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Fall Conference 2013

2013 AABANY Fall Conference / NAPABA Northeast Regional

Program Descriptions

Although panelists listed are expected at this time, these rosters are subject to change

 

The Ins and Outs of Crowdfunding

Program Co-Chairs

Jane Chuang
Karen Lim
Jason Leung
Chris Hope
Jonathan Kim
Gurinder Singh

Description of Program                                                     

Crowdfunding has become a popular way to raise funds for many different types of projects, particularly those involving creative endeavors.  Last year, the JOBS Act opened the door for companies to use crowdfunding to sell equity to mom and pop investors.  Learn about the ins and outs of this fundraising platform from a panel of industry professionals and attorneys.   This program will explore the current state of crowdfunding, including a particular focus on crowdfunding to support entertainment industry and media projects, and the legal issues that arise from common crowdfunding models in the United States, Canada and around the world. 

Panelists

Julia Chen, Cyberlawstudio (Moderator)
John Vaskis, Indiegogo
Chris Hope, Associate, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Smeeta Ramarathnam, Chief of Staff, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commissioner

 

Bright Lights, Big Pharma

Program Co-Chairs

Sapna Palla, Counsel, Kaye Scholer LLP, New York City, New York, USA

Jason Leung, Director, Ridout & Maybee LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Description of Program

This program will explore and provide practical advice on key legal issues currently facing the pharmaceutical industry: (i) patent infringement and validation actions; (ii) pharmaceutical fraud including off-label promotions; and (iii) biosimilars. 

Panelists

Jason Leung, Director, Ridout & Maybee LLP (Moderator)
Sapna Palla, Counsel, Kaye Scholer LLP
Shahan Islam, Senior Corporate Counsel, Pfizer Inc.
Aseem Mehta, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Bayer Diabetes Care

 

E-discovery, Social Media, and the New Ethical Rules for the Non-Litigator

Program Chair

Christopher W. Chan

Description of Program

Learn from leading experts how the new Ethical Rules will impact how you practice law from your use and your clients’ use of e-mails, social media and electronically stored information to your obligation to become familiar with current technology and terminology. This course offering is specially designed for the solo or small firm practitioner whose overwhelming schedule has precluded their ethical obligations to keep abreast of all that is new. A follow-up opportunity on Sunday morning for those wishing to meet with companies that provide smartphones, tablets, laptops and other electric devices; various OS and apps to make you not only current and up-to-date but also compliant with learning and understanding technology. You will be more effective and efficient, provide better representation and, most likely, more profitable after attending this program.

Panelists

Mark A. Berman, Esq., Ganfer & Shore, LLP

Additional Panelists TBD

 

Post Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later and its Impact on the Northeast

Program Chair

Margaret Ling

Description of Program

This panel will focus on:

·       Have we recovered from Hurricane Sandy one year later?

·       How it has affected both commercial offices, businesses; residences, etc.

·       Impact on the Asian communities

·       Do we look at the world differently since Sandy?

 

Panelists

Lai Sun Yee, Division Supervisor of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Manhattan and the Bronx
Kevin Kong, Managing Director of Renaissance Economic Development Corp.

Wei Hu, Senior Attorney, Office of Legal Affairs at NYC Human Resources

Additional Panelists T

 

Intersection of Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Business, Entertainment, M&A, Internet, and Social Media Law

Program Chair

Florelee Wan

Description of Program

This panel will outline and discuss the intersection of intellectual property law with various other areas of law.  Intellectual property law issues, such as patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright, arise substance and contextually with a myriad of other practice areas, such as Antitrust, Business, Entertainment, M&A, Internet and Social Media Law.  Our panelists will discuss how these issues arise, how they may impact your case, and what you should know about them for those who practice in such areas of law

Panelists

YY. Jae Kim (moderator); Partner at Kim Krizman LLC, Voorhees NJ
Chinh Pham, Partner Greenberg Traurig, Boston MA
Quang Nguyen, Partner, Riverside Law, West Conshohocken, PA
Jason Leung, Director, Ridout & Maybee, Toronto Canada
Peter Tu, Vice President Legal, Moksha8 Pharmaceuticals, Wayne PA
Ankur Kapoor, Partner, Constantine Cannon LLP, New York NY

 

Office Politics 101: How to win the popularity contest at work

Program Chair

Wilson Chu

Description of Program

APAs are often seen as either too shy or meek or too aggressive and obnoxious.  How do you become present at meetings, parties and other events without being a jerk?  Especially when surveys show that APAs are the least trusted group in the office.  Learn how to work the room AND the hallways!  Learn to be, and be comfortable in being, the focus of the party!  The keys to the firm or corporate popularity contest, which could mean the difference between being the leader or the peon!

