May 23, 2013
Sean Brearcliffe Named County Trial Judge
William D. Browning Tucson Chapter member Sean Brearcliffe has been named by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as a trial judge to the Pima County Superior Court. Brearcliffe has been serving as the chair of the FBA's Professional Ethics Committee for the last two years.
Judicial Emergency Request
The federal judiciary publicly announced the transmittal of its request to OMB for a $72.9 million emergency supplemental appropriation. Read the letter of transmittal. The judiciary holds the statutory privilege to make this request to Congress, but must make it through OMB. OMB's transmittal of the request to Congress should come shortly. More media coverage.
A Judicial Salary Case? No, Thanks
The May 6 edition of the Washington Post included coverage on judicial pay litigation, both as to its background and the current damages-computation activity in Beer, as well as the class action in Barker.
By The Numbers: Healthcare
The May 2013 issue of The Federal Lawyer focuses on legal issues regarding healthcare in America. View our latest infographic depicting statistics relating to this month's featured topics.
FBA Membership Activities
25th Annual Insurance Tax Seminar • May 30-31, 2013
JW Marriott, Washington, D.C.
This year’s exciting panel of speakers and topics are now listed on our website. This year’s conference includes the following panels:
- An interview of leading economists from the Department of Treasury, the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Urban Institute about tax policy
- Luncheon and Address by William J. Wilkins, Chief Counsel of the IRS
- An Update On IRS Procedure & Administration with Heather C. Maloy, Commissioner, LB&I, IRS.
Other highlights include information on:
- An update from the IRS Insurance Branch on current projects
- Overviews of current audit issues facing life, property/casualty and health insurance companies
- Discussion of current tax legislation affecting the insurance industry
- Several panels on international insurance tax issues including an update on FATCA and transfer pricing issues
For more excellent speakers and panels, please view the brochure. Additional information about the Insurance Tax Seminar can be found on the conference web page including registration.
2013 Annual Meeting & Convention • Sept. 26–28 • San Juan, Puerto Rico
A full schedule of events for the 2013 Annual Meeting and Convention is now available. Please visit our convention agenda website to see the exciting new topics at this year’s meeting presented by your fellow FBA members. Also take advantage of early bird registration rates for your CLE sessions and social events. Registration prices will rise by 25% after September 3, so register today! To register for the Annual Meeting & Convention please visit our registration page.
*Attendees may purchase dinner tickets for guests at the price of $125 per guest.
|Day 1 (5 Hours of CLE)
|Day 2 (3 Hours of CLE)
|Thursday Lunch & Dinner*
|Friday Lunch & Complimentary Reception hosted by the Puerto Rico Chapter
|Saturday Lunch & Dinner*
Many sessions are being generously sponsored by Federal Bar Association’s Sections and Divisions. CLE Sessions presented by Sections and Divisions at this year’s convention include:
- Issues in Caring for our Military, Presented by: Veteran's & Military Law Section
- The Long Shot: How a Young Solo Practitioner Made it to the Supreme Court on a Question Regarding Summary Judgment and Won, Presented by: Young Lawyers Division
- Private and Government Related Consumer Litigation-Recent Developments and Hot Topics, Presented by: Federal Litigation Section
- Professional Ethics Issues Relevant to the Federal Practitioner, Presented by: Ethics Committee
- The Status and Future of Reentry Courts, Presented by: Criminal Law Section
- Taming a Mass Torts MDL Case: A Review of the Expert Handling of the 1986 San Juan DuPont Plaza Hotel Fire Case—Lessons to Draw in 2013, Presented by: Federal Career Services Division
- Top Ten Bankruptcy Cases of the Past Year, Presented by: Bankruptcy Law Section
- Trends in Labor and Employment Law: A Panel Discussion, Presented by: Labor & Employment Section
Chapters: Apply for the Foundation’s Community Outreach Grant Program by June 15
Applications for the Foundation of the FBA’s Community Outreach Grant Program are being accepted until June 15. All FBA chapters are encouraged to apply for projects that address the need for legal services in the community or fall under the Foundation’s mission. For an application and detailed grant criteria, visit the Foundation's website.
FBA Awards Program
Each year the Federal Bar Association presents nine awards to various chapters, sections, divisions, and leaders that have exemplified the values of the FBA—including the Earl W. Kintner Award for Distinguished Service and the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award. Nominations are due July 16, 2013, and questions should be directed to Jane Zaretskie, manager of chapters and circuits.
FBA CLE Webinars
Register today to earn CLE credit and stay up-to-date on industry issues from speakers who know. FBA members receive a discount on registration!
Wednesday, June 5 (1-2pm EST)
Title: Religious Exercise Free of Substantial Burden, in Land Use and Beyond
Speaker: Daniel P. Dalton, Dalton & Tomich, PLC
Wednesday, June 26 (1-2pm EST)
Title: IP Litigation Tactics and IP Strategies for Foreign Companies Doing Business in the United States
Speakers: Gaston Kroub, partner, Locke Lord Jason Nardiello, associate, Locke Lord
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Interested in sponsoring or marketing with the Federal Bar Association? There are many great opportunities to have your logo receive 16,000+ imprints, for as low as $150! Contact Heather Gaskins, Director of Development at 571.481.9106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter Holds Luncheon with David B. Webb
On March 7, David B. Webb, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, spoke about his experiences in Iraq, where he assisted the Iraqi government in prosecuting Saddam Hussein and other former high-ranking members of the Saddam Hussein regime. View the photos from this event and learn about other recent events held by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Chapter.
Dayton Chapter Hosts Bi-Annual Federal Practice Seminar and Swearing-In Ceremony
On May 14, the Dayton Chapter hosted is Bi-Annual Federal Practice Seminar and Swearing-In Ceremony for new admittees to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. View the photo here, and take a look at the upcoming events held by the Dayton Chapter.
We want to post your chapter events and photos on the website and on our social media channels! Please email Jane Zaretskie, manager of chapters and circuits photos, recaps, and upcoming events.
Sections and Divisions
Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section • May 28 Luncheon
You are invited to the program Transportation Safety and the National Transportation Safety Board: A Legal Perspective. Please RSVP to Erin Rodgers if you are interested in attending. Join the TTSL section to participate in future section events.
Younger Lawyers Division • Summer Law Clerk Program • Kick-Off Event on June 11
The Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) is once again excited to sponsor the Summer Law Clerk Program which allows law students an opportunity to explore the practice of law through roundtable discussions and agency visits. Invite your summer interns, law clerks, and student employees in the greater DC metropolitan area to participate in the kick-off program on June 11! Visit the program page for more details.
Bankruptcy Law Section • “International Bankruptcy Law and Practice” • June 14
The Bankruptcy Law Section is co-sponsoring, with the Center for American and International Law, a full day program exploring the practice of international bankruptcy. This program will provide a unique opportunity to join lawyers from more than 20 countries in an interactive setting. Register online for the program.
Labor and Employment Section • “It’s Not About Health Coverage” Program • June 27
Participants will be encouraged to anticipate the employment-law issues that follow from an employer’s choices about managing health coverage and expenses. Save the date for the webcast event.
Reach Out to Your Alma Mater and Help Grow the FBA Law Student Division!
Alums, help make sure your law schools are represented in the FBA by reaching out and encouraging law students to join the FBA. For more information, contact Sherwin Valerio.
If your section or division has an event to share in this newsletter or on our website, submit it to Sherwin Valerio.