A Practical Guide to LLCs and LLPs (Original Live Program Date: 4/2/08)
An expert panel will present a practical guide to the use of LLCs and LLPs. The panel will provide concrete advice on critical formation and early-stage issues, such as the advantages and disadvantages of the LLC/LLP form, a comparison of LLCs and LLPs to corporations, the tax benefits of the LLC/LLP form and the choice of state law. As part of the choice-of-entity discussion, the panel will discuss specific businesses, fact patterns and exit strategies that may dictate the choice-of-entity decision. The panel will describe the mechanics of forming an LLC/LLP and the content of the principal agreements incidental to such formation, including the basic operating agreement. Various management structures and control arrangements of LLCs and LLPs will be examined and considered from different perspectives and in different strategic and investment scenarios. The use of LLPs for law and other professional practices will be discussed, including current issues and events potentially testing their effectiveness with respect to liability. Securities issues will be considered in the context of the formation and growth of an LLC or an LLP. The panel also will examine various executive and other compensation structures in the context of an LLC, including in particular the use of equity-based incentive compensation arrangements and a comparison to traditional corporate stock option plans. The program is intended to provide to practitioners a comprehensive introduction to LLCs and LLPs in a practical and useful context.
4.5 credits in professional practice
Ethics, Discipline & Real World Obligations (Original Live Program Date: 10/6/09)
A premier faculty drawn from the judiciary, the disciplinary bar, law firms and academia will focus on the ethical and disciplinary issues confronting attorneys in everyday practice.
Federal Sentencing in the Age of Booker (Original Live Program Date: 10/22/09)
fundamentally changed the practice of federal sentencing in criminal cases. In that landmark decision, the Supreme Court found that mandatory application of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines was unconstitutional, yet preserved their place in the sentencing process. Judges must now consult the Guidelines, although the Guidelines are only "advisory" rather than mandatory, raising a host of legal, strategic and ethical issues for all practitioners.
This panel will discuss federal sentencing in the post-Booker era, from the new fundamentals to the cutting edge strategies counsel can now employ given the greater flexibility under the law. The panel includes leaders from the federal bench, prosecution and defense. The panel will address the evolving legal standards governing the appeal of federal sentences. Panelists will also discuss the power of district courts to consider sentencing policies, such as the disparity between crack and powder cocaine mandated by Congress, and the interplay of loss calculation and restitution in white-collar cases.
Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues (Original Live Program Date: 6/10/09)
Structuring successful license deals. Navigating license disputes. Winning the fight against counterfeiters. Litigating trademark actions. Understanding the ins and outs of customs, import and related regimes. Implementing and administering human rights compliance programs. To bring value when dealing with their clients' most pressing issues, fashion industry lawyers draw on a variety of disciplines, including intellectual property, contracts, international trade, and litigation. At this seminar an experienced panel will provide participants with practical insights on dealing effectively with these and other industry issues. The program will include an in-depth analysis of typical clauses found in fashion trademark agreements, focusing on key legal and business points for licensors and licensees. Alternatives to traditional licensing arrangements, including joint ventures, purchase options, and co-branding deals, as well as special issues in dealing with the celebrity licensor, will be examined. The panel will also focus on successful prosecution of trademark litigation and counterfeit suits, including strategic and tactical considerations. Current topics in the importing/sourcing area, including dealing with customs and related regulations and practices, as well as how to implement and administer a successful human right compliance program will also be addressed. This program is intended for those who have clients in the fashion industry, those who practice intellectual property law, business executives in the fashion industry and both lawyers and business executives who handle licensing agreements.
Representing Clients Before State and City Agencies Tips and Techniques for Effective Criminal Advocacy (Original Live Program Date: 11/19/08)
From the investigation of the State Executive Branch to the scrutiny of contractors involved in projects located within New York City, recent current events have demonstrated the importance of advocacy skills before State and City Agencies such as the State Inspector General's Office, the City Department of Investigation, the City Department of Buildings and the City Conflicts of Interest Board. Focusing on the investigative and/or regulatory authority granted to these and other State and City agencies, and examining the due process employed by those agencies, this program will provide practitioners with an understanding of the rules and manner under which these agencies operate, the ramifications for clients who are the subject of an agency inquiry and insights on how best to practice before these agencies.
Standards for Prosecuting Corporate Fraud by Federal & State Prosecutors & Agencies: The Impact of the Revised Justice Department Charging Guidelines (Original Live Program Date: 6/23/09)
This CLE program will review the revised DOJ guidelines for prosecuting corporate fraud (adopted in August 2008) and related issues, including privilege waiver in the context of investigations by federal and state agencies and prosecutors who are not governed by the DOJ guidelines. The panel will feature federal and state prosecutors and practitioners who will discuss how the new charging guidelines have been applied in practice in the ten months since their adoption and how other agencies have addressed similar issues.
This program provides 2.5 credits in ethics.