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Lobbying without a Lobby: The Challenge of Government Relations During a Pandemic, Why You Need Help with Government, and Lobbying Ethics

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: October 06, 2020
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        • Is virtual the future?
                - Issues
                - Trends to Watch
        • Advocacy in Challenging Times
                - Challenges
                - Stakeholder Management
                - Opportunities
                - Outcomes
        • State & Local Lobbying
                - Public Disclosures
                - Traps for the Unwary
                - Internal Compliance Programs
        • Q&A

Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: October 6, 2020


The pandemic has demonstrated the need for business lawyers to seek assistance from those with access (even when offices are closed) to government officials on a wide variety of issues including obtaining financial relief for companies and nonprofits, receiving essential business designations, advancing legislation, and determining whether to reopen.

This seminar will help you determine how to best access these resources in advance of and after the upcoming crucial November election, as well as understand the reporting obligations and ethics of interacting with government.

This program was recorded on October 6th, 2020.

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Jennie Unger Skelton

Co-Founder & Partner
Politicom Law, LLP

Jennie Skelton is a partner and co-founder of Politicom Law LLP. Ms. Skelton specializes in federal, state and local lobby, campaign, “pay-to-play,” gift, “revolving door” and ethics laws and compliance, as well as enforcement actions before federal, state and local ethics agencies.

As counsel, Jennie Skelton advises business entities and individuals on how to comply with contribution, lobby and ethics legal and compliance issues nationwide. Specifically, she assists entities and individuals with multistate needs regarding the development and administration of comprehensive lobby compliance programs, “pay-to-play” compliance programs, and corporate and PAC campaign contribution compliance at the federal, state and local level. Ms. Skelton provides counsel regarding state and local gift activity, conflicts of interests and “revolving door” issues. Ms. Skelton also assists companies with the filing of federal lobbying reports under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), as well as compliance with the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.

Prior to co-founding Politicom Law, Jennie Skelton was a partner in the political law practice of Nielsen Merksamer. Ms. Skelton also served as Enforcement Division counsel with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (“FPPC”). As former FPPC Counsel, Ms. Skelton has expertise in FPPC enforcement matters and complaints. Ms. Skelton has represented clients with enforcement matters before the FPPC, the Federal Election Commission, and numerous other state and local agencies across the country.

Ms. Skelton is a double graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with a Juris Doctor/Certificate in Governmental Affairs and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Government and Public Policy. She received her BA in Political Science and Pre-Law from the University of the Pacific.

Ms. Skelton is a member of the bar in California, New York, Oregon and Washington State.

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Day Hochman-Vigil

Owner & Manging Partner

Dayan M. “Day” Hochman-Vigil is a native New Mexican born and raised in Santa Fe. Day received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Colorado College in Italian Studies and French Language in 2007. Day received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law (UNM SOL) in 2011, during which time she received several honors, including the Carlos F. Vigil Scholarship for academic achievement and dedication to the provision of pro bono legal services, and University of New Mexico School of Law Innocence and Justice Project Student of the Year.

After graduating from UNM SOL, Day worked as a law clerk and bailiff for the late Honorable Sarah Singleton at the New Mexico First Judicial District Court, and then went on to practice insurance defense litigation with Hinkle Shanor, LLP and the Archibeque Law Firm. During that time, Day – who is a third-generation pilot – had the opportunity to discover aviation law while working on an airplane accident case as a civil defense litigator. As a result of that experience, Day was given the opportunity to pursue a Master in Law degree (LLM) at the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada – the number one aviation and space law program in the world.

After completing her LLM degree, Day went on to practice aviation regulatory law at Eckert, Seamans, Cherlin & Merlott, LLC in Washington, DC, where she advised her clients on global and U.S. regulatory requirements for general and commercial aviation carrier operations, airports, and pilot certification issues Day also worked with several federal agencies, including the Transportation Safety Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Customs and Border Protection on matters concerning commercial aviation safety and security issues, as well as foreign tariffs and trade.

Day returned in 2016 to practice at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC in Albuquerque as the only private certified expert aviation and space law attorney in the State of New Mexico. She opened her own practice as DHV Law, LLC in 2019.

