April 17, 2019

2017 Annual Meeting, August 10 - 13, 2017

Join your colleagues in New York City August 10 - 13 for the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting, at the Hilton Midtown, with CLE programs, networking events and business meetings.


Thursday, August 10 — PWC

12 – 1pm
AGDJ Committee Meeting
Young Lawyer's Committee Meeting

1:15 – 2:15pm
Executive Committee Meeting

Friday, August 11 — Hilton Midtown

8:30 – 9:30am
Council Meeting and Publication Presentations

9 – 11am
SOC Chairs-Elect Joint Meeting Marriott Marquis

4 – 5:30pm
SOC Business Meeting

Saturday, August 12 — Fordham Law School

8 – 9am
Urban Lawyer
Membership Committee

9 – 10:30am
Land Use Committe

10:30 – 11:30am

11:30am – 12:15pm
Electronic Communications

12:15 – 1:15pm
All Committees' Meeting

Sunday, August 13 — Hilton Midtown

8 – 10am
Council Meeting & Nominating Committee Report

1:30 – 4pm
Section Delegates' Business Meeting

6:30 – 8pm
Delegates' Reception


CLE Sessions

Engaged in Resilience, but Flirting with Disaster

2:30 – 3:45pm
The panel will explore how communities can deal with the vagaries of Mother Nature, and become Resilient towards a safer, better and more just future. Floods and other disasters are not as predicable neither as to magnitude nor as to location as we might like them to be. Recent inland floods have been devastating to many areas considerably outside areas mapped by FEMA as Special Flood Hazard Areas.

Edward Thomas
Dr. Jennifer Jurado — Broward County, Florida Chief Resilience Officer
John T. Marshall — Assistant Professor of Law, Georgia State University
Patrick (Rick) Sacbibit, PE — FEMA National Floodplain Mapping Program Manager


Tomorrow's Power Grid Today: Innovative Energy Solutions

4 – 5:15pm
This panel will explore recent developments concerning innovative solutions that will likely impact the future of how energy is used and stored and how those solutions are being implemented. This dynamic session will provide examples of today's cutting-edge energy products, highlighting the effect those products will likely have on various property types, including municipal, state, residential, and commercial. Don’t miss this practical and educational panel!

Alexander Judd — Robinson & Cole LLP, Hartford, CT
Christopher Dan — Vice President, San Francisco Energy, Chemicals and Utilities for Strategy & part of the PwC network
Sergey Shabalin — Dir. Billings Programs and Analytics Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services, New York, NY
John Shipman — Con Edison's Electric Vehicle Programs
Ellen Zielinski — Director of Clean and Innovation, City of New York Dept. of Citywide, New York, NY
Adam Penque, — Direct Energy North American Distributed Energy, Director Utility Partner Sales, New York, NY


Cyber Ethics: Understanding Your Ethical Obligations in a Cybersecurity Breach

5:30 – 6:45 pm

Technology is an increasingly vital aspect of law practice that many practitioners feel overwhelmed by. Technology changes much faster than the law, and many attorneys use new technologies without fully appreciating the ethical and professional liabilities of using said technology. Comment 8 to Rule 1.1 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct requires attorneys to understand the risks and benefits associated with using relevant technology, and some states have now changed their CLE requirements to specifically require technology training. As technology will only play a larger part in both the practice of law and life in general, now is the time to move toward greater awareness and education of technological issues and concerns in the practice of law. This program would be a presentation from a panel that would discuss awareness of technology issues (for both public and private attorneys) with an emphasis on ethics and professionalism.

Lai Sun Yee — Chair, Emergency Management/Homeland Security Committee, New York, NY
Doug Bloom — Director PWC's Cybercrime & Privacy, Price Waterhouse Cooper
Neal Pollard — Director PWC's Cybercrime & Privacy, Price Waterhouse Cooper
David Wheeler — Partner, Chapman Spingola, Chicago, IL


Friday, August 11 — Hilton Midtown

Sanctuary Cities — The Role of State and Local Governments in Addressing Undocumented Immigrants

10 – 11:30am
Sanctuary cities have become a hot topic in the ongoing national debate over immigration and immigration reform. This panel will address the history of sanctuary cities and other local government forays into immigration, the reasons behind such efforts, and the legal issues raised when local governments take action over what is generally considered to be a federal issue.

Ronald Kramer — Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Chicago, IL
Bitta Mostofi — Assistant Commissioner,NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Dennis Herrera — City Attorney, San Francisco, CA
Michael M. Hethon — Senior Counsel Immigration Reform Law Institute, Washington, DC


Murr and Beyond; Implications for Regulatory Takings

10 – 11:30am
This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Murr v. Wisconsin, where the state asserted that separately-deeded contiguous parcels under common ownership conclusively are presumed to be one parcel for takings purposes. The “parcel as a whole” rule, which the Court examined, is one of the main pillars of its regulatory takings jurisprudence. This presentation will explore the Supreme Court decision and implications for regulatory takings.

Peter Buchsbaum
John M. Groen — Principal Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento, CA
Robert Thomas — Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, Honolulu, HI
Hon. Misha Tseytlin — Solictor General , WI Department of Justice, Madison,WI
Nancy Stroud — Land Use Attorney, Lewis Stroud & Deutsch, Boca Raton, FL


The Sharing Economy Matures — Will State or Local Win?

2:30– 4pm
This is our second in a series on the Sharing Economy. The State and Local Government Law Section is the first to have a committee devoted to this new area of law practice. The sharing economy covers many transactions that touch the public interest, but regulatory clashes over mobility services and short-term rentals have been most prominent. We have seen a lot of deal making at State Capitals with technology platforms, such as Uber and Airbnb. Are local governments losing control of sharing economy regulation to state public utility commissions and other administrations through preemption?  What are the state and local interests at stake? How should the sharing economy be regulated, if at all?

Janice Griffith — Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA
Nestor Davidson — Associate Dean of Fordham University, New York, NY
Matt Gewolb – Director of Legislation, New York City Council, New York, NY
Janice Benincasa – Regulatory Counsel for Uber Northeast



Thursday, August 10

7 – 8pm
Network Reception — PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Friday, August 11

12 – 2pm
Jefferson Fordham Luncheon — Mastro's

6 – 7:30pm
Chair Elect's Reception — Monkeys Bar

Saturday, August 12

2 – 4pm
World Trade Center Museum Tour

4 – 5pm
FEMA Offices Tour

8 – 10am
Council Meeting & Nominating Committee Report

12 – 2pm
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon