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2013 Legislative Summit

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Monday, August 12, 2013

 

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Selecting Our Judges

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Ensuring a strong, independent judiciary is an important state concern, and includes how we select our judges. Examine selection methods and the role of legislatures in providing for an impartial and accountable state bench.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Thomas Reynolds, Mississippi
  • Panelist:
  • Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.), Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C.
  • Rebecca Kourlis, Institute for the Advancement of American Legal System, Colorado
  • Lt. Governor and Senate Speaker Ronald L. Ramsey, Tennessee
  • Pete Robinson, Troutman Sanders Strategies, Georgia
  • Leah Ward Sears, Schiff Hardin LLP, Georgia

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

 

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Justice Reinvestment Roundtable

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
States are reshaping policies to save money and maintain public safety with "justice reinvestment" initiatives. Hear a panel discuss leadership, process and progress with data driven and results based state sentencing and corrections reforms.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative John C. Tilley, Kentucky
  • Panelist:
  • Adam Gelb, Pew Public Safety Performance Project, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Gerald Malloy, South Carolina
  • Representative Jay Neal, Georgia
  • Senator Craig Tieszen, South Dakota

 

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Shining the Light on Independent Spending: Campaign Finance Disclosure

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B316
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Interactive
In the post-Citizens United world, independent spending has surpassed all previous records and "Super PAC" has become a dirty word. Examine competing points of view on whether money in politics is a problem, the role stronger disclosure requirements can play, and pitfalls that disclosure may present.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Rosie Berger, Wyoming
  • Panelist:
  • Douglas Kellner, New York State Board of Elections
  • Peter Quist, National Institute on Money in State Politics, Montana
  • Karen Shanton, NCSL
  • Brad Smith, Center for Competitive Politics, Virginia

 

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Luncheon: Cybercrime -- A Virtual Epidemic

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B208
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Participate in a discussion with industry leaders about online criminal activities. Discuss the critical steps, privacy protections and preventative measures you need to know to address high-tech criminal enterprises and hear additional insights from experts.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Thomas Wyss, Indiana
  • Speaker:
  • Peter Allor, IBM Corporation, Georgia
  • John Lainhart, IBM Corporation, Maryland

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges IBM for sponsoring this luncheon session.
 

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Supreme Court Roundup

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
  • Legal Services Staff Section
Continuing Legal Education
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications on states and states' rights. Hear the about court's review and opinions handed down in these cases.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Thomas Reynolds, Mississippi
  • Speaker:
  • Matthew Schettenhelm, Best Best & Krieger LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

 

3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Law and Criminal Justice Committee Federal Update and Business Meeting

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Hear about significant federal issues affecting the states, and discuss other state federal priorities and major state issues.


 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Immigration and Law Enforcement

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B206
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
State and federal immigration reform proposals expose the clash between local, state and federal policies on law enforcement and border security. Explore the impacts of policies incorporating immigration enforcement by nonfederal entities.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Curtis Oda, Utah
  • Speaker:
  • Sheriff John Bittick, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
  • Thomas Homan, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

 

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

AT&T Digital Life Breakfast

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B208
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
Fewer than 20 percent of households in the United States currently subscribe to home security services. That is about to change as new, IP enabled home automations systems, such as AT&T Digital, will permit people to monitor and manage home security and energy systems remotely, using a smart phone, computer or tablet. Kevin Petersen, president of AT&T Digital Life, Inc., will explain how the company is addressing the need for a fully integrated, personalized home security and automation service. A guided tour to follow.

  • Speaker:
  • Kevin Petersen, AT&T Digital Life, Inc., Texas

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges AT&T for sponsoring this breakfast session.
 

9:45 AM to 10:45 AM

Cyber Warfare

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B405
The notion of a coordinated cyber attack is no longer a science fiction fantasy. Experts point out that large-scale cyber attacks on sensitive government and industry data are escalating. Hear how governments at all levels, along with the private sector, can work together to thwart potentially devastating cyber attacks.

  • Speaker:
  • Sarah Clemons, Texas Legislature
  • Thomas Duffy, Center For Internet Security, New York
  • Senator Michael Fair, South Carolina
  • Doug Robinson, National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Kentucky

 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Brain Science and Kids: New Policy Approaches

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B308/309
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Kids' brains are different from adults', and a growing body of research on brain development and behavioral science is directing legislators to address policies to tackle risky behavior, prevent youth crime and reduce costs. Learn how states are reforming health care and justice systems and identifying ways to reduce teen pregnancy, drop-out rates, delinquency and crime.

  • Panelist:
  • Reginald Betts, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman, PhD, University of California
  • Maria Schneider, 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • Representative Wendell Willard, Georgia

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for sponsoring this session.
 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Supreme Court Key Cases

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center -B313
  • NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Redistricting & Elections
Continuing Legal Education
Interactive
Discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in several cases with implications for states and states' rights, including constitutional scrutiny of the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and other cases with federalism implications.

  • Speaker:
  • Brian Johnson, Georgia General Assembly
  • Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.

 

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Immigration: Finally a Federal Fix?

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • NCSL Task Force On Immigration & the States
Continuing Legal Education
Live Streaming
Learn about the possible implications of federal immigration reform on state laws, policies, services and budgets, demographic trends and the role of immigrants in the workforce. A leading immigration lawyer will highlight potential impacts of the Senate-passed immigration reform bill and pending bills in the House. This presentation will be followed by a conversation among state legislators on key immigration issues and whether the bill addresses those challenges.

  • Moderator:
  • Steve Rauschenberger, Rauschenberger Partners, LLC, Illinois
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Curtis Bramble, Utah
  • Senator Mo Denis, Nevada
  • Charles Kuck, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC, Georgia
  • Senator Ellen Roberts, Colorado
  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington

 

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

How States Can Prepare for Disasters

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 4-B405
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
Continuing Legal Education
Emergency management and disaster response continues to be a critical issue for state legislatures. From tornadoes to wildfires to hurricanes, legislators are working to find policy approaches to respond to natural disasters. (Twitter name: #StateDisasterPrep)

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Richard T. Moore, Massachusetts
  • Panelist:
  • Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
  • Ronald Jackson, American Insurance Association, Georgia
  • Allan Jarvis, FEMA, Georgia

 

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

DNA and Crime

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B312
DNA technology continues to improve the accuracy of both criminal investigations and exonerating the innocent. Twenty-nine states and the federal government now have laws in place that allow DNA to be collected and analyzed from arrestees. Learn firsthand from a state that recently implemented such an arrestee law and hear from experts on the overall landscape of DNA collection across the country in criminal justice systems.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Roger Goodman, Washington
  • Panelist:
  • Senator Bill Cowsert, Georgia
  • Lisa Hurst, Gordon Thomas Honeywell GA, Virginia
  • Senator Debbie Smith, Nevada

Thursday, August 15, 2013

 

8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

Legal Implications of Social Media

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 2-B203
Continuing Legal Education
Live Streaming
Social media has blurred the lines between professional and personal lives, and is creating new legal questions inside and outside of the workplace. Hear about emerging issues raised by social media, including information about social media policies and state laws protecting the privacy of employee passwords. You'll come away with best practices and guidelines for using social media.

  • Moderator:
  • Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island
  • Panelist:
  • Ryan Garcia, University of Texas School of Law, and Social Media Attorney, Dell, Texas
  • Murray Weed, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Georgia

 

8:30 AM to 9:45 AM

All About Drones

Location:
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B308/309
Continuing Legal Education
Interactive
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones and their technological enhancements have captured the attention of government officials, the media and the general public. Forty-three states have introduced drone legislation in 2013 that address questions about their practical use, economic impact and privacy concerns. Explore the capabilities of drones and the regulations being proposed and implemented for their use at the state and federal level.

  • Moderator:
  • Senator Delores G. Kelley, Maryland
  • Panelist:
  • Morgan Cloud, Emory University School of Law, Georgia
  • Bill English, National Transportation Safety Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Representative Lance Gooden, Texas
  • Representative Shelley Hughes, Alaska
  • Dr. Eric Johnson, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • R. Steven Justice, Georgia Center of Innovation For Aerospace