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Kia D. Floyd

Head of Public Policy, U.S. East & Midwest Regions

Kia Floyd is the Head of Public Policy and Community Engagement for Facebook. A veteran government affairs strategist and public advocate, Kia specializes in navigating and shaping state and local public policies to mitigate risk and facilitate growth for the technology industry. She manages public policy activities across ten states in the northeast region and heads community engagement for Facebook in New York and Boston. Prior to joining the company, Kia led government affairs strategy in the northeast for the RELX Group, the parent company of LexisNexis, Elsevier Publishing and other well-known corporate brands. RELX is a global leader in information technology, providing data analytics and risk assessment solutions for law, finance, insurance, healthcare and law enforcement.

Prior to the RELX Group, Kia was in house counsel for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the state’s largest business trade association representing 10,000 member companies. While at times Kia's career path has been curved rather than linear, her love of public policy and professional advocacy have been integral to every role. Outside of work, Kia has been involved in several professional industry associations and non-profit organizations, including serving as the State Relations Committee Chair for Women in Government Relations (2013-2016); and the current Advisory Council of UTeach, a national program which trains K-12 educators on STEM subject instruction. Kia holds a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. She resides in midtown Manhattan and feels blessed to call New York City home.

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Jim Hodges

President & CEO
McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC

Governor Hodges is President and Chief Executive Officer of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner with McGuireWoods LLP. He advises clients on business and policy matters, dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and Columbia, S.C. Prior to serving as South Carolina’s Governor, Governor Hodges served as General Counsel to one of South Carolina’s largest private companies.

He has assisted clients on matters in all 50 states, and has extensive knowledge about government and government decision makers across the United States. He regularly works with clients having matters at the National Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association, Democratic Attorneys General Association, and National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In addition, Governor Hodges works with private equity investors and portfolio companies to help them understand the implications of state-level policy decisions and market trends for their investment and business decisions, and to gain a better understanding of the key players in government impacting these important decisions.

Governor Hodges served as a national co-chair of the Obama for President Campaign in 2008, and regularly advises political and business leaders on a wide range of state, regional and national policy issues.

Jim received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, The Citadel, Winthrop University and Francis Marion University. While earning his law degree at the University of South Carolina, he was a member of the mock trial team. As an undergraduate, he was named Outstanding Senior in Economics and selected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has been named to Best Lawyers in America from 2008 through 2021.

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David Sterling

Chief Counsel
Arkansas Department of Human Services

David Sterling is the Chief Counsel at the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

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Jonathan Bing

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jonathan L. Bing is an experienced advocate who advises corporate, association and nonprofit clients in the entertainment, financial services, health care, transportation, and social services industries. He helps clients advance legislation in the New York State Legislature and New York City Council, secure funding from state and city budgets, and navigate New York government.

Jonathan represents a wide range of clients, including the third-largest hospital system in New York City, “Big Four” national accounting and advertising companies, the 700-member national trade association for the Broadway and live entertainment industry, and NYC’s leader in carpool ridesharing. He also advocates for a variety of nonprofits, including the largest provider of services for domestic violence victims in New York State; one of the leading alcohol and drug treatment programs in NYC; and the organization that created the first senior center in the nation dedicated to technology.

Jonathan’s practice extends to the hospitality field, where he advocates for clients ranging from local bars and eateries to large restaurant and hotel chains. He represents his clients’ interests on liquor licensing and related matters before community boards and city agencies, as well as New York State Liquor Authority hearing officers and commissioners.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Jonathan held a variety of governmental positions. He was elected to five terms in the New York State Assembly representing the East Side of Manhattan. In this role, he authored 85 bills that passed the Assembly, 35 of which were signed into law after also passing through the Senate. These laws included an act that expanded the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims made by September 11th rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers; New York’s no-fault divorce law; and the adoption of the UPMIFA statute that allowed cultural and higher education institutions more flexibility with their endowments.

At the request of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Jonathan left the Assembly to serve as the Special Deputy Superintendent at the New York Department of Financial Services in charge of the New York Liquidation Bureau (NYLB), where he managed approximately 75 insolvent insurance companies with more than $3 billion in assets.

Before being elected to the Assembly, Jonathan practiced management-side labor and employment law and was chosen as the New York Coordinator of the FEMA/American Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services program, through which more than 250 attorneys provided free, comprehensive legal assistance to nearly 1,000 New Yorkers affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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