September 10, 2020

Virtual Section Annual Meeting | Showcase & Keynote Programs

Access to Justice in Light of COVID-19: Benefits, Burdens, and Lessons 

Monday, September 21 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CT
A panel of distinguished judges and practitioners will share insights and experiences concerning the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on courts, the business community, business lawyers, and law firms. The panel will discuss the particular challenges with maintaining and even improving access to justice during these challenging times.

Moderator: Doneene Damon, President and Director, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE

Speakers:

  • The Honorable Jerome Abrams, First Judicial District Court of Minnesota, Hastings, MN
  • Judy Perry Martinez, Former President of the American Bar Association, Of Counsel, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, LLP, New Orleans, LA
  • The Honorable Maureen Tighe, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Woodland Hills, CA

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Privacy Twilight Zone: Returning to Work in the Age of COVID-19

Tuesday, September 22 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CT
Panelists will share their insights on privacy issues arising from the reintroduction of the workforce back into the workplace under new screening technologies related to social distancing surveillance and the bulk collection of COVID-19 data. Distinctions between government and the private sector requirements will be drawn, followed by legal issues arising from what type of data will be collected, where, how, and most importantly what happens to it under the age of artificial intelligence.

Moderator: John A. Rothchild, Chief Privacy Officer, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Speakers:

  • Seaton Daly, Partner, Law Office of Seaton M. Daly III, P.L.L.C., Seattle, WA
  • Brian Flock, Senior Attorney Global Employment, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
  • Jennifer Harkins Garone, North American Privacy Officer, Carnival Corporation, Seattle, WA
  • John Isaza, Vice President, Information Governance Advisory Services, Access, Boston, MA

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COVID-19 Is Not Colorblind: Equity Considerations and the Impact of the Pandemic on Diverse Communities

Wednesday, September 23 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CT
Diverse communities have been hit hard by COVID-19 and they are facing a range of challenges: higher infection and death rates; lower rates of health insurance; a disproportionate share of arrests for not complying with social distancing policies; higher rates of job loss; and coronavirus relief measures which exclude some immigrants and other diverse communities. The novel coronavirus pandemic exposes long-standing disparities in health insurance rates, pay, employment, law enforcement, housing, and more.

Moderators:

  • Dave Clunie, Executive Director, Black Economic Alliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Robin Nunn, Partner, Dechert LLP, Washington, D.C.

Speakers:

  • Patrice Alexander Ficklin, (invited), Assistant Director, Fair Lending, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • Jenn Jones, Chief of Policy & Membership, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington, D.C.
  • Anthony Sharett, General Counsel, Meta Bank, Phoenix, AZ
  • Odette Williamson, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Introductory Remarks:

  • Chris Brummer, Professor and Faculty Director of the Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C.

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Fairness Gone Viral: Fair Lending Considerations for Financial Institutions Amid COVID-19

Thursday, September 24 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CT
Members of protected classes, including and especially minority communities, are suffering outsized financial repercussions as our nation continues to grapple with the fallout of COVID-19. At the same time, financial institutions struggle to manage credit risk measures, which inevitably will have their own outsized impacts on members of protected classes. The intersection of these trend lines underscores the importance of ensuring that considerations related to fairness in lending and servicing remain top of mind.

Moderator: Agnes Bundy Scanlan, President, The Cambridge Group, Boston, MA

Speakers:

  • Patrice Alexander Ficklin (invited), Assistant Director, Fair Lending, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
  • Brian Larkin (invited), Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Capital One, McLean, VA
  • Lisa Rice, President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Jonice Gray Tucker, Partner, Buckley LLP, Washington, D.C.
     

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Anti-Racist Speech and Action: Where Does the Legal Profession and Amended Model Rule 8.4(g) Go from Here

Friday, September 25 | 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CT
This program will follow up on the BLS Black Lives Matter Statement and focus on BLS member attorneys discussing their experience and perspectives as African-American attorneys in law firms, corporations and the judiciary. The panelists will provide their recommendations for specific actions that the legal profession can take to address systemic racism, particularly within the context of Amended Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 8.4(g).

Moderator: Suhuyini Abudulai, Partner, Cassels, Toronto, Ontario

Speakers:

  • Doneene Damon, President and Director, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., Wilmington, DE
  • E. Christopher Johnson, Jr., CEO, Center for Justice, Rights & Dignity, Coppell, TX
  • The Honorable Clifton Newman, South Carolina Circuit Court, Kingstree, SC
  • Jasmine Smith, Associate, Robinson Gray Stepp Latte, LLC, Columbia, SC

The ABA will seek elimination of bias credit for this program and it is subject to states approval.

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Postponement of Olympics: Legal Ramifications and Considerations

Tuesday, September 22 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT
A panel consisting of a current member of the International Olympic Committee, a former Olympian, and a notable Sports Law attorney will explore the many legal and other issues facing the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese organizers, sponsors, broadcasters, and athletes that arose from the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Moderator: Richard W. Pound, Q.C., Ad. E., Stikeman Elliott LLP, Montreal, Quebec

Speakers:

  • Jeffrey G. Benz, JAMS, Los Angeles, CA; 4 New Square Chambers, London, England
  • Cameron Myler, Professor, New York University, New York, NY

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Co-Sponsors: Davies and SRS Acquiom