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February 20, 2019

Top federal enforcement officials to speak at ABA White Collar Crime Institute in New Orleans

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2019 — Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, federal judiciary, states attorneys generals, leading industry experts and academia will be among presenters at the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s 33rd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime to be held March 6-8 in New Orleans.

The institute brings together leading federal and state judges and prosecutors, law enforcement officials, defense attorneys, corporate in-house counsel and members of the academic community. The faculty regularly includes some of the top members of the white-collar bar in the United States and abroad.

33rd Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice Section

March 6-8

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, La. 70130

The conference will feature three keynote speeches:

  • Sandra Moser, the outgoing acting head of the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section, will deliver a keynote address at the Women in White Collar Crime Luncheon on Wednesday, March. 6, at 11:45 a.m.
  • Judge Bernice B. Donald, U.S. Circuit, Seventh Circuit, will be the keynote speaker for the E. Lawrence Barcella Memorial Address on Thursday, March 7, at 9:20 a.m.
  • Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general of the criminal division at the Department of Justice, will deliver a keynote speech on Friday, March 8, at 9:15 a.m.

Program highlights include:

“General Counsel Forum – General Counsel and the Regulators: Shaky Alliances and Dangerous Liaisons” — This panel of general counsels will discuss the realities of working in a post-Yates (Sally, former DOJ deputy attorney general) world and will focus on how general counsel navigate contacts, relationships and inquiries with the DOJ, the SEC and other regulatory bodies, including handling privilege waivers, joint defense agreements, protective orders, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, Non-Prosecution Agreements and more. Speakers are: Lucy Fato, American International Group, New York; Ian T. Graham, BAE Systems, Arlington, Va.; Maria Green, Ingersoll Rand, Davidson, N.C.; Ruth E. Kim, FleishmanHillard, St. Louis, Mo.; Larry D. Thompson, Finch McCranie, Atlanta; and Wanji Walcott, PayPal, San Jose, Calif.
Wednesday, 1:15 p.m.

“Meet the Regulators” — This panel of federal regulators will discuss their respective agency’s enforcement priorities. Speakers are: John Cronan, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ Criminal Division; Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement; and James McDonald, director of Enforcement Division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division.
Wednesday, 3:15 p.m.

“The Explosion of Digital Currency and ICO Enforcement Actions – The Current Landscape and What the Future Holds” — Since the explosion of ICOs (initial coin offerings), the SEC and CFTC have been aggressively pursuing investigations and enforcement actions. The DOJ has also been investigating and charging high-profile cases involving digital currency. DOJ official Michelle R. Korver, digital currency counsel, will be among panelists who will explore the current landscape and what the future might hold.
Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.

“The Evolving Challenge of Judging” — Six noted federal judges, led by moderator and U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman, will consider some of the personal and professional challenges and difficult substantive issues they confront in the daily administration of justice and explore the evolving task of judging in the 21st century. Speakers are U.S. district judges Denise L. Cote, Southern District of New York; Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., Northern District of California in Oakland; Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge, Middle District of Louisiana in Baton Rouge; Carlos E. Mendoza, Middle District of Florida in Orlando; Carlton W. Reeves, Southern District of Mississippi in Jackson; and Patti B. Saris, District of Massachusetts in Boston.
Thursday, 10 a.m.

“The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Recent Developments and Government Priorities” — Panelists will review bribery enforcement during the past year, DOJ and SEC priorities for 2019, the results of the 2017 DOJ FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy to date, the effect of the DOJ’s 2018 anti-piling policy, the DOJ extension of declination presumptions to M&A activities, the impact of the Supreme Court Kokesh decision on SEC enforcement and penalties and what constitutes effective anti-corruption compliance monitoring. Speakers include Charles E. Cain, chief, FCPA Unit Enforcement Division, SEC; and Daniel S. Kahn, chief, FCPA unit and deputy chief, Fraud Section Criminal Division, DOJ.
Thursday, 2:45 p.m.

“Sentencing and its Collateral Consequences” — The panel will discuss the recent amendments to the sentencing guidelines for economic offenses and other developments, and consider strategies for effective sentencing advocacy, including with regards to the calculation of loss, multiple and often overlapping specific offense characteristics and effective arguments for obtaining sentences below advisory guidelines ranges. Speakers include Jessie Liu, U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia; U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta, District of Columbia, Washington, D.C; and retired U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner, lecturer on law at Harvard Law School.
Thursday, 2:45 p.m.

“Ethical Challenges Raised by the Conduct of Prosecutors, Defense Counsel and Legal Commentators during High-Profile Investigations” — Panelists will focus on the numerous ethical and professional conduct issues and challenges arising out of the Mueller investigation for both prosecutors and defense counsel, including the search of an attorney’s office, the frequent communications with the media by several of the attorneys involved, the establishment of legal defense funds and the conduct of members of the bar who offer a wide range of views about the significance of leaked evidence on television programs.
Friday, 9:45 a.m.

The complete schedule can be viewed online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected].


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