ABA Antitrust Fall Forum
Legal Interview | 2008/10/20 16:44
What will a new administration mean to the practice of antitrust lawand how will it affect Congress, the agencies and the courts in comingyears?  What changes can be expected at the Federal Trade Commissionand Department of Justice?  How will enforcement activity in the U.S.affect the international arena? How will the current state of theeconomy affect competition policy going forward?

The Fall Forumof the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law will addressthese and other issues relating to the impact of antitrust policy andenforcement on the national and global economy.  Antitrust officialsand practitioners will gather at the National Press Club in Washington,D.C., Nov. 13-14 for sessions exploring the full spectrum of recent andexpected developments in antitrust law and policy.  Section Chair JamesA. Wilson, conference chair Lynda K. Marshall and vice-chair David AHigbee will preside over the meeting.

Highlighting theconference will be keynote addresses on Nov. 13 by FTC Chair William E.Kovacic and U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Thomas O.Barnett.  Other noteworthy speakers at the annual forum include FTCCommissioner J. Thomas Rosch; Vinod Dhall, retired acting chair of theCompetition Commission of India; Anant Raut, majority counsel,Committee on the Judiciary; U.S. House of Representatives; HouseJudiciary Committee Minority Counsel E. Stewart Jeffries; Melinda ReidHatton, senior vice president and general counsel, American HospitalAssociation; Mark D. Whitener, General Electric Company; Deputy U.S.Assistant Attorneys General Deborah A. Garza and James J. O’ConnellJr.; Randolph W. Tritell, director, Office of International Affairs,FTC; and Robert L. Hubbard, director of litigation, Antitrust Bureau,New York State Attorney General. 

Programs on Nov.13 include:
  • Past is Prologue: Taking a Hard Look at the Last Administration’s Agenda and Accomplishments
  • The Substantive Scope of Section 5 of the FTC Act: Where are the Boundaries and Where Should They Be?
  • International Cooperation – Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Healthcare Reform – Lessons and Guidance From the Antitrust Front

Programs on Nov. 14 include:

  • Transitioning to the Next Administration – What to Expect From the Agencies, the Hill and the States
  • Grading the Agencies on Merger Process Reform
  • The Rise of Antitrust in the Far East – A Changing Landscape
  • The Litigious FTC: FTC Litigation and Administrative Process

For more information about the fall forum visit the section’s Web site at http://www.abanet.org/antitrust.

TheABA Section of Antitrust Law, with more than 9,000 members, is theleading forum for ongoing analysis of policies and developmentsaffecting competition and consumer protection law.

With morethan 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largestvoluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As thenational voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve theadministration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers andjudges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legaleducation, and works to build public understanding around the world ofthe importance of the rule of law.



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