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    Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz receives ABA human rights award

    September 24, 2018 7:10 AM by glynnj

    The ABA Center for Human Rights bestowed its inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Achievement to international criminal justice lawyer Benjamin B. Ferencz during a ceremony Sept. 14 in New York.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives ABA human rights award

    September 24, 2018 7:10 AM by glynnj

    The ABA Center for Human Rights bestowed its inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Achievement to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a ceremony Sept. 14 in New York.

    ABA to host Animal Shelter Law Symposium on Oct. 10 in Denver, Colo.

    September 21, 2018 12:29 PM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2018 — Leading experts in animal shelter law will gather to discuss the latest issues and challenges facing the industry during the American Bar Association’s annual Animal Shelter Law Symposium on Oct. 10 in Denver, Colo. The half-day event will focus on such topics as dangerous dog cases, animal ownership and shelter animal transport and the law.

    What:  
    Animal Shelter Law Symposium
    Sponsored by the ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s
    Animal Law Committee

    When: 
    Wednesday, Oct. 10, from Noon-5 p.m.

    Where:
    Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center
    15500 E 40th Ave.
    Denver, Colo. 80239

    Program highlights include:

    12:05 – 12:55 p.m.:

    “Dangerous Dog Cases, Process, Procedure, and Best Results” — This session will look at many of the legal and practical considerations that arise when dealing with cases in which a dog’s conduct triggers local or state “dangerous dog laws.” Topics covered will include investigations, preparing for and representing clients at the administrative hearings, due process considerations and the public policy considerations from both the governmental and the dog owners’ perspectives.

    12:55 – 1:45 p.m.:

    “Shelter Law” — This session will focus on the wide variety of legal issues facing shelters, humane societies and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, including potential litigation both brought by these groups and challenging their practices.

    1:45 - 2:30 p.m.:

    “Shelter Animal Transport and the Law” — The transport of shelter animals across the country to shelters in different cities and across state lines has become a prevalent aspect of shelter operations. Yet much of this transport is unregulated despite the many problems that may occur during transport. This session will review the current scheme regulating pet transporters and discuss potential imposition of regulatory and tort liability on both sending and receiving shelters and on the transporters, themselves.

    2:45 - 3:30 p.m.:

    “Animal Ownership Issues” — Who owns the animal at any given time in the regulatory process and shelter custody scenario is extremely important. Panelists will walk the audience through ownership issues from common law claims (lost vs. abandoned) and statutory claims (lost property and dog-theft statutes) through various shelter ownership disputes, including shelter error in the disposition of sheltered animals and pet “laundering” to clean title. Problem scenarios will be utilized to illustrate specific issues and to help generate discussion with the audience.

    3:30 - 5:00 p.m.:

    “Equine Investigations and Coordination with Receiving Shelters” — This session features an in-depth discussion of equine investigations as well as a detailed discussion regarding intake of the subject horses and coordination between the receiving shelter and animal control in owner relinquishments and seizures.

    The complete agenda can be found online.

    This event is open to members of the press at no charge. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    Ted McConnell, champion of law-related and civic education efforts, receives ABA award

    September 21, 2018 12:14 PM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018 – The American Bar Association today honored longtime civics education leader and advocate Ted McConnell with its Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education.

    The award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements in teaching about the law in the elementary and secondary grades, was presented during the 30th National Law-Related Education Conference in Chicago.

    “We are thrilled to present Ted with the Starr Award to recognize his long commitment to educating people about the rule of law and its importance to our communities, as well as his experience in advocacy in the field of civic education,” said Ruthe Catolico Ashley, chair of the Standing Committee on Public Education.

    McConnell is the executive director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. It is a coalition of more than 60 national organizations, which are committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in the nation’s schools.

    He has spent more than 20 years, as the national coordinator of civic learning programmers, funders, researchers, and policymakers, to promote quality law-related education in Congress, state houses, board rooms, universities, and classrooms across the nation.

    McConnell has been involved in political and governmental sectors for more than 40 years, holding positions such as: Congressional affairs assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, assistant to the chairman of events for the Commission on Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, and 1980 presidential transition assistant.

    An advocate for civic education, McConnell led tireless efforts to effectuate law-related education policy changes at the national, state and local level. He was instrumental in the passing of the Sandra Day O’Connor Act (Florida), as well as legislation in Illinois, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Washington.

    In his nomination letter, Marshall Croddy, president of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, said of McConnell: “Ted strives to raise the profile and potential of the field of civic and law-related education by giving us all opportunities to work together to advance the work.”

