2013 ABA Annual Meeting

Vol. 36 No. 3

2013 ABA Annual Meeting

August 8-11, 2013 • Grand Hyatt • San Francisco, California

Thursday, August 8, 2013 (Grand Hyatt)
2:30 p.m.−3:30 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting

3:45 p.m.−5:15 p.m.
Is Immunity for Local and State Officials in Coping with Natural Disasters as Great as They Might Think? (CLE)
This session is designed to present a path-breaking program. In the aftermath of the horrible suffering from Katrina, Ike, Sandy, wildfires, tornadoes, and devastation all over the nation, must we, as a society retreat from vulnerable areas where things not only will get bad again, but will get worse? What solutions for state and local governments exist? How can we build a safe, sustainable society with less misery and suffering from foreseeable natural events?

This session will discuss why disasters are bad and getting worse, the need for higher building/rebuilding code and zoning standards, as well as prohibitions on rebuilding, eminent domain, and planning for devastated communities. The session will discuss post-disaster litigation and litigation around flood control projects, including the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arkansas Game and Fish v. United States.

5:30 p.m.−7:00 p.m.
Planning and Takings in the Aftermath of Koontz (CLE)
Sponsor: Land Use, Planning and Zoning
Co-sponsor: Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
This is the 13th Annual Joint Program of the RPTE Land Use and Zoning Committee and the State and Local Government Land Use Committee. The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, setting the stage for a landmark regulatory takings decision. The High Court’s decision in the case is expected to address the following questions raised by the Nollan/Dolan standards: (1) does denial of development permits because of refusal to yield to exactions constitute a taking and (2) do cash payments, provision of services, and property other than real estate count as exactions. Our panelists will analyze the Court’s decision and provide insight into the advocates’ strategies.

7:00 p.m.−8:00 p.m.
Networking Reception
Please RSVP to Marsha Boone, 312/988-5649, Marsha.Boone@americanbar.org

Friday, August 9, 2013 (Grand Hyatt)
8:00 a.m.−9:00 a.m.
Urban Lawyer Advisory Board

9:00 a.m−10:00 a.m.
Land Use Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m.−11:00 a.m.
Council Meeting and Publication Presentations

11:00 a.m.−12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.−2:00 p.m.
Jefferson B. Fordham Award Luncheon
This is a ticketed event, not included in the general registration fee. The cost is $50 per person.

12:15 a.m.−1:30 p.m.
SOC Chairs and Chairs-Elect Joint Meeting

2:15 p.m.−3:15 p.m.
Diversity and Outreach

2:15 p.m.−3:15 p.m.
Electronic Communications

3:30 p.m.−4:30 p.m.
Publications Oversight Board

4:30 p.m.−5:30 p.m.
Content Advisory Board

4:00 p.m.−5:30 p.m.
SOC Business Meeting

6:00 p.m.−7:30 p.m. (Dixie Restaurant)
Chair-Elect’s Reception
Please RSVP to Marsha Boone, 312/988-5649, Marsha.Boone@americanbar.org

Saturday, August 10, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CLE Center)
The CFPB & State Attorneys General Compliance (CLE)
With the recent celebration of its first birthday, the CFPB has found its footing. Moving aggressively towards investigative, supervision, and enforcement actions, the CFPB has collected over a half a billion dollars in penalties from numerous financial services companies. With the CFPB in active pursuit of large financial penalties and information for its consumer “library,” the Bureau also is engaging its enforcement arm—state Attorneys General—to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to reform nonbanks in the financial institution space. Moreover, with the creation of and the continuing revision of the supervision and examination manual for debt collectors, financial services companies must be primed and ready for the inevitable CFPB assault. Indeed, the historic first lawsuit filed by the CFPB was filed against a debt collection law firm, which reflects the priority the CFPB has placed on “reforming” this industry.

10:30 a.m.−12:00 p.m. (CLE Center)
The 2012 Supreme Court Term in Review
This panel discussions of noted legal professionals, academics and journalists will provide an overview of the Supreme Court decisions of the 2012 Term (October 2012 to June 2013).

12:00 p.m.−1:00 p.m. (Marriott Marquis Hotel)
Substantive Committees Business Meetings

1:00 p.m.−2:00 p.m. (Marriott Marquis Hotel)
Revenue Enhancement

2:00 p.m.−3:30 p.m. (CLE Center)
Anatomy of a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Case (CLE)
This program will provide a general understanding of what happens in a Chapter 9 case so that attorneys can provide initial advice to various constituencies, including municipalities, states, active labor, retirees, creditors, and public finance parties (bondholders, indenture trustees, insurers, financial advisors, etc.)

3:45 p.m.−5:15 p.m. (CLE Center)
Emergency Manager Laws as an Alternative to Bankruptcy in Local Government (CLE)
This session will provide in depth legal and practical analysis of the Emergency Financial Manager legal framework in Michigan in severely depressed communities. The panel will discuss the options available to a distressed municipality, the anticipated legal challenges, and the practical experiences of an emergency manager.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
8:00 a.m.−10:00 a.m.
Council Meeting & Nominating Committee Report

12:00 p.m.−2:00 p.m.
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon

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