September 25, 2009 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Association Law Symposium

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Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
14th Street Entrance, Atrium Hall
Washington, DC 20004

The 2009 Annual Association Law Symposium in Washington, DC is the definitive legal education event that addresses the most pressing issues in association and nonprofit law today. Lisa Hix is the Introductory Speaker and Chair of this year's symposium, and four Venable attorneys (Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Maurice Baskin, Jennifer T. Mallon and Jonathan L. Pompan) are participating in panel sessions at the event.

For a full program description and to register, please visit ASAE's website.

Title: The Impact of the New Administration and the Economic Downturn on Association Employment Law

Time: 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Maurice Baskin, Esq., partner, Venable LLP (moderator)
Jan Michelsen, Esq., MBA, shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Robert Silverstein, JD, principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Session Description: This session will survey the expanding list of employer obligations coming from the Obama administration and the economic downturn, with a focus on the significant changes under the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and new Department of Justice regulations. Additional subjects to be addressed include: the recently-enacted Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the status of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), age claims and other issues attendant to reductions in force (RIF), and a burgeoning variety of harassment and retaliation allegations. Join us for an interactive discussion on these topics and more, and leave with proactive steps, creative solutions, and time-tested best practices.

Title: We all Have Issues: Minimizing Membership Antitrust Risk

Time: 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Jennifer T. Mallon, JD, associate, Venable LLP;
Melanie Sabo, assistant director, Anticompetitive Practices Division of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition

Session Description: Has your association been met with allegations of group boycotts? How about monopolization? Join us to discuss real-life situations in which trade or professional associations faced antitrust liability, including the 2008 settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and National Association of Realtors, and the resulting implications on membership. Get practical advice on how your association can minimize antitrust exposure in this area, and steer clear of future risks!

Title: Association Advertising and Marketing Law 101

Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Peter McHugh, Esq., compliance officer & deputy general counsel, Biotechnology Industry Organization;
Jonathan L. Pompan, Esq., associate, Venable LLP

Session Description: Whether launching a multi-million dollar mixed-media campaign or a low-dollar charitable solicitation, a basic grasp of association advertising and marketing law is critical in order to avoid pitfalls and costly missteps. Join us to explore the legal and regulatory landscape of association advertising and marketing, including constitutional principles, government and private litigation, and special tax-exemption issues.  Walk away with a list of preventative do's and don'ts, and tips on how to handle scrutiny and competitive challenges.

Title: Best Practices in Corporate Governance for Nonprofit Organizations

Time: 1:00-2:25 p.m.

Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., partner, Venable LLP
Paula Cozzi Gaudert, Esq., partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Mark Spitz, senior staff attorney, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Session Description: Over the past several years, some of the nation's most well-known nonprofit organizations have experienced crises in governance. These crises have been public and painful, affecting not only the organizations but also the populations they serve. In the wake of these governance failures, and on the heels of the unveiling of the new IRS Form 990, nonprofit boards and organization leaders must assess their governance structure and operation and make appropriate changes to strengthen their practices. How does your governance structure stack up? Make sure your governance practices are up to par – don’t miss this practical session!

Title: Closing General Session: Ask the Experts!

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Paula Cozzi Goedert, Esq., partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP;
Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., senior partner and president, Howe & Hutton, Ltd. (moderator);
Jerald A. Jacobs, Esq., partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP;
Robert M. Portman, JD, MPP, principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC;
Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq., partner, Venable LLP

Session Description: After so much learning, there’s no better way to end the day than with a lightning round that promises to be as useful as it is entertaining. Our knowledgeable panel is fired up and ready to field your questions about a wide array of association legal issues. Do you have a burning question about executive compensation? We’ve got you covered. Are you in need of guidance in the area of self regulation? Bring it on. The floor is open – come prepared with your toughest situations and biggest challenges!