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Housing Market Symposia March 31, 2008

Posted by Reginald Johnson in Business, Housing-Market, Reform.

The American Bar Association’s Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law will be conducting a Real Property and Estate Planning Symposia set for May 1-2 at the Fairmont Hotel in the West End neighbourhood of Washington, D.C.  This will marks the symposia’s 19th year.

The ABA believes there has been a need for such an event due to the recent issues in cross-border transactions, the right to physical intimacy in a nursing home, and the current state of the commercial financing market.

The section’s two divisions—Trust and Estate, and Real Property—will hold complementary and parallel lectures, panel discussions and other programs specific to each specialty, which together constitute one of the largest areas of legal practice in the United States. 

One of the projected highlights of the symposia will be hearing from Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Anthony Downs during a luncheon on May 2.  Mr. Downs will share his insight on how household wealth is being threatened by the recent declines in home values.  Other variables have also threatened household wealth such as a downward sliding stock market and the devalued availability of credit.

In addition, the Real Property Luncheon will provide an insider’s view of the unique planning issues involved in the creation of National Harbor on Thursday, May 2 at noon. Also that day at noon, recent hot topics in wealth transfer tax developments will be discussed at the Trust and Estate Division Luncheon.

Another highlight will be the session entitled:  Qualified and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans: Pitfalls for the Practitioner Representing the Small Business Owner.  This will be presented on the first day.  And on the second day, check out the session:  Has the Earth Stopped Shaking? The State of the Commercial Financing Markets Since the Subprime Meltdown.

If you are interested in finding more information regarding the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law 19th Annual Spring Symposia, download a PDF of the brochure: http://www.abanet.org/rpte/pdf/spring_brochure_2008.pdf.

The ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, with more than 30,000 members, is the leading national forum for lawyers practicing in these fields. The Trust and Estate Division is concerned with all aspects of trusts, estate planning, tax planning for estates, employee benefits, insurance, probate and trust litigation, and related issues. The Real Property Division focuses on legal aspects of the ownership, use, development, transfer, regulation, financing, taxation and disposition of real estate.


ASIL Press Release March 21, 2008

Posted by Reginald Johnson in Election '08, Elections, International, Legal, United Nations.
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WASHINGTON, DC – The American Society of International Law (ASIL) will hold its 102nd Annual Meeting April 9-12, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Politics of International Law,” and foreign policy advisors from three of the U.S. presidential campaigns will be among the featured panelists. Keynote addresses by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad, Jordanian Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, and Panamanian Chief Justice Graciela Dixon will be additional highlights.

In all, the four-day meeting will include more than 30 sessions following six tracks of international law topics ranging from the Law of War, International Criminal Law, and Human Rights to Finance, Trade, and Investment. Woven throughout the discussions will be the nexus of politics and international law. Credentialed press may attend the meeting by registering at www.asil.org/pressreg.html.

“ASIL’s 102nd Annual Meeting has a particularly timely theme given the political changes that are taking place worldwide,” said ASIL Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen. “National elections in 2007 and 2008 bring, for example, new leadership in four of the five permanent UN Security Council member states. Our meeting will examine the attitudes new political leaders are taking towards international law, as well as the reactions those attitudes are generating in other countries. We will also look at how changes in the domestic political landscape will affect the future formulation and implementation of international law. Attendees can surely expect some lively, provocative discussions at this year’s event.”

The Presidential Foreign Policy Advisers’ Panel (co-sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center) on Thursday, April 10, 4:00-6:30 p.m., will include panelists Greg Craig (the Obama campaign), Lee Feinstein (the Clinton campaign), and Ruth Wedgwood (the McCain campaign).

Prince Zeid will give this year’s Grotius Lecture (co-sponsored by American University) on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Chief Justice Dixon will speak on Thursday, April 10, 2008, when ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group honor her at their annual luncheon from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Ambassador Khalilzad will deliver his plenary keynote on Friday, April 11, 2008, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Prior to Khalilzad’s remarks, there will be a Legal Advisors Plenary (2:45-4:15 p.m., April 11) in roundtable format, featuring current and former Foreign Ministry legal advisers from international organizations and several different states (both major powers and developing countries).

Hot topics in international law will also be addressed at panels such as The Politics of Sudan, on Thursday, April 10, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (including Richard Goldstone, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Jason Small of the U.S. State Department), and the Tibet-related discussion State Sovereignty & Regional Autonomy: The Asian Experience, on Thursday, April 10, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Complete program details along with other ASIL Annual Meeting information are available at www.asil.org/events/am08.

With more than a century of tradition and experience behind it, ASIL’s Annual Meeting has become the most important gathering of international law professionals in the world. Approximately 1,000 leading legal scholars, practitioners, and officials come together for this event from some 50 countries to debate and discuss the latest issues and developments in the field.

ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization. It was founded in 1906, chartered by the US Congress in 1950, and has held Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 1993. ASIL’s mission is to foster the study of international law and promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. The Society’s 4,000 members (from nearly 100 countries) comprise attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, students, and others interested in international law. To learn more about the Society, visit www.asil.org.


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