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Practitioners Take Note: Don't Get Bitten by the Federal Tort Claims Act (10/15/2020)

Program Number: 30221 Presenter: Clifford A. Rieders, Esq.

The Federal Tort Claims Act is the way that the federal government is sued for negligence. There are many exceptions to the Act and a complex framework with respect to when an entity and its employees are deemed to be covered by the F.T.C.A. The law has also evolved dramatically as to when certain organizations, especially medical health care entities, receive protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Contributory negligence is different than most state law. Parts of the FTCA borrow state law, and for some issues “federal law” governs. The SOL, particularly in minor’s tolling, is unique. Who gets sued, who gets served and exhaustion cannot be ignored? This seminar will deal with the major issues concerning the Federal Tort Claims Act, including how one deals with it and how one can be bitten by the Act.

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Summer Review: Top IP Decisions (09/03/2020)

Program Number: 30220 Presenter: Sarah Benowich, Esq.

This webinar will review significant trademark, copyright, and patent decisions from the United States Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. In addition to delving into new precedent, the webinar will focus on practical implications from what has been an eventful summer for intellectual property decisions.

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When Three C’s Collide: Covid, Commercial Leasing, and Chapter 11 (09/30/2020)

Program Number: 30218 Presenter: Robert C. Gagne, Esq., Jonathan T. Koevary, Esq.

The program will discuss the legal and practical commercial lease issues arising from COVID-19 with respect to chapter 11 debtors and their landlords, including the timing of payment of post-filing rents and related issues of statutory construction, adequate protection, the automatic stay, and potential underlying litigation. Learning objectives will include understanding the key statutes at play, public policy, and strategy.

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The Show Must Go On: Legal Issues Affecting Broadway due to COVID (09/11/2020)

Program Number: 30212 Presenter: Matthew Windham, Esq.

This program will discuss the challenging legal issues facing Broadway and the professional American theater as a result of COVID. These issues relate to governmental mandates, contract law, insurance coverage, union representation, the obligation to provide refunds, providing for the health and safety of theater workers and audience members, intellectual property rights, and presenting live and prerecorded content on the internet while the theaters remain closed. Learning objectives will include understanding how COVID has created novel difficult questions in different areas of substantive law for an industry that was thriving artistically and commercially just months ago and has now come to a total standstill.

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Courting Public Opinion: Legal and Practical Challenges In Navigating High-Profile Cases (09/29/2020)

Program Number: 30211 Presenter: Evan T. Barr, Esq., Lisa Green, Esq.

Looking through the lens of recent high-profile prosecutions, this program will examine the legal and ethical guardrails that govern interactions between lawyers and the media on behalf of the state or clients. The program will explore applicable ethical and DOJ standards (and discuss what happens when prosecutors skate close to, or arguably over, the line); remedies defense lawyers can seek when press coverage threatens a fair trial; the role of social media; and the pros and cons of press contact.

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Effective Mediation Part 3 - Overcoming Unrecognized Emotions in Mediating Commercial Disputes (06/01/2020)

Program Number: 3021 Presenter: Leslie Berkoff, Esq., Elizabeth Shampnoi

Emotions are not relegated to personally identifiable disputes, such as employment, personal injury or matrimonial. Oftentimes, the parties to a commercial dispute are harboring unrecognized emotions arising from the dynamics of the events leading up to the dispute, the interactions between the parties as well as the impact of the subject matter of the dispute at hand. Failing to identify and recognize these emotions impedes the ability of the parties to address them in a way that allows the parties to focus on the overarching business dispute. By recognizing and addressing emotions, the parties can move towards a more level playing field of negotiation and adequately address the dispute between them. As long as these emotions remain unnamed and unmanaged, getting to "yes" or some form of resolution may be impossible. This program will explore the means to identify and recognize emotions in commercial disputes, and provide tools to foster

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Updates on Recent American Bar Association Formal Ethics Opinions (09/24/2020)

Program Number: 30209 Presenter: Douglas B. Fox, Esq., Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr., Esq., Deborah Winokur, Esq.

The ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued recent formal guidance that is important to all practitioners. In June of 2019, the ABA issued Formal Opinion 487 concerning the division of fees in contingency fee cases where successor counsel in a case replaces prior counsel. Then, in April 2020, the ABA issued Formal Opinion 491 concerning a lawyers' duties regarding clients' criminal behavior in non-litigation matters. Finally, the ABA issued Formal Opinion 492 in June 2020 regarding a lawyer’s obligations to prospective clients. This trio of recent ABA ethics opinions provides significant professional guidance to both transactional and litigation practitioners.

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Going the Distance: Fighting Charges Brought by FINRA’s Department of Enforcement (09/24/2020)

Program Number: 30208 Presenter: Andrew St. Laurent, Esq.

Defending a client against charges brought by FINRA’s Department of Enforcement presents unique challenges for practitioners. Attorneys will learn how to respond to FINRA discovery requests, prioritize the competing demands that clients face in balancing employment, regulatory, and criminal defense objectives, and understand FINRA’s expectations for registered representatives and broker-dealers. The program will provide guidelines and techniques concerning each phase of such a proceeding, the pre-charge investigation, the acceptance, waiver and consent (AWC) process, Wells submissions, discovery in anticipation of hearing, and the hearing itself, as well as post-hearing appeals and proceedings.

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Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Trends and Litigation Developments (08/05/2020)

Program Number: 30202 Presenter: Mark S. Melodia, Esq., Anthony J. Palermo, Esq., Ashley L. Shively, Esq.

Holland & Knight’s data strategy, security and privacy attorneys will provide insight and analysis on the latest developments in data privacy regulation and emerging trends in class action litigation. The presenters will introduce various privacy laws, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the upcoming ballot measure that would enhance CCPA’s obligations on businesses, as well as legislative efforts in other states and at the federal level. Attendees will learn about CCPA litigation so far and recent, novel applications of state wiretap statutes to online activities. The program will provide practical guidance and concrete takeaways for navigating the shifting legal landscape based upon real-life scenarios and experience across jurisdictions in spotting and managing compliance risks, preserving privilege over forensic reports, and defending against consumer privacy class actions.

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The ABCs of SBA JVs (07/31/2020)

Program Number: 30201 Presenter: Cara A. Wulf, Esq.

Joint ventures, particularly 8(a) joint ventures, can be a great way for experienced and novice Government contractors to partner and flourish in the Government contracts market. The success of these ventures hinges on a comprehensive understanding of the rules governing the formation and operation of these ventures – however, contractors have struggled for the past several years to reconcile updated rules at the SBA with the outdated rules that still exist in the FAR. These discordant regulations have resulted in confusion and frustration for businesses of all sizes. In this webcast, we will provide a primer on successfully forming and competing for Government contract awards as a joint venture, with a particular focus on 8(a) joint ventures and proposed statutory and regulatory changes published in the Federal Register earlier this summer that are intended to reconcile the SBA and acquisition regulations. These changes have the potential to create significant opportunities for

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