Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminars

To access all Legal Affairs Seminars from December 2020 through June 2021, register for this package.

  • FTA's Chief Counsel Update

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    ​FTA Chief Counsel, Subash Iyer, will join the seminar to discuss hot topics including the American Jobs Plan, implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act, and Biden Administration Executive Orders.

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    FTA Chief Counsel, Subash Iyer, will join the seminar to discuss hot topics including the American Jobs Plan, implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act, and Biden Administration Executive Orders. He will also answer questions during a live question and answer session.

    Presenter

    • Subash Iyer, Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - June 2021 available in APTAU Learning.

  • Privacy, Microtransit and Micromobility

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    ​FTA Chief Counsel, Subash Iyer, will join the seminar to discuss hot topics including the American Jobs Plan, implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act, and Biden Administration Executive Orders.

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    FTA Chief Counsel, Subash Iyer, will join the seminar to discuss hot topics including the American Jobs Plan, implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act, and Biden Administration Executive Orders. He will also answer questions during a live question and answer session.

    Presenter

    • Subash Iyer, Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - June 2021 available in APTAU Learning.

  • Portal North Bridge: Lessons Learned from a Multi-agency Mega Rail Project

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    In this session, panelists will identify and discuss key legal issues that arose in this project. The session will provide an overview of the project, compliance issues related to multiple federal and local funding sources, and development of interagency agreements, including those between two railroads using the same right of way.

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    The Portal North Bridge Project is an estimated $1.8 billion rail project being sponsored by NJ TRANSIT on the Northeast Corridor the rail line owned by Amtrak. Funding will be provided by the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, local bond funds, and other New Jersey state entities.

    In this session, panelists will identify and discuss key legal issues that arose in this project. The session will provide an overview of the project, compliance issues related to multiple federal and local funding sources, and development of interagency agreements, including those between two railroads using the same right of way.
      
    Moderator

    • Suzanne Silverman, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell, New York, NY

    Panelists

    • Ayelet Hirschkorn, Senior Director, Contracts and Claims, New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT), Newark, NJ
    • Marie A. Corrado, Senior Director, Gateway Program, AMTRAK, New York, NY
    • Dana Nifosi, Deputy Chief Counsel, Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC
    • Casey Mendez Symington, Attorney, Federal Railroad Administration, Washington, DC


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - June 2021 available in APTAU Learning.

  • Buy America 101

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    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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    Join us for a whirlwind overview of the Federal Transit Administration Buy America program, from construction projects, through manufactured products, to the unique FTA approach to measuring US content of rolling stock.  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.

    Presenters

    • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Vice President of Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
    • James P. LaRusch, Secretary, Standards Development Oversight Council; Vice Chair, Business Member Programs Committee; Corporate Counsel, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - June 2021 available in APTAU Learning.

  • FTA Procurement 101 – Third Party Contracting

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    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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    Join us for a whirlwind overview of the Federal Transit Administration Buy America program, from construction projects, through manufactured products, to the unique FTA approach to measuring US content of rolling stock.  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.

    Presenters

    • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Vice President of Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
    • James P. LaRusch, Secretary, Standards Development Oversight Council; Vice Chair, Business Member Programs Committee; Corporate Counsel, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - June 2021 available in APTAU Learning.

  • Rail 101: All (Rail) Roads Lead to the CFR

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    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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    Join us for a whirlwind overview of the Federal Transit Administration Buy America program, from construction projects, through manufactured products, to the unique FTA approach to measuring US content of rolling stock.  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.

    Presenters

    • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Vice President of Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
    • James P. LaRusch, Secretary, Standards Development Oversight Council; Vice Chair, Business Member Programs Committee; Corporate Counsel, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - June 2021 available in APTAU Learning.

  • Legal Affairs Welcome

    Recorded On: 06/16/2021

    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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    Join us for a whirlwind overview of the Federal Transit Administration Buy America program, from construction projects, through manufactured products, to the unique FTA approach to measuring US content of rolling stock.  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.

    Presenters

    • Natalie E. Cornell, Member, APTA Board of Directors; Chair, Business Member Procurement Committee; Vice President of Business Development, LTK Engineering Services, Ambler, PA
    • James P. LaRusch, Secretary, Standards Development Oversight Council; Vice Chair, Business Member Programs Committee; Corporate Counsel, Raul V. Bravo + Associates, Inc., Reston, VA


    NOTE:  CLEs are not available on the recording.


    This session is part of the full Legal Affairs Virtual Mini Seminar - June 2021 available in APTAU Learning.

  • 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.