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Expand/Collapse Date : 2/21/2010 ‎(3)
2/21/2010 12:00 PM2/21/2010 4:00 PMRegistrationJackson Foyer
2/21/2010 1:30 PM2/21/2010 4:00 PMRoundtable DiscussionHamilton/Indian River
Join our annual roundtable session to highlight issues your organization is facing and learn how others have tackled them.
 
Moderator:
Kenneth C. Scheidig, chair, APTA Legal Affairs Committee and general counsel, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
2/21/2010 6:00 PM2/21/2010 7:00 PMOpening ReceptionUpper Pool Terrace
Expand/Collapse Date : 2/22/2010 ‎(8)
2/22/2010 8:00 AM2/22/2010 4:00 PMRegistrationJackson Foyer
2/22/2010 8:00 AM2/22/2010 8:30 AMBreakfastPalm Beach
2/22/2010 8:30 AM2/22/2010 8:45 AMWelcome and Opening RemarksJackson
Speaker:
Kenneth C. Scheidig, chair, APTA Legal Affairs Committee and general counsel, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
2/22/2010 8:45 AM2/22/2010 9:45 AMLitigation & Regulatory UpdateJackson
2/22/2010 9:45 AM2/22/2010 11:45 AMKeeping Abreast of Civil Rights Developments Affecting Public Transit AgenciesJackson
Civil rights considerations are embedded in virtually all public transit operations.  Recent court decisions and agency rulemaking necessitate continued attention to DBE programs, ADA accessibility requirements, and the application of Title VI nondiscrimination principles in transit decision making.  This session will explore key legal issues in civil rights programs that affect public transit operations. And, we’ll look at what civil rights trends lie ahead in the new decade.
 
Moderator: 
Madeline Chun, partner, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy, LLP, San Francisco, CA
 
Panelists:  
Tiffany Lorenzen, general counsel, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA
 
Kimon Manolius, partner, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos & Rudy, LLP, San Francisco, CA
 
Colette Holt, principal, Colette Holt Associates,  Chicago, IL
 
Keith Wiener, partner, Holland & Knight, Atlanta, GA
2/22/2010 1:00 PM2/22/2010 3:00 PMA Lawyer’s Guide to the FTA New Starts/Small Starts ProcessJackson
With FTA’s Small Starts program up and running and more and more places considering streetcars and bus rapid transit, the FTA New Starts process is moving beyond “big rail starts” into the mainstream of the federal transit program. Lawyers working on federal transit issues should have a basic understanding of the federal New Starts process, its interaction with procurement, environmental and federal grant program requirements, as well as how it operates under federal authorization and appropriations law and ultimately how a project is approved through a full funding grant agreement or project construction grant agreement.
 
Moderator:
Daniel Duff
, of counsel, Thompson Coburn LLP, Washington, DC
 
Panelists:
Scott A. Biehl
, deputy chief counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
 
Jeffrey F.  Boothe, partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
 
Edward J. Gill, Jr., partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Washington, DC
2/22/2010 3:00 PM2/22/2010 3:15 PMAfternoon Break
2/22/2010 3:15 PM2/22/2010 4:15 PMProcurement IssuesJackson
This seminar will touch upon Federal Transit Administration Circular 4220.1F updates, collusion in procurement and grant awards and the effective use of a No Damage for Delay clause in agency construction contracts.  James Harper, Jr. will identify and discuss the purpose and effect of the recently implemented FTA Circular 4220.1F updates having the greatest impact on grantees.  A Department of Justice representative will identify those clues which often signal the presence of collusion in procurement and grant awards and the means by which to get the DOJ involved in the event such is suspected.  Additionally, Lewis I. Askew, Jr. will discuss the effectiveness that No Damage for Delay provisions have in limiting an agency’s exposure to debilitating claims in construction projects.
 
