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March 2011 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 section will meet on Monday,  March 7, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.
Administrative Law Aspects of the 2010 Alaska Elections Litigation.

Margaret Paton-Walsh, Assistant Attorney General with the Alaska Department of Law, will discuss administrative law aspects of the litigation resulting from the write-in campaign in the 2010 Alaska election for United States Senator. 1 General CLE Credit
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 section 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, May 12, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.
For more section 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, March 9, 2011, at 12 noon at the Alaska Bar office.
Trespass and ANCSA Lands from both the Regional and Village Corporation's Perspective.  Allen Todd, Doyon Ltd.'s General Counsel, and Geri Simon, Tyonek Native Corporation's General Counsel, will present on the Regional and Village Corporation's perspective with respect to trespass on Alaska Native Cororation lands.  1 General CLE Credit
For more section information, please contact co-Chairs Melanie Osborne at mbosborne@stoel or 907-268-8412; Brennan Cain at bcain@eyakcorp.com or 907-334-6971; or Sam Fortier at sfortier@fortmikk.alaska.com or 907-277-4222.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution
The ADR section will meet jointly with the Workers’ Comp Law section on Friday, March 4, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.  (NOTE the one-time day/date change.)
Dispute Resolution Legislation and Labor Unions.
  Fred Brown, attorney in Fairbanks and Executive Director of the Health Care Cost Management Corporation of Alaska, Inc. (HCCMCA), will discuss a proposed dispute resolution bill for employees of labor unions.  If time, there will also be a discussion of other bills before the legislature which affect workers’ compensation.  1 General CLE Credit.
For more section 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 section meets on odd-numbered months. The next meeting of the Appellate Law section will be Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 12 noon at the Department of Law, 5th Floor Conference Room, 1031 W. 4th Avenue.
Alaska Supreme Court Rulemaking Process. 
Alaska Supreme Court Rules Attorney Nancy Meade is the guest speaker.  She will describe the Court's rulemaking process, what her role in the process is, what role bar members play, and how appellate attorneys can get involved in making or changing the appellate rules process.  Ms. Meade will also describe available historical materials concerning the background of various rules and how they can be used to trace a rule's original purpose and meaning.  She will be happy to address related questions members may have.  1 General CLE Credit. 
For more section information, please contact co-chairs Alex Bryner at Bryner@frozenlaw.com or 907-272-3538; Gregory 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, March 29, 2011, at 12 noon in the U.S. Trustee’s Hearing Room in the Bankruptcy Court, 605 W. 4th Avenue.
Bad Faith Bankruptcy Filings.
Chair Gary Spraker of Christianson & Spraker will discuss issues relating to bad faith bankruptcy filings and recent cases addressing these issues.  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 Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 12 noon at Lane Powell, LLC in the Wells Fargo bank building at 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Suite 301. 
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, March 16, 2011, at 12 noon at Stoel Rives, 510 L Street, Suite 500.

Electronic Discovery Practicum – PART 2
Last month, members learned about E-discovery sanctions and the challenges to in house counsel of avoiding them.  It left a lot of folks wanting more --- more guidance and instruction on how to do E-discovery correctly, fresh ideas on how to solve specific problems, and concrete solutions for setting up IT systems in house to facilitate e-discovery compliance. 
Eric Piggott, Stoel Rives paralegal and former owner of an Anchorage-based litigation support company, has kindly agreed to return and lead a discussion on members specific problems, including guidance on IT systems that need retooling to ensure we avoid E-discovery sanctions.  For this meeting to be most effective, just a reminder we need you to email Eric with all of your sticky issues and concerns about E-discovery compliance in advance of the meeting, preferably before Thursday March 10thEric’s email is  EGPIGGOTT@stoel.com1 General CLE Credit.  Pizza will be provided.  
For more section information, please contact Chair Marcia Davis atmdavis@calistacorp.com or 907-644-6316. 

 

Elder Law
The Elder Law section will meet on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.
Medicaid and Estate Recovery – Continuing the Discussion.  Section members will continue the discussion on Medicaid and Estate Recovery started at February’s meeting.  Bring your lunch and join in.   Estate Planning/Probate Law section members are also invited to attend.  1 General CLE Credit.
Also, plan to attend the section-sponsored CLE “Elder Law:  VA Benefits and Special Needs Trusts” on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hotel Captain Cook, 6.0 General CLE Credits.  More information and registration is  available at: 
https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/clecalendaritem?id=565 
For more section 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, March 2, 2011, at 12 noon in the Bar office.
Social Media Policies. 
Section co-chair Gregory fisher of Davis Wright Tremaine will discuss some recent guidance from the NLRB concerning when and whether social media policies infringe on protected rights.  1 General CLE Credit.
Fairbanks
Members:  You can attend Employment Law meetings at Cook Schuhmann & Groseclose, Inc., 714 4th Avenue, Suite 200. 
For more section information, please contact co-Chairs Gregory Fisher at gregoryfisher@dwt.com or 907-257-5335; Danielle Ryman at dryman@perkinscoie.com or 907-263-6927.

