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FCBA Staff Opening – Member Services Administrator/Receptionist

The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) seeks to fill the full-time position of Member Services Administrator/Receptionist. Successful candidate must have experience and proven abilities in delivering high quality association member services or equivalent experience. Candidate will work closely with association members and staff and will also serve as the front office receptionist. Occasional evening hours required to support events, special projects, and activities. The position is located in Washington, DC, two blocks from Metro. Excellent benefits, including health insurance package, 401K, and Metro assistance. Starting salary $40,000. Email cover letter, resume, and salary history to fcba@fcba.org. EOE.
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25th Annual FCBA Charity Auction to be held on November 6

The FCBA Young Lawyers Committee and the FCBA Foundation will hold the historic 25th Annual Charity Auction on Thursday, November 6, at the Almas Temple, 1315 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, from approximately 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Admission is free and the event is open to the public.  Proceeds from this year’s Auction will benefit two charitable organizations:  BUILD Metro DC (http://www.build.org/dc) and the FCBA Foundation. If you have any questions about the Charity Auction, please contact Lindsey Tonsager (202-662-5609, ltonsager@cov.com) or Kerry Loughney (202-293-4000, kerry@fcba.org).
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25th Annual Charity Auction – Call for Volunteers

The Auction Committee is seeking volunteers to help gather prize donations from local businesses for the historic 25th Annual Charity Auction.  Prize gathering is not only extremely critical to the success of the Charity Auction, but also a fun and rewarding process!  To get started, send an e-mail to FCBAAuction@gmail.com.  Please identify particular neighborhoods or businesses you would like to contact for donations, and if you have any other ideas for great prizes.  If you also would like to help out by selling raffle tickets or volunteering on the night of the Charity Auction, please let us know.  Each volunteer can make a big difference, and together, we can make this one of the best auctions yet!


FCBA 28th Annual Chairman’s Dinner on December 4

The 28th Annual Chairman’s Dinner will be held Thursday, December 4 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the International Ballroom and will be followed by remarks from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  Sponsor’s tables include a $350.00 tax deductible donation to the FCBA Foundation.  Inviting Government Guests – Pursuant to the Office of Government Ethics regulation on widely-attended gatherings (5 C.F.R. 2635.204(g)(2)), the Chairman’s Dinner appears to qualify as a widely attended gathering.  The value of an individual ticket to the dinner is $275.00.  Most employees of the Federal Communications Commission may be directly invited to attend the dinner as guests of individuals and organizations purchasing tables or tickets.  In most cases, individuals and organizations may issue invitations to the Chairman’s Dinner without the involvement of the FCBA.  Some agencies, departments and branches of the Federal Government, however, apply additional stipulations above the regulations issued by the Office of Government Ethics.  Individuals who have signed the Administration’s Ethics pledge cannot accept invitations from most registered lobbying organizations or registered lobbyists.  While this event has qualified as a widely-attended-gathering in previous years, each FCC employee is required to obtain individual ethics clearance based on matters they are working on within the Commission.  Employees of the Commerce Department are required to obtain individual ethics clearance through the Department’s Office of General Counsel.  Invitations to Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, and employees of the Department of State must be issued by the FCBA.  Contact the FCBA for additional information.  Requests for invitations to be sent from the FCBA must be emailed to chairmans.dinner@fcba.org by Monday, November 17.
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PLI/FCBA 32nd Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation

For the 32nd consecutive year, the FCBA and the Practising Law Institute will co-sponsor an annual conference on “Telecommunications Policy and Regulation.”  This year’s Institute will be held on December 4-5 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
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“Bill Me” Option for Online Transactions is No Longer Available

Effective immediately, the FCBA has discontinued the “Bill Me” option for online transactions.  This means that if you are registering for an event online, you must pay by credit card at the time of purchase.  If you are planning to pay by check, you will need to fax or email the registration form to our office in advance and then send the original form with your payment.


Order your 2014 FCBA Membership Directory

The 2014 Membership Directories will soon be available for purchase. Cost: Members $60.00; Law Student Members $35.00; Non-Members $115.00. There is a 10% discount for orders of 10 or more Directories.
Click here to download the 2014 Membership Directory Order Form


Contact Information Updates

If members have any changes to their contact information, please notify the FCBA, wendy@fcba.org. In order to keep a cohesive look to both our online and hard copy directories, we do not allow members to make any changes to their contact information themselves. Also note that we do not include prefixes or titles in any of our member listings. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Thank you.


