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The Transportation Lawyers Association will be returning to Louisville, Ky., the site of its first meeting in 1937, for the 51st Transportation Law Institute (TLI) on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at the brand new Omni Louisville Hotel. This TLI program includes an innovative and forward-looking curriculum with an emphasis on how the advent of emerging ​freight delivery technologies, from the use of drone delivery to broker algorithms, will affect the transportation landscape and corresponding legal issues. This TLI will keep you abreast of recent developments and prepare you for tomorrow’s challenges in the transportation industry. The educational program will cover the role of existing and emerging technologies with respect  to cargo, casualty, broker, employment, and transactional practice, and will feature an ethics panel discussing professionalism in an increasingly diverse world.

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TLI is a conference for attorneys interested in transportation law, practice or procedure. The registration fee is $295 for TLA members and $350 for non-members. The registration fee includes attendance at the program sessions, the comprehensive program materials, access to the mobile event app, continental breakfast on Friday morning, lunch on Friday, refreshments at each program break, and the Friday evening wine reception. 

Pre-registration has officially closed, but you may register online using a credit card until November 6. If you are paying with a check and/or after November 6, you will be required to register onsite. Please bring your completed registration form with you to register. Please note that both the Thursday evening welcome dinner and Saturday event at the races have sold out. ​

Register Online
Click here to download the registration brochure.
Click he​re to download a paper registration form.

A $75​ cancellation fee will be imposed upon cancellations received before the registration deadline.
Cancellations will not be accepted after that date; however, substitutions will be allowed. 
Cancellations must be received in writing by email​ by Nov. 1, 2018. After November 1, no cancellations will be allowed. Refunds, if any, will be processed at month end.​ ​

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Omni Louisville Hotel
400 South 2nd Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 313-6664

The brand-new Omni Louisville Hotel is the cornerstone of downtown Louisville reflecting the essence of the city and is only 15 ​minutes from Louisville International Airport. The hotel features several unique dining experiences, along with the speakeasy, Pin + Proof, where we will share cocktails and challenge our friends to compete on four professional bowling lanes. The Omni’s location allows our attendees to easily make their way to the East Market Street District, known locally as “NuLu,” to indulge in Louisville’s bourbon culture at many popular distilleries, including Angel’s Envy, Heaven Hill, Rabbit Hole, Copper & Kings, Old Forester, and others. The hotel is near other popular attractions like the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, The Kentucky Derby Museum, and Churchill Downs.​
With the November 9th Transportation Law Institute quickly approaching, registration is at an all-time high and TLA's room block at the Omni Louisville Hotel has almost reached capacity.  At this time, the Omni has rooms available only for Thursday, November 8th. Click here to view openings.   

We have also arranged for discounted rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, which is only 2 blocks away from the Omni, at the rate of $199.00 per night.  You may either call 502-562-0200 and let them know you are attending the Transportation Law Institute, or click here to make your reservation.  ​

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​TLI Program
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. ​Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Registration Open
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Gene F. Zipperle Jr., Ward, Hocker & Thornton PLLC,
Louisville, KY, 2018 TLI Program Chair
Hillary Arrow Booth, Booth LLP, Los Angeles, CA, TLA President

Many of the education sessions will incorporate a common factual scenario involving the catastrophe-riddled transport of a valuable piece of electronic equipment. Variants of the facts include last mile delivery by drone, the use of
independent contractors, a retail shipper transporting its own goods, intentional interference with the delivery, and personal injury caused by falling freight.​​
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Unbridled: Emerging Transportation Technologies and Regulations and the Prospect of Cross Border Drone Delivery

Panelists will explore the use of emerging commercial end-delivery alternatives
and technologies for package and freight delivery, including regulations currently
enacted and what types of regulations can be expected to be enacted in the
future on the local, state, and federal levels. Panelists will also cover the use of independent contractors for end-delivery and the evolving case law that may limit such use.
MODERATOR: Edwina V. Kessler, Partner, Catri, Holton, Kessler, & Kessler, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Eric Baker, Frost Brown Todd, Indianapolis, IN
Brandt R. Madsen, SmithAmundsen LLC, Chicago, IL
Heather Devine, Isaacs & Co., Toronto, ON, Canada​​
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Genuine Risk: Exploring New and Existing Causes of  Action

Panelists will examine tort, contract, products liability, and  negligence-based causes of action available now and likely to emerge in the future as transportation modes evolve to embrace new technologies and to satisfy increasing customer demands. This panel will explore the application of
traditional causes of action to an expanding pool of potential defendants, and defenses that may be available to motor carriers, brokers, shippers, and third party entities caught in a plaintiff’s wide net.  
MODERATOR: David B. Hall, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Birmingham, AL
Hillary Arrow Booth, Booth LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Roger S. Watts, Lindsay LLP, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Stephani R. Johnson, Wilson Elser, LLP, Dallas, TX
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ​Broker’s Tip:  Navigating Contract Issues Related to  Shippers, Brokers, and Carriers in Traditional and Technology-Driven Markets 

