AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION to consider climate change, marriage equality at Annual Meeting in San Francisco


From the American Bar Association

CHICAGO, July 3, 2007— California’s climate change and land use activities, a review of recent national and international legislature for same-sex couples, and a local event drafting wills for eligible San Francisco first responders are among programs of local interest featured at the 2007 American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Aug. 9-14, in San Francisco .

With more than 1,500 top quality legal programs and events, and presentations by the foremost law experts and speakers, including U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen J. Breyer and Anthony M. Kennedy, the ABA Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals.

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On Aug. 11 Justice Breyer will be honored at a noon luncheon by the ABA Rule of Law Initiative for his extraordinary commitment to the promotion of the rule of law in the developing world. He will also be keynote speaker at the event held at the Moscone West Convention Center .

Justice Kennedy will receive the ABA Medal, its highest honor, during the Annual Meeting Opening Assembly on Aug. 11.

The 546-member ABA House of Delegates will meet on Aug. 13 and 14 at the Moscone West Convention Center to consider policy recommendations and vote on resolutions.

Among program highlights of local interest:

“Altared’ States: Effective Strategies for Business Counsel in the Changing Legal Landscape of Same-Sex Couples”

This program will review new national and international laws for same-sex couples. Practical advice to business attorneys on spotting critical issues and providing counsel in an era of legal and tax uncertainty as well as tips for avoiding malpractice liability when advising clients and the implementation of the new laws on a company-wide basis, will be addressed.

Aug. 10, Fairmont San Francisco, Pavilion, Lobby level

“Climate Change and Land Use — California Strategies”

California is leading the way in forging public policies that respond to climate change. Panelists will examine the relationship between land use planning and climate change, with a focus on how California and its localities are taking action in this area.

Aug. 10, Hilton San Francisco, Yosemite Room B, Ballroom level

“Wills for Heroes Event in San Francisco”

The ABA Young Lawyers Division is partnering with the Wills for Heroes Foundation this year to promote its 2007-2008 public service project, Wills for Heroes. Providing support, services, financial assistance and supplies to eligible emergency first responders and their families in the United States , the Wills for Heroes program will be kicking off at the ABA Annual Meeting with an offsite event assisting local first responders.

Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., San Francisco Fire Department’s Division of Training

“A Holistic Approach to Serving Undocumented Unaccompanied Youth”

More than 8,000 unaccompanied youth flee their home countries for the United States each year to escape life-threatening conditions, and most are forced to navigate our legal system alone. Panelists will discuss the various unique needs of unaccompanied immigrant youth and the challenges practitioners face in assisting them.

Aug. 10, Grand Hyatt, Butron, Theatre level

“17th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award Luncheon”

This award recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Among this year’s recipients are Marsha S. Berzon and Angela M. Bradstreet of San Francisco , as well as Roxana C. Bacon of Phoenix , Marva Jones Brooks of Atlanta; and Irma S. Raker of Annapolis , Md.

Aug. 12, Moscone West Convention Center , 3rd floor ballroom

“How to Represent Petey: Animals in Entertainment” Panelists including Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and founder of The Roar Foundation, will address various legal issues relating to animals in the entertainment industry as well as current trends in litigation.

Aug. 11, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 3018, 3rd floor

“Hot Topics in the Commercial & Indian Gaming Industry”

California is a hot bed for gaming law and policy, and affects what is happening in the gaming industry nationally. Local commercial and Indian gaming experts will discuss hot topics in the Golden State .

Aug. 10, Fairmont San Francisco, French Room, Lobby level

Among other programs:

“Historical Trial: Terror in San Francisco : The 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing Trial”

Aug. 9, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 2006, 2nd floor

“Business Litigation Committee/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Public Service Project: ABA Members Volunteering at Local Food Bank”

Aug. 9, San Francisco Food Bank

“Life Sciences & the Law – Hit Fast Forward: Think You Won’t Have a Humanoid Robot When You’re 100? Think Again!”

Aug. 10, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 2024, 2nd floor.

“Domestic Partner Benefits, Rights and Responsibilities: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know”

Aug. 11, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 3018, 3rd floor.

“Land Use Law in California & Beyond with Luncheon Honoring Daniel J. Curtin, Jr, a Walnut Creek , California Resident and Expert Land Use Lawyer”

Aug. 11, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma , Calif.

“Sex, Drugs, and the Law: The ABA ‘s Response to HIV/AIDS”

Aug. 11, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 3024, 3rd floor

“Where’s the Smart Money in Greenhouse Gases? GHG Lessons for Today”

Aug. 12, Fairmont San Francisco, French Room, Lobby level

“Respect for Same-Sex Couples and their Relationships: Navigating the Hurdles Posed by Lack of Federal and State Recognition”

Aug. 12, Moscone West Convention Center , Room 2002, 2nd floor

“Watch Those Speed Bumps! — Quirky California Laws Often Surprise Lawyers Involved in California-Based Transactions”

Aug. 13, Fairmont San Francisco, Crystal, Lobby level

“Here’s Our Wine List: Issues in Winery Finance; Structuring and Recovering Credit Extensions”

Aug. 13, Fairmont San Francisco, Pavilion, Lobby level

During the Annual Meeting, a press room for working journalists will be set up at the Moscone West Convention Center and will be open for on-site media registration at 8 a.m. on Aug. 9. Thereafter the press room will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Aug. 14.

With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.

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