NABCA’s 20th ong>Annualong> ong>Symposiumong> on Alcohol Beverage Law and Regulation has a robust agenda thatprovides attendees an excellent opportunity to stay abreast of the most recent legislative, regulatory, and judicialactivity impacting the operation and regulation of the alcohol beverage industry. Increased attendance during the pastseveral years at the ong>Symposiumong> is a clear indication of the growing value and significance this meeting offers throughboth subject matter and networking opportunities.Attendance at the ong>Symposiumong> proves beneficial to a myriad of audiences: lawyers, state and federal regulators,representatives of the alcohol beverage industry and other affiliated entities. The ong>Symposiumong> Planning Committee,which is comprised of regulators, industry analysts and experts, has created an informative and educational agendathat focuses on timely and current issues. In addition, the ong>Symposiumong> provides an invaluable opportunity to networkwith colleagues from across the country.Please take a moment to review the schedule and program for this year’s ong>Symposiumong>. For those who attended lastyear, please note that we are back at the easily-accessible Westin Alexandria, located in historic Old Town Alexandria.We hope to see you there!Sincerely,James M. SgueoPresident & CEOWho is NABCA?The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association(NABCA) is the national association representing the 18political jurisdictions that directly control the distributionand sale of alcohol beverages within their borders. Whilethe Control State Systems were founded upon a commonprincipal of market control, the exercise of that control hascome to vary from state to state. Some states now controlonly at wholesale; while others have retained control atretail exclusively through government-operated stores.Some control the sale of wine as well as distilled spirits.Regulation and operational procedures vary from state tostate. The Control State System works for the communitythe way community wants it to work.Established in 1938, NABCA serves its members as aninformation clearinghouse and as a liaison to federal, state,and local governments; research and advocacy groups;the alcohol beverage industry; and other organizationsimpacting alcohol policy. It is the mission of NABCA tosupport alcohol control systems by providing resources,compiling research, and fostering relationships to addresspolicy for the responsible sale and consumption of alcoholbeverages.Why is the ong>Symposiumong> Unique?The ong>Symposiumong> on Alcohol Beverage Law and Regulationis the only forum sponsored by a non-profit organizationrepresenting alcohol regulators focusing on legal issuesfrom the perspective of regulators, policy makers and thealcohol beverage industry. Faculty and attendees includeknowledgeable individuals who represent governmentand industry perspectives, as well as those who bring animpartial view of key issues impacting the participants.The scheduled program, coupled with ample time forinformal networking, affords an excellent opportunity for aunique learning experience.Who Should Attend?The ong>Symposiumong> is ideal for state regulatory agencyofficials, corporate counsel, industry policy-makers whowant to know how the current legal environment willshape their future operational decisions, and attorneysin private practice who advise industry membersand work with state and federal regulatory agencies.The ong>Symposiumong> will examine legal issues from theperspectives of government regulators, beverage alcoholindustry (suppliers, wholesalers and retailers), and policymakers. Representatives from every segment will findtopics covered in the ong>Symposiumong> extremely timely andinformative.Continuing ong>Legalong> EducationThe ong>Symposiumong> program is designed to qualify in statesthat have a Continuing ong>Legalong> Education (CLE) requirement.Since it is impossible to pre-register the ong>Symposiumong> inall states with mandatory CLE, NABCA will cooperatewith attendees in completing and submitting any formsnecessary to obtain CLE credit for the course. Preapprovalwill be obtained from some major jurisdictions.Attendees will be provided a uniform CLE attendanceform for submission to their local jurisdiction.
Look out for the ong>Legalong> ong>Symposiumong> meeting app! Details will bemade available after registering.Monday, March 116:00 PM - 7:00 PM Registration and Networking ReceptionTuesday, March 127:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast8:15 AM Welcoming RemarksJames M. Sgueo, NABCA President & CEOJ. Neal Insley, Esq., Chairman, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage ControlNABCA Chairman8:30 AM The Three-Tier System: Can It Survive? Should It Survive?Since the end of prohibition, alcohol beverages have largely been distributed through a mandatory threetiersystem involving producers/importers, wholesalers and retailers. Other products, however, utilizeonly one or two levels of distribution when it makes sense from a business standpoint. This session willexplore the legal underpinning of the three-tier system and contemplate its future.Eddie Edwards (Moderator), New Hampshire State Liquor CommissionSpeakers to be named9:30 AM Morning Break 19:45 AM 21st Amendment Litigation 2013: Commerce Clause, Antitrust and MoreThe Supreme Court’s 2005 Granholm decision has not marked the end of litigation using the CommerceClause to challenge state alcohol beverage regulation. Nor did appeals court decisions in Costco andTFWS eliminate antitrust-based grievances regarding pricing statutes. This session explores the currentlitigation landscape as well as some new areas of conflict.Deborah A. Skakel, Esq. (Moderator), Dickstein Shapiro LLPWalter A. Marston, Esq., Marston & McNally, P.C.10:45 AM Morning Break 211:00 AM Can the First Amendment Save Controversial Packaging?The First Amendment’s protection of commercial free speech has been used to prevent states frombanning allegedly offensive or controversial product names. But how does the Constitutional protectionplay out when controversial packaging is involved? This session looks at new forms of packaging andthe regulatory challenges they present.12:00 PM LunchWilliam T. Earle (Moderator), National Association of Beverage ImportersJanet M. Evans, Esq., Federal Trade CommissionMichael O’Brien, Esq., Palm Bay International(Session Topics and Speakers are Subject to Change)TENTATIVE PROGRAM & SESSION DESCRIPTIONS