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Julia Vander Weele Named Among 2023 Women Who Mean Business Honorees

Spencer Fane is thrilled to announce attorney Julia Vander Weele has been named to the Kansas City Business Journal (KCBJ) 2023 Class of Women Who Mean Business.

Spencer Fane Sponsors the CUPA-HR Tennessee Chapter Spring Conference

Spencer Fane was pleased to serve as the Premier Sponsor for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Tennessee Chapter Spring Conference. The May 16-17 event was hosted at the firm’s Nashville office and featured several Spencer Fane attorneys as speakers.

Jessie Merrigan Spotlighted by Missouri Lawyers Media as 2023 Women’s Justice Award Honoree

Following her 2023 Women’s Justice Award (WJA) honor, Spencer Fane attorney Jessie Merrigan was featured in a special May issue of Missouri Lawyers Media (MLM). She is one of four firm attorneys to earn this recognition this year.

Loren Mulraine Joins Intellectual Property Panel at Virtual C-IP2 Conference

Spencer Fane attorney Loren Mulraine participated on a panel for the April 28 virtual conference, Culture & IP: Analogs to Intellectual Property in Different Cultures. The event was hosted by the George Mason University Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2).

Ayesha Mehdi Appointed to KU Law School’s Board of Governors

Spencer Fane attorney Ayesha Mehdi was recently selected to the Board of Governors for the University of Kansas School of Law. She returns to this leadership role after first serving on the Board from 2017-2021.

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Supreme Court Limits Reach of Clean Water Act Over Wetlands, Leaving Questions for Owners and Developers

In a landmark decision issued May 25, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court jettisoned a judicial rule on the scope of the Clean Water Act’s applicability that had been used to justify an expansive exercise of authority by federal agencies regulating certain wetlands under the Act. The ruling significantly curtails the jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Act, precluding their regulation of wetlands that are not directly connected to surface water bodies. The ruling addresses what constitutes “the waters of the United States” (WOTUS) to which the Act applies – a topic that has been the subject of much agency rulemaking, litigation, and controversy in recent years.

The Supreme Court’s Landmark Andy Warhol Copyright Decision Has Significant Implications for Creators and Artists

On May 18, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith et al. The case involved a dispute over whether Andy Warhol’s use of a photograph of Prince was a fair use of the copyright in the original photograph.

The End of the Pandemic … or Not?

In February 2023, the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services announced the planned end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19. On May 11, the PHE officially concluded. For employers, this has a number of implications, including a change in required coverage by employer-sponsored health plans of testing and treatment for COVID-19. According to updated guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), insurance providers may begin billing for laboratory tests and COVID-19 treatments. Additionally, vaccination requirements for federal employees, federal contractors and Medicare covered facilities have ended.

Climate Change, the Public Trust, and Constitutional Challenges in Montana: the First Trial Addressing the “Right” to a Clean and Healthful Environment Starts June 12

A first-of-its-kind climate change trial will start in a Montana State District Court on June 12, 2023. It will be the first involving a climate change suit premised on the Public Trust Doctrine and challenges pursuant to a state’s Constitution.

Power Plants Face New Greenhouse Gas Standards

That portion of the power sector that includes the combustion of fossil fuels in electric generating units (EGUs) is the largest stationary source of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the United States and was responsible for emitting 25 percent of the overall domestic carbon emissions in 2021.

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Advantage CLE: Ethical Implications of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Everyone, including attorneys who believe themselves to be fair, possess implicit biases.  Furthermore, as the discussion and efforts to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices have evolved, reasons to “push back” have also developed.  The one important aspect of the DEI discussion often overlooked is the role of ethics. This Spencer Fane Advantage CLE webinar featuring attorneys Ruthie White and Rachael Thomson will define diversity, equity, and inclusion and implicit bias; discuss ways to recognize how implicit bias may negatively impact the attorney/client representations; emphasize appropriate aids to ensure DEI and overcome implicit biases; and identify ethical responsibilities related to DEI.

Advantage CLE: Supreme Shifts: Examining Recent SCOTUS Decisions and Future Implications

Join Spencer Fane for an informative overview of the latest Supreme Court decisions and how they may impact your organization’s legal strategy. Our knowledgeable panel of attorneys comprises Andy Lester, AJ Ferate, Stacey Garrett Koju, Joe Bednar, and Patrick McAndrews.

Advantage CLE: Turbulent Times: What To Do When Your Customer Files for Bankruptcy?

Commercial bankruptcies are on the rise. As more organizations decide to seek bankruptcy relief, you and your clients need to be prepared, especially in the early days of a bankruptcy, which can set the tone for the entire case. Spencer Fane attorneys Eric Jonson and Andrea Chase will lead this Spencer Fane Advantage CLE session focusing on commercial bankruptcies.

Advantage CLE: Under the Magnifying Glass: Cybersecurity Best Practices

The “reasonableness” of your organization’s cybersecurity practices are never more highly scrutinized than after a security incident. Take time with members of the Spencer Fane cybersecurity legal team – Shawn Tuma, Thomas Hayde, and Stacy Harper – as they walk through a post-incident analysis of cybersecurity safeguards and recommended best practices. Using the lessons of other organizations, this Spencer Fane Advantage CLE session will build a checklist of next steps to protect yours.

Advantage CLE: Revisiting Attorney Client Privilege

This lively Spencer Fane Advantage CLE session will discuss current law relating to attorney client privilege, focusing on ethical implications for the in-house practitioner. Presented by experienced in-house attorney Helen Holden along with seasoned Spencer Fane collaborator Michelle Walters, General Counsel, Team Car Care, the session will provide practical guidance on how to protect the privilege and avoid inadvertent waiver based on recent caselaw.

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