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  • In Memoriam of David B. Schneider

    It is with tremendous sadness that the TLA informs you of the loss of our dear friend and brother, David Bernard Schneider, who passed away on February 9, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones.  David was born on March 9, 1944 in Galveston, Texas to Gertrude and Morris Schneider. After graduating high school in Texas City, he attended the University of Texas where he received a BS in Business Administration in 1966, followed by a JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1969. While at U.T., he met the love of his life, Ronnie Jean Gottlieb Schneider, to whom he was married for over 30 years before her passing in 1999. After leaving Austin, David moved to Washington DC where he worked for the Interstate Commerce Commission and then moved to Kansas City where he was counsel for Yellow Freight. In 1978, David relocated to Oklahoma City where he established himself as a leading attorney serving the transportation industry and practiced for over 40 years.


    David was very active in professional and local charitable organizations throughout his life. He was a past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association from 1996-1997, a Distinguished Service Award Recipient in 1999, and a Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient in 2010.  David also received the well-deserved TLA Bullshippers' Award in 2000, which he cherished greatly. David was also an active board member for the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City, St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, Temple B'nai Israel, and Emanuel Synagogue.


    David embraced life with an unwavering confidence, humor, and occasional irreverence, demonstrated in part by how he set up office outside of TLA meeting rooms and held court. He will be remembered for his steadfast dedication to Jewish values, passion for burnt orange Texas-inspired garb (including shirts, sweaters, cuff links and ties), his unique dancing skills, and generosity beyond his means. Most of all he was resilient. His life was occasionally filled with obstacles and challenges, but he always seemed to adapt and flourish with change. After Ronnie's death in 1999, he found himself amidst a community supported not only by old friends, but he found ways to move forward and establish new friendships and loving relationships which brought him incredible joy in life.


    David is survived by his children, Jerome and Michelle, and his five loving grandchildren - Rowan, Hayden, Trey, Icelie, and Abby - all of whom had a very special place in his heart.  If you are so inclined, please make donations in David's memory to the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City.  TLA extends its deepest sympathies to Jerome, Michelle and David's grandchildren, and well as his friends of which there were many.  May he rest in peace until we meet again to enjoy another cigar and story with him.

  • In Memoriam of Danielle C. Venezia

    TLA member Danielle C. Venezia, 34, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019. After graduating from Nova Southeastern Law School in 2012, she went on to work for Nicklaus and Associates, Coral Gables, FL for 5 years before leaving to start the Law Practice of Danielle C. Venezia. Danielle is survived by her parents Fred and Anne Venezia of DE; her two brothers, three nieces, her fur baby and the love of her life, her dog Bane.

    Our sympathy goes out to her parents and siblings and the rest of Danielle's family and friends.  May she rest in peace.

  • In Memoriam of David R. Parker

    TLA is sad to report the death of past president, David R. Parker, 80, attorney and former in-house counsel died January 16, 2020 after bravely fighting a year-long battle with brain cancer.  Dave was president of the TLA from 1991-1992 and hosted a memorable Annual Conference at The Don Cesar in St. Petersburg, FL.  Dave became a partner in the Nelson and Harding Law Firm in Lincoln and later established and worked in the Denver office. Following his nine-year tenure with the firm, Dave returned to Lincoln where he served as Vice President & General Counsel of Crete Carrier Corporation and affiliated companies from 1979 thru 1985. Dave then returned to private practice as a partner in the Lincoln law firm of Rembolt, Ludtke, Parker, and Berger until 1996. While working in private practice, he became actively involved in the ownership and management of trucking company JTI, Inc. and affiliated companies from 1985-1997, and served as Vice President of Active Transportation Co. and affiliated companies from 1995-1996. With the change in ownership of JTI, Inc., Dave became the Executive Vice President-Administration of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. in 1997 and continued in that role through the end of 2004. From 2005 thru 2019, he served as Senior Legal Counsel for Great West Casualty Company and Great West Risk Management.

    Our sympathy goes out to his wife of 57 years Nancy, children and the rest of Dave's family and friends.  May he rest in peace.

  • TLA Social Media Presence Start-Up.

    At the July 2019 TLA Executive Committee meeting, an ad hoc group was formed to consider how best to increase TLA's presence on social media.  TLA has already developed a policy on the appropriate use of social media.  (See attached PDF). The group included Hans Huggler, Chris Kelly, and Pierre-Olivier Dumas along with representatives from Kellen. The ad hoc group considered the benefits and challenges to TLA becoming active on various social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.).  The group determined that LinkedIn is the most visible platform for professionals and networking, requires less "interaction" management (unlike Twitter or Facebook), and TLA members and recruiting targets are already well-represented on the site and accustomed to engaging in professional communications on the platform.  Therefore, the ad hoc group recommended that TLA initially focus its social media strategy on developing its presence on LinkedIn. This recommendation was adopted by the Executive Committee at its November meeting.

