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October 2010 SECTION NEWS 

 

 

Both the certificate of attendance form AND the meeting evaluation form are available on the Bar’s website as follows: https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/content/sections.html

 

Administrative Law

The Administrative Law section meets quarterly. The next meeting is Monday, December 6, 2010, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

Juneau Members: You can attend section meetings at the Department of Law in the Dimond Courthouse (123 Fourth Street), 5th floor conference room. Because the 5th floor is secure, access the meeting by going first to the department’s reception area on the 6th floor, opposite the main elevators. This location will be connected by conference call. 

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Kimberly Allen at Kimberly.Allen@alaska.gov or 907-269-5144; or Steven C. Weaver at Steve.Weaver@alaska.gov or 907-465-3600.  

 

Admiralty Law

The Admiralty Law section meets quarterly. The next meeting will be Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Steve Shamburek at shamburek@gci.net or 907-522-5339; or Mark Manning at manning@alaska.net or 907-278-9794.

 

Alaska Native Law

The Alaska Native Law section will meet on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at 12 noon at the Alaska Bar office. 

NARF: Current Alaska Native Advocacy Issues.   The guest speaker will be Natalie Landreth with the Native American Rights Fund. 1 General CLE Credit.

Plan to attend the section-sponsored CLE “Alaska Native Law Update” on October 5, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Dena’ina Center. 6.5 General CLE Credits.

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Melanie Osborne at mosborne@ahtna.net or 907-868-8230; Brennan Cain at bcain@timmecain.com or 907-276-3390; or Sam Fortier at sfortier@fortmikk.alaska.com or 907-277-4222.
 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The ADR section will meet on Thursday, October 14, 2010, at noon at the Bar office.

Roundtable Discussion. Please plan to attend this roundtable discussion on current ADR topics and plans for the year.  

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Glenn Cravez at cravez.law.mediation@gci.net or 907-276-3370; or Linda O’Bannon at lindalaw@acsalaska.net or 907-243-5842.

 

Appellate Law

The Appellate Law section meets every odd-numbered month. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Department of Law, 5th Floor Conference Room, 1031 W. 4th Avenue. 

For more information, please contact co-chairs Alex Bryner at Bryner@frozenlaw.com or 907-272-3538; Greg Fisher at gregoryfisher@dwt.com or 907-257-5300; Lloyd Miller at lloyd@sonosky.com or 907-258-6377; or Beth Trimmer at beth.trimmer@alaska.gov or 907-269-6075.

 

Bankruptcy Law  

The Bankruptcy Law section will meet on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at noon at in the U.S. Trustee’s Hearing Room in the Bankruptcy Court, 605 W. 4th Avenue.

Foreclosures. Attorneys Dennis Fenerty, Rob Schmidt and Sarah Badten of Groh Eggers LLC will discuss the changes taking place in Alaska’s foreclosure laws effective October 2010.

1 General CLE Credit.

For more section information, please contact Chair Gary Spraker at gary@cslawyers.net or 907-258-6016.

 

Business Law

The Business Law section meets quarterly. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 3, 2010, (Note: this is one week later than usual) at 12 noon at Lane Powell, Wells Fargo Building, 301 W. Northern Lights, Suite 301.

November 3 Topic: Post-Startup, Early Stage Valuation, Financing Issues. Michael Hanrahan of Hanrahan and Associates will be the guest speaker.  1 General CLE Credit. 

For more section information, please contact co-Chairs Matthew Block, blockm@lanepowell.com or 907-276-2631; and John Kauffman, jdkauffman@stoel.com or 907-277-1900.

 

Corporate Counsel

The Corporate Counsel Law section will meet on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 12 noon at Stoel Rives, 510 L Street, Suite 500.

Privacy Issues in a Cyberspace World. Our organizations strive to be on the cutting edge of technology for business efficiency and competitive marketing advantage. Using social media to full advantage requires thinking about possible pitfalls in the management of employee internet access and the protection of privacy interests of employees and customers. Danielle Ryman and Tom Daniel of Perkins Coie will lead the discussion on these issues and offer tips on how to best position your organization in the use of these new internet communication tools. 1 General CLE Credit.  Pizza will be provided. 

For more information, please contact Chair Marcia Davis marcia.davis@alaska.gov or 907-269-7868.

 

Elder Law

The Elder Law section will meet on Thursday, October 21, 2010, 12 noon in at the Bar office.

Adult Protective Services. Barbara Dick, APS Intake Supervisor, will be the guest speaker.  1 General CLE Credit.

Ketchikan Members: You can attend Elder Law meetings at the law office of A. Fred Miller, 637 Main Street. This office will be connected by conference call.

For more information contact co-Chairs Ilona Bessenyey at ilona@bvt-law.com or 907-278-2000; Una Gandbhir at philuna@alaska.net or 907-258-7333. 

 

Employment Law

The Employment Law section will meet on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at 12 noon in the Bar office.

