March 03, 2020 ABA Forum on Communications Law

38th Annual Representing Your Local Broadcaster

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Encore Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Conference Brochure

The ABA/FCBA Super 38th Annual Representing Your Local Broadcaster – Not All Heroes Wear Capes! is presented by the ABA Forum on Communications Law and the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). The conference covers the legal, regulatory, and political landscape facing broadcasters and features panels on broadcast regulation and deregulation, media coverage of mass shootings, the Federal Trade Commission, and current legal issues facing the radio and television industries.

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10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
Panel:  With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility:  Broadcast Regulation – And Deregulation
Your friendly neighborhood panelists will guide you through the complicated web of FCC rules and regulations. Get up to date on the latest – whether the status of J. Jonah Jameson’s favorite—the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule (and the rest of the broadcast ownership rules)— the likely fate of the kidvid rules (and all those Saturday morning cartoons), EEO, sponsorship id, advertising (through large, bat-shaped spotlights or otherwise), recordkeeping, and more.  All that, and views from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau on how broadcasters should live a life of responsibility – just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they can’t be saved . . . or at least negotiate a reasonable consent decree. 

11:15-12:15 pm
Panel: We Must All Live In the Real World And Sometimes That Can Be Pretty Grim:  Covering Mass Shootings
This panel will address covering mass shootings and the interplay among journalists, law enforcement and the judiciary.  Participants will bring to bear their different viewpoints, focusing on the Las Vegas and Parkland shootings, each of which has resulted in active litigation.  Join us for a thoughtful discussion about how best to balance the public’s right to know with the state’s interest in prosecuting the offender and protecting the privacy of victims. 

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Panel:  It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s the Federal Trade Commission!
The FCC isn’t the only agency regulating how broadcasters do business.  From consumer protection and competition to advertising, data and privacy, the internet of things and fintech, the FTC is guarding against would be Lex Luthors attempting to perpetrate a hoax.  Those who fight for truth, justice, and the broadcasting way should familiarize themselves with where the FTC is focusing.  Easy—we’ve got you—join us as we hear directly from the FTC staff about the agency’s regulatory priorities.

2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Panel:  Just Because Something Works Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be Improved:  Hot Topics in Radio
Radio has been a hero to local communities for decades.  Have recent deregulatory actions, such as elimination of the main studio rule, made radio stronger?  Was passage of the Music Modernization Act a victory?  Are there villains lurking in streaming and digital platforms? What’s on tap at the FCC, and will we see further deregulation of local radio ownership rules?  Your mighty shield will be at the ready after this spirited discussion about what how to best represent radio stations, including some laser-vision insight into the upcoming renewal cycle.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Panel:  We’re In the End Game Now:  Hot Topics in Television
Knowledge will be your armor when you learn from our distinguished group of panelists about the key  regulatory issues facing the television industry.  The answers you seek shall be yours as you hear the latest on the broadcast spectrum repack, the future of LPTV, ATSC 3.0, as well as how television broadcasters are looking at increased DOJ scrutiny and potential changes to the media ownership rules.  And Holy Online Public File – are we ready for renewals?  Our Television Industry Avengers will share intelligence that can be used for the greater good, including the latest practical advice about distributing and protecting content when multichannel video programming distributors come to bargain.  

Financial Assistance

A limited number of scholarships to defray tuition expenses are available for this program. To request an application or receive additional information, please contact, by March 7, 2019. Qualifying attorneys may receive a 50% reduction in tuition fees.


The ABA will seek 4.75 hours of CLE credit for this program in 60-minute states and 5.70 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who are unable to attend the program will receive a refund less a $50.00 administrative fee if a written cancellation is received by March 15, 2019. After March 15, 2019, no refunds will be granted. Substitutions are acceptable. Cancellations may be faxed to 312-988-5850. The ABA reserves the right to cancel any programs and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses.