As we move towards the holidays and the year end rush to get as many things done as possible, I am sure that most folks are not thinking about CLE hours in 2020. But for those of you that handle federal criminal cases in the white collar area, be sure to mark your calendars for the annual White Collar Crime Seminar here in Atlanta on January 31, 2020. Danny Griffin and Paul Murphy have been hosting this great seminar for years. Although they took last year off, the seminar is back in full force this year. As everyone knows, Paul moved over to work at the FBI in the summer of last year. But Danny teamed up with Matt Baughman over at King & Spalding to continue the tradition of hosting an outstanding white collar crime seminar here in Atlanta. And this year, Danny and Matt have put together another great program.
The morning starts off with a session on Hot Topics and Trends in White Collar Crime, with the panel being moderated by Tom Bever, who incidentally, is starting a new white collar crime practice group over at Smith Gambrell and Russell, along with long time friend and partner, Tony Cochran, and colleague and friend Emily Ward. From there, Paul Monnin moderates a panel on Securities and Financial Fraud. I know this will be an interesting panel and I look forward to seeing and listening to Lynsey Baron, who left the U.S. Attorney’s Office not long ago to take a position over at UPS. After that, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matt Miner leads a panel that includes Paul Murphy, our local U.S. Attorney, BJ Pak, and other government lawyers. The topic of this panel is Views from the Government.
Over lunch, Sally Yates, our former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Attorney General, will be there to give a talk. Sally’s talks are always interesting and entertaining and I am sure this one will be as well. After the lunch break, Judge Baverman, Natahsa Silas, Gary Spencer, and Steve Sadow will participate in a session entitled Practical Tips: From Bonds to the BOP and In Between. The participants on this panel have a ton of trial and courtroom experience in white collar cases and I look forward to participating in this panel as the moderator. One highlight of the afternoon session will be the panel discussion on Health Care Fraud moderated by our friend Brian McEvoy. Mr. McEvoy has a way of livening things up and I was glad to see that Tom Clarkston is traveling up from the Southern District of Georgia to participate in this session. Finally, to close out the day, our buddy Joey Burby will lead a panel on Trial Tactics in White Collar Cases. Undoubtedly, this will be a fun and lively session as well, with Craig Gillen and Amanda Clark Palmer participating along with a few others.