February 28, 2014
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger L. Gregory, of Richmond, Va., Recalls Coming of Age in Civil Rights Era
In a Pathways to the Bench video, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger L. Gregory tells his story about coming of age during the civil rights movement, and his positive memory of entering a desegregated high school in his senior year. “We came together, and we found the common ground that had been denied us for so long,” he said.
FBA Supports Commission to Address Artworks Unlawfully Taken During the Nazi Regime
The film "The Monuments Men" tells the true story of a World War II legion of art experts in military uniform tracking down thousands of masterpiece paintings and statues stolen by the Nazi regime. Despite those valiant efforts, some of Hitler's looted treasures remain unrecovered today. The Federal Bar Association supports the creation of a commission to address the identification and ownership issues related to artworks unlawfully taken during the Nazi regime but remain unreturned to their rightful owners; this position was established in connection with the 2013-14 FBA Issues Agenda.
Candidates for National Office—FY2015
The Nominations & Elections Committee has nominated FBA members for 2015 leadership positions.
Capitol Hill Day • April 24, 2014
All FBA members are invited to attend Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C. on April 24, held right before the Leadership Training Program (April 25-26, 2014). Meet with your members of Congress to discuss important FBA legislative issues that impact the administration of justice and the federal courts.
Please register by completing this form by Friday, March 21, 2014. If you have any questions about the program or registration, please contact Jane Zaretskie, Manager of Chapters and Circuits, at 571.481.9107 or email@example.com.
FBA Foundation Public Service Scholarship—Application Deadline April 30
The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to accept applications for the Foundation’s Public Service Scholarship. Completed applications must be post marked by April 30, 2014. For more information, visit the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association’s website. The scholarship application form may be downloaded here.
Call for Presentations: 2014 FBA Annual Meeting and Convention
The FBA is currently seeking proposals from individuals interested in presenting Continuing Legal Education sessions at the Annual Meeting and Convention on Sept. 4-6, 2014. CLE presentations should appeal to a wide legal audience; more information and an application is available online. Proposals are due by March 21, 2014. Contact David Sharbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571.481.9104 with any questions.
Call for Issues Agenda Nominations
We invite you to nominate one or more issues for addition to the FBA Government Relations Issues Agenda for FY2015. The deadline for all agenda nominations is Friday, April 4. For more information, please visit the FBA website. A copy of the current FY2014 Issues Agenda is available online, as well as the nomination application.
The Federal Lawyer—March 2014 Preview
Look for the March 2014 issue of The Federal Lawyer, featuring articles on In-House Counsel, in early March. Featured articles include:
- Hiring and Compensation Trends for In-House Counsel: A Discussion with Heather Fine, Managing Director of Major, Lindsey & Africa
- Corporate Governance: A Discussion with Margaret (Peggy) Foran, Vice President, Secretary, and Chief Governance Officer for Prudential Financial
- Proxy Voting: A Discussion with Robert McCormick, Chief Policy Officer of Glass Lewis & Co.
- U.S. Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act: A Discussion with William Schultz, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Modern Corporate Directors: A Discussion with Steven Walker, General Counsel, Secretary, and Head of Board Advisory Services at the National Association of Corporate Directors
- Companies and Countries with Female Corporate Directors Outperform, By John Okray
- Does Copying an In-House Lawyer on Corporate Correspondence Render It Privileged? By Michelle Desoer, Lawrence B. Lambert, and Marc A. Wites
FBA Awards Program
Each year the Federal Bar Association presents 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 June 2, 2014, and questions should be directed to Jane Zaretskie, manager of chapters and circuits.
FBA Membership Activities
39th Indian Law Conference • April 10-11, 2014
This year's theme, “Practicing Indian Law in the Digital Age,” will examine U.S. Supreme Court decisions and an array of cutting edge issues. For more information about topics, speakers, and events, visit the FBA website and view the brochure here.
MyLaw and FBA Partner to Live Broadcast Video Webinars • March 4-7
MyLaw and the Federal Bar Association have partnered to broadcast live video webinars during the week of March 4-7. If you cannot attend the live broadcast, these webinars will also be available for self-study afterwards.
Tuesday, March 4
3:00 p.m. EST: The Nuts and Bolts of Rail Regulatory Law
Presented by David Rifkind, Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Wednesday, March 5
11:00 a.m. EST: The Recent Changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice
Presented by Mitchell Neurock, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Sponsored by the FBA Veterans and Military Law Section
3:00 p.m. EST: Understanding and Defending Civil Enforcement Actions in Transportation Cases: FAA and the TSA
Presented by Lisa Harig, Partner, McBreen & Kopko
Thursday, March 6
11:00 a.m. EST: What Happens in China Stays in China: U.S. Tax Traps for Immigrant Investors
Presented by Alan Granwell, William Sharp, Sharp Partners PA; Steve Trow, Trow & Rahal, P.C.; and Fred Murray, Grant Thorton LLP
Friday, March 7
11:00 a.m. EST: REIT M&A: Tax and More
Presented by Stephen Giordano and Matt Thomson, Hogan Lovells
3:00 p.m. EST: Implications of Federal Law and Policy Affecting the Shale Gas Industry’s Development—A Fast Moving River of Law, Regulations, Policy and Politics
Presented by Sheila Slocum Hollis, Duane Morris LLP
Upcoming FBA CLE Webinars
Register today to earn CLE credit and stay up-to-date on federal issues. FBA members receive a discount on registration!