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Calendar of Events

  • Tue
    28
    Oct
    2014

    Mobile Payments Brown Bag Lunch

    Date/Time: Tuesday, October 28, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.Location: Electronic Transactions Association, 1101 16th Street, NW, 7th Floor Conference Room.

    Topic: In the wake of Apple announcing Apple Pay, along with the ever-expanding list of alternative payment services, many are wondering if and how regulators will apply the existing and disparate regulatory frameworks to mobile wallets and mobile payments.  Apple Pay leverages a combination of iPhone hardware including NFC technology, Touch ID, and Secure Element—a dedicated chip that stores encrypted payment information—to process payments and ensure the security and privacy of personal data.  How well do existing regulations fit this new technology?  Are new regulations needed?  Please join for a robust discussion around the regulatory issues that will undoubtedly be raised as this new technology unfolds. Speakers:  Cherian Abraham, Mobile Commerce & Payments Lead at Experian Global Consulting; John Adams, Deputy Division Chief of the Consumer Policy Division in Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau, FCC, who is an expert on mobile cramming and billing-relate issues.. For more information: Contact Randy Sifers (rsifers@hwglaw.com), Jason Oxman (joxman@electran.org), Brooks Harlow (bharlow@fcclaw.com ), Mark Brennan (mark.brennan@hoganlovells.com), or Madeleine Findley Madeleine.Findley@fcc.gov).
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  • Wed
    29
    Oct
    2014

    Young Lawyers Committee Brown Bag Lunch

    Date/Time: Wednesday, October 29, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.Location: Mintz Levin, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

    Topic: Telecom Issues in the Lame Duck - Perspectives from Congressional Staff: Telecom staffers will discuss how Congress will handle telecom issues in the lame duck session.  They will also provide perspectives on how the committees of jurisdiction for telecom issues work and the career paths that led them to the Hill.  Speakers: Kelsey Guyselman (Counsel, Communications and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce), Brooke Ericson (Legislative Counsel, Office of Senator Ron Johnson), Margaret McCarthy (Counsel, Communications and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce), and Joseph Wender (Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Ed Markey). Moderated by Rachel Sanford (Manager of Government Relations, ML Strategies) and Kara Romagnino (Associate, Mintz Levin). For more information, please contact Rachel Sanford (RMSanford@MLStrategies.com) or Rachael Bender (RBender@mobilefuture.org).
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  • Thu
    30
    Oct
    2014

    Mid-Atlantic Chapter Lunch Program

    Date/Time: Thursday, October 30, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 1 Logan Square, Suite 2000, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

    Topic: The Future of Broadband of the Broadband Marketplace. This event will be co-sponsored by Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP.  This session will consider the possibilities and public policy implications as broadband evolves.  What does the business case look like for broadband operators going forward?  How will the relationships between access and edge providers evolve?  How important are the various forms of wireless broadband? Will carrier WiFi systems or TV white spaces change the game?  Could states and municipalities serve as laboratories for innovative new models?  To go beyond the familiar regulatory debates, the discussion will include business and investment perspectives, in addition to legal questions. Speakers: Kevin Werbach, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at Wharton School of Business (Moderator); Gigi Sohn, Chairman Wheeler’s Special Counsel for External Affairs; Paul de Sa, VP and Senior Analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein, former Chief of FCC OSP; Dr. Preston Marshall, Principal Wireless Architect, Google Access Services; and Paul Margie, Partner, Harris Wiltshire & Grannis LLP.  Lunch will be provided, but you must RSVP ahead of time.
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  • Thu
    06
    Nov
    2014

    International Telecommunications Committe Brown Bag Lunch

    Date/Time: Thursday, November 6, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.Location: Hogan Lovells US LLP, 555 13th Street, NW. Check in with the lobby receptionist for an escort to the Hogan Lovells Academy Room (12th Floor West room 600).