 

Environmental/Natural Resources Law 
The Environmental Law’s section meets on odd-numbered months.  The section will NOT meet in March.  Instead, please plan to attend the section-sponsored CLE “Current Topics in Environmental Law” on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hotel Captain Cook, 3.0 General CLE Credits.  More information and registration is at:
https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/clecalendaritem?id=544

For more section information, please contact co-Chairs; Larry Hartig at larry.hartig@alaska.gov or 907-276-1592; or Russ Winner rwinner@winnerlaw.com or 907-277-9522; or Tina Sellers at tina@reevesamodio.com  or 907-222-7100.

 

Estate Planning & Probate Law
The Estate Planning/Probate Law section will meet on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 12 noon in at the Bar office.
Valuing Household Goods and Valuables in an Estate.  
The guest speaker is Melissa Fouse, personal property appraiser and owner of Aber Arts & Appraisals. Included in her discussion will be how she approaches valuing household goods and valuables, the procedures she follows, and other nuts/bolts information. As part of her presentation, Ms. Fouse will provide a sample appraisal and example of a letter pertaining to scope of work. She will also discuss the methodology of properly conducted appraisal and written reports; and give an overview of IRS requirements for estate and donation appraisals, as well as the standards for an appraisal for equitable distribution purposes. Here is the link to Ms. Fouse’s handouts:  https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/content/Information_Distributed_at_Meetings_1245.html   1 General CLE Credit. 
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 steve@stephengreerlaw.com or 907-561-5520. 

 

Family Law
The Family Law section will meet on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.
Court Room Experiences and Practices. 
The guest speaker will be recently appointed Third District Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner.  Judge Pfiffner will fill the members in on his court room experiences and practices to date, followed by a question and answer session.  1 General CLE Credit.
For more section 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 scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2011, has been canceled. 
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 meets based on the Department of Homeland Security’s schedule. Members will be advised 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 Intellectual Property Law section meets quarterly.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Davis Wright Tremaine, 701 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 800 (Conoco Phillips building).
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, March 9, 2011, at 12 noon at the Federal Defender Agency.
The International Criminal Court.  Co-chair Andy Haas, is the guest speaker.  The International Criminal Court was created by treaty, entering into force in July 2002. A number of countries, including the US and China are not parties to the treaty and have actively acted to oppose the Court. In 2002, the US Congress even passed a law that would authorize the use of force against any country that imprisoned a member of the American military detained by the ICC, suggesting American paratroopers dropping into the Hague in the Netherlands.
The ICC allows for jurisdiction for crimes committed within the countries that have ratified the treaty (now standing at 111). But it also allows for jurisdiction over all countries if the UN Security Council refers their case to the ICC. This has happened twice. In 2005, the Security Council (with China and the US abstaining) referred Sudan to the ICC for the situation in Darfur. And on February 26th all members of the Security Council voted unanimously to refer Libya to the ICC. Neither Sudan nor Libya are members to the ICC, providing a just criticism among those countries that they have not acceded to the ICC.
How will this work out? Will the ICC gain acceptance? Is it becoming an unfunded tool of the Security Council? Will the African criticism undermine its authority? Surprisingly, these issues have not been discussed, which is interesting in itself.  1 General CLE Credit.  
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
The Law & Community Health Forum section meets the first Wednesday of odd-numbered months. The next section meeting will be in May, 2011, in Room 1860 of the Atwood Building (same building as the Bar office.)
If you have section questions, please contact co-Chairs Liz Leduc at elizabeth.leduc@alaska.gov or 907-283-3129; Courtney Lewis at courtney.lewis@alaska.gov or 907-334-4462.

 

Municipal Law 
The section meets the 4th Wednesday of even-numbered months.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 12 noon in the Bar office. 
If you have section questions, please contact co-chairs Rene Broker at renebroker@co.fairbanks.ak.us or 907-459-1318; Rhonda Fehlen Westover at WestoverRF@muni.org or 907-343-4545; or John Hartle at hartle@cbjlaw.com or 907-586-5340. 

