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WASHINGTON, July 26, 2017 — Cybersecurity in light of recent “ransomware” attacks of global significance, and U.S. immigration policies under the Trump administration are chief among criminal justice issues that will be explored at the 2017 American Bar Association Annual Meeting Aug. 10-15 in New York.
In addition to the more than 1,000 events at this premier gathering of legal professionals, the ABA House of Delegates — the association’s policymaking body — will meet at 9 a.m. on Aug. 14-15 at the New York Hilton Midtown’s Grand Ballroom. For details on the proposals for debate and vote during the two-day session, click here.
Online registration is available for news reporters. ABA credential guidelines are here. Reporters interested in covering United Nations programming from the Annual Meeting’s “CLE in the City” series, must also register for U.N. media clearance.
Criminal justice programs include:
Thursday, Aug. 10
“Lunch: Speaker – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.” — A look inside the New York County D.A.’s office with speaker Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
Noon-1:30 p.m., New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street (between Fifth & Sixth avenues)
“Managing the ‘Lawyers, Guns & Money’ Cases – Hot Topics Involving National Security Issues” — Representatives from the Federal Judicial Center and the Department of Justice will be among those who will highlight the resources available for high-profile cases involving national security. The need to balance security issues with the rights of litigants will be discussed, as well as relevant tools and procedures, such as protective orders, case management orders and other case control techniques.
1:30-3 p.m., New York Marriott Marquis, 5th Floor, Westside Salon 2
“Responding to Cyber Attacks: Data Sources in Data Breach Investigations” — A panel will examine best practices and strategies for data breach investigations, with a specific examination of structured data analysis and its role in post-breach probes.
1:45-3:15 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Bryant
“Unblurring the Lines: Navigating the Complex Relationship between Technology, Music & Copyright Law” – Musicians, sound engineers, legal experts and musicologists will come together to discuss the blurred line between artistic expression and copyright law using recent cases such as the 2015 decision involving Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the estate of Marvin Gaye, and the 2016 case involving Sam Smith and Led Zeppelin. Those behind some of the most high-profile cases will discuss today's music copyright law, while introducing the newest techniques to analyze music.
3:30-5 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Morgan
“The Yates Memo Turns Two: A Survey of its Impact on Corporate Cooperation” — In the so-called “Yates Memo,” then Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates provided guidance to Department of Justice lawyers on individual misconduct in corporate investigations. Two years later, panelists from government, corporations and the defense bar will explore the impact of the memo on corporate cooperation with government to avoid criminal prosecution.
3:30-5 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Bryant
“White Collar Enforcement Trends Under the Trump Administration” — Former SEC Enforcement Director Andrew J. Ceresney will moderate a panel of leading government attorneys and private practitioners who will discuss trends in white-collar crime enforcement six months into the Trump administration, including those related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, sanctions and international cooperation.
4-6:30 p.m., Debevoise & Plimpton, 919 Third Avenue (between 55th & 56th Streets)
“Just Debt? Reimagining Fines & Fees in America” — ACLU Director Jeff Robinson and Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Conner will lead a panel moderated by CNN’s Van Jones on justice system fines that can have a long-lasting and damaging effect on people with limited financial means. How can we create a more just and reliable system?
5-6:30 p.m., Sheraton New York Times Square, 2nd Floor, Metropolitan Ballroom West
Friday, Aug. 11
“Current Developments and Strategies for Confronting Cyber and Data Security Risks in 2017” — Panelists will discuss the current climate of data breaches, the type and nature of potential damages to a company from a cyber-attack and new and proposed government initiatives to address these risks. The panel will also identify potential claims arising from cyber-attacks and best practices for responding to a breach from an economic and reputational loss standpoint.
8:30-9:45 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Regent
“Sanctuary Cities – The New Federalism and Role of the State and Local Governments in Addressing Undocumented Immigrants” — Top lawyers aiding immigrants in the “sanctuary cities” of New York, San Francisco and Chicago will discuss the legal issues raised when local governments take action over what is generally considered to be a federal issue. Speakers will include Bitta Mostofi, assistant commissioner, New York Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; and Thomas Homan, acting director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
10-11:30 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse Level, Concourse A
“Strengthening Justice in Latin America to Maintain Security, Fight Crime and its Nexus to the U.S. Legal System” — A panel will focus on the top legal issues impacting the Latin American regions from Mexico to Central and South America, including access to justice, the lack of transparency and accountability within the administration of justice; human rights within the context of fighting corruption and organized crime; and collaboration on issues such as immigration.
10:30 a.m.-Noon, Sheraton New York Times Square, Lower Level, Chelsea
“Community-Based or Cash Register Justice?: How Judges Can ‘Ferguson-Proof’ Local Courts” — In an effort to address Department of Justice findings of judicial practices in Ferguson, Mo., and other locations that aim to generate revenue instead of public safety, experts will share how to self-audit and "Ferguson-proof" courts, as well as implement strategies that maintain accountability and judicial independence while ensuring compliance with constitutional mandates to protect the rights of the indigent.
10:30 a.m.-Noon, New York Marriott Marquis, 5th Floor, Westside Salon 2
“Marijuana: Legal Issues at Work (And at Home, Too!)” — Following the 2016 general election, 28 states, two territories and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana – in nine of these states, recreational use is legal. What are the implications for the workplace? How should companies and individuals adjust to the new normal?
