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American Bar Association's Annual Meeting

August 5-10, 2004

At the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting, which was held in Atlanta from August 5-10, 2004, a number of Sutherland attorneys participated in various sessions:

On Thursday, August 5, Tom Byrne was a panel member during the Judicial Division's "What Judges Need to Know About Business Valuations and Corporate and Commercial Litigation" seminar.  The program focused on emerging issues confronting judges who must deal with business valuation, digital discovery disputes, and cutting-edge corporate and class action litigation problems.  For more information, please click here.

  • Allegra Lawrence-Hardy spoke at the Section of Business Law Committee on Diversity's "Building Your Career – Successful Women Lawyers and Other Experts Explain How To Navigate the Muddy Waters" on Friday, August 6. 
  • The ABA's Commission on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education presented "Brown v. United States of America: Debating the Issues Past, Present, and Future" on Saturday, August 7.  This special event culminated a year of programs commemorating the Brown decision, as some of the nation's top judges, lawyers, scholars and policy experts debated four key issues emanating from the decision that remain unresolved today.  The program was moderated by the Commission's chair, Professor Charles J. Ogletree of Harvard Law School.  Among the judges for the trial were The Honorable Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court and The Honorable Robert Benham of the Supreme Court of Georgia.  John Payton, of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, and Theodore M. Shaw, of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, represented the plaintiffs, and Sutherland partners Al Lindseth and Rocco Testani represented the defendants.  Sutherland partner John Munich sat on the jury.  For more information, please click here.
  • Phil Moïse spoke at the Section of Business Law Committee on Health and Biotechnology's "Building a Life Sciences Practice: The Challenges of University Technology Transfer - A Corporate Lawyer's Perspective" on Saturday, August 7.  For more information, please click here.
  • Amy Dosik spoke at the Section of Business Law Committee on Nonprofit Corporations' "'Well You're a Lawyer,' Said the Pastor/Rabbi/Mullah: What You Need to Know About Representing Religious Organizations" on Saturday, August 7.  For more information, please click here.

In addition, Sutherland sponsored or co-sponsored several events throughout the course of the meeting:

  • Sutherland was a co-sponsor of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice meeting.  For more information, please click here.
  • Sutherland was a co-sponsor of the Young Lawyers Division meeting.  For more information, please click here.
  • Sutherland sponsored the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Section of Business Law meeting.
  • Sutherland supported, in conjunction with sponsors the Georgia ABC Committee, the National Association of Women Judges, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the legal department of Coca-Cola, a service project that was held on Saturday, August 7, at 1:00 p.m.  Lawyers spent the afternoon at the University Community Development Corporation's Tyler Place CDC in Atlanta helping with construction, painting, clean-up and other maintenance jobs around the center.  This was the fourth year that a community service project was incorporated with the ABA's Annual Meeting.

For more information on the ABA's 2004 Annual Meeting, please click here.

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