September 29 - October 1, 2020

Venable LLP

Not a Symposium, but a Virtual Ad Law CLE Bonanza

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Session 1: Recent Supreme Court and Appellate Decisions

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The federal courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court have delivered a flurry of important decisions that will have major implications for marketers and advertisers. And they’re not done yet: the Supreme Court is poised to rule on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) ability to obtain equitable monetary relief and resolve a circuit split over what constitutes an autodialer under the TCPA. Telemarketers and their advertising clients, and businesses within the FTC’s reach — meaning almost everybody — need to stay on top of what’s happening in the courts. Our panel of experienced advertising litigators and former FTC officials will cover the landscape for you.


Stephen Freeland, Partner, Venable LLP

Leonard Gordon, Partner, Venable LLP

Mary Gardner, Associate, Venable LLP

Session 2: Ad Law in the Age of COVID and Regulatory Reactions

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

As with most crises, COVID-19 has presented the opportunity for bad actors to prey upon consumers’ fears and market untested cures and all variety of coronavirus-related products. And, as in most disasters, the regulators, self-regulatory bodies, and private plaintiffs’ bar have stepped in to scrutinize and challenge these advertising and marketing claims. Tune in for a discussion of advertising and enforcement trends arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and learn what it takes to make truthful and substantiated claims.


Richard Cleland, Assistant Director - Division of Advertising Practices, FTC

Melissa Steinman, Partner, Venable LLP

Kristen Klesh, Counsel, Venable LLP

Session 3: A Fireside Chat and Crystal Ball Reading with FTC Attorney Advisors

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Every advertiser subject to the FTC’s jurisdiction wants to know what the FTC’s commissioners think: What are their enforcement priorities? What arguments do they find persuasive? What tactics never work? While we cannot be the proverbial fly on the wall, we can offer the next best thing. Our panelists are the commissioners’ attorney advisors, and they will provide an insider’s perspective on the FTC that every marketer will want to hear, and will look into their crystal balls to discuss what businesses can expect after this election year is over.


Eric Berman, Partner, Venable LLP

Daniel Blynn, Partner, Venable LLP


Austin King, Attorney Advisor Office of Commissioner Slaughter, FTC

Sam Levine, Attorney Advisor Office of Commissioner Chopra, FTC

Ethan Levisohn, Attorney Advisor Office of Commissioner Phillips, FTC

Robin Spector, Attorney Advisor Office of Commissioner Wilson, FTC


Venable's Advertising Law Webinar Series examines the universe of industry considerations, bringing critical legal issues to light through monthly programming. This diverse series empowers professionals across industries in establishing, protecting, and growing brands through the analysis of current regulatory and litigation developments. Topics include trends and current-events, regulatory guidance, significant court decisions, issue spotting, and targeted compliance tips.