Panelists will provide an overview of current issues related to transportation contracts, including licensing and confidentiality provisions utilized when
proprietary technology plays a part in the shipment, and contract provisions
related to indemnity, limitation of liability, transparency, electronic pro-stickers,
and other issues.
MODERATOR: G. Clark Monroe II, DunbarMonroe, PLLC, Jackson, MS
William D. Taylor, Hanson Bridgett LLP, Sacramento, CA
Stevan R. Baxter, Skoubye Nielson & Johansen, LLC, Salt Lake City, UT
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon 
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ​Lookout:  Analyzing the Application of Federal Law to Current and Emerging Delivery Methods

Panelists will provide an overview of the Carmack  Amendment, 49 U.S.C. Section 14706 et seq., the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (F4A), and other federal regulations, consider how these federal laws apply to current delivery methods and transportation​ business models, and whether they will apply to delivery methods envisioned for the near future.  
MODERATOR: Gene F. Zipperle Jr., Ward, Hocker & Thornton PLLC, Louisville, KY
Thomas C. Martin, Price Meese Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C., ​Woodcliff Lake, NJ​
Marshal M. Pitchford, ​DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, Akron, OH
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.​ ​Refreshment Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Strike the Gold:  Wading through Medical Billing  Procedures to Prove Actual Damages for Medical Treatment

In the age of medical billing algorithms, the Affordable Care Act, and third party vendors, the lack of transparency makes it difficult to prove or disprove the actual medical expenses incurred by an injured party.  This panel will explore the nature of the problem encountered in personal injury cases, and ways of obtaining the information needed for use at trial or dispute resolution.
MODERATOR: Robert Fuentes, The Fuentes Firm, P.C., Spring, TX
George A. Nation III, Professor, Law & Business, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Ge Bai, PhD, CPA, Associate Professor of Accounting, The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Baltimore, MD
Mark Hall, Director of Health Law and Policy Program, ​Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
​4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

​Winning Colors: Diversity and Inclusion in the  Transportation Industry – Trends and Observations

Ethics panelists will discuss the meaning of professionalism in our increasingly diverse workplaces, including transportation companies and law firms. The benefits of full inclusion will be explored, along with the current state of diversity in the transportation industry, law firms, and TLA, along with ways to create greater diversity while combating harassment and discrimination to ensure full participation by all employees and members. 
MODERATOR: Beth Anne Lashuk, Jurca & Lashuk, LLC, Columbus, OH​
Peggy Smith Bush, Southern Trial Counsel PLC, Orlando, FL​
Kristi Lush, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO
Janet Shelley, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., High Point, NC
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ​​Wine and Cheese Reception
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​​Networking​ F​unctions

Thursday Evening Welcome Reception
A hosted Welcome Reception will be held at the Levee at the River House, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. 

Thursday Evening Dinner  SOLD OUT
Immediately following the reception, a group dinner will be held at the River House, a Chef John Varanese riverside restaurant featuring regional cuisine with a southern flair. Transportation will be provided from the Omni to River House for registered attendees. You must register seperately for this no-host dinner when you register for TLI. The fee is $83 per person.  

Friday Evening Dine Around
For those of you who plan to stay into the weekend, we are arranging a Dine Around on Friday evening at some of Louisville’s hottest restaurants. Further information will be distributed to registered attendees as we approach the event. Restaurants on the list include Le Moo, on the Food Network’s list of top 25 steakhouses in the United States, Proof, Mayan Café, Varanese, and several others. After the Dine Around, join your colleagues in the hotel's speakeasy, Pin + Proof, for a casual night of networking and bowling.

Saturday at the Races  SOLD OUT
For the first time, the TLI will include a Saturday event at Churchill Downs! November 10 is the Saturday after the Breeders Cup, and Churchill Downs will still be running a full horse racing schedule.  We have reserved suites at an upper level of the Downs providing a private space and a panoramic view of the track.  

Churchill Downs opens at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, and the first race starts at 1:00 p.m. Be sure to attend this event so that you too can experience the thrill of wagering and cheering your horse onto victory during the one and only running of the “TLA Classic.” Churchill Downs is approximately 10 minutes from the Omni by cab or Uber. This event is open to anyone interested in attending. The dress code for our event is smart casual. Register online or using the registration form. The fee is $58.00 per person and includes lunch. 

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