WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 — The implications of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, the future of sanctuary cities, President Trump versus the press and the First Amendment, and the effectiveness of New York veteran treatment courts are chief among local legal 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.
Legal programs of local and regional interest include:
Thursday, Aug. 10
“Antitrust and the NCAA’s Rules Against Athletic Compensation: Illegal Cartel or Procompetitive Trade Association?” — Panelists – including New York attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is currently fighting against the National Collegiate Athletic Association to financially compensate college athletes – will address the challenged restraints on athlete compensation and benefits, with a look at the implications following the court decision on the use of images of former student athletes for commercial purposes.
10-11:30 a.m., Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, 787 Seventh Avenue (between 51st & 52nd Streets)
“The Evolution of Commercial Courts: Where Are They Now and Where Are They Going?” — Panelists –– including three New York State Supreme Court justices, Charles Ramos, Jeffrey Oing and Shirley Werner–– will discuss the national and international trend toward creation of business courts. The program will cover the reasons for creating such courts, their objectives, political and other obstacles, and the ways to refine business courts as they evolve.
10-11:30 a.m., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, 101 Park Avenue (between 40th & 41st Streets)
Noon-1:30 p.m., New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
“Trial of Two Pizzas”— Attendees will weigh in on a battle between pizza from Brooklyn’s Table 87 and deep-dish pizza from Chicago’s Lou Malnati’s. The clients will be Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC and Company and Table 87 Pizza from Brooklyn, represented by Deborah Enix-Ross, chair of the ABA House of Delegates; and David Whitaker, president and CEO of Choose Chicago and Lou Malnati’s Pizza, represented by Michael Bergmann, incoming chair of ABA Section Officers Conference.
5:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd floor, Rhinelander Gallery, main stage of the EXPO
Friday, Aug. 11
“How Juries Think and Behave: Empirical Research from Real Jury Deliberations” — New York State Supreme Court Justice George J. Silver will be among panelists to examine whether The American Bar Foundation’s research on jury behavior — derived from extensive videotaped data involving actual jury deliberations — confirm or contradict what trial lawyers believe about how juries work.
9-10:30 a.m., Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, 51 West 52nd Street
“Sanctuary Cities – The New Federalism and Role of the State & Local Govts in Addressing Undocumented Immigrants” — Acting Director Thomas Homan of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and top lawyers aiding immigrants in the "sanctuary cities" of New York and San Francisco will discuss the legal issues raised when local governments take action over what is generally considered to be a federal issue. Other speakers include Bitta Mostofi, assistant commissioner of NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.
10-11:30 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, Concourse A
“Women as Change Agents in Criminal Justice: The Importance of Electing Women” — Candidate for Brooklyn District Attorney Anne Swern will be among the speakers at a panel discussion to 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
“Prying Eyes: Think Confidential and Privileged Client Information Is Safe at the Border? Guess Again.” —Shira A. Scheindlin, retired federal district court judge of the Southern District of New York, will moderate a panel discussion on the increase of U.S. border searches of electronic devices and the procedures for handling 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; Maribel Hernandez Rivera, Director of Legal Initiatives for the New York Mayor’s Office; 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
“Judicial Ethics in the Time of Fake News, New Media, and a New Administration” — A panel of judges – including Jonathan Lippman, former chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals and Johnnie B. Rawlinson, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco – will explore how judges can remain fair and impartial in the face of increasing pressure from the other branches of government, the public, and the media.
2:30-4:30 p.m., New York Marriott Marquis, 8th Floor, Manhattan Ballroom
“The Sharing Economy Matures” — New York City Council Legislative Director Matt Gewolb and Lyft Public Policy Manager Sami Naim will be among experts to discuss and examine the trend of state-wide regulatory preemption of local government regulation over sharing economy businesses such as Uber and Airbnb and will answer the question: How should the sharing economy be regulated, if at all?
2:30-4 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Madison
Saturday, Aug. 12
“ABA Justice Hack New York: Reimagining the Relationship between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color” — A 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
“Trump v. the Press and the First Amendment: Fake News, Government Leak Investigations, Alleged Biased Media Coverage, Trump's SLAPP libel suits and his Pledge to ‘Open up the Libel Laws’ – Will the First Amendment Survive?” — Panelists – including former chief lawyer of the New York Times, George H. Freeman; journalist David Walsh; and First Amendment lawyers Floyd Abrams and Tom Clare – will address whether President Trump’s delegitimization of the media weakens the First Amendment; discuss the implications of the public’s – and the president’s – use of “fake news;” examine whether libel law works when it comes to outrageous charges by or against public figures; and discuss if anti-SLAPP laws prevent lawsuits whose purpose is to chill speech and financially drain political enemies.
10-11:30 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Sutton North
“Serving Soldiers in Veterans Treatment Courts: Implementation and Effective Advocacy” — Representatives from New York-based veterans treatment courts in Suffolk County, Queens and Buffalo will discuss their pioneering efforts to resolve veterans' 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., 10-11:30 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Beekman
“2017 ABA Pro Bono Publico Awards Luncheon” — Access-to-justice champion and former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Supreme Court will keynote the luncheon and present the ABA Pro Bono Publico Award to five recipients – including the National Center for Access to Justice in New York’s The Justice Index and Erin J. Law of Morgan Stanley in New York – in recognition of their work to enhance the human dignity of others by improving volunteer legal services to the poor. Lippman has been involved in many significant and innovative reforms of the judiciary and legal profession, and has taken an active leadership role in expanding pro bono legal services and identifying permanent funding for civil legal services.
Noon-1:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Trianon Ballroom
“General Assembly and Presentation of the ABA Medal” — Fordham University School of Law professor John D. Feerick will receive the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor. Feerick helped draft the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which celebrates its 50th anniversary of ratification this year. The amendment sets out the succession process for the U.S. presidency and establishes procedures for when the president is disabled or the office of vice president must be filled.
4:30-6 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 3rd Floor, Grand Ballroom
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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