Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Video Webinar - International Approaches to Disasters

This Post was prepared by Marshall Turner of Condon & Forsyth LLP.  Before the dust settles and the body count is in, the media finger pointing has already begun and the lawsuits are already being filed to place the blame for the consequences of natural and manmade disasters.  What lessons have the public and private sectors learned from past disasters and how can they better respond the next time around?

A decade after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, on September 13, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT, the International Law Committee and the Governmental Law Committee of the ABA’s TIPS section will present a live video webinar on international approaches and responses to disasters.  Since 9/11, the United States and most of the industrialized world have expended enormous resources to attempt to protect their citizens from terrorist attacks.  To what extent have these efforts succeeded?  At what cost?  Can they be improved?  Can they be sustained?

These are some of the questions that will be explored by prominent experts and experienced counsel who will provide their “in the trenches insider views” on the essential elements of what public agencies and private companies must do to prepare to address the legal and practical issues that will arise when disaster strikes.  Various countries have taken divergent approaches to protect and compensate their citizens with differing results and at varying cost.  How much are citizens willing to pay for this protection in terms of dollars out of their pockets and sacrifice of their civil liberties?  This webinar will give viewers the opportunity to ask questions and receive real time answers on important subjects such as: What legislation to support; What preparation should your company or client take to mitigate potential casualties and damages; What role does insurance play? How to avoid communication breakdowns; and whatever related issues are important to you.

Michael Balboni (Former New York State Senator was the senior Homeland Security and Law Enforcement official for the State of New York after 9/11and also participated in planning the security for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center) along with James R. Tortorella, Esq. ( Director of AON’s property risk consulting group including Rapid Response) will address these issues on this live video webinar.  They will share their first hand experiences in dealing with the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks; Hurricane Katrina; Japan’s March 2011 earthquake/nuclear crisis; and other disasters.  The moderators will include experienced litigators:   Marshall S. Turner, Partner, Condon & Forsyth LLP, who has been involved in numerous major airline and private aircraft disasters; Shirley Spira, with the Law Offices of Todd M. McCauley, LLC, who was an attorney with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Law Department during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; Jill Mariani, Chief Money Laundering and Tax Crimes Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan; and Reid Feldman, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, and a member of the District of Columbia and Paris (France) Bars with extensive international law experience.

To register for this webinar, click here.

For more information on the entire September Teleconference Series, click here.  For more information on the TIPS Disaster Initiative, click here.  To register at a 20% discount package deal for all teleconferences, click here.

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