April 24, 2017

Drones, resource extraction issues among topics at ABA Young Lawyers Division Spring Meeting

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 — Experts participating in the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division 2017 Spring Conference May 4-5 in Montreal will tackle hot-button issues such as drones, energy and environmental issues in the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

2017 YLD Spring Conference
Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division

May 4-6

Le Westin Montreal
270 Saint-Antoine West
Montreal, Canada H2Y 0A3

Jerome F. Buting, the defense lawyer for Steven Avery, subject of the “Making a Murderer” Netflix production, will discuss the quirks and minefields of handling a high-profile case at a noon luncheon on Friday. 

Friday morning’s plenary session at 8:30 a.m. will feature Supreme Court of Canada Justices Richard R. Wagner and Clement Gascon comparing the court systems in Canada and the United States.

Program highlights include:

Friday, May 5

It’s a Bird... It’s a Plane... No, It’s a Drone! The Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System – Legal Challenges, Security Risks and Opportunities for Growth” — Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) continue to be more prevalent in the national airspace system. The U.S. commercial drone sector is expected to create more than $80 billion in economic impact through 2025, creating thousands of jobs. With the FAA’s new rule for the commercial operations of small UAS, which took effect in August 2016, and the expected FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for UAS operations over people, challenges and opportunities of regulating UAS is a primary concern for the UAS industry, regulators and aviation lawyers. A panel of experts will also discuss drones, homeland security and criminal prosecutorial challenges.

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 6

Bridging the Justice Gap through Technology” — The “justice gap” is the large portion of legal needs that are unmet by the justice system. Among the reasons for this are cost, transparency of the system and accessibility of lawyers. A panel of experts will be asked if legal service technologies could help lawyers close the justice gap.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

“Beyond Dakota Access: Resource Extraction, Environmental Justice and Indigenous Communities” — The continued public debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline has spawned a renewed interest in the interplay between resource extraction and striking a balance between environmental issues and the sovereignty and integrity of Native American and First Nation tribes. This program will discuss environmental issues from the perspective of Native American and First Nation tribes and communities. It will address whether tribal sovereignty is impacted by potential environmental hazards outside of tribal lands and the remedies tribes and First Nations have individually and on a government-to-government basis.

11 a.m.-noon

A complete agenda can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or Priscilla.Totten@americanbar.org.

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