PLI Securities Arbitration 2012

Jenice Malecki will be speaking at the Practising Law Institute (PLI) Seminar tomorrow on Securities Arbitration 2012. If you cannot make it, there will be a webcast and course materials available.

Last year’s fervor over the fairness of arbitration has not so much subsided as it has been refined. In response to this shift, in 2012 FINRA will focus on streamlining and improving its dispute resolution forum, including fine-tuning the arbitrator disclosure process. FINRA’s goal is to ensure early disclosure of relevant arbitrator information, in order to save the parties the time and expense associated with replacing arbitrators whose disclosure is incomplete, while allowing for the parties’ continued input into the arbitrator selection process.

This year’s Securities Arbitration program will feature FINRA Dispute Resolution’s Director, staff, and arbitrators, as well as noted academics and experienced attorneys who represent both customers and industry players. Our faculty will explore FINRA’s efforts to improve the arbitrator disclosure process and provide you with practical tips on drafting claims and answers, striking and ranking proposed arbitrators, trying expungement hearings and resolving common ethical dilemmas that arise in securities arbitration practice.
What you will learn
•Find out what’s new at FINRA, including:
– Impact of recent rule changes – Proposed changes in FINRA Dispute Resolution’s arbitration rules and practices – Plans for the continued enhancement of the arbitrator selection process – The evolution of the discovery process in FINRA arbitration •Examine the proposed rules for brokers seeking expungement of their record in the Central Registration Depository but who are not named parties in disputes between firms and customers •Analyze recent legislative developments and case law trends •Learn about a new pilot program for large cases •Get tips on avoiding “cramdown” arbitrator appointments Plus participate in our special interactive demonstration of an expungement hearing and earn ethics credit at our new session exploring scenarios that highlight the ethical traps that counsel and arbitrators may encounter. You’ll also get a special introduction to the new Web portal that FINRA is currently developing, which will allow parties and arbitrators to exercise greater control over the administration of their cases.
Who should attend
Attorneys who represent customers, brokers or broker-dealers in securities arbitration, or those who are seeking to enter into the practice, and who would like a comprehensive review of developments – including FINRA rule changes, SEC rule-making and case law – that have occurred in the field over the past year, as well as practice tips. Additionally, FINRA arbitrators will receive valuable information and guidance from FINRA staff, seasoned practitioners and arbitrators, as well as a notation on their FINRA Arbitrator Disclosure Reports that they attended the program.
PLI Group Discounts
Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact or call (800) 260-4PLI.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm
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All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.

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