 

New Lawyers
The New Lawyers section meets every odd-numbered month. The next meeting of the section will be on Monday, March 21, 2011, at noon the Alaska Bar office.
Mediation Tips.
 The guest speaker is retired Judge Elaine Andrews.  Judge Andrews will speak about mediation tips for young lawyers and ethical considerations in mediation.  .25 Ethics Credit and .75 General CLE Credit.
For more section information, please contact Chair Elizabeth Apostola at eapostola@farleygraves.com or 907-274-5100.

 

Public Contracts Law
The Public Contracts section will meet on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 12 noon, location yet to be determined.  An email will be sent when known and also posted on the Bar’s website calendar. Please note:  This is the section's March and April meetings combined.
Finally!  The New 8(a) Regulations are Officially Out – Everything you Need to Know in One Easy Hour. 
Jessica Graham, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Afognak Native Corporation and Alutiiq, LLC, will discuss the substantive regulatory changes affecting 8(a) companies and those who do business with them. Alaska Native Law and Corporate Counsel Law section members are invited to attend. Please RSVP to bakerj@alaskabar.org re: your attendance.  1 General CLE Credit.
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 will meet on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.  
Warehouse Remodeled to LEED Standards. 
Jim Kubitz, Vice President for Real Estate of the Alaska Railroad, will be the guest speaker.  This is a follow-up to the presentation in January on the LEED program.  1 General CLE Credit.   
For more information, please contact Chair Joan Travostino at joan.travostino@klgates.com or 907-276-1969.

 

Social Security Disability Advocacy
The Social Security Disability Advocacy section will meet on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 12 noon in the Bar office.
The Basics of Advocacy, Part 3 and Post Eligibility Challenges.
 As requested, part of this meeting is a continuation of The Basics. Joe Kalamarides, section member and also chair of the Workers Comp Law section, will address the interplay of benefits under workers compensation and Social Security disability, specifically the offsets and the reverse offset. Diane Miller, Registered Guardian/Conservator and Representative Payee/Trustee for Denali Payee Services, will discuss post eligibility challenges facing SSA/SSA recipients.  1 General CLE Credit.
For more section information, please contact co-Chairs Paul Eaglin at eaglin@alaska.com or 907-374-4744; and Paul Jacobson at paulajacobson190@yahoo.com or 907- 727-0024.

 

Tax Law
The Tax Law section will meet on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 12 noon at Hartig Rhodes Hoge & Lekisch, 717 K Street.
Taxing Issues in the Attorney’s Business, Part 1:  Offensive Maneuvers Around the IRS. 
Co-chair Christy Lee will be the speaker.  (Part 2: Defensive Measures When the IRS Knocks will be given at the April meeting.)  1 General CLE Credit.
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 907-339-9931. 

 

Torts/Personal Injury Law
The Torts/Personal Injury Law section meets every odd-numbered month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 12 noon in Room 240 of the Atwood Building (take the first set of elevators) – same building as the Bar office.
November Surprise.
  Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe will be the guest speaker.  Her presentation will focus on the last-minute attack she faced in her retention election, how such attacks affect and impact the independence of all of our courts, and how the bar might help to avert such attacks in the future.
Note re: telephonic participants:  Justice Fabe will be giving this presentation in Juneau and Fairbanks during future trips the Surpeme Court makes to those cities.  Because of Justice Fabe’s use of slides and video clips, it is better watched in person if you are able, but anyone outside of Anchorage is welcome to call.
1 Ethics Credit.
 
For more information, contact Chair Rebecca Hozubin at rebecca@wilkersonlaw.net or 907-276-5297.

 

Unbundled Law
When this new section has established its meeting schedule, it will be noted in Section News and an email will be sent to the section’s members.

 

Workers’ Comp Law
The Workers’ Comp section will meet jointly with the ADR section  on Friday, March 4, 2011, at 12 noon, at the Bar office.
Dispute Resolution Legislation.
  Fred Brown, attorney in Fairbanks and Executive Director of the Health Care Cost Management Corporation of Alaska, Inc. (HCCMCA), will discuss a proposed dispute resolution bill for employees of labor unions.  If time, there will also be a discussion of other bills before the legislature which affect workers’ compensation.  1 General CLE Credit.
For more information, please contact Chair Joe Kalamarides at joe@kalamarides.com or 907-276-2135.

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