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April 15, 2011 Seminar

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The National Whistleblowers Center Presents
Essential Training for Plaintiff Attorneys:

Special Seminar: The NEW Corporate Whistleblower Protections and Reward Provisions
CLE Credit Approved in WA & OR*

On July 21, 2010, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Act. Corporate whistleblowing was forever changed. The Act established the right of whistleblowers to obtain multi-million dollar rewards for reporting violations of Securities and Commodities Exchange Act. These "qui tam" provisions were modeled on the False Claims Act -- a law that already has resulted in whistleblowers obtaining over $2.7 billion dollars in rewards for reporting federal contracting and procurement violations to the Justice Department. Dodd-Frank also enhanced employment protections available to whistleblowers. Retaliatory discharge cases can now be filed directly in federal court, with the right to a jury trial. Under Dodd-Frank, mandatory arbitration agreements cannot be enforced.

Learn how to use these new laws to effectively represent employees, combat fraud and qualify for large whistleblower-rewards. Gain insight into how whistleblower protections laws can be integrated into your law practice as powerful legal tools for maximizing your client's ability to have their case heard before a jury and obtain entitlement to large monetary damage awards and rewards.

This seminar will take place on Friday, April 15, 2011 from 2:30 pm - 4:30pm PST. Attorneys can participate in-person at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle, WA for CLE credit in WA & OR.  To register for this seminar, click here and make a donation ($150.00 for attorneys and $50.00 for whistleblowers). For more information, including agenda and faculty click here

*CLE credit approved for in-person participants only

 NEW DISCOUNTED Registration Fee:

$150             Attorneys 

$50               Whistleblowers         

Register now online by clicking here and making a donation of $150.00, or mail a check payable to the National Whistleblowers Center to 3238 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. 

Seminar Agenda:

2:30-3:30 PM PST 

Part I: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

            A. Commodities Exchange Act/ Securities Exchange Act

                        a. Commodities qui tam

                        b. Confidentiality

                        c. Rulemaking

                        d. Retroactivity

                        e. No Mandatory Arbitration

                        f. SEC Whistleblower Office 

3:30-4:30 PM

Part II: Anti-Retaliation Provisions

            A. Securities Exchange Act

            B. Commodities Exchange Act

            C. Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Amendments

            Section 922(b), 922(c) & Section 929A

                        a. Rating Organizations

                        b. Statute of Limitations

                        c. Jury Trials

                        d. No Mandatory Arbitration

                        e. Subsidiary Coverage

            D. Consumer Protection Board Employee Protection

4:30-4:45 PM

Part III: Questions and Answers

Seminar Materials:

The Whistleblower Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011) by Stephen M. Kohn. Registrants will receive a copy of the book upon arrival. Supplemental Materials: Relevant statutory text from the Dodd Frank Act Whistleblower Protection Provisions, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Internal Revenue Code and the False Claims Act. Registrants will receive free download upon registration. 

Seminar Faculty:

Stephen M. Kohn (Executive Director, NWC)

Stephen M. Kohn is one of the nation’s leading advocates for corporate and government whistleblowers and will be traveling directly to Seattle to present this seminar. Mr. Kohn has successfully represented whistleblowers for over 27 years and is responsible for many of the set whistleblower precedents today. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Kohn formerly served as Clinical Director of the groundbreaking whistleblower rights clinic at the Antioch School of Law and he is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing, Protecting Environmental and Nuclear Whistleblowers: A Litigation Manual (NIRS, 1985). Since then, he has authored or co-authored six books on whistleblower law, including: Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees (Praeger, 2004); Concepts and Procedures in Whistleblower Law (Greenwood Press, 2000); The Whistleblower Litigation Handbook (Wiley Law, 1991); The Labor Lawyers Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Employee Whistleblowers (Greenwood Press, 1988) and the recently released The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011).