Panelists

Panelists TBD

 

General Counsel Roundtable

Program Chair

Jean Lee

Description of Program

The GCs will discuss the challenges of managing your CEO and Board and managing down.  It will focus on cutting legal spend while maintaining same high quality output.

Panelists

Michael Lewis, Lukoil America LLC
Michael Wu, Rosetta Stone
Seth Krauss, Take 2 Interactive
An-Ping Hsieh, Hubbell Incorporated
Clara Ohr (moderator), Hess Corporation

 

How to Investigate when you are being Investigated

Program Chair

Jean Lee

Description of Program

This panel will discuss how to prepare for and have a successful outcome when your company is being investigated by government regulators and the attorney general’s office.

Panelists

Don Liu (moderator), Xerox
Javade Chaudhri
Nicole Jones, Cigna
Katy Choo, GE
Bruce Bettigole
, Sutherland

 

Girlfriends Panel: How to “Lean in”

Program Chair

Jean Lee

Description of Program

This panel will discuss when/where/how to lean in and seize the right opportunities for your success.  It will explore the value of male mentors.

Panelists

Don Liu, Xerox
Jannie Lau, InterDigital
Michelle Rhee, BofA
Sandra Leung, GE
Jean Lee, JPMorgan Chase

 

How to get Disbarred: Avoiding Ethics Complaints and what to do if you can’t

Program Co-Chairs (name, title, affiliation)

Willard Shih

Eric Fikry

Margaret Ling

Description of Program

In this program, we will explore the area of attorney discipline, with the goal of explaining the ethics grievance process in a variety of states, as well as the areas of professional responsibility that most often ensnare attorneys.  Panelists will be those who have served on ethics committees, those who represent attorneys before ethics committees, and those who have special expertise in areas of professional responsibility.

Panelists (name, title, affiliation)

Eric Fikry, Blank Rome LLP
Kent Matsumoto, Interim GC, COO, Glatfelter (PA)
Pery Krinsy
Peter Tu, Vice President Legal, Moksha8 Pharmaceuticals

 

The Right to Vote: Asian Americans and the Struggle over who can vote and how

Program Chair

Rahat Babar

Description of Program

This panel of experts and practitioners will present a lively discussion and overview of the status of voting practices both nationally and regionally, with a particular emphasis on the impact on Asian American voters. This includes an analysis of recent efforts to impose additional requirements on voters, such as a mandatory identification requirement in Pennsylvania. The discussion will also revolve around the recent decisions on the right to vote from the Supreme Court, Asian American voting patterns, access to the polls, the requirement and availability of language access, and irregularities with provisional and absentee ballots. The panel will also explore ways that local bar associations and volunteer attorneys can defend against anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement.

Panelists

Rahat Babar (moderator), The Bayne Law Group
Glenn Magpantay, AALDEF
Tsiwen M. Law, Law and Associates
Erica Smith-Klocek, Morgan Lewis Bockius

 

Common Sense Immigration Reform

Program Chair

Rio Guerrero
Tsui Yee

Description of Program

The hottest topic affecting the APA community is Common Sense Immigration Reform. Bill S744 recently passed by the US Senate.  Many issues and questions remain.  What is clear is that any eventual comprehensive law or piecemeal set of laws will change the immigration law and policy landscape of the United States.  Whether you practice immigration law or not, sweeping immigration law reform will affect you, your friends, your family and/or clients.

Panelists

Rio Guerrero (moderator)
Tsui Yee
Jared Leung, Fennimore Craig
Dev Banad Viswanath, The Banad Law Office

 

The Partner Track – Fiction v. Reality in making partner at a law firm

Program Chair

Mike Huang

Description of Program

The Panel will compare/contrast the fictional challenges, trials and tribulations of Ingrid Yung, the central character in the book “The Partner Track: A Novel” as she strives to be ushered into the elite ranks of partnership with the real world challenges for APAs making partner at law firms today. 

Panelists

Helen Wan (moderator), Time, Inc.
Additional Panelists TBD

 

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