ATLP 91st Annual Meeting Webinar Series

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ATLP has transitioned the 91st Annual Meeting, formerly to be held in Vancouver, BC, to a webinar series. presenting timely discussions among industry experts in the transportation law community to provide YOU with the best and most current information to support you in your practice. We are still hard at work bringing the topics and presenters together, so please check back regularly. We will apply for this program to earn up to 13 General and 1 Ethics CLE credit. 

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June 23, 2020

TIME: 2: 00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Modal Updates: Contributing Editors of the Association Highlights newsletter, provide updates representing each of the modes in transportation



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June 30, 2020

General Business Session I

TIME: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Play Ball! The Canadian baseball-arbitration process for rail rate disputes and adopting a similar process in the U.S.
In late 2019, the Surface Transportation Board proposed a rate review process, called Final Offer Rate Review (FORR), that resembles the baseball arbitration process used in Canada for rail rate disputes. FORR is intended to reduce the burdens associated with rate review and encourage settlement by applying aggressive procedural limits and allowing parties to use their preferred rate reasonableness methodology. This panel will discuss the accessibility of rate review under the Canadian rate review process, the challenges parties face under the process, and the benefits of the process for litigants. It will also explore whether, based on experience with the Canadian process, FORR is likely to achieve its purpose.

Moderator: Jason D. Tutrone, Thompson Hine LLP, Washington, DC

TIME: 3: 00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Ethics: The Undocumented J.D.: The Changing Landscape of Admissibility to the Bar for Undocumented Immigrants
Presenter: Collette Alison Woghiren, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP


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July 7, 2020

TOPIC:  General Business Session II

TIME: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Foreign Trade Zones 
A Foreign Trade Zone is a specific location within a country that is officially designated as eligible for tariff and tax exemptions with respect to the purchase or importation of raw materials, components, or finished goods. These materials and goods can generally be stored, processed or assembled in the FTZ for re-export without having to pay any domestic taxes or duties. How do FTZs work? What key issues do freight forwarders, railways, and motor carriers need to keep in mind when transporting goods into and out of FTZs?

Moderator: Louis Amato-Gauci, Miller Thomson LLP, Toronto, ON

TIME: 3: 00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Legal Responses to COVID-19 Impacts on the Transportation Industry: Join us for a discussion and analysis of issues that the ongoing pandemic poses to the public transportation, motor carrier, and aviation industries, as well as to the employment landscape. We will delve into a wide range of contracting, regulatory, and strategic questions that transportation industry attorneys have been fielding for the past several months, as well as anticipated challenges and responses. We will reserve ample time for questions and discussion at the conclusion of presentations.
Moderator: Allison I Fultz, Kaplan Krisch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC


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July 14, 2020

TIME: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Cannabis 
Cannabis and hemp producers face a myriad of different rules and regulations as they seek to grow and expand their businesses in Canada and the United States, especially with regard to the carriage of their products across provincial, state and international borders. Those rules vary depending on the precise type of product, but also on its intended use (i.e.: medicinal or recreational). Meanwhile, the industry continues to develop its own best practices for the handling, storage and transport of cannabis products, and due diligence in the selection of motor carriers and logistics service providers. 
Moderator: Jameson Rice, Holland & Knight, Tampa, FL

  • Taite McDonald, Holland & Knight, Washington, DC
  • Jaclyne Reive, Miller Thomson, Toronto, ON
  • Chris Polaszek, Bluma Wellness Inc., Toronto, Canada
TIME: 3: 00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: M&A activity in the railway industry: What's Coming Down the Track?
This Panel will explore recent trends in rail mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S.A., the role of private equity in such activities and provide an update on the regulatory regimes of both countries applicable to these transactions.
Moderator: Ian S. MacKay, Conlin Bedard LLP, Ottawa, ON

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July 21, 2020

TIME: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Current Issues in Hazardous Materials Transportation
This panel will address contemporary legal issues associated with the transportation of hazardous materials, such as chemicals and energy products.  Multiple modes will be considered and a variety of perspectives will be offered.  The panel will cover recent litigation, regulatory activities, and commercial developments.

Moderator:Robin M. Rotman, Van Ness Feldman LLP, Washington, DC

  • Robyn Kinsley, Vice President, Transportation & Emergency Preparedness, The Chlorine Institute, Arlington, VA
  • Tobias Loss-Eaton, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC
  • Theresa Romanosky, Assistant General Counsel, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC

TIME: 3: 00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Many of the lawyers in the railroad industry have been dealing with various COVID-19 orders, and assessing whether the various proposals are preempted by federal law. This panel will discuss the various state and local regulations, and also discuss how the STB offered guidance to these officials.

Moderator: Randy Noe, Norfolk Souther Corp., Norfolk, VA

  • James B. Boles, Union Pacific Railway, Omaha, NE
  • Kathryn Gainey, CN, Washington, DC
  • Patrick J. Kirkham, V.P. Operations, Stella Jones Corp. Beaver, PA
  • Jeffrey Locke, National Governors Association, Washington, DC
  • Ron Leutbecher, Rail & Truck Strategies and Operations, Toyota Corp.
  • Bradon J. Smith, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, Chicago, IL

SESSION SPONSOR: Fletcher & Sippel, LLC
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July 28, 2020

TIME: 2: 00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Cascadia – Concept to Regional Reality  

Join us for a future-focused panel about Cascadia Rail, a cross-border enterprise proposing to link Portland, OR, to Vancouver, BC through a high speed rail corridor. The cultural, economic, and geographic cohesiveness of the region that extends from Oregon into southern British Columbia makes it ideally suited to the development of a cohesive transportation corridor that will provide improved access to reliable, high-speed transportation, links to other key transportation facilities such as marine ports and airports, and closer connections between Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. The planning for this project is currently advancing through the environmental review phase. Hear from project principals about the vision and strategy guiding Cascadia Rail and the region’s future.

Moderator: Allison Fultz, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC 

  • Paige Malott, Chair, Cascadia Rail, Seattle, WA
  • Roger Millar, WashDOT Passenger Rail, Olympia, WA
  • Kevin Desmond, CEO, TransLink, Vancouver, BC

TIME: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
TOPIC: Maritime
Panel members will discuss the status of competition among ports in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Coast of Canada, with a focus on the government constraints and legal requirements that influence each port’s ability to compete with the others.

Moderator: Steve Block, Foster Garvey PC, Seattle, WA 

  • Mark Gustafson, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Vancouver, BC
  • Dana Henderson, GC, NW T-Port Alliance
  • Shelby O’Brien, Port of Prince Rupert


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TIME: 4:00 PM EDT