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September 2011 Section News


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Administrative Law
The Administrative Law section meets quarterly. The section will meet on Monday, September 12, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

OAH Opinion No. 2011-01 Discussion.  On July 18, 2011, the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings, Terry Thurbon, issued Opinion No. 2011-01.  This opinion addresses several questions concerning the application of the Code of Hearing Officer Conduct to specific situations.  Chief ALJ Thurbon will discuss the background, contents and practical application of that opinion and take questions.  Click here to view the handouts.  Limited copies will be available in Juneau and Anchorage.  1 Ethics 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 Stuart W. Goering at stuart.goering@alaska.gov or 907-269-5200; or Becky Kruse at becky.kruse@alaska.gov or 907-269-3036.  


Admiralty Law
The Admiralty Law section meets quarterly.  The next meeting will be Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

Roundtable Discussion.  The discussion will focus on local orders and on slip opinions issued nationwide since the last meeting, addressing maritime personal injury, punitive damages, and other issues pertinent to Alaska.  1 General CLE Credit.

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, September 14, 2011, at 12 noon at the Alaska Bar office.

Ahtna v. State of Alaska.  Hear from Howard Trickey of Jermain, Dunnagan & Owens, regarding three current cases between Ahtna and the State of Alaska regarding land use issues.  Pending before the Alaska Supreme Court is a matter involving “the bundle of property sticks” associated with a state material site.  Two other superior court cases address appropriate uses in an RS2477 right-of-way and navigability of the Kotsina River.  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 on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 12 noon in Room 602 (1st set of elevators) of the Atwood Building (same building as the Bar office).

ABA’s Mediation Week.  The September meeting will be a roundtable discussion regarding the American Bar Association’s Mediation Week - October 16 through 22, 2011. Come with ideas as to how we can participate. 

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 section will not meet in September.  They will resume their meetings on November 17, 2011. 

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, September 27, 2011, at 12 noon in the U.S. Trustee’s Hearing Room in the Bankruptcy Court, 605 W. 4th Avenue.

Billing and Fee Issues in Bankruptcy.  Jan Ostrovsky, Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, will start this season’s series of bankruptcy law section meetings.  His presentation will address ethical considerations in billing.  If you have a specific question you would like addressed, please forward it to Chair Gary Spraker at gary@cslawyers.net. 1 Ethics 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.  Plan to attend the second-sponsored CLE “Legal Issues in Starting a New Venture, Friday, October 7, 2011, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dena’ina Convention Center, 5.25 General CLE Credits; 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits.

For more section information, please contact co-Chairs Matthew Block, blockm@lanepowell.com or 907-264-3309; and John Kauffman, jdkauffman@stoel.com or 907-277-1900.

 


Corporate Counsel
The Corporate Counsel Law section will meet on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at Stoel Rives, 510 L Street, Suite 500.

Tax Savings Opportunties. Your organization expects you to know the laws and understand how to best position your organization in light of them.  So don’t forget about the tax laws.   Greg Jenner and Jonathan Iversen of Stoel Rives will lead our discussion on strategies in-house counsel may use to optimize their organization’s tax position.  Our discussion will cover property taxes, income taxes and the latest energy credits. 1 General CLE Credit. Pizza will be served.

For more section information, please contact Chair Marcia Davis at mdavis@calistacorp.com or 907-644-6316. 


Elder Law
The Elder Law section will meet on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

Medicaid Update.  A guest speaker from Medicaid has been invited to discuss the changes to Medicaid's case management system.  We will keep you posted.  1 General CLE Credit. 

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, September 7, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

What Happened During Summer Vacation – Case Law and Agency Updates.  This meeting will be an update on employment case law and agency updates.  Co-chair Gregory Fisher will give the update.  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’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 12 noon in Room 240 (1st set of elevators) in the Atwood Building – same building as the Bar office.

Pebble Project Update -  in Two Parts.  An opportunity to discuss flip-side perspectives on legal issues surrounding the Pebble Project with guest speakers Peter Van Tuyn (Bessenyey & Van TuynLLC) on September 28, 2011, and Susan E. Reeves (Reeves Amodio LLC) on October 26, 2011.   Mr. Van Tuyn will present the legal arguments against; Susan Reeves will present the legal arguments in favor of the project.   1 General CLE Credit for each meeting.   

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, September 13,  2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.

Update on Pending Legislation. David Shaftel of Shaftel Law Offices, P.C., will speak on pending estate planning and probate bills in the state legislature.  Here is the link to the 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 Maribeth Conway at maribeth@theconwayfirm.com or 907-278-5291; or Steve Greer at steve@stephengreerlaw.com or 907-561-5520; or Tonja Woelber at twoelber@alaska.net or 907-272-0024.   


Family Law
The Family Law section will meet on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the Bar office.

Co-Parenting Counseling.  Back by popular demand, therapist Al Levy, LPC returns as the guest speaker.  He will speak on co-parenting counseling and will discuss what it is generally, his model, the benefits of co-parenting counseling, and related issues.  Bring your questions for discussion.  1 General CLE Credit.

Elections for the executive committee and new chairs will also be held.  

For more section information, contact outgoing chair Dorothea Aguero at aguerolaw@gci.net or 907-272-2203.


Health Law
The Health Law section will meet on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 12 noon at the Bar office.  Members of the Business Law section are also invited to attend. 

