I moved to California a few years ago and I have loved living here.  I also became active in the California Lawyers Association and particularly, the Antitrust, Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and Privacy section.  It’s a great group of people and very diverse along practice areas, levels of experience and interests.  The Section puts out some great work product including an event I’d like to recommend.

The Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section is hosting the 29th Golden State Institute and Reception on November 13-14, 2019.  The event kicks off with an after-work  networking reception on November 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The reception is hosted by Morrison Foerster at their offices at 425 Market Street, San Francisco.  More information about this event, sponsored by the Analysis Group, can be found here.

The following day is the Institute Program and Lawyer of the Year Reception and Dinner.  The complete program brochure is here.  Some highlights of the program I took note of are:

     1.   Managing Antitrust and Complex Business Trials

A discussion about complex case management and best trial practices with three experienced judges from the Northern District of California:

Hon. Vince Chhabria, US District Court Judge

Hon. Haywood Gilliam, US District Court Judge

Hon. Jacqueline Corley, US Magistrate Judge

     2.   Guest Speaker– Richard Powers

U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard Powers will address the Antitrust Division’s criminal antitrust enforcement priorities and policy initiatives including compliance.

     3.   Fireside Chat: Aaron Hoag

U.S. DOJ Antitrust Division Chief of the Technology & Financial Services Section Aaron Hoag speaks with Karen Silverman, Partner at Latham & Watkins, about the Antitrust Division’s approach to technology markets.

The Program package includes 6.50 Hours of MCLE credit, program materials on a USB drive, continental breakfast, lunch, and attendance to the welcome and closing reception.  Following the Institute, Penelope A. Preovolos will be honored as the 2019 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year.  Online registration and additional information is here.

PS.       California is a leading jurisdiction on Privacy and Big Data issues and the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section has some leading attorneys in this space in the section. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently released to the public (press release here) proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  If you are in the privacy space the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section may be a good place to be.


Thanks for reading.


Bob Connolly  bob@reconnollylaw.com

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