February 27, 2017

DOJ’s Kenneth Blanco, federal officials to speak at ABA White Collar Crime conference

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco, U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and former White House Counsel Warren Neil Eggleston will be keynote speakers during the American Bar Association 31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 8-10 in Miami. 

Blanco will give the keynote address on Friday, March 10, at 9:15 a.m. He has supervised many of the DOJ Criminal Division’s most significant national and international investigations into illicit finance, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act and sanctions violations, including investigations of global financial institutions and money services businesses. 

Eggleston, who served as the White House counsel under President Barack Obama, will give remarks at the Lawrence Barcella, Jr. Luncheon on Thursday, March 9, beginning at noon.

31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section; and
ABA Center for Professional Development

March 8-10

Fontainebleau Hotel
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, Fla. 33140

The three-day conference brings together federal and state judges, prosecutors, law enforcement official, defense attorneys, corporate in-house counsel and academia to discuss such issues as cybercrime and economic espionage, securities enforcement, antitrust prosecution trends, comprehensive tax enforcement and emerging enforcement trends in health care, among others.

Program highlights include:


The Inside Looking Out: Key Insights From Top General Counsel” (2 p.m.) — This panel of corporate general counsels will discuss the latest policies and guidance from the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission — including the Yates Memo, the FCPA Pilot program, the addition of the Compliance Expert at the Fraud Section and the Whistleblower Program. Panelists are Audrey T. Andrews, senior VP and GC, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas; Peter W. Carter, executive VP and chief legal officer, Delta Airlines, Atlanta; Michael Holston, executive VP and GC, Merck & Co., Kenilworth, N.J.; Stuart A. Levey, chief legal officer and group managing director, HSBC Holdings plc, New York; Dianne B. Ralston, senior VP, GC and secretary, FMC Technologies, Inc., Houston; and Ira H. Raphaelson, Washington, D.C.

Liability for Cross-Border Activity: Increasing Enforcement of Economic Sanctions and Export Control Laws” (4 p.m.) — U.S. economic sanctions and export control laws are critical tools supporting U.S. foreign policy and national security interests. The panel will discuss the evolving enforcement priorities of the DOJ, Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, and examine the extraterritorial reach of these laws, and liability risks related to Iran, China, Cuba and Russia. Panelists include Christine H. Chung, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, New York; Michael Dondarski, chief of regulated industries, oversight and evaluation, OFAC, Washington, D.C.; David Laufman, chief, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, DOJ’s National Security Division, Washington, D.C.; and Jeffery B. Vaden, Bracewell LLP, Houston.


The Challenge of Judging in the 21st Century, Through the Eyes of Judges” (10 a.m.) — Seven federal judges, led by moderator and U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman, will explore the task of judging in the 21st century. Other panelists include Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Judge Northern District of California, San Francisco; Hon. Gregg J. Costa, U.S. Circuit Judge Fifth Circuit, Houston; Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Judge Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans; Carlos E. Mendoza, U.S. District Judge Middle District of Florida, Orlando; Amy J. St. Eve, U.S. District Judge Northern District of Illinois, Chicago; and Kathleen M. Williams, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, Miami.

Insecurity in Securities Law” — (3:15 p.m.) Securities enforcement is in the midst of an overhaul. This panel will consider how the practice is changing, discuss the potential course of future prosecutions and offer tips on how to take advantage of these changes. Panelists include moderator Gary S. Lincenberg, Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC, Los Angeles; and speakers Katherine R. Goldstein, chief, Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, assistant U.S. attorney Southern District of New York; Antonia M. Apps, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, New York; Pamela Chepiga, Allen & Overy LLP, New York; and Jan Nielsen Little, Keker & Van Nest LLP, San Francisco.


The New Frontier Surveillance Technology, Ethics and the Law” — (9:45 a.m.) The internet, smart phones, GPS and other digital devices have resulted in significant privacy and ethical dilemmas with criminal justice implications. This panel will explore the way this new technology and the developing law implicates ethics for all practitioners. Panelists include Laura K. Donohue, director of Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; Joshua L. Dratel, Law Offices of Joshua L. Dratel P.C., New York; Alexander W. Joel, chief, Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency Bureau of the Director of National Intelligence, McLean, Va.; Nathan P. Judish, senior counsel, Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section, DOJ’s Criminal Division, Washington, D.C. ; Orin S. Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research professor of law, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.; and Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Washington, D.C.

The complete agenda can be found online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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