July 26, 2017

Trump’s impact on biz sector, cybersecurity among business and technology highlights at American Bar Association meeting Aug. 10-15 in New York

CHICAGO, July 26, 2017 — The Trump administration’s impact on the business sector, cybersecurity in light of recent “ransomware” attacks and the new uses of artificial intelligence are chief among business and technology 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.

Business- and technology-related legal programs include:

Thursday, Aug. 10

“How Cognitive Computing and IBM Watson are Poised to Radically Transform RegTech” – Watson – IBM’s artificial intelligence and cognitive computing platform – can now review banking transactions for potential financial crimes, having been trained on 60,000 regulatory citations. As the financial services industry expects the management of risk and compliance to balloon, with an estimated 300 million pages of regulations by 2020, former FDIC general counsel John Douglas will introduce Watson and demonstrate how it will transform regulation.

1:30-2:15 p.m., White & Case LLP, 1221 Sixth Avenue (between 48th & 49th Streets)

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

“The Evolution of Commercial Courts: Where Are They Now and Where Are They Going?” Panelists – including three NY state Supreme Court justices, Charles Ramos, Jeffrey Oing and Shirley Werner – will discuss the trend toward creation of business courts, covering the reasons for such courts, their objectives, as well as political and other obstacles.

2-3:30 p.m., Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, 101 Park Avenue (between 40th & 41st Streets)

“Paths to Market: Legal and Policy Issues for Start-ups and Investors in Fintech” — Panelists will discuss the process involved in a fintech startup or investment, and address the regulatory environment facing different fintech services and the implications of various legal structures. Topics include the challenges facing start-ups and surprising benefits of regulation.

2:30-4 p.m., White & Case LLP, 1155 6th Avenue (between 44th & 45th Streets)

“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)

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


Forecasting How the New Administration Will Impact Labor and Employment Law” Labor and employment lawyers will analyze the Trump administration’s first 100 days in office and based on that analysis, they will forecast anticipated labor and employment law trends during the remainder of the term.   

8:30-10 a.m., Grand Hyatt New York, Conference Level, Uris/Juilliard/Broadway

“Hiring Practices that Land Employers in Hot Water” — Panelists will examine new developments pertaining to recruitment and hiring, including laws protecting against discrimination based on credit and criminal history as well as how algorithmic data is used to intentionally or unintentionally weed out job applicants according to certain categories of protection.  The panel will focus on applicable laws in New York and identify employer best practices for compliance.

10-11:15 a.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Regent

“Securities Laws under the Trump Administration: What Has Changed, What Has Not and What is Still on the Table” — During his campaign, President Trump vowed his administration would be one of limited regulation. A panel of experienced practitioners will assess what the Trump administration has accomplished since January in the area of securities law.

10-11:30 a.m., Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, 51 West 52nd Street (Sixth Avenue between 52nd & 53rd Streets)

“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

“Workplace Issues for Immigrants and Religious Minorities Under the Trump Administration”In light of Trump administration policies targeting immigrants, including the travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries, the expansion of deportation efforts and the attacks on sanctuary cities, panelists will examine immigrants’ workplace rights and problems that the administration’s policies may cause for employers. In addition, the panel will discuss appropriate prophylactic measures to protect and enforce the rights of immigrant and religious minority employees.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Regent

“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

“Immerse Yourself: Creative Experiences through Augmented and Virtual Reality” — With increasing competition to create immersive experiences using augmented and virtual reality to capture the attention of massive audiences for a variety of commercial and social purposes, a panel will provide insight into the types of legal challenges faced by users, customers and businesses.

2-3:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Morgan

The Sharing Economy Matures” — As “sharing economy” businesses such as Uber and Airbnb proliferate, many local governments are losing control over the regulation of such companies to state public utility commissions, the Federal Trade Commission and other administrations. NY City Council Legislative Director Matt Gewolb and Lyft Public Policy Manager Sami Naim will be among experts who will examine the trend of state-wide regulatory preemption of local government regulation 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

“The Wage Debate: Can the Minimum Wage, a Living Wage or Universal Basic Income Reduce Income Inequality?” — The middle class is shrinking and U.S. income inequality is at its highest level since 1928, disproportionately affecting women and people of color. A panel will debate various solutions including a higher minimum wage and Universal Basic Income.

3:30-6 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Regent

Saturday, Aug. 12

“Cyber Risk Management: How Should Lawyers, Corporations and Governments Deal with Risk” In light of recent “ransomware” attacks that have particularly impacted American hospitals and businesses, former Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding and other cybersecurity experts will discuss the cyber-threat landscape and how to best manage and mitigate risks, threats and attacks.

2-3:30 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Beekman


Spotlight on Innovation” Ten speakers will each deliver an 8-minute TED-style talk about a legal innovation. Speakers will discuss a wide range of legal innovations, including civil and criminal, technological and process-driven, individual and systemic, implemented and in the planning stages.

2-4 p.m., New York Hilton Midtown, 2nd Floor, Gramercy 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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