Antitrust law issues examined at ABA meeting

Top enforcement officials and antitrust practitioners from the United States and abroad will convene next month in Washington, D.C. for the 58th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law.
The April 21-23 gathering will take place at the JW Marriott Hotel and the National Press Club.
The meeting will include appearances by key officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission as well as enforcement authorities from other major competition law jurisdictions, offering perspectives on critical issues in the field of antitrust law, consumer protection and enforcement.
“As the global scope and pace of antitrust developments increase, the section of antitrust law is taking the lead in bringing together the top minds in antitrust law to examine substantive issues in the field,” said Ilene Knable Gotts, section chair. “We take pride in offering sessions that help lawyers develop practical skills in this ever-changing environment.”
The meeting offers more than 50 sessions and features about 240 speakers from government, corporations, the private bar and academia.
About 2,000 attendees are expected, including representatives of more than 40 nations.
Sessions will provide expert analysis and facilitate the exchange of ideas on key trends in global antitrust, enforcement, economics and consumer protection, through tracks in international law, litigation and consumer protection, as well as through policy and case study.
The luncheon on April 21 will feature a keynote address by Richard Rapp of NERA Economic Consulting.
This year’s Chair’s Showcase Program on April 22, “Nature vs. Nurture: The Role of Culture in Competition Policy,” will explore cultural influences in the history of competition policy. Speakers include Thomas Barnett, Washington, D.C.; John Fingleton, chief executive, Office of Fair Trading, London; Eleanor M. Fox, New York University School of Law; and William E. Kovacic, commissioner, Federal Trade Commission.
The Spring Dinner on April 22 will feature remarks by Joel I. Klein, New York City schools chancellor.
Klein, former assistant attorney general for antitrust in the Department of Justice, will speak about the value of a curriculum that includes basics in the science of economics in helping students understand antitrust concepts such as competition and consumer protection law.
Rounding out three days of programming is the annual roundtable conference with enforcement officials, which will be held on April 23. 
Gotts will moderate the roundtable. 
Participants include FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz; Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Christine A. Varney; Dr. Alexander Italianer, director-general for competition, European Commission; Melanie L. Aitken, commissioner of competition, Competition Bureau Canada; and James A. Donahue III, chair, Multistate Antitrust Task Force of the National Association of Attorneys General.
Roxann E. Henry of Washington, D.C., and Michael Reynolds of Brussels, Belgium, will join as questioners. 
The officials will discuss their plans for their agencies and provide an overview of the issues they will be addressing in the next year.