Aviation and Space Experts to Provide Updates at ABA Conference in Washington Feb. 17

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2012 – Leading aviation law experts from government and industry—including U.S. Rep. John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Susan Baer, aviation director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—will speak at the _ Forum on Air & Space Law’s 2012 Update Conference Feb. 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Session topics will include recent legislative and litigation developments in the aviation community, new aviation safety rules, aviation labor relations and the future of commercial human spaceflight.

Session highlights include:

Keynote Address, Rep. John Mica, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman (8 – 8:30 a.m.)

Key Legislative Issues (8:30 – 9:45 a.m.)

  • Gale Sullivan and Holly Woodruff Lyons, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation
  • Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for legislative and regulatory policy, Airlines for America
  • Greg Principato, president, Airports Council International-North America
  • Susan Kurland, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Aviation Safety: New Rules, New Issues (10 – 11:15 a.m.)

  • Rebecca MacPherson, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Jim Johnson, Airline Pilots Association
  • Douglas Mullen, Airlines for America
  • David Bannard, Foley & Lardner

The Future of Commercial Human Spaceflight (11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

  • Henry Hertzfeld, George Washington University
  • Mike Gold, Bigelow Aerospace
  • Laura Montgomery, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Jack Kennedy, Virginia Spaceport Authority

Luncheon Keynote: Susan Baer, aviation director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (12:30 -  2 p.m.)

Aviation Labor Relations (2  – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Steve Alterman, Airline Cargo Association
  • Chris Corson, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
  • Jonathan Fritts, Morgan Lewis
  • Larry Willis, AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department
  • Randy Johnson, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Recent Litigation Affecting Airports, Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration. Panelists include leading litigators involved in current airline, aviation security, airport, space and aviation products liability cases. (3:45 – 5 p.m.)

The online conference brochure provides a complete list of programs and speakers.

There is no charge for credentialed media to cover this event. For media credentials and additional information, please contact Ira Pilchen at .

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. 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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