Below is information about the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the California Lawyers’ Association’s 30th Annual Golden State Institute!  Everything has a silver lining the silver lining here is that due to the pandemic, this is a Zoom conference, available worldwide without the need to travel.  The program panels have interest and practical use for anyone/anywhere in the practice of competition law.  The program should have particular interest to students–on account of it is free!  Please take a look at the information below and see if the Golden State Institute may be for you.

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Please join the Antitrust, UCL & Privacy Section of the California Lawyers’ Association for the 30th Annual Golden State Institute!  This year’s program will be virtual taking place over three days, October 27-29, and includes the following sessions:

  • Recent Developments in Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law
  • A Conversation with California Supreme Court Justice Joshua P. Groban
  • Big Stakes Antitrust Trial: New York v. Deutche Telecom AG (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Antitrust and Social Justice
  • Cartel Enforcement
  • A Conversation about Diversity, Racism, and Equality in the Legal Profession
  • Networking Sessions

Earn 5.0 hours MCLE credits, including 1.0 hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society.  Registration is $50 for Private Practice Attorneys, $25 for Government, Academic, and Non-Practicing Attorneys, and free for Law Students.  Find out more here: https://calawyers.org/event/30th-annual-golden-state-institute/.

A few programs that are of particular interest to me are:

Tuesday, October 27                                                            1:10pm-2:10pm

A Conversation With California Supreme Court Justice Joshua P. Groban

  • Justice Joshua P. Groban, California Supreme Court Justice
  • Cheryl Johnson, Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Section, Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, State of California
  • Courtney A. Palko, Baute, Crochetiere, Hartley & Velkei LLP

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Wednesday, Oct 28               1:10-2:10pm

Antitrust and Social Justice

MCLE: 1.0 Hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society

  • Doug Melamed, Professor , Stanford University
  • Mandy Chan, DLA Piper
  • Sandeep Vaheesan, General Counsel, Open Markets Institute

With increasing attention to social justice, those on both sides have started to shine the light on the role of antitrust in shaping our society. Does more conservative antitrust policy lead to greater social injustice? Does the emphasis of antitrust on efficiencies lead to increasing inequality? Should the law on mergers and dominant firm conduct take into account social welfare concerns? Is antitrust a form of “public interest” law? What is the relationship between competition and the promotion of our democratic ideals? The panelists will engage in a lively discussion of issues related to the interplay of antitrust and social justice.

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Thursday, Oct 29      12:00pm-1:00pm

Cartel Enforcement

Enforcement officials and private practice attorneys discuss cartel enforcement in the United States.  MCLE: 1.0 Hour

  • Bonny Sweeney, Partner, Hausfeld LLP
  • Emilio Varanini, California Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Section
  • Manish Kumar, Chief of the San Francisco Office, Antitrust Division, U.S.D.O.J.
  • Niall Lynch Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Robert McNary, Crowell & Moring LLP

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Other programs include several networking receptions and:

  • Recent Developments in Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law;
  • Big Stakes Antitrust Trial: New York v. Deutche Telecom AG (S.D.N.Y.), and
  • A Conversation About Diversity, Racism and Equality in the Legal Profession.

Full details for the conference can be found here: https://calawyers.org/event/30th-annual-golden-state-institute/

Thanks for reading

Bob Connolly    bob@reconnollylaw.com

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