Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - All December 2020 Sessions

This one-day virtual event covered issues facing transit legal professionals. It was designed for legal professionals at all levels who are involved in advising transit systems.

NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.

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  • 2020-2021 Political Landscape and Policy Priorities

    Recorded On: 12/08/2020

    This session will provide a high level review of the program, key knowledge necessary for issue identification, and the research tools needed to solve Buy America issues.

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    2020-2021 Political Landscape

    A discussion with Dan Renberg, from Arent Fox (APTA’s Lobbyist) about the election results and the political implications for the rest of the year and 2021.

    Presenter

    • Dan H. Renberg, Partner, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC

    Legislative Update/Policy Priorities for 2021

    APTA's Government Affairs and Advocacy team will discuss the impact of the November 3rd election on transit legislative priorities and will provide an analysis of the legislative landscape for 2021 and beyond.

    Presenter

    • Mark Hybner, Sr. Legislative Representative, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - December 2020 available in APTAU Learning.

  • Emerging Issues in Transit Enforcement

    Recorded On: 12/08/2020

    Panelists will discuss various fare enforcement and public safety models, the practical and legal benefits of each, and new ways that agencies are addressing these important community issues.

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    Recent developments in social equity and racial justice movements have resulted in more transit agencies taking a fresh look at how they conduct fare enforcement and address public safety or quality of life issues at their transit facilities. Panelists will discuss various fare enforcement and public safety models, the practical and legal benefits of each, and new ways that agencies are addressing these important community issues.

    Panelists

    • Shelley Devine, General Counsel, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), Portland, OR
    • Karen Landers, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Legal Affairs Committee; General Counsel, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), San Diego, CA
    • Laura Wolfgram, AICP, Consultant, Four Nines Technologies, Corte Madera, CA


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - December 2020 available in APTAU Learning.

  • Public Transit Responds to COVID-19 – Lessons Learned

    Recorded On: 12/08/2020

    Panelists will discuss various fare enforcement and public safety models, the practical and legal benefits of each, and new ways that agencies are addressing these important community issues.

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    Contracting – Force Majeure, Supply Chain, and Insurance Recovery
    Many transit agencies are reviewing their contracts to determine if they can excuse contractual performance of a vendor or how they can be excused from performance of a contract during this pandemic. This topic will explore whether performance may be excused under a force majeure clause or whether impossibility of performance or commercial impracticability grounds may apply.

    Handling Accommodation and Leave Requests and COVID-19 Related Absences During the Pandemic
    This topic will review potential staffing issues transit authorities may face during the pandemic and discuss both legal and best practice guidance that needs to be considered when responding to accommodation and leave requests and COVID-19 related absences.

    Title VI Considerations: Transitioning from Temporary to Longer Term Service and Fare Changes 
    As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect the demand for, and the revenue sources supporting public transit, agencies find that “temporary” service and fare changes initially exempt from Title VI analyses requirements may transition into longer term changes. What should those agencies be considering now?

    Liability Reform
    This topic will discuss the potential theories of liability for contracting COVID-19 in the workplace and ways to better position yourself to defend against such claims.

    Moderator

    • William R. Moseley, Vice Chair, Legal Affairs Committee; Principal, Jackson Lewis, Jacksonville, FL

    Panelists

    • Christos Kritsidimas, Director of Legal Affairs, Nova Bus, Plattsburgh, NY
    • T. Byron Smith, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, Washington, DC
    • Jenifer Bologna, Attorney, Jackson Lewis, White Plains, NY
    • Anthony A. Anderson, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Washington, DC
    • Chuck Poplstein, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, St. Louis, MO


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - December 2020 available in APTAU Learning.