Moderator:
Lewis I. Askew, Jr.,
LEED AP, partner, Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC, Washington, DC
 
Panelists:
James Harper, Jr.,
director, Federal Transit Administration Office of Procurement
 
Department Of Justice Representative
Expand/Collapse Date : 2/23/2010 ‎(11)
2/23/2010 8:00 AM2/23/2010 8:30 AMBreakfastPalm Beach
2/23/2010 8:00 AM2/23/2010 12:00 PMRegistrationJackson Foyer
2/23/2010 8:30 AM2/23/2010 9:00 AMLegal Affairs Committee Business Meeting and ElectionJackson
Today’s Presiding Officer:
Kenneth C. Scheidig, chair, APTA Legal Affairs Committee and general counsel, AC Transit (Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District), Oakland, CA
2/23/2010 9:00 AM2/23/2010 10:00 AM13(c) Labor Protection DevelopmentsJackson
Like it or not, section 13(c) labor protection is a fact of life.  It applies to the majority of FTA grants, and requires repeated review and certification of grants by the Department of Labor. Section 13(c) protective agreements have no term but are perpetual in nature, and they invade day to day labor relations.  This panel will provide the transit practitioner with a basic 101 course on 13(c), address its effect on outsourcing, and discuss pending 13(c) cases and disputes over interest arbitration, APA review of Department of Labor actions, State laws changing health and pension benefits, efforts to negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and the invocation (or not) of fact finding.  Some profanity, violence unpredictable.  Not yet rated!
 
Moderator:
Jane Sutter Starke
, partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Washington, DC
 
Panelists: 
Jennifer Rigby Kohler, associate corporate counsel, Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City, UT
 
Robert J. Mack, assistant city attorney, Colorado Springs, CO
2/23/2010 10:00 AM2/23/2010 11:00 AMFTA Chief Counsel PrioritiesJackson
FTA’s new chief counsel will update our attendees on the agency’s legislative and regulatory agendas and provide insights on where FTA’s emphasis is likely to be in the coming year.
 
Speaker:
Dorval Carter, chief counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
2/23/2010 11:00 AM2/23/2010 12:00 PMTCRP Paper PresentationsJackson
2/23/2010 12:00 PM2/23/2010 1:00 PMLunch on Your Own
2/23/2010 1:00 PM2/23/2010 2:00 PMEthics in LitigationJackson
Transit attorneys, whether direct employees of the agencies they serve or outside counsel, often find themselves facing substantial conflict of interest questions.  Advising transit managers and boards while serving the agency client; outside counsel’s responsibility when pursuing related business; and other difficult ethical situations abound.
 
With the evolution of electronic discovery, transit attorneys are faced with additional ethical issues.  Litigation holds; electronic documents; and ever more complicated technology and communications strain the capabilities of even the most tech-savvy counsel.
 
Our panel will update us on these and other emerging ethics issues.  Who said ethics is boring?
 
Moderator:
Wib Gulley, general counsel, Triangle Transit, Durham, NC
 
Panelist:
Kimon Manolius, partner, Hanson Bridgett, LLP, San Francisco, CA
 
Jeffrey Bandini, partner, Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein, LLP, Raleigh, NC
 
Hyattye Simmons, general counsel, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
2/23/2010 2:00 PM2/23/2010 2:15 PMAfternoon Break
2/23/2010 2:15 PM2/23/2010 4:15 PMAn Update on Emerging Railroad and Rail Transit IssuesJackson
Rail issues, affecting both commuter rail and rail operations, have dominated the legislative and regulatory agendas in the past year.  Unprecedented funding for high speed rail, a mandate to build positive train control systems, and FTA’s new safety role all will challenge transit lawyers in the coming year.  This session will review these issues and more, and provide insights into the FTA’s process of building its safety program.
 
Moderator:
Kevin M. Sheys
, partner, K&L Gates, Washington, DC
 
Panelists: 
Dorval Carter
, chief counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
 
Linda Ford, assistant chief counsel for legislation and regulations,  Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
 
Hyattye Simmons, general counsel, Dallas Area Rapid Transit , Dallas, TX
 
Allison I. Fultz, associate, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC
 
Peter Denton, associate, K&L Gates LLP, Washington, DC
 
2/23/2010 4:15 PM2/23/2010 4:30 PMClosingJackson
 

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