Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Meeting Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Rendezvous Ballroom, 3rd Floor | 3.0 MCLE Credits 

[This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted.]

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction

Chair: Daniel K. Wiig, Esq., Corporate Affairs, New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY

9:10 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Emerging Technologies in Litigation (1.5 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice)

This panel will broadly address emerging technological issues in litigation, both those innovations that can be used to aid counsel in litigation and those that are fodder for disputes. The purpose of this CLE is to provide a broad overview of both, with topics selected by our panel.

I.  New Technologies for Litigators  (9:10 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.)

  • Developments in AI Technology to Predict Court Decisions
  • Blockchain
  • Ediscovery and Predictive Coding

II. Technologies Giving Rise to New Litigation Issues (10:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.)

  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Patents and the Creation of New Patents
  • Evidentiary Issues Implicated by New Technologies- Is Blockchain Evidence Admissible?

Panelists: Hon. Melissa A. Crane, New York Supreme Court, New York, NY; Maura R. Grossman, J.D., Ph.D., School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Gail L. Gottehrer, Esq., Law Offices of Gail Gottehrer LLC, New York, NY; Hon. Katherine B. Forrest (Former), Cravath Swain & Moore LLP, New York, NY

Moderator: Kan M. Nawaday, Esq., Venable LLP, New York, NY

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Budding Cannabis and CBD Litigation: Are You Ready for the Green Wave Heading Towards New York? (0.5 Credit in Ethics, 1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)

Money is flowing into Cannabis and CBD, and where there is money, commercial litigation often follows.  This panel will explain the differences between cannabis and CBD–from a legal, compliance and practical perspective–and then discuss emerging trends in litigation from jurisdictions around the US and the particular ethical and business challenges of handling matters involving state-sanctioned but federally illegal products.

I. Background (10:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.)

  • Difference Between CBD and Cannabis,
  • Medical Marijuana,
  • Various State Cannabis Law,
  • Farm Bill, FDA and Federal/State Regulations,
  • Proposed Legislation (SAFE Banking and STATES Act), Current Status in New York State

II. Ethics – Dos and Don’ts of Representation (11:10 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.)

III. Commercial Litigation Issues to Date, Enforcement Issues, and Experience in Other Jurisdictions (11:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

  • No access to Bankruptcy Courts,
  • Anti-Discrimination in Employment (Medical Marijuana v. Illegality Federally)
  • Discovery Issues (Including Act of Production),
  • In Pari Delicto/Illegality, Use of Arbitration, Intellectual Property Rights, Judgment

Panelists: James K. Landau, Esq., McCarthy Fingar LLP, New York, NY; Elinor C. Sutton, Esq.,Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, New York, NY; Sara E. Payne, Esq., Jushi Holdings Inc., New York, NY

Moderator: Paul D. Sarkozi, Esq., Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP, New York, NY

Reception:   12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor 

Luncheon: 12:30 p.m. | Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor

Section Chair :  Laurel R. Kretzing, Esq. | Office of the Nassau County Attorney | Mineola, NY

Program Chair:  Daniel K. Wiig, Esq. | Corporate Affairs, New York City Housing Authority | New York, NY


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