    There is in existence on LinkedIn a current group page for TLA that members can like.  TLA is setting up an organization-specific profile on LinkedIn which will independently post content and to which members can affiliate themselves.  We will be asking members to migrate over to the new organization page as the current group page will be closed down after a time of overlap between the 2 pages.  We will have public-facing content.  TLA will post "teaser" content from TTL on LinkedIn on a regular schedule.  Ideally, each "teaser" would include a short blurb summarizing the article's topic and author (linking to the author on LinkedIn if possible).  The post would also link to a digital copy of the TTL article housed on the TLA website, however, only the first two to three paragraphs would be available to the public.  To access the full content, a member of the public would be prompted to join TLA. 

    The LinkedIn TLA profile and page will be a tool for questions as well as possible referrals.  However, we ask that all members comply with the social media policy adopted by the EC and linked herein. 

  • My Kind of Town… See you in Chicago, January, 2020.

    ​Register for the Chicago Regional Seminar!  The 2020 Chicago Regional will be held at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park on January 24, 2020.  The seminar will kick off with a Boot Camp on January 23, 2020, presented by chair Kathleen Jeffries providing An Inside Look Into the Transportation and Logistics Industry and its Developing Trends and Challenges.  Program Chairs David Hall and Stephanie Penninger will then present the Chicago Regional Seminar with a great  program planned by them and their program committee of Richard Clark, Tyler Hayes, Stephani Johnson, Matt Koch, Robert Reeb and Jaclyne Reive.  The seminar will feature special guest speaker Jim Mullen, Chief Counsel with the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Click here to check out the conference website and register today!   The Pre-Registration deadline is January 3, 2020.

  • Transportation Law Institute was a Royal Success!

    ​It began with a tribute to Prince and ended with a one of a kind college football experience.  Congratulations to President Jeff Simmons and program chairs Beata Shapiro and Jonathan Abramson and host committee chairs Michael Glover and Jason Engkjer on a fantastic TLI in Minneapolis, MN.  With over 130 attendees this year's TLI was one of the best attended TLIs in recent history and the attendees were rewarded with a great program, excellent restaurants, a trip to the famed First Avenue after the Dine Around on Friday and an exciting college football game.  The Executive Committee was efficient and fast in its meeting so that those with tickets to the Minnesota v. Penn State football game could get there in time to enjoy an incredible game that went down to the wire. 

  • July Executive Committee Meeting in Phoenix, AZ

    President Jeff Simmons hosted the TLA President’s Annual Executive Committee Meeting at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa on July 12-13, 2019.  The meeting was well-attended by all Officers, Voting Past Presidents and At-Large members and a number of Committee Chairs.  The budget for 2019-2020 was established, goals were established and reports and oversight related to upcoming meetings and events were covered.  After the meeting on Saturday morning the Executive Committee took a tour of GlobalTranz and then enjoyed a Top Golf outing with dinner.  It was a productive kick-off to the year and all who attended praised the hospitality of President Simmons and GlobalTranz.​

  • In Memoriam of Edward J. “Ned” Kiley

    TLA is sad to report the death of past president, Edward “Ned” Kiley, 70, a longtime resident of Leesburg, attorney and former partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Grove, Jaskiewicz and Cobert, who died January 27, 2019 after a brief illness.  Ned was president of the TLA from 1993-1994 and hosted a memorable Annual Conference at Kiawah Island, SC.  Our sympathy goes out to his wife Paula, children and the rest of Ned’s family and friends.  May he rest in peace.​

  • TLA Executive Committee Takes Office

    Click here​ for the press release regarding TLA's 2019-2020 officers and Executive Committee.

  • February TTL Now Available

    ​The Februray 2019 issues is now available for download here​. 

  • CTLA Annual Meeting

    CTLA's Annual Meeting is October 25-27.  Click here​ for more information.​

  • TLA Webinar Series
    Click here for more information on TLA's webinar series.
  • TTL Submission Deadlines for 2018-19
    ​TLA - Please submit articles to J​ohn Wilcox​.
    CTLA - Please submit articles to Jean-François Bilodeau​.

    Submission deadline for upcoming issues:
    ​October 2018 - August 6
    December 2018 - October 1
    February 2019 - November 19
    April 2019 - February 4
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