    Another nominator, Leslie C. Francis, chair of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, said in his nomination letter that the Starr Award, “serves as a reminder of the power of one—one person, one patriot, one activist, one person with the courage to say, “No!” when necessary and “Yes!” when it will move the agenda.”

    McConnell attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where he majored in political science and business administration.

    The Isidore Starr Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education is presented by the ABA Division for Public Education. Established in 1983, the award is named in honor of Isidore Starr, an educator and lawyer who was a life-long advocate for law-related education, first integrating law into his high school civics class in 1934.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    Sally Yates to headline ABA’s white collar crime conference, Oct. 8-9, in London

    September 20, 2018 3:25 PM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018Sally Yates, former deputy and acting U.S. Attorney General at the Department of Justice, will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the American Bar Association’s Seventh Annual London White Collar Crime Institute, Oct. 8-9, in London.

    Yates, currently a partner at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, was serving as acting attorney general when she was dismissed in 2017 after declining to defend President Donald Trump’s travel ban. She will deliver the keynote address on Monday, Oct. 8, from 1-2:15 p.m.

    What:  
    Seventh Annual London White Collar Crime Institute
    Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

    When: 
    Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9

    Where:
    Law Offices of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Adelaide House, London Bridge
    London, United Kingdom
    EC4R 9HA

    Kicking off the two-day conference will be an “Opening Roundtable Discussion” from 9:15-9:55 a.m., featuring Sandra Moser, acting chief of the Fraud Section at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.; and Lisa Kate Osofsky, director of London’s Serious Fraud Office.

    Day 2 of the conference will feature two plenary sessions on white collar crime hypothetical exercises, on investigations and prosecutions.

    Other program highlights include:

    “Plenary Session I – Challenges to International Lawyers: Navigating Issues of Attorney/Client Privilege, Border Searches and More” — The panel will focus on the challenges for lawyers working in cross border/international cases in navigating attorney-client and work-product privileged issues; the recent search and seizure of corporate and private law offices in Germany in the VW/Audi investigation and other instances of privileged materials being subjected to government scrutiny. The panel will also address the increasing risk of search of digital devices at the border, including attorney-client privileged materials; and will explore the risks regarding the privilege in different countries and recommendations going forward.

    Monday, 10-11:15 a.m.

    “Plenary Session II – International Perspectives: A Comparative Look at Jurisdictions Around the World” — With a specific focus on trends from Brazil, China, France and Germany, panelists will look at key issues when managing a global investigation in an evolving world. Topics include dealing with local authorities – and what they may take an interest in, privilege and work product – including with respect to third-party service providers, data protection – including GDPR, carrying out interviews of employee and third parties and whistleblower protection.

    Monday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

    “Plenary Session IV – Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain” — This panel will discuss recent global trends in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, including an overview of the regulatory landscapes in the various countries across the globe.

    Monday, 4:15-5:30 p.m.

    The complete agenda can be found online.

    This event is open to members of the press at no charge. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    New ABA book guides attorneys through new rules in intellectual property valuation

    September 20, 2018 11:19 AM by glynnj

    CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2018 — The American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law’s recently released book, “IP Valuation for the Future: Trends, Techniques, and Case Studies is a guide for attorneys and other professionals who handle intellectual property in the  digital terrain. The book explains IP’s role in the business landscape and shows ways to manage it effectively for the future.

    Authored by asset expert Weston Anson, the guidebook addresses the proliferation of platforms and the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in society, stock markets and innovation. With case studies and based on legal precedents, the new book provides a high level of awareness for bankers, financial professionals, venture capitalists and other Wall Street professionals as their boardrooms and their portfolios adapt to new technology.

    Anson is chairman of CONSOR®, an intellectual asset consulting firm based in La Jolla, Calif., specializing in trademark, patent and copyright licensing; valuations; and expert testimony. He served for 10 years as an officer and board member of the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association and is a lifetime member of the Board of Advisors. Anson, who received his MBA from Harvard, currently serves as an active member of the International Licensing Executives Society board of delegates.

    He was chairman of the Global Valuation Standards Committee for the LESI, which established IP Valuation standards in cross border IP transactions. These standards were adopted in 2011 at the Global Technology Forum, which included World IP bodies such as World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization and the Association of University Technology Managers.

