2013 - Marijuana - Laws, Litigation, Licensing & Employment

3.5 AV CLE Credits; WSBA #376379

Covers critical new areas for attorneys in the emergence of legal issues and marijuana: Legislative-Federal, State and Local; Intellectual Property and Licensing; and Employment; and how Washington's legal practices are leading the nation.


Recorded:  12/17/2013
Credits:  3.5 AV CLE ; WSBA #376379
Length: 3:32:11

Featured Speakers:
Alison Holcomb; Hilary Bricken; Keelin Curran; Darren Carnell

Alison Holcomb (ACLU of Washington, I-502 author); Hilary Bricken (Canna Law Group); Keelin Curran(Stoel Rives LLP); and Darren Carnell (Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County) discuss critical new areas for attorneys in the emergence of legal issues and marijuana: Legislative-Federal, State and Local; Intellectual Property and Licensing; and Employment; and how Washington's legal practices are leading the nation.



The Federal Landscape - Alison Holcomb, ACLU of Washington, I-502 author
 Tensions between state and federal law; International impacts; Ethical considerations for attorneys

I-502 Licensing, Cannabis Litigation, and Intellectual Property - Hilary Bricken, Canna Law Group
Overall licensing process for I-502 producers, processors, and retailers; Cannabis litigation-stakeholders versus municipalities; Intellectual property and the cannabis industry:

Employment Issues and Cannabis - Keelin Curran, Stoel Rives LLP
Accommodation; How to write employment policy; The Connection with Prescription drugs; Employment issues and Other states

Local Land Use Issues Raised by Marijuana Legalization - Darren Carnell, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County
Land use regulatory approaches to marijuana-related businesses; Status of local legislative efforts and related litigation

Q & A (faculty Panel)



Hilary Bricken represents a large number of cannabis businesses because she understands and has substantial experience dealing with the special business law issues they face under both medical cannabis laws and Initiative 502. Canna Law Group's lead attorney, Ms. Bricken has spoken at Seattle Hempfest and at the 2012 National Marijuana Business Conference, and been interviewed by major news sources across the nation, imparting to listeners her key insights into the cannabis industry and its future. Licensed in both Washington and California, Ms. Bricken also currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association. In her time at Harris & Moure, Hilary earned a reputation as an aggressive litigator who spares no effort to protect her clients' legal rights. She has not only argued contentious cases in Superior and District court, but has also appeared before multiple City Councils and community forums to advocate on behalf of local businesses.

Darren E. Carnell is a Senior Deputy in the King County Prosecutor's Office and is Chair of the county's land use practice group. He represents King County in land use litigation and advises the King County Council, Hearing Examiner and various other agencies on a wide variety of land use and environmental matters. Darren has substantial experience in First Amendment, Due Process and other constitutional issues. Darren also practices in the area of general municipal law. Darren has represented his clients in all levels of state and federal court and before various administrative agencies. He is admitted to practice in the Washington Supreme Court, the Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Darren is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Washington Law School.

Keelin Curran is a partner of Stoel Rives LLP with over 20 years' experience advising employers on a range of complex employment issues such as ADA accommodation, leave law, EEO and OFCCP compliance, employment contracts, personnel policies, wage and hour, safety, union strategy, non-competition agreements, internal investigations, terminations and reductions in force. She provides training on appropriate workplace conduct and anti-harassment policies, social media and other current issues, and FMLA, ADA and wage and hour compliance. She represents employers in agency charges and employment litigation where she aims to get cases resolved or dismissed early and in a cost-effective manner.

Alison Holcomb is the ACLU of Washington's Criminal Justice Director. She was primary author of marijuana legalization Initiative 502 and campaign director for New Approach Washington, the committee that secured I-502's passage by a 56-44 percent margin. Since I-502's passage on November 6, 2012, Alison has traveled across the U.S., and to Latin America and Europe, explaining how Washington voters passed this historic legislation and what the implications might be for the rest of the world.
Prior to the I-502 campaign, Alison's work included successfully advocating for legislative and regulatory improvements to Washington's medical marijuana law, adoption of the second 911 Good Samaritan overdose prevention law in the nation, and creation of Seattle and King County's groundbreaking Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program that has reframed police thinking about drug use and public safety. Before joining the ACLU in 2006, Holcomb litigated drug, civil asset forfeiture, and civil rights cases in state and federal court for thirteen years. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.


General Registration - $105.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $85.00

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