    Topic:  The international Bureau’s Part 25 Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Streamlining and Making More Efficient the FCC’s Satellite Licensing Rules. Speakers: Jose Albuquerque, Chief, Satellite Division, FCC, Stephen Goodman, Partner, Butzel, Long, Daniel Mah, Regulatory Counsel, SES, John Janka, Partner, Latham and Watkins, Jennifer Manner, Vice President, EchoStar
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  • Fri
    07
    Nov
    2014

    Diversity Committee Brown Bag Lunch

    Date/Time: Friday, November 7, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.Location: Squire Pattons Boggs LLP, 1200 19th Street, NW, 3rd Floor (Independence Conference Room). Nearest metro is Dupont Circle, south side exit.

    Topic: Mentoring, Diversity & Inclusion.  Mentoring can be an integral tool for organizations seeking to foster diversity and inclusion to ensure that attorneys from all backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed.  But how can organizations and individuals use mentoring most effectively to encourage diversity and inclusion within the communications bar?  Our group of esteemed panelists will discuss how to mentor effectively, offer advice on finding and making the most of the mentor/mentee relationship, and suggest strategies for organizations seeking to incorporate mentoring as a tool to further diversity and inclusion, and, as a result, help improve the performance and effectiveness of the organization.
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  • Wed
    12
    Nov
    2014

    Transactional Practice Committee Brown Bag Lunch

    Date/Time: Wednesday, November 12, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.Location: Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street, NW.

    Topic: Meet the FCC’s Chief Economist.  Join us for remarks by the FCC’s Chief Economist, Tim Brennan, followed by Q&A led by two leading practitioners, Donald Stockdale and Michael Cohen. Speakers: Tim Brennan – Chief Economist, FCC; Donald Stockdale – Bates White; and Michael Cohen – Paul Hastings
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  • Thu
    13
    Nov
    2014

    CLE Seminar: Introduction to Legislative Drafting in the House of Representatives

    Date/Time: Thursday, November 13, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.Location: Mayer Brown LLP, 1999 K Street, NW.
  • Fri
    14
    Nov
    2014

    Wireline Committee Brown Bag Lunch

    Date/Time: Friday, November 14, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.Location: Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street NW (1st floor).

    Topic: The FCC’s Special Access Data Collection. This event will provide a platform for legal practitioners to engage the Commission’s staff on the Special Access Data Collection to assist their clients in meeting the December 15, 2014, data submission deadline.  The staff will provide an overview of the data collection and the submission process, including the Confidential and Highly Confidential treatment of submitted information, and will then be available to answer questions about the collection.  Speakers: FCC Staff – Deena Shetler, Billy Layton, Chris Koves, Belinda Nixon, Greg Haledjian; Wireline Competition Bureau. Moderator: Philip Macres, Principal, Klein Law Group PLLC.
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  • Mon
    17
    Nov
    2014

    CLE Seminar: How the Antitrust Agencies and the FCC Are Likely to Analyze Vertical Mergers

    Date/Time: Monday, November 17, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.Location: Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street, NW.
  • Wed
    19
    Nov
    2014

    CLE Seminar: Peering into the Future: An Examination of Legal and Technical Issues Surrounding Peering Arrangements

    Date/Time: Wednesday, November 19, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.Location: Squire Patton Boggs, 1200 19th Street, NW.
  • Thu
    04
    Dec
    2014
    Fri
    05
    Dec
    2014

    PLI/FCBA 32nd Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation

    Date/Time: December 4- 5Location: The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

    For the 32nd consecutive year, the FCBA and the Practising Law Institute will co-sponsor an annual conference on “Telecommunications Policy and Regulation.”  This year’s Institute will be held on December 4-5, at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
    Click here to download the PLI registration form

  • Thu
    04
    Dec
    2014

    28th Annual Chairman’s Dinner

    Date/Time: Thursday, December 4, 6:00 p.m.Location: The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

    The 28th Annual Chairman’s Dinner will be held Thursday, December 4 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the International Ballroom and will be followed by remarks from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Sponsor’s tables include a $350.00 tax deductible donation to the FCBA Foundation.
    Click here to buy a table or register for the Chairman's Dinner

  • Thu
    11
    Dec
    2014

    CLE Seminar: Internet Governance: Results of Plenipotentiary-14, and Prospects for IANA Transition and UNGA-15

    Date/Time: Thursday, December 11, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.Location: TBD.
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