February 04, 2016

2016 ABA Midyear Meeting, San Diego, CA

Section programming was held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Thursday, February 4

1:00-2:30pm - Cars, Cars, Cars
Cars, cars, cars!!! The good old fashioned automobile is no more! This program will explore the issues of the day for lawyers surrounding everyone's favorite toy -- their car! These will include: privacy (you are never alone in your car); driverless cars; "cheat devices" to avoid emission rules; aging airbags, ignitions that fail and other dangers. At the end of the day, you may want to give up your car, or you may love it more than ever!

Materials / Bios

Anthony J. Majestro, Powell & Majestro PLLC, Charleston, WV

Panelists: Althea D. Cullen, Oregon Department of Justice, Portland, OR; Kit Walsh, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, CA

ABA Co-sponsors: Antitrust Law, Law Student Division, and Young Lawyers

2:45-4:15pm - Water and the Drought
Faced with increasing populations and a severe drought, California is at the forefront of what may be a "new normal" with far fewer available water resources. If water supplies are in flux, what can we expect for the future? Please join our panel of water experts who are at the cutting edge of water management practices in coping with, and planning for, severe drought in California.

Materials / Bios

Elizabeth Clark, Allen Matkins et al, San Francisco, CA; Heather Riley, Allen Matkins et al, San Diego, CA

Panelists: Carolyn Angius, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Sacramento, CA; Celia Brewer, Office of the City Attorney, Carlsbad, CA; Michael Kiparsky, Associate Director of the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy at UC Berkeley Law, San Francisco, CA; Heather Riley, Allen Matkins et al, San Diego, CA; Meena Westford, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

4:30-6:00pm - Hot Topics in Diversity Law: Same Sex Marriage and Employee Benefits Discrimination

Join this panel of experienced practitioners and distinguished experts to discuss the rapidly evolving legal landscape of LGBTQ rights in the United States since the Obergefell right to marry decision. The panelists will discuss the latest legal and social developments and some of what can be expected for the LGBTQ community and its allies in a variety of contexts, including: diversity in the legal profession and related social issues; the increasing use of religion to discriminate, and the rise of LGBTQ public accommodations claims; state and local laws and policies affecting LGBT people; recent developments in federal employment law; and employee benefits issues affecting same-sex spouses and transgender persons.   We welcome your input in what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Materials / Bios

Moderator: Erica L. Powers, Albany, NY

Panelists: Christy Mallory, Anna M. Curren Fellow and Senior Counsel at Williams Institute, Los Angeles, CA; Victor Marquez, The Marquez Law Group, San Francisco, CA; Samuel Schwartz-Fenwick, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL; Julie Wilensky, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Berkeley, CA

ABA Co-sponsor: Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice