California NORML Law Seminar - February 17, 2018 in Oakland CA

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California Attorneys and others are invited to attend the Cal NORML law seminar, to be held from 9 am - 5 pm on February 17, 2018 at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland.

The seminar will cover criminal and civil aspects of the MAUCRSA marijuana law and new cannabis industry regulations, with an emphasis on micro businesses and cottage cultivation licenses.

Other topics will include:
Local land use ordinances
Forfeiture law
Child custody law

MCLE credits (5 hours General Credit) are pending.

Presenters will include:

Jennifer Ani is a distinguished family law attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients' rights. Ani’s law practice includes Juvenile Dependency and Family Law litigation as well as guardianship, adoption, civil rights, juvenile immigration status, marital agreements and dissolution (divorce) mediation, VAWA self-petitions, domestic violence, defense of CPS and child abuse allegations, and legal malpractice.

James Anthony, a Former Oakland Deputy City Attorney, drafted voter initiatives in San Jose and Santa Ana, and litigated local land use issues for collectives throughout California and helped collectives maintain legal compliance in jurisdictions including Bakersfield (Kern County), San Francisco, Oakland, Mendocino County, Sacramento, Stockton, San Jose and many others.

Ariel Clark founded and became the Chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, with a mission included establishing fair regulations for each of the cannabis industry’s various components, protecting and promoting diversity of the cannabis industry, and creating an economic climate in which everyone, from the government to the citizenry, benefits.

Ariel earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and is an active member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, California State Bar, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. She serves on the board of California NORML, the policy committee of the California Grower’s Association.

Joe Elford is the former Chief Counsel for Americans for Safe Access (ASA) where he compelled the California Highway Patrol to revise its policy regarding the seizure of medical marijuana and won the appeal of Jovan Jackson in San Diego, which created precedent establishing the legality of medical marijuana dispensaries in California. He argued with Raging Wire employment rights case before the California Supreme Court and recently won a settlement in Lake County where he challenged warrantless raids of personal cannabis gardens.

After graduating from Yale Law School in 1996, Joe served as a law clerk for the Honorable Vaughn Walker of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Omar Figueroa is a pioneering cannabis lawyer with more than eighteen years of experience providing legal counsel and representation to members of California’s cannabis industry. Omar has taught several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars to lawyers on cannabis-related topics, including legal ethics and the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).

In 2006, Omar graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, which is considered the most prestigious and selective trial advocacy college in America. He is also a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. Omar recently published a book, the Cannabis Codes of California, the second edition of which is forthcoming soon. He considers himself lucky to have been trained by living legend J. Tony Serra, a master of the noblest art: defending the accused before a jury. Omar was also recently selected to serve as a member of Sonoma County’s Cannabis Advisory Group.

Brenda Grantland has practiced law in federal courts around the country for over 35 years, focusing primarily on federal asset forfeiture defense, crime victims rights and restitution, civil rights litigation, civil and criminal appeals, and criminal post-conviction remedies. She also defends lawyers and other professionals in disciplinary actions.

Brenda has been an activist advocating forfeiture reform since 1992, and was one of the founding members of Forfeiture Endangers American Rights (“FEAR”). She has served on FEAR’s board of directors since its incorporation as a non-profit, and currently serves as board president. Starting in 1992 she led FEAR’s grass-roots effort to reform state and federal forfeiture laws, testifying once before Congress and numerous times in the California legislature, and consulting with legislative sponsors of forfeiture reform bills. The late U.S. Representative Henry Hyde, sponsor of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (“CAFRA”), thanked Brenda personally for the eight years she had spent lobbying for forfeiture reform in his remarks to Congress the day CAFRA passed.

Brenda is also an author with a number of published works including paperback books, a 2-hour continuing legal education video DVD, and several e-books. Some of her publications will soon be available for purchase on this site, with one new e-book to be published soon.

Amanda Ostrowitz is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of CannaRegs. She is an attorney and entrepreneur specializing in cannabis regulations and has developed a comprehensive database of federal, state, and local cannabis laws. Prior to conceiving and co-founding CannaRegs, Amanda worked as a bank examiner at the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, where her practice focused on regulatory compliance in the consumer lending and banking industries. Amanda is an east coast native who moved to Colorado in 2004 to attend Colorado College where she earned a B.A. in Economics. She later received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In September of 2014 Amanda entered the First Annual Massroots Marijuana Technology Startup Competition and earned first prize for CannaRegs, which launched in June of 2015. In January CannaRegs was selected as one of the 50 Colorado Startups to watch in 2016.

William Panzer is Cal NORML's Legal Director and an Oakland-based criminal defense attorney who specializes in criminal defense and cannabis defense law. With nearly 30 years' experience in both state and federal courts, Panzer co-authored Proposition 215, and also worked on California's forfeiture reform bill. NORML presented Bill the prestigious Al Horn award in 2001 and he earned Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana’s “Compassion In Action” Award twice.

Robert Raich specializes in medical cannabis law, business law, political law, and lobbying. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Texas School of Law, he previously practiced law with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C.

Robert was the attorney in both of the U.S. Supreme Court cases ever to consider medical cannabis issues: United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative, 532 U.S. 483 (2001), and Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005). Mr. Raich was a member of the California Attorney General’s Medical Marijuana Task Force (Chairman, Caregiver Issues Subcommittee), and he has taught classes on medical cannabis to cadets at Police Department Police Academies, as well as continuing education classes to other lawyers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of California NORML, a member of the National NORML Legal Committee, and a Founding Board Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association.

Before practicing law, Mr. Raich served as a staff member in the United States Senate and the Texas House of Representatives, served in various positions in presidential and senatorial election campaigns, and served on a U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Committee. At the behest of former President of Mexico Vincente Fox, Mr. Raich spoke at the USA – Mexico Symposium on the Legalization and Medical Use of Cannabis in Guanajuato, Mexico, July 18-20, 2013.

MCLE credits (5 hours General Credit) are pending.

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