Free help is only a phone call away. The Lawyers’ Assistance Committee (LAC) provides services to members of the Bar when it appears they, their families or colleagues are suffering from substance abuse. Most lawyers don’t know who they can turn to who will understand the unique challenges of fulfilling their duties as a lawyer while trying to retain control of their lives. Suzanne Lombardi of Nelson, Flint & Lombardi and Moira Smith of Ashburn & Mason – both members of the Lawyers Assistance Committee - will be the guests. They will share the valuable resources available confidentially at no cost to Alaska Bar members. This peer support can have a significant impact on a lawyer’s health and can significantly aid in the protection of clients’ interests. This session qualifies for 1 ethics credit under Bar Rule 65.  1 Ethics CLE Credit. 

Fairbanks Members: You can attend Employment Law meetings at Cook Schuhmann & Groseclose, Inc., 714 4th Avenue, Suite 200.

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Tom Daniel at danit@perkinscoie.com or 907-279-8561; Rob Schmidt at schmidtr@groheggers.com or 907-562-6474.

 

Environmental/Natural Resources Law  

The Environmental Law section’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, November 24, 2010, at 12 noon at the Alaska Bar office.

(The date may change due to the holidays.)

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Larry Albert at albertl@alaska.net or 907-243-2172; Larry Hartig at larry.hartig@alaska.gov or 907-276-1592; or Russ Winner rwinner@winnerlaw.com or 907-277-9522.

 

Estate Planning & Probate Law

The Estate Planning/Probate Law section will meet on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

Estate Planning Resources available at the Anchorage Law Library. Susan Falk will highlight estate planning resources available at the Anchorage law library (major works, practice guides, online databases, research tools, resources for clients, research tips, access to materials for those outside of Anchorage. 1 General CLE Credit.

Juneau Members: You can attend meetings with other estate planning and probate practitioners at Faulkner Banfield, P.C., at One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 202. Or you can join Kevin Sullivan at Baxter, Bruce & Sullivan, P.C., 9309 Glacier Highway, Suite A201. These locations will be hooked in by conference call.

Fairbanks Members: Join Jo Kuchle at Cook Schuhmann & Groseclose, Inc., 714 4th Avenue, Suite 200. Or you can go to Hompesch & Evans, P.C., at 119 N. Cushman St., Suite 400. These offices will be hooked in by conference call.

Ketchikan Members: You can attend Estate Planning & Probate meetings at the law office of A. Fred Miller, 637 Main Street. This office will be connected by conference call.

For more section information, please contact co-Chairs BethAnn Chapman at bchapman@faulknerbanfield.com or 907-586-2210; Maribeth Conway at maribeth@theconwayfirm.com or 907-278-5291; or Steve Greer at greer@ak.net or 907-561-5520. 

 

Family Law

The Family Law section will meet on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

Views from a Family-Oriented Therapist. The guest speaker will be Allen Levy, a private practice therapist. Some of his areas of family-oriented practice include expert witness, court-ordered therapist, co-parenting facilitator and custody investigator. Mr. Levy will talk a bit about his work, some of the recurring problems he sees when working within the court system, and some suggestions for solutions. There will be time for questions and answers. 1 General CLE Credit.

For more information, contact co-Chairs S.J. Lee at sjl@mendelandassociates.com or 907-279-5001; or Dorothea Aguero at aguerolaw@gci.net or 907-272-2203.

 

Health Law

The Health Law section will meet on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at 12 noon at the Bar office. 

Subpoenas for Protected Health Information. Dick Monkman of Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Munson LLP will be the guest speaker. He will discuss how to respond to subpoenas for protected health information.

1 General CLE Credit.

For more information, please contact co-chairs Carolyn Heyman-Layne at heyman-layne@alaskalaw.pro or 907-677-3600; or Barbara Nault at bnault@bankston.to or 907-276-1711.

 

Immigration Law

The Immigration Law section does not have a regular meeting date. It generally meets around the Department of Homeland Security schedule. Section members will be notified by email of the next meeting.

For more section information, please contact Chair Kathy Atkinson at kathy.atkinson@alaska.gov or 907-278-1057.

 

Intellectual Property Law

The section meets quarterly. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at noon at the new regular meeting location Davis Wright Tremaine, 701 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 800 (ConocoPhillips building).

IP Issues in the Recording and Music Industry. NYC entertainment and intellectual property law attorney Ron Bienstock will be the telephonic guest speaker. He will discuss intellectual property issues in the recording and music industry; and the 2009 landmark trademark ruling he won against Fender, halting their efforts to trademark the body shape outlines of its Strat, Tele, and P-Bass models. This 2009 case was an important victory for the guitar industry as a whole because it prevented Fender from gaining a monopoly on body shapes that have been used by hundreds of manufacturers for half a century. The Trademark Board concluded that after more than 50 years in the market, the guitar body shapes had become generic because consumers did not solely associate them with the Fender brand. Read more about the full-service entertainment and intellectual property law firm of Bienstock & Michael, P.C., at their website: www.musicesq.com Representative clients include Billy Joel, Goo Goo Dolls, Bret Michaels (Poison), Gene Simmons (Kiss), Twisted Sister, Uriah Heep, Wheatus, Cannibal Corpse, Dream Theater, Beth Hart, producer Steven Haigler, and actress Kathleen Turner. 1 General CLE Credit.
Following is the link to the Fender decision https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/content/Information_Distributed_at_Meetings_1249.html

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Jon Dawson at jondawson@dwt.com or 907-257-5300; or Elizabeth Hodes at elizabethhodes@dwt.com or 907-257-5337.

