Ponzi Schemes, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Padilla v. Kentucky Among Topics at ABA Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2011 – The impact of Ponzi schemes, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Supreme Court decision in Padilla v. Kentucky are among key topics to be discussed at the _ Section of Litigation and Criminal Justice Section Annual CLE Conference April 13 – 15 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, Fla. The latest trends and issues in litigation, including the use of technology in courts and the potential threats posed by judicial elections, are also on the agenda.

The following programs feature leading experts from the U.S. Department of Justice, justices from state supreme courts and bankruptcy courts, and a representative from the Louisiana Office of the Attorney General.

“Hot Topics in Class Actions: A Landmark Year” A panel will discuss the past year’s changing landscape for class-action litigators in light of the Supreme Court issuing decisions and granting certification on fundamental and the Class Action Fairness Act changing litigation strategies and increasing the number of multidistrict litigation proceedings.
April 14, 8 – 9:15 a.m., Flicker 1-2

“Why Can’t I Tweet?: Proper and Improper Use of Technology in the Courtroom” Panelists will discuss how the integrity of the legal process is compromised by jurors and witnesses who research, blog, tweet, and post to Facebook and MySpace about their trials or depositions.
April 14, 11:20 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., Glimmer 5

“Judicial Elections: A Threat to Independence and Impartiality?” Speakers will examine threats to judicial independence that may arise when special interests organize in opposition to unpopular court decisions.  Speakers include Justice Carol Hunstein of the Georgia Supreme Court and Justice Jorge Labarga of the Florida Supreme Court.
April 14, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Glimmer 1-2

“Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Protections in Light of Akzo Nobel Chemical Ltd. Speakers will examine the legal principles addressed in Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd. and Acros Chemicals Ltd. v. Commission of the European Communities, which concerned attorney-client privilege and work product protection.
April 14, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Glimmer 5

“The Impact of Padilla v. Kentucky A panel including Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Linder and Judge Denise Slavin of the U.S. Department of Justice will examine the mandates of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, which have resulted in new obligations for attorneys representing noncitizens accused of crimes.
April 14, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Glimmer 6-7

“Voices from Above: Chief Bankruptcy Judges Speak” Carla Craig, chief judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, and Paul Hyman, chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida, will discuss current issues in real estate litigation.
April 15, 8 – 9:15 a.m., Glimmer 3-4

“Ponzi Schemes and Crime Victim Restitution – Should the Bankruptcy Court or the U.S. Attorney’s Office Distribute Compensation?” Panelists will discuss the interplay between the civil and criminal actions used in response to the Madoff, Stanford and Rothstein Ponzi schemes.  A balance between the rights of victims of a crime and those of a creditor in a bankruptcy proceeding will also be examined.
April 15, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Flicker 1-2

“Blogging, Friending and Tweeting, Oh My!  The Legal and Ethical Issues of Playing in the Social Media Sandbox” This program examines the legal, ethical and practical issues of social media in the legal world, including how to avoid pitfalls and how to advise clients on what not to do online.
April 15, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Glimmer 5

“Litigation in the Gulf: Enforcement Update” Panelists will analyze the state and federal government enforcement efforts — civil and criminal — resulting from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.
April 15, 2:30. – 3:30 p.m., Flicker 3

“Understanding the Criminal Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010” Does the Dodd-Frank Act adequately identify what conduct is criminalized? Experts will discuss this question and more including the key provisions of the act, its anticipated impact on government investigations and corporate compliance, and potential defense strategies.
April 15, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Flicker 1-2

“But Who Pays the Bills? Spotting and Handling the Complex Insurance Issues in Play for the Defense of Investigations, Criminal Prosecutions  and Ponzi Scheme Litigation” After “claims” are made and lawsuits are filed, will insurance advance defense fees and pay for settlements or judgments? Panelists will address the coverage issues endemic to formal and informal investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission or DOJ, civil litigation addressing Ponzi scheme-related losses and other critical insurance issues.
April 15, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Flicker 1-2

Additional information as well as a link to the full agenda can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Alexandra Buller at . There is no charge for media to attend this event.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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