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Legal Experts, Regulators and Others to Present at Alcohol Law Symposium

October 8, 2009


ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Second Annual Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Alcohol Law Symposium, to be held October 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, will feature an extensive list of expert presenters and panelists offering perspectives on challenges to and the importance of the 21st Amendment and state alcohol laws. 
 
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who is currently the president of the National Association of Attorneys General, will deliver the Symposium’s keynote address exploring the role that state attorneys general play in debates about alcohol, a state’s role under the 21st Amendment and the importance of fighting the abuse of alcohol. In addition to a panel featuring assistant attorneys general from Indiana; New Jersey; Ohio; and Washington, the program also includes the following speakers and panelists:
 
·         Anoop Bhasim, West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control (Charleston, WV)

·         Richard Blau, Gray Robinson, P.A. (Tampa, FL)

·         Jerome Cajka, Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (Cleveland, OH)

·         Judy Cushing, Oregon Partnership (Portland, OR)

·         Stephen Diamond, Law Professor of Alcoholic Beverage Law (Coral Gables, FL)

·         Pam Erickson, Public Action Management (Scottsdale, AZ)

·         Tom Fisher, Indiana Solicitor General (Indianapolis, IN)

·         Kelly Grebe, MillerCoors (Chicago, IL)

·         Roger Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Revenue (Madison, WI)

·         Max Hess , Chorey, Taylor and Feil (Atlanta, GA)

·         Michael Madigan, Attorney, Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A. (Minneapolis, MN)

·         Jeremiah McWilliams, St. Louis Post Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)

·         Jim Petro, Former Ohio Attorney General (Columbus, OH)

·         Hobe Rupe, Nebraska Liquor Control Commission (Lincoln, NE)

·         Michele Simon, Marin Institute (San Rafael, CA)

·         Andrew Siegel, Shackelford Melton & McKinley (Dallas, TX)

·         Mark Willingham, Alcohol Solutions LLC (Jacksonville, FL)

·         Craig Woodcook, Ben E. Keith Company (Dallas, TX)

·         Don Zieglar, American Medical Association (Chicago, IL)

 
“This year’s Alcohol Law Symposium will offer expert insight and discussion about the importance of alcohol law, regulation and litigation to legal professionals, regulators, law enforcement and the public health community,” said CAP Advisory Council Chair and former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro.  “With litigation and legislation challenging alcohol laws and regulations in many states across the country, this is an invaluable program for anyone interested in the state of alcohol regulation and the 21st Amendment.”
 
The Alcohol Law Symposium includes ten educational sessions on topics such as the effect of globalization on alcohol laws in the United States; trade practice laws; the history of U.S. alcohol regulation; the intersection of alcohol supplier contracts and state alcohol laws; liquor liability laws; a 21st Amendment litigation update and more.
 
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits have been approved by 34 states for those attending the Symposium.  More states CLE approvals are pending.   A full listing of states that have approved CLE credits as well as the most updated details on speakers, education session topics, registration information and the full Symposium agenda can be found at www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org. Reduced registration fees are available for government and nonprofit registrants.


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