September 15, 2018 Section News

ABA Annual Meeting, August 2–5, 2018

August 2–5, 2018 • Hyatt Regency, Chicago

Thursday, August 2, 2018, Hyatt Regency

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Grand Suite 3

State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee (AGDJ) Meeting

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12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Young Lawyers Committee Conference Call

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1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m., Grand Suite 5

Executive Committee Meeting

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2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

#MeToo, Time’s Up—Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Co-sponsored by the Section of State and Local Government Law

The unsettling revelations that launched the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements have starkly highlighted the implications on all employers. ABA President Hilarie Bass will lead a discussion on the birth of the movement, its implications across industries, and what lies ahead. Join us for this special Annual Meeting plenary program to learn:

• How the entertainment industry is addressing sexual harassment following a rash of claims against high-profile executives;

• The experience of a victim of sexual harassment in a legal setting and how the legal profession is stepping up to provide pro bono support to victims;

• Emerging law firm practice areas being established to assist employers in navigating the complex issues surrounding workplace sexual harassment;

• How the federal judiciary is evaluating their codes of conduct and procedures for investigating inappropriate behavior in the workplace; and

• Novel ways employers are working to protect the futures of their employees and their businesses in the wake of “Me Too.”

Moderator: Hilarie Bass, President, American Bar Association

Speakers: Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Circuit Judge for United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Member, Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group; Chair, ABA Rule of Law Initiative

Tina Tchen, Partner at Buckley Sandler, LLP; former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

Nicole VanderDoes, Chief Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System

5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m., Grand Suite 3

Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Policy Options from Retreat to Infrastructure Reinvestment CLE

Sponsored by the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Land Use and Zoning Committee; and Section of State and Local Government Law, Land Use Planning & Zoning Community

This panel will examine several case studies from the Chicago region and across the country, and describe how each jurisdiction has adopted policies and worked with state and federal agencies to address climate change impacts. Federal law defines the Great Lakes as a “coastal” area, and Illinois has the 6th largest population residing in coastal shoreline counties by state. Find out what this region has in common with a low-lying community in Louisiana—the Isle de Jean Charles—which is expected to disappear completely over the next 50 years and is undergoing a massive, federally sponsored relocation effort. Learn how programs short of full-scale relocation, including governmental buyouts, downzoning, and infrastructure reinvestment, are helping communities in Chicago and beyond address climate change impacts. Hear how Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has responded to repeat riverine flooding.

Moderator: Tina Campbell Hebert, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., New Orleans, LA

Speakers: Brian Daly, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

David Silverman, Partner, Ancel Glink, Chicago, IL

Hari M. Osofsky, Dean, Penn State Law and the Penn State School of International Affairs; Distinguished Professor of Law, University Park, PA

Dan Rees, Deputy Executive Counsel for the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Clark Hill, 130 E Randolph

Networking Reception

(Please RSVP through the Annual Meeting registration.)

Friday, August 3, 2018, ABA, 321 N Clark

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., North Boardroom (21st Floor)

Council Meeting and Publication Presentations

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9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Marriott Hotel

Robert Thomas on YLD Panel

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., South/Center Boardrooms (21st Floor)

State Attorneys General and Federalism in the Obama/Trump Eras CLE

Much has been made about the effectiveness of state attorneys general when it comes to taking advantage of states’ rights and federalism concepts in litigation, particularly in the past year and a half. Using examples of major cases brought by state AGs involving the travel ban, DACA, the Census, and the ACA, an expert panel will provide a lively “point/counterpoint” to some of these cases in the context of long-standing academic principles of federalism and states’ rights. Expect some “fireworks”!

Moderator: Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General (tentative)

Speakers: William H. Hurd, Partner, Troutman Sanders, first Solicitor General of Virginia (1999–2004), Richmond, VA

Misha Tseytlin, Wisconsin Solicitor General

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Maggiano’s, 111 W Grand

Jefferson B. Fordham Award Luncheon

In 1998, the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law was inspired to establish the Jefferson B. Fordham Awards to honor the accomplishments of practitioners and institutions active in the varied areas of practice associated with state and local government law. The 2018 Jefferson Fordham honorees are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Adriane J. Dudley, Esq., Dudley Rich LLP, St. Thomas, VI

Advocacy Award: Michael Travis Phelps, San Diego City Attorney’s Office, San Diego, CA

Up & Comers Award: Brian J. Connolly, Esq., Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, PC, Denver, CO

Keynote Speaker: Misha Tseytlin, Wisconsin Solicitor General

(This is a ticketed event at $75; purchase with Annual Meeting registration.)

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m., South/Center Boardrooms (21st Floor)

Social Media, Security and Election Law CLE

Co-sponsored by the Standing Committee on Election Law

Following up on a successful Section-sponsored presentation on “Cybersecurity Best Practices in Elections” presented at the June 8, 2018, Paris Sessions, this Annual Meeting CLE program will address accountability and election security preparedness, social media weaponization during the runup to elections, securing election systems, and the role of contractors in providing government entities with reliable and secure equipment for elections.

It will provide an overview of best practices developed by the U.S. Election Commission, NIST, and other global organizations. It will also center on critical insights into cybersecurity threats and how to manage them in key segments of the electoral process. That is a process that includes election administration, voting machines, and counting and certification of votes, as well as election integrity and its broader implications.

These extraordinarily current concerns over election security and integrity in the wake of hacker attacks and global cybersecurity threats were addressed in Paris and will include discussion of the threat landscape, cybersecurity election infrastructure, and cyber risk management across national borders, as well as cyber ethics, interference in elections through propaganda, fake news, and social media manipulation that collectively have triggered alarm across the world.

The takeaway for this program will be the framework for recommendations, policies, and practices that address how these risks can be effectively managed in today’s turbulent global environment, all of which will be addressed in a resolution to be submitted to the ABA House of Delegates during the Annual Meeting.

Moderator: Benjamin E. Griffith, Griffith Law Firm, Oxford, MS

Speakers: Lance Gough, Executive Director, Chicago Board of Elections (tentative)

John H. (Jack) Hardin Young, Senior Counsel, Sandler Reiff; Chair, ABA Senior Lawyers Division, Washington, DC

Lucy L. Thomson, Founding Principal, Livingston PLLC; past Chair of ABA Section of Science & Technology Law; Member, ABA Cybersecurity Task Force, Washington, DC

David Wheeler, Chapman Spingola, LLP, Chicago, IL

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Navy Pier, NPR Studio, 848 E Grand

Chair-Elect’s Reception

Featuring: Marilynn Gardner, CEO of Navy Pier

(Please RSVP through the Annual Meeting registration.)

Saturday, August 4, 2018, ABA, 321 N Clark

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., South Boardroom (21st Floor)

Membership Committee/Diversity Committee/OneABA

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m., North Boardroom (21st Floor)

Land Use Committee

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., North Boardroom (21st Floor)


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11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Legal Ed Conference Room (21st Floor)

Marketing/Electronic Communications

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m., North Boardroom (21st Floor)

All Committees’ Meeting—Conference Planning

• San Antonio • LUI

• Vegas • Spring

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N State

Saturday Night Live: The Experience!

(This is a ticketed event at $20; purchase with Annual Meeting registration.)

Sunday, August 5, 2018, Hyatt Regency

8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Acapulco

Council Meeting & Nominating Committee Report

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12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon

(Contact Marsha Boone,, to purchase Section table tickets: $87.50 each.)

1:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Section Delegates’ Business Meeting