    Title:                            IP Valuation for the Future: Trends, Techniques, and Case Studies
    Publisher:                    ABA Book Publishing
    Pages:                         250 pages
    Product Code:             5370237
    ISBN:                           978-1-64105-227-6
    Size:                            7 x 10, paperback
    Price:                           $89.95
    Orders:                        800-285-2221 or shopaba.org

    Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Amelia Stone at Amelia.Stone@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Amelia Stone, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

    With more than 17,000 members the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law provides the highest quality information, analysis and practice tools to intellectual property lawyers, and serves as the thoughtful source of information and commentary for policymakers as they consider legislation affecting the law and regulations in intellectual property matters. The section is respected and known as the premier resource for knowledge in this increasingly important and complex area of law.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    ABA Air and Space Law conference to note 40th anniversary of the Airline Deregulation Act

    September 20, 2018 10:58 AM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2018 —  Leading experts in aviation and space, senior executives and key government officials will convene at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air and Space Law Annual Meeting and Conference on Sept. 27-28 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago.

    On Thursday, Sept. 27, Robert Rivkin, deputy mayor of Chicago and formerly the Department of Transportation’s general counsel and senior vice president at Delta Airlines, will give welcome remarks at 8:30 am. Fred Smith, chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., will give the keynote address during the luncheon from 11:45 am – 1:30 pm.

    What:     
    Annual Meeting & Conference
    Presented by the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law

    When:    
    Thursday-Friday, Sept. 27-28

    Where:   
    InterContinental Hotel,
    505 N. Michigan Ave.,
    Chicago, IL 60611

    The two-day forum will feature experts from leading air and space law firms, private companies, McGill University, United Airlines, U.S. Department of Transportation, FedEx, National Consumers League, NOAA, Office of Space Commerce-U.S. Department of Commerce, Republic Airways, Association of Flight Attendants, Air Line Pilots Association, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Consumers Union, Air University-U.S. Air Force, Alaska Airlines, GE Capital Aviation Services, JetSuites and Amazon. They will explore hot button issues in aviation and aerospace on such topics as  drones, space law, aircraft finance, antitrust, and consumer protection.

    In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Airline Deregulation Act, sessions will review the historical act, which was signed into law on Oct. 24, 1978. It was the first time that an industry was deregulated in the United States and opened the door for increased competition, efficiency and innovation.

    Conference sessions will also look forward at regulation in the Trump era and beyond. Discussions about cybersecurity, regulation reform, airports, distribution, labor and commercial space will be explored.

    A complete agenda can be found online.

    There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

    #MeToo, technology changes headline ABA professionalism event in Las Vegas

    September 20, 2018 10:46 AM by glynnj

    CHICAGO, Sept. 20, 2018 — A major legal conference starting Sept. 26, hosted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, will explore a variety of professional issues, including sexual harassment in the legal profession, technology challenges, trends for mandatory professional liability insurance and the art of storytelling in the law.

    What:              
    Fall 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference

    When:             
    Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 26-28, 2018

    Where:            
    Encore Las Vegas
    3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, Nev. 89109

    Jonathan Shapiro, a former federal prosecutor turned Hollywood writer and producer, will lead the opening plenary session in the Encore Room on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8:45 a.m., discussing “The Art of Storytelling.” Shapiro has either singly or teamed up to create and produce some of television’s most iconic law-themed television shows, including “The Blacklist,” “Boston Legal,” “The Firm” and “The Practice.” Working with David E. Kelley, he is the creator and executive producer of “Goliath” on Amazon Prime, which was the winner of the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama (Billy Bob Thornton).

    Other program highlights include:

    “Blockchain Technology in the Practice of Law and Insurance” — Blockchain technology, which allows digital information to be distributed but not copied, is a reality facing lawyers and not a distant future event. The promise of blockchain is a single source of truth. An expert panel will explore actual blockchain applications including cryptocurrency and smart contracts to assist lawyers in recognizing blockchain usage and prepare for development and growth of this disruptive force.

    Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Encore Room

    “#MeToo in the Law Firm: Sexual Harassment, Gender Discrimination and Other Employment Exposures in 2018” — Since the unprecedented and momentous developments known as the #MeToo Movement exploded last fall, claims against law firms based on sexual harassment, gender discrimination and pay/promotion disparity issues have become a daily fixture in the legal press. The panel will discuss how the law firm exposure landscape has been fundamentally altered by these developments; explore the unique challenges these employment-based claims pose for law firms; and provide insight on defense, resolution and avoidance strategies.
    Thursday, 3-4:15 p.m., Encore Room

    Et tu, California? Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance, Disclosure and Other Efforts to Insure Attorneys and Protect the Public” — Two states recently passed measures mandating professional liability insurance for lawyers, the first to do so since Oregon created its Professional Liability Fund in 1978. Some states have considered and rejected a mandatory insurance model; still others have added teeth to mandatory disclosure rules. California, with 266,000 licensed attorneys, is conducting a statutorily mandated study of all insurance options through a Malpractice Insurance Working Group. The panel breaks down the considerable issues involved in protecting the public.
    Friday, 9-10:15 a.m., Encore Room

    The complete conference program can be found online.

