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Transportation Research Board 56th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law

Monday, July 31, 2017
Sheraton Hotel | Salt Lake City, UT

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is hosting its 56th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law in Salt Lake City from July 30 to August 2.  This workshop provides a forum for federal, state, and local highway and transit organizations to exchange problems and propose solutions.  Workshop participants present unusual cases and identify potential legal problems before they become widespread predicaments.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear Nossaman attorneys speak on a wide range of topics. 

On Monday, July 31 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Bernadette Duran-Brown will be a panelist speaker for "Eminent Domain Basics: What Every Agency Lawyer Should Know."  This panel will serve as a primer or a refresher to eminent domain law and focus on the critical importance of timely expert advice to avoid unnecessary problems and resultant expense.  On the same day at 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Christine Ryan will be speaking on the panel on "Lessons Learned From Procurement Protests."  This session will address organizational conflicts of interest and other situations likely to give rise to protests, measures that can be adopted to forestall protests, different options available to respond to protests (cancellation of procurement, amended solicitation, denial of protest), and relevant court decisions.  

On Tuesday, August 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Nancy Smith will moderate the panel on "Legal Issues for Airport P3s and Designing Dispute Systems for Alternative Project Delivery."  Brandon Davis will also be participating in this panel that will discuss legal issues relating to use of P3s for development and operation of airport projects.  At 10:00 a.m., Ms. Duran-Brown will speak again on the panel on "Recent Developments in Eminent Domain."  This session will review recent appellate court decisions from around the country involving takings claims, regulatory takings, damages, right to take, and just compensation.  At 1:00 p.m., Donna Brady will moderate a panel on "Intellectual Property Considerations in Public Contracts."  Thomas Dover will also be a panelist speaker for this session on intellectual property issues relevant for public contracts.  From 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Ms. Brady will speak on a panel entitled "Play by the Rules," which will discuss the legal and regulatory requirements of FHWA and FTA of which governmental entities should be aware in order to secure and retain federal funding.

On Wednesday, August 2, Brooke Wahlberg will speaking on a panel on "Endangered Species and Transportation Project Development" at 8:00 a.m.  This session will review recent trends and best practices in species conservation law impacting transportation planning and development.  At 9:45 a.m., Edward Kussy will be moderating an Ethics Session titled, "A Distinguished Lecture, Some Duties You Owe Your Public Client, and An Ethics Free For All."  The program will cover important ethics issues including loyalty and confidentiality.  

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