology, and the law. It will feature Presidential advisers and scientists working in homeland security technology, stem cell research, clean technology, and the lawyers who advise them.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1st
The Cleantech and Climate Change Committee (CTC3) will lead a discussion on federal and state legislation designed to lower the greenhouse gas emissions, stimulate the economy, and strengthen our energy independence. The panelists will explore the risks, opportunities and interrelationships among federal assistance, in the form of loan guarantees, tax incentives and grants, low carbon fuel standards, renewable portfolio standards, cap and trade schemes, and energy efficiency, to implement clean tech projects and finance technological innovation. In addition, they will examine the Obama Administration’s first six months with regards to implementation of its national energy policy, in conjunction with the efforts in the House and Senate and in the states and regions across the country.
Panelist: Jeff Cohen, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board, Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA ; Cara Horowitz, Executive Director, UCLA’s Emmett Center on Climate Change, Los Angeles, CA; Michael Wara, Law Professor and Research Fellow, Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford, CA
10:30 am -12:00 pm
2009 is shaping up to be a red-ink year for lawyers and law firms. Thousands of lawyers nationwide have been laid off, and the lawyers who remain are learning to cope with less support following thousands more staff layoffs. But there’s another side to this story. Not all lawyers or law firms are suffering. Some are holding their own… And some are thriving. How can you learn to thrive as a rainmaker, as a lawyer just starting a practice, or as a job candidate, even in this unprecedented economic climate? Learn top strategies for success now, including:
● How to distinguish yourself from other lawyers without even opening your mouth
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Issues related to technical standards were once addressed primarily by intellectual property lawyers. Today, however, legal issues relating to technical standards are arising in an increasing number of business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, licenses and joint ventures. For example, what due diligence is necessary when acquiring a company involved in standards development? To what degree are commitments made during the standards development process transferable to a successor company or acquirer. How do standards affect a company’s ability to grant licenses? How can joint R&D be conducted when standardized technologies are involved, and what happens when transactions cross national borders? This panel of leading standards experts will cover the impact of standards issues in business transactions.
Panelist: Pamela Deese, Partner, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC; Michele Herman, Partner, Woodcock Washburn LLP, Seattle, WA; Stéphane Tronchon, Legal Counsel, IPR Policy and Compliance, Qualcomm, Inc., Paris, France
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Neuroscience is finding its way into courtrooms in areas as diverse as termination of life support, capital punishment, child witness capacity, and sentencing. This program will examine the science, trends in admissibility and use, and areas for concern.
Panelist: Jordan Grafman, Chief Cognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institute of Neurologic Disease and Stroke, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD; Ken A. Paller, Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Carter Snead, Associate Professor, Notre Dame School of Law, Notre Dame, IN
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
This program will analyze digital copyright law, the DMCA and cases presently in litigation involving user generated content focusing on potential splits in the circuits and areas where the law is unclear. The program will include a panel featuring in-house lawyers from entertainment companies, such as a record company or motion picture studio, and a service provider, such as Veoh or YouTube, and will include interactive presentations and discussions.
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
The line between personal and professional life is increasingly hard to discern, and the emergence and prevalence of on-line communities, including virtual worlds, social networking sites, bulletin boards, and blogs, raise difficult questions for employers: What limits should be placed on employee participation in on-line communities? Should employers consider regulating participation by employees during their personal time, or just when in the office? What actions can employers take against employees who violate participation guidelines? And, can employers ever be liable as a result of their employees’ personal on-line conduct? This panel will address these questions and more.
Panelist: Robert Blackstone, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle, WA; Cristina Burbach, Director of Security Policy, The Nielsen Company, Washington, DC; Charles Lee Mudd Jr., Principal, Mudd Law Offices, Chicago, IL; Stephen Mortinger, VP and Associate General Counsel, IBM Systems and Technology Group, Somers, NY