11 a.m.-noon, Grand Hyatt New York, Ballroom Level, Empire State Ballroom V
“Women as Change Agents in Criminal Justice: The Importance of Electing Women” — Ninety-five percent of elected prosecutors are white men, according to the Women’s Donor Network. But there is a groundswell of activity to change these statistics. Panelists, including Anne Swern, a candidate for Brooklyn district attorney, will address the importance of gender diversity in the justice system, how women can change the system and what steps can be done to encourage qualified women to run for office.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Intercontinental The Barclay, Mezzanine Level, Grand Ballroom II
“Perspectives on Homeland Security, Our Nation and Our Government” – Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, shares his views on the current state of homeland security at the annual “Passing of the Gavel” luncheon of the Section of Litigation.
Noon-1:30 p.m., Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 42nd Floor, Estrela Penthouse
“The False Claims Act Post Escobar” — In Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar the Supreme Court found that a contractor can be held liable under the False Claims Act for making a fraudulent claim for payment from the federal government, even if the claim was never expressly made but was merely implied. Panelists will discuss the effects of Escobar, including recent lower court rulings; positions taken by the Department of Justice, relators and defense counsel in FCA cases since the decision; and issues that remain to be resolved.
1:45-3:15 p.m., Intercontinental New York Barclay, Mezzanine Level, Grand Ballroom II
“Prying Eyes: Think Confidential and Privileged Client Information is Safe at the Border? Guess Again” — In 2015-16, U.S. border searches of electronic devices increased five-fold with no signs of slowing down. While the U.S. has special handling procedures for privileged legal information, many other countries do not. A panel will help lawyers meet their ethical obligations on information privacy at the border.
2-3:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Beekman
“Deportation, Due Process and the New Frontier of U.S. Immigration Policy” — A panel of New York-based legal experts will examine Trump administration immigration policies as well as recent round-up-and-deport efforts and threats to defund so-called sanctuary cities. How can these “reforms” be reconciled with time-honored, due process protections and the U.S. image as a beacon of hope for those persecuted abroad? Speaker include Bree Ann Bernwanger, Feewick Center for Social Justice, New York; Nisha Suresh Agarwal, New York Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Jojo Annobil, executive director, Immigrant Justice Corps, New York.; Muzaffar Chishti, director, Migration Policy Institute at New York University School of Law; and T. Alexander Aleinikoff, director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, New York.
2-3:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Sutton South
“Annual Survey of Supreme Court Decisions – Criminal Cases” — U.S. District Court Judge Gerard E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney Margaret M. Garnett and a defense attorney will review the cases that came before the Supreme Court during the current term. Constitutional cases, evidentiary issues and habeas cases will be addressed.
3:30-5 p.m., Intercontinental New York Barclay, Mezzanine Level, Grand Ballroom II
Saturday, Aug. 12
“ABA JusticeHack New York: Reimagining the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color” —The hackathon will bring together multidisciplinary teams of community, legal, law enforcement, criminal justice and technology stakeholders in a collaborative environment to develop technology-based solutions to address tension points between law enforcement and communities of color.
8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Fordham University School of Law, 2nd Floor, 150 West 62nd Street, Constantino Room
“Enhancing Justice and Reducing Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: Strategies that Work” — Experts will share proven strategies to help lawyers and judges combat the implicit biases that cloud fair-minded decision making and can lead to injustice.
10-11:30 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Sutton Center
“Serving Soldiers in Veterans Treatment Courts: Implementation and Effective Advocacy” — Representatives from NY-based veterans treatment courts in Suffolk County, Queens and Buffalo will discuss their pioneering efforts to resolve veterans’ criminal matters through these specially tailored courts involving prosecution, defense and support services, which effectively resolve criminal matters while also offering services to prevent recidivism. Now leading programs that are models for the rest of the nation to follow, the panelists will share best practices on implementing such courts where they do not currently exist.
10-11:30 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Beekman
“Issues of Sexual Violence on College Campuses and Beyond: Balancing Privacy, Constitutional and Civil Rights” — Sexual violence on college campuses presents complex and often dueling administrative issues including those involving the First Amendment, civil rights, Title IX, and reputational risks. Legal experts struggle to determine policies for public and private colleges and universities to decrease the occurrence of campus sexual assaults, prevent their recurrence, and address their effects. Socioeconomic, cultural, and even geographic differences can play a role in our attitudes toward these issues and in identifying appropriate responses by the colleges and universities. Speakers include Tina Tchen, former executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Washington, D.C.
2-3:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Sutton North
“Advancing Civil Rights and Social Justice in the New Supreme Court” — Commissioner Debo P. Adegbile of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission will be among panelists who will examine the likely impact of new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Using the cases that the High Court will likely decide in the upcoming years, the panel will explore the question: How does Gorsuch’s judicial record portend for civil rights and social justice?
2-4 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Regent
Sunday, Aug. 13
“From Standing Rock to Flint: Water Rights, Race and Resistance” — Recent protests regarding water rights in Standing Rock, N.D., and Flint, Mich., provide the backdrop for panelists – including class-action litigators in Flint as well as members of the Standing Rock, Cherokee and Sioux nations – to examine issues at the intersection of race, criminalization, environmental justice, civil rights and protest, including the criminalization of protestors and the history of native sovereignty.
9-10:30 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Nassau East/West
Reporters may pick up their press badges at the meeting registration area on the 2nd floor (Promenade foyer) of the New York Hilton Midtown. During the Annual Meeting, a press room for accredited journalists will be open on the 3rd floor (Americas Hall II), starting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 10. Thereafter the press room will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will close one hour after the House of Delegates adjourns on Aug. 15.
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