Ethics for Bond Attorneys 101 

This session will address, in an interactive format, some of the ethical and practical issues related to legal representations in municipal finance, including: engagement letters, delivery of opinions and conflicts of interest, and a discussion of applicable ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This session is anticipated to qualify for CLE ethics credit.

Panelists
Timothy A. Stratton, Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C., Phoenix, AZ
Deanna L.S. Gregory, Pacifica Law Group LLP, Seattle, WA

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IRS Issues and Enforcements 

Overview of IRS enforcement of tax-exempt municipal bonds, including compliance questionnaires, voluntary closing agreement programs ("VCAP"), and audits. A look into how the IRS is organized, what is "guidance" from the IRS and how is it issued, how to get a private letter ruling, how to participate in VCAP, rights and remedies of issuers of tax-exempt municipal bonds in the event of an audit, and other issues related to IRS enforcement requirements.

Panelists
Keisha S. Palmer. Robinson & Cole LLP, Hartford, CT
Lillian A. Plata, Nee Plata Law LLC, Roseland, NJ

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Practical Due Diligence/Drafting 

 

Overview of the due diligence process with which practitioners should be familiar in municipal bond transactions and provide practical guidance for preparing disclosure documents.

Panelists
Sani A. Williams, Squire Patton Boggs (US LLP), New York, NY
Teri M. Guarnaccia, Ballard Spahr LLP, Baltimore, MD