April 13-15, 2021

Venable LLP

Spring 2021 Edition: Not a Symposium, but a Virtual Ad Law CLE Bonanza

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We’re sorry not to be meeting up with you in person, but we hope you can join us for our spring 2021 edition of “Not a Symposium, but a Virtual Ad Law CLE Bonanza.” Combining the experience and thought leadership of one of the nation's largest advertising law practices with key figures in advertising regulation, these three CLE-packed sessions are designed to educate and innovate. Topics will cover broad trends and anticipated developments, as well as industry-specific hurdles, highlights, and more.

NAD at 50 Years: Regulation and Self-Regulation Over the Past 50 Years

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Advertising has undergone a significant evolution in the last 50 years – transitioning from the days of slogans to the present-day influencer and native campaigns. In this panel, we will take a look at how these developments have impacted advertising and claims substantiation since the inception of the BBB National Programs' National Advertising Division (NAD). How does the NAD monitor and investigate claims and disputes, what are the accepted industry standards and practices, and how have NAD processes and procedures evolved in the digital age? Join us for a discussion with BBB National Programs’ executive vice president for policy and NAD attorneys and practitioners, who will take us down memory lane and give their thoughts on whether past truly is prologue.


Shahin Rothermel, Counsel, Venable LLP


Mary Engle, Executive Vice President, Policy, BBB National Programs, Inc.

Laura Brett, Vice President, BBB National Programs, Inc.

What Advertisers Need to Know About Privacy

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Data and privacy bills, laws, policies, and enforcement priorities are changing at an ever-increasing pace at all levels of government – local, state, federal, and international. It is difficult to keep up with them all, let alone to understand how they affect your company’s advertising and marketing activities. How are these changes and proposed changes likely to affect the advertising market in 2021? What considerations should you be aware of? What will a new Democratic majority of FTC Commissioners focus on? This session will examine privacy developments and enforcement trends, and will focus on how to navigate key privacy concerns for advertisers in 2021.


Reed Freeman, Partner, Venable LLP


Lou Mastria, Executive Director, Digital Advertising Alliance

FTC Enforcement Priorities in the New Administration

Thursday, April 15, 2021

A new presidential administration means new FTC leadership. But what does new FTC leadership mean for advertisers? Acting Chairwoman Slaughter recently assumed the helm at a uniquely challenging time for the Commission, and she has chosen seasoned agency veterans for the interim front office who will help her determine where the FTC is headed. Join us for a virtual fireside chat with the FTC’s new acting director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Daniel Kaufman, for a discussion about what is different at the Commission under the new administration, and what remains the same.


Len Gordon, Partner and Chair, Advertising and Marketing Group, Venable LLP


Daniel Kaufman, Acting Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC