Getting to Know Your FBA

Getting to Know Your FBA

1. The Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section
By William Frank Carroll, Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section

The Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the FBA’s purpose is to educate and improve the understanding of the laws regulating competitive commercial activity in the state, national and international arenas. The Section’s activities include within its scope treatment of antitrust laws, trade practice and regulation laws, as well as procedural, jurisdictional and trial practice issues arising from the aforementioned litigation areas and other complex business litigation areas. The Section also considers issues involving legislative and administrative improvements in the subject areas, civil and criminal enforcement mechanisms, civil damage litigation and related issues of immunities, exemptions, class actions and arbitrations, among others.
The Section publishes The Antitrust Lawyer three times per year containing scholarly and practice related articles of interest to practitioners in these and other areas. Copies of prior publications of The Antitrust Lawyer are available on the Section website. In addition, the Section periodically presents CLE webinars on topics of current interest, such as “The Arbitration Tool Box-Arbitrating Complex Cases” presented late last year. A webinar is in preparation for examining the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v Gomez relating to the effect of an unaccepted offer of judgment under Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on the continued maintenance of an uncertified class action.

The Section also presents a CLE program as a part of the FBA Annual Meeting. For the 2015 Annual Meeting, in Salt Lake City, the program was titled, “Overview of Criminal Antitrust Enforcement”, which included a detailed discussion of the Antitrust Division’s leniency program and its impact on individual and corporate criminal penalties. The program included speakers from both the plaintiffs and defendants’ bar as well as from the Department of Justice. The program for the 2016 Annual Meeting isin September, in Cleveland, Ohio, and is in the planning process, which should be finalized in the next ninety days.

Additionally, in process, is the collection of articles for the next publication of The Antitrust Lawyer scheduled for late Spring 2016, and submissions are welcome. Topics do not have to be strictly related to antitrust law and can include any subject of interest to lawyers handling complex litigation matters from substantive, procedural or practice viewpoints. Any article should be sent to Section Newsletter Coordinator, Josh Rissman,, who can also provide details as to length of articles, publication format or content.

2. The Vets and Military Law Section
By Robert DeSousa, Past National President and Chair, Vets and Military Law Section

Many young Lawyers who have never served in uniform often think it is “too late”—it is not too late for most members of the FBA YLD! They can be a Part of a Tradition of Honor either in the Active Component or in the Guard or Reserve—even if they have never before served in uniform! I myself joined at age 33 with no prior service! Lawyers are commissioned as officers and have many options available to them!

For example, founded by General Washington in 1775, the Army JAG Corps is our nation’s oldest and second largest law firm. More than two centuries later, the JAG Corps continues to maintain its place of honor and has played a key role in events that have shaped our nation and our world. Judge Advocates have been involved in major cases such as the Nuremberg War Crime Trials and helped draft the Dayton Peace Accords. Judge Advocates continue to shape the battlefield and the nation to this day, forging relationships with judges and attorneys in Iraq and Afghanistan, advising commanders while under fire, and assisting the Department of Justice in cases of national security. If you think, you have what it takes to be part of two historic professions: the Profession of Arms and the Legal Profession, you can consider applying for an active or reserve commission in the JAG Corps.

The JAG Corps is highly competitive. The JAG Corps is seeking only the best candidates who possess the intelligence, work ethic, leadership ability, team-oriented personality, physical fitness, and high moral character to be both Army Officers and Lawyers. Judge Advocates support the Army mission by providing a full range of legal services, focused on fostering personal and organizational discipline; advising commanders and other Army leaders; providing soldier services in claims, legal assistance, and criminal defense; and protecting Army interests before regulatory boards and in civil courts. Judge Advocates gain immediate leadership and legal responsibilities. They are routinely assigned to prosecute and defend criminal cases in courts-martial around the world including sexual assault, child abuse, and murder.

There are numerous benefits such as Loan Repayment Assistance, which is available to new active duty Judge Advocates. Officers who have qualifying loans are eligible for up to $65,000 in repayment. The JAG Corps also offers a $60,000 continuation bonus to officers who serve beyond their original four-year obligation. Applicants must submit an online application that includes a resume, transcripts, and a statement indicating why they wish to serve as a judge advocate. The JAGC receives applications between August 1, and November 1, each year.