HIPAA:  Compliance is More than a Notice of Privacy Practices.  Do you represent healthcare providers, or business associates (accountants, lawyers, consultants)?  Many providers have instituted basic HIPAA policies and the required Notice of Privacy Practices, but may not really be compliant.  HIPAA also requires security policies and a risk assessment to determine if the provider is adequately protecting information.  Come to this session to learn more about what really needs to be done to be HIPAA compliant.  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 will not meet in September.  Watch for emails or this newsletter for future meeting dates.

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, October 25, 2011 at 12 noon 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 is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 12 noon at the Federal Public Defender office, 601 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 500.  This meeting is to plan meeting topics and a CLE for the coming year, such as possibly doing another "Be a Lawyer, See the World."  Also, plan to attend “Conflicts between US Courts and Foreign Nations in International Litigation” on Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hotel Captain Cook. 2.0 General CLE Credits. Members are encouraged to attend. 

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 second Tuesday of odd-numbered months.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 12 noon at OPA, 900 W. 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor. 

NACC Conference.  A group of CINA participants attended the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) conference in San Diego at the end of August.  The conference had a variety of tracks, including abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, family law, policy, and children’s law office programs.  The Court Improvement Program funded this trip and requires participants to disseminate the information learned upon returning to Alaska.  The presentation will be by some of the folks who attended the conference.  1 General CLE Credit.

If you have section questions, please contact co-Chairs Liz Leduc at elizabeth.leduc@alaska.gov or 907-283-3129; Mara Rabinowitz at mara.rabinowitz@alaka.gov or 907-269-3514; and Colleen Ray at cray@courts.state.ak.us or 907-274-8664.


Municipal Law 
The section will meet on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 12 noon in the Bar conference room.   

AMAA Meeting.  This meeting is to discuss and plan the November Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association annual meeting and CLE program in Fairbanks.  Please join in the meeting and bring your ideas and assistance.  

If you have section questions, please contact co-chairs Rene Broker at renebroker@co.fairbanks.ak.us or 907-459-1318; or John Hartle at hartle@cbjlaw.com or 907-586-5340; or Todd Sherwood at sherwoodtk@ci.anchorage.ak.us or 907-343-4545.


New Lawyers
The New Lawyers section meets every odd-numbered month. The next meeting of the section will be on Monday, September 19, 2011, at noon the Alaska Bar office.  

Ethics and Social Networking.  Bar Counsel Steve Van Goor will discuss ethical issues involving social networking. Click here to view the hypotheticals.  The first 3 were discussed at the March 2010 meeting; the last 3 will be discussed at this meeting.  1 Ethics Credit.  

For more section information, please contact co-chairs Elizabeth Apostola at eapostola@farleygraves.com or 907-274-5100; or Loren P. Hildebrandt at lorehild@gmail.com or 907-279-8522.


Public Contracts Law
The Public Contracts Law section will not meet in September.  It will re-start on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 12 noon at Stoel Rives, 510 L Street, Suite 500. 

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 Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 12 noon in Room 602 (1st set of elevators) of the Atwood Building (same building as the Bar office.)  Please note this one-time day and location change.

Annual Real Estate Update.  Gordon Schadt of Gordon F. Schadt Law Office, and chair Joan Travostino of K&L Gates, will present an update on significant real property court decisions and legislation over the plast 12 months.  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 not meet in September. Instead members are invited to attend the section’s September 16, 2011 CLE program “What You Need to Know to Help Clients with Social Security Disability Claims.”  1-5:15 p.m. Hotel Captain Cook.  4.0 General CLE Credits. 

For more section information, please contact co-Chairs Paul Eaglin at eaglin@alaska.com or 907-374-4744; and Paula Jacobson at paulajacobson190@yahoo.com or 907- 727-0024.


Tax Law
The Tax Law section will meet on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 12 noon in Room 1270 of the Atwood Building (the same location as the Bar office).  This is the section’s new meeting location. 

Recent Tax Developments.  This meeting will focus on tax developments over the summer months.  If you have cases or tax law you would like to discuss, please bring information to the 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 907-264-6660.


Torts/Personal Injury Law
The Torts/Personal Injury Law section meets every odd-numbered month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at 12 noon in the Bar office.  

Social Media Legislation  Be prepared to discuss your experience or thoughts regarding the privacy rights pertaining to your clients' social media accounts or obtaining access to opposing parties' social media accounts. Please bring any orders you might have regarding the topic. 1 General CLE Credit

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


Unbundled Law
The Unbundled Law section will meet three times a year for 1.5 hours (12 noon to 1:30 p.m.). The meetings for 2011 will be held on Fridays - May 13, September 9, and November 11.  The next meeting will be on Friday, September 9, 2011, at 12 noon in Room 1270 of the Atwood Building.

Update.  At the last meeting changes to the Unbundled List on the Bar’s website was discussed along with unbundled templates.  At this meeting, templates will be provided and discussed along with a vote on members’ interest in replaying the Unbundled CLE previously provided by the Alaska Bar.  Also, the section is working on building a small library of resources for members to be located at the Bar.  1 Ethics CLE Credit; .5 General CLE Credit.

For other questions, please contact co-chairs Katherine Alteneder at kalteneder@gmail.com or 907-854-2245; Kara Nyquist at karajd2000@aol.com or 907-301-8873.


Workers’ Comp Law
The Workers’ Comp Law section’s next meeting will be Friday, September 2, 2011, at 12 noon in the Bar office.

Workers’ Compensation Division Update.  Mike Monagle, Director of the Workers’ Compensation Division, will discuss the latest developments and changes in the division.  1 General CLE Credit.   

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

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