Topic: Federal Sentencing
Presenter: Erik Hanshew, Federal Public Defender, El Paso Division
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (1-2 p.m. EST)
Topic: Federal Practice Ethics in the Digital Age
Presenter: Glen McMurry, Attorney, Dungan & LeFevre
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (1-2 p.m. EDT)
Topic: Corporate Integrity Agreements: Avoiding Permissive Exclusion, But At What Cost?
Presenter: Felicia Manno, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (1-2 p.m. EDT)
Missed a Session? Self-Study is Available!
To view a list of archived webinars, or to see the webinars that are available for self-study at a later date, visit the FBA website.
Massachusetts Chapter invites you to have Breakfast with Judge Hillman on March 4
Judge Timothy S. Hillman will discuss “admissibility of electronic evidence” with a focus on the foundational issues for having such documents admitted in evidence. This event is FREE for FBA members. Please RSVP to FBAbreakfast@sunsteinlaw.com.
Kansas Chapter to Host Two Events the First Week of March
Raymond Dowd will be presenting Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces: The Legal Implications of World War II Stolen Art on March 5 in Overland Park. The following day he will present Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces: Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen Art on March 6 in Kansas City. If you are interested in attending either of these events, please contact Arturo Thompson, president of the Kansas Chapter.
Colorado Chapter Program to be Presented Live and via Webcast
Whether you are internal counsel who deals with bankruptcy issues, or a non-bankruptcy practitioner protecting your client’s interests or expanding your practice into the bankruptcy arena, Bankruptcy for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners: Creditor and Debtor Counsel Perspectives will crack the bankruptcy nut for you. It will uncover the nuances of bankruptcy statutes and rules and help you avoid mistakes and potential pitfalls. Taught by experienced debtor and creditor counsel, this program will give you straightforward guidance. This live program is on March 13 and the video will replay on April 3, 2014.
Want more exposure for your chapter events? We can feature them in this e-newsletter. Submit your programs to Jane Zaretskie, Manager of Chapters and Circuits.
Sections and Divisions
Immigration Law Section • Leadership Luncheon Series • March 12, 2014
You are invited to the Immigration Section’s Leadership Luncheon on March 12 which will feature Michael Falcone, Chief of the Homeland Security Investigations Law Division, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). Register Now! Please email Prakash Khatri any program question.
Government Contracts Section • 2014 Federal Procurement Institute • March 20-21, 2014
Jointly sponsored by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and FBA Government Contracts Section, the program features expert panelists from government, industry, academia, private law practice and consulting firms. Panelists will explore how legal practitioners can navigate recent changes and upcoming uncertainty while addressing cutting-edge legal issues, including the latest trends in compliance and enforcement, technology and privacy implications for the procurement community, cost and pricing regulations/oversight, and more. View the brochure and register online today!
Younger Lawyers Division • 2014 Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition • March 27, 2014
Be a part of our annual moot court competition by volunteering to serve as a bailiff or judge. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Erin Rodgers, email@example.com, for more information. To learn more, visit the competition website.
Younger Lawyers Division and the Government Contracts Section • Court of Federal Claims and Boards of Contract Appeals • April 1, 2014
Please join us as our esteemed panel provides insight into their experiences and practice on and before the Court of Federal Claims and Boards of Contract Appeals. The panel will compare and contrast litigation at the different forums and discuss thoughts for choosing between forums. The panel discussion will be followed by a brief question and answers session. View the event online for more information.
2014 International Conference on Legislative Drafting and Law Reform • June 5-6, 2014
The Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Section, the International Law Section, and The Criminal Law Section sponsor this program which focuses on how laws are written in the United States and around the world at the international, national, and subnational levels. It provides an excellent opportunity for a wide range of experts to meet and exchange knowledge and perspectives on a topic of great importance to governance: the drafting and reform of laws. More information will be available soon, please visit the event page to stay up to date.
If your section or division has an event to share in this newsletter or on our website, submit it to Sherwin Valerio.
FBA would like to gratefully acknowledge some of the recent sponsors of our meetings and events. If your company is interested in sponsorships or other marketing opportunities with the Federal Bar Association to increase your visibility, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page. There are many great opportunities to have your logo receive 16,000+ imprints for as low as $150! Contact Heather Gaskins, FBA director of development, at 571.481.9106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.