    All sessions are open to the media but pre-registration is necessary. To register, please contact Bill Choyke at 202-662-1864 or bill.choyke@americanbar.org.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement on line. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    American Bar Association program Sept. 25 previews upcoming Supreme Court term

    September 20, 2018 10:39 AM by glynnj

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2018 — Key cases that will be before the Supreme Court when the new term begins on Monday, Oct. 1, will be “on the docket” during a program open to the public Sept. 25, sponsored by the American Bar Association and the American University Washington College of Law.

    “Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term.” will feature legal experts on the court discussing the latest developments in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Other topics will include cases involving the Eighth Amendment, including the death penalty and “excessive fines” state can levy; antitrust case involving iPhone apps; the federal sex offender registry; Double Jeopardy clause dual sovereign doctrine; employment age discrimination; and living space for frogs.

    What:   "On the Docket: Looking Ahead at the New Supreme Court Term"
    Sponsored by ABA Division for Public Education and the American University Washington College of Law Program in Law and Government

    When: 
    Tuesday, Sept. 25
    12-1:20 p.m. ET

    Where:
    American University, Washington College of Law
    Claudio Grossman Hall
    4300 Nebraska Ave., NW
    Washington, D.C.

    American University will live stream the program. It will be available to view online for download following the program.

    Moderating the discussion will be Stephen Wermiel, professor of Practice in Constitutional Law at the American University Washington College of Law. He is the author of a monthly column on SCOTUSblog.com aimed at explaining the Supreme Court to law students. A former Supreme Court reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Wermiel covered and interpreted more than 1,300 Supreme Court decisions and analyzed legal trends for 12 years.

    The panelists are:

    • Beth Brinkmann, an attorney and partner at Covington & Burling, LLP, is an experienced appellate and Supreme Court litigator. She has argued 24 cases before the Court. She is the former deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

    • Angela Davis, professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, she is an expert in criminal law and procedure with a focus on prosecutorial power and racism in the criminal justice system. She is the author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor Oxford University Press 2007).

    • Sarah Harrington, partner at Goldstein and Russell, P.C. She is the former assistant to the Solicitor General at the Department of Justice. She argued 20 cases before the Supreme Court and has written merits brief in more than a dozen additional cases.

    • Adam Liptak, a lawyer and the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times.


    This event is free to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

    This program is hosted by Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, the single-most comprehensive source of information on and analysis of matters before the Supreme Court, giving you a ringside seat to every case argued. Preview publishes monthly while the Supreme Court is in session, and includes a wrap-up issue reviewing the year at the end of the session.

    With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

     

    Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, Hillary Clinton receive ABA human rights awards

    September 20, 2018 10:00 AM by glynnj

    Hillary Rodham Clinton discusses the impact of Eleanor Roosevelt and her human rights legacy.


    The ABA Center for Human Rights bestowed its inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Achievement to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and international criminal justice lawyer Benjamin B. Ferencz, who at 99 is the sole surviving prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, during a ceremony Sept. 14 in New York.

    With the blessings of the Roosevelt family, the center established the award to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, championed by Eleanor Roosevelt. The award is intended to recognize persons and organizations having a positive, enduring and global impact in advancing the principles set forth in the declaration, and will be awarded annually.

    Watch excerpts of remarks from award recipients Hillary Clinton and Benjamin B. Ferencz

    As the chair of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, Roosevelt was the driving force in creating the 1948 charter of liberties — known as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1946, she was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations by President Harry Truman, who became president after her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death in 1945. She said after its passage: “We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere.”

    In presenting its first awards, the Center for Human Rights noted that Clinton, a former First Lady, has a long career of advocacy of the rights of women and girls while Ferencz is recognized globally as supporting international criminal justice and human rights. Both have dramatically improved the lives of millions around the world and followed a model set out by Roosevelt decades ago, the center noted.

    “Eleanor Roosevelt is our adopted patron saint at the Center for Human Rights,” said CHR Chair Bernice Donald, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. “Not just because we love her, but who she was and for what she meant to the international and national community. But also for what she had to say and how she boldly took a leadership stance on issues that really transformed the world.”

    Tracy Roosevelt, the granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor and an attorney in Washington, D.C., represented the family at the New York event, which took place at the Roosevelt House, the former double townhouse of Franklin, Eleanor and Sara Delano Roosevelt, the president’s mother. The house in the city’s Upper East Side was a wedding gift from Sara Delano Roosevelt to the couple, and is now owned by Hunter College and houses its public policy institute.