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FBA E-Newsletter
April 11, 2014

FBA News

Judiciary Act, Impact of Federal Courts Today Are Focus of Education Effort
The 225th Anniversary of the Judiciary Act, and how federal courts continue to affect average Americans today, will be a key theme in the U.S. courts' public education efforts for 2014.

Justice Department’s Two-Step Needs Work, Two Judges Say
When the federal government secures a warrant to search and seize email in a criminal investigation, it generally takes a two-step approach. Two federal magistrate judges say the first step is unconstitutional because it places too much irrelevant, private information with government investigators.

Lawyers’ Definitions of Virtual Practice Vary, But Not When It Comes to Finding Success
Thousands of lawyers now connect with clients exclusively, or primarily, in the virtual world. And they make a healthy living doing it. They've largely been navigating uncharted waters, but that's changing too.

Seven Skills Attorneys Have That The Rest Of The World Would Die For
We lawyers who want to leave the law possess a skill set and an array of talents that are actually in high demand by many businesses. Let’s see how.

2014 Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition Results
The 2014 Moot Court Competition was a great success! The Younger Lawyers Division received positive feedback from the competitors and their coaches. A full list of the 46 teams who competed and the results of the competition are available online.

The 2015 Moot Court Competition will be presented on March 26-27, 2015. If you would like to volunteer as a judge, please save the date!

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. If you have any questions about the program or registration, please email Jane Zaretskie, manager of chapters and circuits, or call her at 571.481.9107.

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 and download the scholarship application form.

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

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!

Wednesday, April 16, 1:00 pm EDT
Federal Receiverships
Presenter: Gianluca Morello, Wiand, Guerra, King P.L.

Wednesday, May 7, 1:00 pm EDT
The Clean Air Act
Presenter: Lauren Godshall, Sr. Associate Attorney, Curry & Friends PLC

Wednesday, May 21, 1:00 pm EDT
Federal White Collar Crimes
Presenter: Erik Hanshew, Federal Public Defender, El Paso Division

Wednesday, June 4, 1:00 pm EDT
Complex Civil Litigations
Presenter: Soraya Yanar-Hanshew, The Hanshew Law Firm, PLLC

Wednesday, August 6, 1:00 pm EDT
Perishable Agricultural Commodities
Presenter: Craig Stokes, Stokes Law Office LLP

Missed a Webinar? 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.


Chapter Happenings

Massachusetts Chapter to Host Seminar on the Use of Electronic Presentation Equipment
Join your colleagues on April 16 at the John J. Moakley U.S. Courthouse at 3:00 p.m. Topics to be covered will include equipment compatibility, procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courthouse, use of the document presentation equipment, integrated lectern and video conferencing equipment, techniques for using electronic equipment in front of a judge and jury; and JERS (Jury Evidence Recording System).

Chattanooga and Northeast Tennessee Chapters to Co-Host a Reception for Hon. Pamela Reeves
The reception for Judge Reeves will be held in recognition of her appointment to the federal bench as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. The event will be held from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on May 1 in Knoxville, Tenn. Please contact Mark Dessauer for more information.

Do you want to see your event listed? Email Jane Zaretskie, manager of chapters and circuits, to have your activities featured in Chapter Happenings.


Sections and Divisions

Federal Litigation Section • Program Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act • April 18
The Federal Litigation Section and the Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association present a program commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act on April 18. Visit the program page for more details and to register!

Criminal Law Section • 1st Annual Roll-Zapata Criminal Law Seminar • April 25
The unprecedented scope of electronic surveillance is national and international news on almost a daily basis. How do all these changes affect you as a prosecutor, defense attorney, or judge? This seminar will have information from recognized experts and practical advice to guide you going forward. View the event brochure and register online now!

Securities Law and Federal Litigation Sections • Recent High Profile Securities Law Decisions • April 25
A panel of experienced securities litigators and experts will closely examine recent decisions involving allegations of market manipulation, insider trading, and misrepresentation of information. The event is free to attend in person; for those not able to attend in person, a webcast shall also be available for a fee. Full information is available online. RSVP to Erin Rodgers and note if you will be registering for the webcast.

Federal Litigation Section • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 • April 28
50 years ago, peaceful civil disobedience triumphed hate and the Civil Rights Act became law. Please join legal scholars and local bar associations at the John J. Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, Ma. to commemorate this landmark federal law. The event is free to attend. Please visit the event page for more information.

Federal Litigation Section • The Brave New World of Federal Practice • May 5
Join the Federal Litigation Section for a discussion of the new rules and issues concerning the federal practice at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in New York, NY. Register now. Visit the program page for more details on the event. Join the Federal Litigation Section to receive a discounted rate.

Admiralty Law and Federal Litigation Section • Maritime Contracts CLE • May 9
A panel will discuss the current status and future horizons of maritime contract jurisdiction, strategic considerations in litigating or resolving maritime contract disputes, and the range of rights and remedies with which maritime contracts are imbued. Admission is free. Visit the event page for more information. Please RSVP to Erin Rodgers.

Immigration Law Section • 2014 Immigration Law Seminar • May 16–17
The Immigration Law Section invites you to join our 2014 Immigration Law Seminar, in conjunction with the FBA Memphis Mid-South Chapter, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. For more information, please view the seminar brochure. Register online before April 1 to receive the early bird discount!

International Conference on Legislative Drafting and Law Reform • June 5–6
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. A wide range of experts will meet and exchange knowledge and perspectives on a topic of great importance to governance: the drafting and reform of laws. Please visit the event page to stay up to date.

Veterans and Military Law Section • 6th Annual Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference & Training • June 6
The Veterans and Military Section present a program for lawyers, law students, veterans, policy makers and other service professionals. The conference will provide a forum for discussion of critical legal issues facing our veterans today. Register Now!


FBA Sponsorships

Sponsorship Opportunities
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 hgaskins@fedbar.org.

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