If this is something, you are interested in, contact a Vets and Military Law Section member and we will try to point you in the right direction. If you are interested in the Army JAG Corps, we have built a contact with Steve Ranieri at Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 P: 703-693-0853, who is able to answer some questions.

Veterans and Military Law Section Officers
Robert J. DeSousa, Chair
Frank J. McGovern, Vice Chair
Alan E. Goldsmith, Secretary
Chase Johnson, Treasurer
Carol Wild-Scott, Immediate Past Chair & Legislative Committee Chair
James Richardson, Ex Officio
Ray Bily, Membership Committee Chair
Hillary Wandler, CLE Committee Chair
Raymond Toney, Communications Committee Chair
R. Peter Masterton, Military Justice Committee Chair

3. The International Law Section
By Matthew D. McGhie, Chair, International Law Section

The FBA Law Student Division has recently experienced tremendous growth as more law students have recognized the many benefits of belonging to a national organization of legal professionals. The FBA International Law Section includes dozens of law school associates from sixteen states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Washington, DC. If you are interested in human rights, international development, climate change, foreign trade, treaties, or customary international law, joining the International Law Section will provide you with professional contacts that can help you advance your legal career.

New FBA members do not always realize that the FBA is much more than their local chapter. It is a vibrant national organization with more than 17,000 federal lawyers (including 1,200 federal judges), divided into six divisions, more than twenty substantive law sections, and nearly 100 geographically-based chapters. You can enhance your FBA experience by joining the FBA sections that sponsor events of interest to you. The International Law Section is unique in its exclusive focus on legal issues that cross international borders.

The purposes of the International Law Section are to provide speaker programs on international legal subjects, publish a quarterly newsletter for the international legal community, produce articles on international legal subjects, assist people in other nations to further the cause of peace and democracy, and further the development and enforcement of human rights principles.

The International Law Section includes six committees that focus on specific international legal issues, including human rights, development and investment, finance and banking, resources and environmental law, trade and customs law, and other international laws. The committee chairs, who are geographically dispersed throughout the country, are each expected to plan a local event (typically a CLE seminar, luncheon, or reception) that corresponds to the committee’s issue area and to periodically publish an article in the Section’s newsletter, Global Perspectives.

The Executive Board of the International Law Section has recently revised its bylaws (subject to the approval of the National Council) to better serve its membership, including the addition of a Law Student Division Liaison. Law student associates can work with experienced lawyers to plan section activities by serving on one of nine committees (including the newly authorized Membership, Newsletter, and Elections Committees). They are also invited to submit articles for publication in Global Perspectives. I invite you to learn more about the International Law Section by exploring our page on the FBA website, which contains a list of current Board members, the Bylaws of the Section, and the most recent issues of Global Perspectives.

Matthew D. McGhie, a 2001 graduate of J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, has worked as Assistant Counsel for the U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel since September 2001.

4. The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation

The Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation’s mission is to promote the welfare, interests, education, and professional growth and development of members of the Section; to contribute to the formation of federal tax policy through Section events; to promote high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct in the practice of federal tax law; and to provide opportunities for interaction between tax practitioners in public service and in the private sector.

Our members practice in all areas of federal taxation and include attorneys from the IRS, Department of Justice, Congress, Treasury, the judiciary, and the private sector. The Section is led by a diverse team of officers who volunteer their time and expertise to further the Section’s mission and add value to its members and the legal profession.

Toward that end, the Section provides a wide variety of programs for its members throughout the year. Some examples of our programs include the Women in Tax Law Group, the Young Tax Lawyers Group, the Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition, the Tax Practice & Procedure Roundtable Group, the Community Outreach Committee, and our publication Inside Basis. The Section also hosts an annual Tax Law Conference and an Insurance Tax Law Conference that include the best practitioners from both the public and private sectors. Each year, the Section presents the Kenneth H. Liles Award to an individual practitioner whose career has exemplified the highest standards of tax practice and has made significant contributions to federal tax policy and the functioning of our tax system.

The Section provides all of its members with opportunities to be active and take on leadership roles in Section events and activities. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the Section on Taxation, then please contact


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