 

International Law

The International Law section will meet on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at

12 noon at the Federal Defender Agency, Key Bank Bldg., 601 W. 5th, #800.

CLE Planning. The meeting will include continued planning for the section’s December 14th CLE on Guantanamo, and suggestions for future meetings or other activities. 

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Andy Haas at yatra@ak.net or 907-235-1007; Nevhiz E. Calik Russell at nevhiz.calik@alaska.gov or 907-269-1994; or Julie Webb at julie.webb@alaska.gov or 907-274-3937.

 

Law and Community Health Forum

Section members will be notified by email of the next Law & Community Health Forum meeting and topic.

Please welcome the section’s new co-chairs Liz Leduc (Asst. Public Defender, Kenai) and Courtney Lewis (Asst. Public Defender, Anchorage)! They are planning the section’s future topics and speakers.  If you have any suggestions for them please see their contact information below.  

If you have section questions, please contact co-Chairs Liz Leduc at eleduc@gmail.com or 907-283-7514; Courtney Lewis at courtney.lewis@alaska.gov or 907-334-4462.

 

Municipal Law  

The Municipal Law section will not meet in October. The next section meeting will be the AMAA conference to be held November 15 and 16, 2010, in Juneau.

Following is the link to the 2010 AMAA registration form.  The agenda will be available shortly.

If you have section questions, please contact John Hartle at hartle@cbjlaw.com or 907-586-5340.

 

New Lawyers

The New Lawyers section meets every odd-numbered month. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, November 15, 2010, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

Plan to attend the section-sponsored October 14 a.m/p.m. CLEs on Social Networking (a.m.) and Cybersleuthing Guide to the Internet (p.m.).

For more section information, please contact Chair Elizabeth Apostola at eapostola@farleygraves.com or 907-274-5100.

 

Public Contracts

The Public Contracts section will meet on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 12 noon at Stoel Rives, 510 L Street, Suite 500.  

Fraud Counterclaims in the Court of Federal Claims. The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Wallace Fleming of Barokas Martin Tomlinson. She will cover an outline of “Fraud Counterclaims under the False Claims Act, Special Pleas in Fraud, and the CDA” as brought by DOJ in the Court of Federal Claims, especially since the 2006 Daewoo case where DOJ brought the fraud counterclaims after the trial had finished. Ms. Fleming will also discuss the legal basis for her belief that the tort of fraud invokes a 7th Amendment. right to a trial by jury. 1 General CLE Credit. Pizza will be served.

For more section information, please contact Chair S. Lane Tucker at sltucker@stoel.com  or 907- 263-8402.

 

Real Estate Law

The Real Estate Law section meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2010, has been canceled.
Ketchikan Members: You can join the meeting at the Law Office of A. Fred Miller, 637 Main Street. This office will be hooked in by conference call.

For more information, please contact Chair Joan Travostino at joan.travostino@klgates.com or 907-276-1969.

 

Tax Law

The Tax Law section will meet on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at 12 noon at Hartig Rhodes Hoge & Lekisch, 717 K Street.

TBA. As soon as a topic and speaker are identified an email will be sent to section members and posted on the Bar’s website calendar.

For more information, please contact co-Chairs Chuck Schuetze at chuck@mb.law.pro or 907-334-5600; or Christy Lee at clee@christyleelaw.com or 907-264-6660.

 

Torts/Personal Injury Law

The Torts/Personal Injury Law section will meet on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at 12 noon in the Bar office.

HB 395 Arbitration of UM/UIM.  Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Lindsey Holmes  will join the meeting to discuss HB 395, “An Act requiring arbitration of uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage and damage disputes.” Representative Holmes is the sponsor of the bill. 1 General CLE Credit.  

Ketchikan Members: You can join the meeting at the Law Office of A. Fred Miller, 637 Main Street. This office will be connected by conference call.

For more information, contact Chair Rebecca Hozubin at rebecca@wilkersonlaw.net or 907-276-5297.

 

Workers’ Comp Law

The Workers’ Comp section will meet on Friday, October 1, 2010, at 12 noon in the Bar office.

Ethics Discussion.  This meeting will focus on ethics questions. Krista Schwarting of Griffin & Smith, and a member of the Bar’s Ethics Committee, will participate in analyzing these questions. Please submit any hypothetical for the meeting to Krista at kschwarting@rlglaw.com or to Chair Joe Kalamarides at joe@kalamarides.com  1 Ethics Credit.

For more information, please contact Chair Joe Kalamarides at joe@kalamarides.com or 907-276-2135.

 

 

 

 

 

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