Friday, January 22, 2016

January 29: Cleveland - Genetically Modified Organisms and the Law

This event will feature an extensive discussion on the current state of genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling laws across the United States by a panel of attorneys who publish, practice, teach and/or research in the area of GMOs. The panel will address the two sides of the debate – supporters of GMO labeling and the rights of the consumer to make informed food choices versus supporters of H.R. 1599, which forbids states from requiring GMO labeling of crops under the First Amendment-rooted prohibition on compelled commercial speech. For attorneys practicing agricultural and food law in the state of Ohio, it will become integral to understand both sides of this debate in order to best advocate for their clients. This panel discussion will serve as an opportunity to explore all sides of the GMO labeling issue with legal experts in the field.
Genetically Modified Organisms and the Law
January 29, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CWRU School of Law’s Moot Courtroom
Cleveland, OH

  • Moderator - Prof. Jaime Bouvier serves as Co-Director of the Academic and Writing Support Program at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law and is a Case Western Reserve University Law School alumnus. Her writing and research focus on food policy and urban agriculture; including her contribution, “Backyard Chickens, Goats, and Bees, How Cities are Regulating Micro- Livestock,” to Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation published by the American Bar Association. In addition to these and other roles, Professor Bouvier serves as the faculty adviser to the CWRU Food Law and Policy Society.
  • Prof. Jonathan Adler is among the most distinguished members of faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His work covers the spectrum of Environmental, Constitutional, and Administrative law. Professor Adler is the Inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and the Director of the CWRU Center for Business Law & Regulation. Professor Adler’s scores of publications include “How Not to Label Biotech Food” in The New Atlantis, “More Sorry than Safe: Assessing the Precautionary Principle and the Proposed International Biosafety Protocol” published in Texas International Law Journal, and the forthcoming article, "Compelled Commercial Speech and the Consumer 'Right-to-Know,'" in Arizona Law Review. Professor Adler also is a frequent contributor to The Volokh Conspiracy and is often consulted by many of the nation’s leading news providers about Environmental, Constitutional, and Administrative legal issues.
  • Prof. Alison Peck serves as Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law, where she teaches Property Law; Agriculture & Food Law; and Sustainable Development among other courses. Prior to her appointment at West Virginia University College of Law, Professor Peck received her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from University of Arkansas, where she was also a member of the faculty. Her recent publications include: “Does Regulation Chill Democratic Deliberation? The Case of GMOs” in Creighton Law Review and “Revisiting the Tea Party: The History of Regulating Food Consumption in America” in University of Missouri- Kansas City Law Review. Professor Peck is also the faculty advisor to WVU’s Agriculture and Food Law Society.
  • Mr. Martin E. Levin is a solo environmental practitioner in Massachusetts and Senior Fellow with the nonprofit, Council for Responsible Genetics (“CRG”), Cambridge, MA. Throughout the 1990s, he served as Chief Environmental Prosecutor for the state of Massachusetts and led the investigation and successful prosecution of companies for environmental practices that put health and safety at risk. After moving to private practice, Mr. Levin was recognized as a “Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year” for bringing the first successful environmental class action in Massachusetts, representing approximately one thousand families adversely affected by an offshore oil spill. Currently, Mr. Levin works with CRG and the citizens’ group, MA Right to Know GMOs, to support mandatory GMO labeling legislation in Massachusetts and nationwide.

The Food Law & Policy Group
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Approved for 2 hours of in-person CLE credit
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January 21: San Francisco - Crowdfunding - Now Your Grandmother Is A Venture Capitalist!

  • What is Crowdfunding?
  • What is Equity based crowdfunding?
  • What are the changes with Title III and Title IV?
  • Who benefits from these changes?
  • How this will affect attorneys?

January 21: San Francisco - Crowdfunding - Now Your Grandmother Is A Venture Capitalist!
January 21st, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm (PST)
First Republic Bank
1 Front Street
Conference room 8M
San Francisco, CA 94111
Lunch will be provided by First Republic Bank
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Daniel Duran
Eric Milliken thrives as an attorney because of his love and passion for his job. Milliken’s unique practice is driven by his years of experience working in all aspects of businesses, from formation, business development, funding negotiations, SEC compliance, contract negotiations and legal services.
The Sutter Law Firm is a corporate law practice, we focus on business law with a particular emphasis on the formation of startup, emerging companies, venture capital and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property licensing and general corporate matters.
This Presentation May Qualify for .5 units of California Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Credit
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Monday, January 18, 2016

February 1: California MCLE Deadline

California's MCLE deadline is February 1st.  If you are one of the thousands of lawyers that fall into that compliance date, you still have options for fulfilling your requirements inexpensively and often for free.

  • Most of the online programs in the list to the right earn credit in California.
  • The provider Lexvid offers one credit-hour free, just for signing up on their site.
    They have a wide variety of programs so you are likely to find something that suits you on their "California" page at Use discount code "CLEdiscount20" for 20% off the price of anything after that first free program. Attorneys can fulfill all of their CA requirements with LexVid. All LexVid Courses are Participatory LexVid is a California Accredited MCLE Provider #12350

Thursday, January 7, 2016

January 14: Web - Delivering Legal Services Online

E-commerce has exploded over the last 15 years, and this trend is finally finding its way to the law. Josh King, Avvo's General Counsel and VP of Business Development, will provide compelling insights to help lawyers and law firms understand the primary ethics issues that may arise when selling or delivering legal services online.
Delivering Legal Services Online
Thursday, January 14, 2016
10am Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Josh King
Josh King is General Counsel & Vice President of Business Development at Avvo.
Some other states may give credit on self-application
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Feb 2016/Seattle: Moot Court

n behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, we would like to inform you about two opportunities to participate as a judge in upcoming Moot Court competitions. 

Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition: Monday, January 25, 2016 à February 1, 2016;

Contract Negotiation Competition:  Monday, February 8, 2016 à Monday, February 15, 2016

More information about the competitions and complete schedules may be found at the bottom of this email. 

We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate.
As a judge, you will provide feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance.
For your service as a judge:
·       You may receive 3 free CLE credits per competition or, 5.5 credits for judging two nights; *
·       Free parking; and 
·       Dinner 

We will provide you with details regarding the problem and fact pattern about a week in advance of the competition. 

Judging for a University of Washington law school competition is an opportunity to provide law students with valuable feedback on their trial advocacy skills. Volunteer judges are also invaluable to the continued success of the Moot Court Honor Board and the in-house competition program.      

You may REGISTER to serve as a judge using the following online sign-up sheet (Note that these sign-up sheets cover the preliminary rounds through the semifinal round. Final round judges are recruited on an individual basis.) 

If you are unable to serve as a judge for this competition, but would like to receive invitations to judge future competitions (or would like to be removed from our judge database), please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Questions regarding the competition can be sent to  

Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competitions.

Miriam Ricanne Swedlow
Vice President of Judges
UW Moot Court Honor Board
*Each round of competition entails a time commitment of substantive work (training, listening to competition rounds, grading and delivering feedback) of approximately 3 to 3.5 hours.
Note: you will receive 3 credits if you judge one round, but 5.5 if you judge a round in both competitions.