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Everything You Wanted to Know About Blockchain But Didn’t Know to Ask (02/19/2021)

Program Number: 3110 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Valerie Pennacchio, Esq., Teresa Walker

You may be familiar with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies but do you know anything about the underlying technology and why it will become so important to the legal industry? Of all the emerging technologies, blockchain, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT) might be the least understood. We are all searching for truth these days and to find resources upon which we can depend, especially in the legal industry. Learn about how blockchain technology is already in use in the legal industry and consider ways in which it will continue to grow in the industry.

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Estate Planning Opportunities with "20/20 Vision": The Impact of the Federal Election on Existing Estate Plans (01/19/2021)

Program Number: 3109 Presenter: Melanie E. Cuddyre, Esq.

This program will discuss the unique estate planning opportunities created as a result of the 2020 Federal election. The 2021 Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion is $11.7M per individual (or $23.4M for a married couple). While the exclusion was already set to drop to $5 million, as adjusted for inflation, on January 1, 2026, the recent Federal election creates the possibility that the exclusion will be reduced before that date, and potentially be reduced to a lesser amount. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued regulations confirming that gifts made prior to a reduction in the exclusion will not be “clawed back” into the gross estate for Federal Estate Tax purposes. Lifetime gifting opportunities, including the use of Spousal Limited Access Trusts (SLATs), Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs), Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs), and other techniques allow individuals to take advantage of the current exclusion rate while they are still able. This program discusses

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What You Don’t Know, But Need to Know, About Hotel Investments in 2021 (02/02/2021)

Program Number: 3108 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Yariv C. Ben-Ari, Esq., Jonathan Falik, Esq.

This session is intended to present a practical approach to understanding basic hotel industry financial terminology, definitions, and applications. The package includes debt terms, equity terms and investment terms and issues. Speakers will discuss the critical legal issues in the purchase and sale of a hotel property, considering the unique aspects of this asset class. The program will focus on seller representations and warranties, key contract provisions in the purchase and sale agreement, and retention or termination of the hotel management/franchise affiliation. The program will also address the significance of the terms of the hotel management agreement. The presentation will relate to the current hospitality environment in Q1 2021.

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Practical Tips for Obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order Against Former Employees (01/13/2021)

Program Number: 3106 Presenter: Rogge Dunn, Esq., Greg McAllister, Esq.

The key to winning a successful Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) is understanding your client's goals. Rogge Dunn and Greg McAllister have spent a great part of their practice working with clients seeking or defending against injunctive relief. They’ll share their thoughts on strategy and clear thinking before seeking extraordinary relief. Topics will include legal points (drafting pleadings and orders) and specific subjects (trade secrets, noncompetition/nonsolicitation covenants, lift outs). They will also share stories from the battlefield because practical tips can make the difference between winning and losing.

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How to Ethically Mitigate Risk in Remote Meetings and Depositions (01/12/2021)

Program Number: 3105 Presenter: Joanna Storey, Esq.

Many elementary school students have mastered the art of remote meetings during distance learning, but some seasoned lawyers still do not understand how to effectively use mute. In this 60-minute presentation, we navigate through the risky waters of using remote depositions and meetings in your law practice. We offer practical tips for meeting four primary ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct: Competence (Rule 1.1), Communications (Rule 1.4), Confidentiality of Information (Rule 1.6) and Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistance (Rule 5.3). The key takeaways will be understanding the technology, training, practicing and being mindful of your video and audio surroundings.

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NYC Human Rights Law: The 'Gold Standard' of Anti-Discrimination Laws (02/16/2021)

Program Number: 3104 Presenter: Mark S. Goldstein, Esq., Alexandra Manfredi, Esq.

As many businesses have come to learn in recent years, New York City is home to one of the nation’s most expansive anti-discrimination laws: the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The NYCHRL is unique on a multiple fronts, including its broad protections and definitions, burdensome obligations for employers, and expanded remedies. This program will explore the history of the NYCHRL, what differentiates it from other anti-discrimination statutes, and provide practical recommendations for employers grappling with its multifaceted requirements.

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Challenging the SEC in Federal Court: Recent Developments in Case Law and Practice Notes (01/14/2021)

Program Number: 3103 Presenter: Jay A. Dubow, Esq., Mary Grace W. Metcalfe, Esq., Ghillaine A. Reid, Esq.

Challenging an ongoing investigation by the SEC is a daunting task, particularly for those identified as subjects of the investigation. Two recent holdings, one by the Third Circuit in Gentile v. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n, 2020 WL 5416297 (3d Cir. Sept. 10, 2020) and the other by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Sec. & Exch. Comm’n v. Gentile, 16-cv-01619-BRM-JAD (Order Sept. 29, 2020), both of which involved the same parties, offer some clarification on when and how best to mount such a challenge. The Third Circuit’s opinion makes clear that the SEC’s ability to investigate is one of the “rare circumstances” in which an agency’s action is exempt from the waiver of sovereign immunity that might otherwise apply under the Administrative Procedure Act and, as a result, is not subject to judicial review. By contrast, the district court’s opinion reinforces that, once an investigation

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Evaluating a Vendor's Privacy Practices: The Rise of the Vendor Privacy Assessment Questionnaire (01/13/2021)

Program Number: 3102 Presenter: Karin E. Ross, Esq., David A. Zetoony, Esq.

Many companies have institutionalized the practice of conducting due diligence on their vendors’ security practices. A familiar component of the diligence process is to have a vendor complete a security assessment questionnaire or SAQ . Historically, vendor privacy due diligence has been a less common phenomena. New cases, statutes, rules, and regulations are changing that. The program will discuss the growing need and upward trend for conducting privacy due diligence in light of the European court of justice decision in Schrems II, the CCPA, and the CPRA. It will also provide in-house counsel with practical insights into what to include in a privacy assessment questionnaire, and how to institutionalize the practice of conducting them

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Up the Ladder Reporting – Counsel’s Ethical and Legal Obligations for Addressing Potential Violations by Management (05/19/2021)

Program Number: 3101 Presenter: Erik R. Anderson, Esq., Carolyn H. Kendall, Esq.

This ethics program will discuss a lawyer’s legal and ethical obligations when he or she believes that a member of management is no longer fit to carry out company responsibilities or potentially violating company policy or the law. Drawing from real world examples, this program will ensure that both in-house and outside counsel understand their role and obligations under such circumstances and provide them with practical steps to navigate these complex situations. Participants will understand their applicable ethical duties under the Model Rules and the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, including when or if a “noisy withdrawal” is required; learn when and under what circumstances they can or should report to the Board or other governing body; and the role of internal investigations conducted by outside counsel, including potential risks and complexities for in-house counsel who may have been involved in the underlying fact pattern.

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Emerging Issues in Business Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Claims (04/14/2020)

Program Number: 3099 Presenter: Christopher L. Pizzo, Esq., Eric E. Reed, Esq.

This program reviews what attorneys should know about forms of business insurance that may potentially apply to claims arising from the coronavirus pandemic. We will review parameters of insuring agreements and exclusions, arguments for and against coverage for coronavirus-related claims, emerging issues in coverage disputes, and recent legislative initiatives.

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