Committees

INCBA committees are the hallmark of our membership involvement. It is through our committees that we engage the legal community with the bar association, and achieve many of our most important functions. Committees are filled on a rolling basis, please take a look below at which committees we are currently looking to fill.
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The Allied Associations / Pro Bono Committee

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The Allied Associations / Pro Bono Committee is designed to channel the advocacy efforts of other associations in and around the cannabis industry to our members. While INCBA strives to remain apolitical, and to stay above poisons that could alienate portions of our membership, we believe that it is vital to apprise our members of what is going on in our industry, and to connect our members with the advocacy groups that matter the most to them so they can use their own pro bono efforts how they see fit.

Headed INCBA Board Member Matt Abel and INCBA Advisory Board Member Heather Burke, this committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month, and generally features a presentation from an advocacy organization, followed by a discussion of the committee on the initiatives of that committee, and the best way to publicize those efforts to our membership. To book a presentation for your organization, or to join the committee, fill out our committee application form here.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee

See The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee’s Work

The CLE Committee plans the INCBA educational panels, lays out the substantive focus of all of legal educational events throughout the year, and creates our webinar schedule. The committee’s role is broad, and the members play an integral role in developing our CLE content. The committee selects speakers, helps pick the events in which INCBA will participate as an educational partner, arranges the content and speakers for webcasts and webinars, and helps coordinate CLE credits with local representatives.

Headed by INCBA Board Member Shawn Hauser and Hiller PC Attorney Fatima Afia, this committee quarterbacks all of our live and on-demand webinars, and other presentations for CLE Credit. To contact the committee about a CLE idea or to get involved, fill out our committee application form here.

Online Content Committee

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The Online Content Committee is in charge of bolstering the online presence of the International Cannabis Bar Association in 2019 through the blog and other written and published materials. In addition to helping moderate the INCBA Forum, the Online Content Committee will relaunch the INCBA blog, and will help coordinate other online offerings, including member interviews, current awareness updates, and case law summaries. The Committee is made up of experts in their respective substantive area of practice, and offers our members tools that enable them to stay on top of this constantly changing industry.

This committee is headed by INCBA Board Member Jason Horst and Zach Kobrin. To join the committee or to submit an article, fill out our committee application form or submission form here.

Appellations Committee

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This spring, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released draft regulations for the cannabis appellation of origin program in the State of California.

These regulations are groundbreaking as they pave the way for the first appellations of origin for cannabis in the world.

Appellation of origin is an intellectual property right related to a geographic indication that signifies both the location where the goods originated and the standards that define the characteristics of the goods, from both manmade and natural factors related, which are unique to the geographic region.

INCBA supports a standard-based appellation of origin program – for more information on Appellations, click here!

Contact the Co-Chairs of the Committee, Anne Kelson of Kelson Law Group, and Luke Zimmerman of the Law Office of Sebastian Luke Zimmerman at [email protected], or fill out our committee application form here.

Legislative Advisement Committee

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The Legislative Advisement Committee tracks and evaluates new and proposed cannabis industry legislation and regulations that may impact the cannabis legal community's ability to provide services.  Where appropriate, the Committee may recommend that the International Cannabis Bar Association formally respond or provide feedback to regulators, agencies and/or lawmakers, and take the lead in doing so on behalf of the Association. To contact the committee, please email the committee chairs Eli Scheiman of Porzio, Bromberg, and Newman P.C. and Andrea Steel of Coats Rose at [email protected] or fill out our committee application form here.

 

Students and Academic Affairs Committee

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The Students and Academic Affairs Committee is primarily focused on integrating students into our association and preparing the next generation of great legal minds for practice in our specialized industry. There are multiple initiatives currently underway, and the committee will help facilitate student involvement in a variety of areas, including, among others, helping to develop CLE content, assisting with INCBA legal publications and research, and participating in student externship programs.

The committee helps determine INCBA Student member incentives and membership criteria, is the primary point of contact for students with INCBA, and oversees the development of INCBA Student Chapters. If you are a student and interested in becoming more involved with INCBA, starting a student law school chapter, or interested in speaking to the committee for other purposes, please email the Committee Chair, INCBA Board Member and Attorney with Clark Howell, Joanna Hossack, at [email protected] or fill out our committee application form here.

 

Events Committee

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The Events Committee oversees our regional representatives and is responsible for overseeing INCBA’s in-person regional and national events, including mixers, socials and roundtables. The Events Committee also takes on the responsibility of is responsible for planning out larger national events, including receptions at the Cannabis Law Institute and our parties at other nationally focused events. The events committee also hosts our monthly member meetings - to contact the committee, email Lauren Mendelsohn, INCBA Board Member and Attorney at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, at [email protected] or fill out our committee application form here.

 

Leading Issues Committee

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The Leading Issues Committee examines current events at the intersection of law and the cannabis industry to determine whether the legal community should respond with a voice through the National Cannabis Bar Association. Issues that are raised at the committee level could include specific pending cases, trends in litigation, regulatory agency rule-making, and other issues that affect lawyers and legal practice as it relates to the cannabis industry. The Leading Issues Committee, formerly the Amicus Committee, may respond to arising issues by filing amicus curiae, as was executed in the case of Jessica McElfresh in San Diego, may submit public comments on regulations, draft open letters, issue press releases, and issues other responses as deemed appropriate. The Leading Issues Committee takes a primarily role in shaping the INCBA’s public-facing stance on issues as they arise in the industry. To contact the Chair of the Committee, INCBA Board Member Meital Manzuri, please email [email protected] or fill out our committee application form here.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee

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The Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee is responsible for remaining abreast of the ethical issues faced by attorneys serving cannabis businesses. With rules and guidelines changing every day, the committee is tasked with providing basic information about our ability to practice law in different jurisdictions across the country. The committee works closely with the legal education committee to ensure that our educational offering reflect the most up-to-date information on ethical issues, as well as the amicus committee to ensure that the pressing ethical issues are addressed in the correct forum. The area of ethics is one of the most important facing our profession as we serve this industry, and is our Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee that tackles these issues.

Headed by Amy McDougal of Clear Resources (and an INCBA Board Member), contact the committee at [email protected] with any alerts, or fill out our committee application form here.

 

 

International Committee

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The International Committee is responsible for INCBAs’ international presence. As we have grown, attorneys from jurisdictions outside of the United States have become more interested in the association and in expanding our presence to Europe, Israel, Central and South America, and Australia. INCBA has a full year planned for 2019, and a major component of that is beginning to expand our network into these foreign jurisdictions to provide global access to high-level legal consultation for our members and their clients.

Look forward to events that will serve interested attorneys all over the world in the coming year. Email the Co-Chairs fo the Committee, Juan Luis Serrano Leets, of Sánchez Devanny, and Jason Moscovici of Robic with any noteworthy issues at [email protected] or fill out our committee application form here.

Diversity Committee

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The Diversity Committee works to build the INCBA membership’s knowledge of and commitment to diversity issues in the cannabis industry and movement. The Committee is working on creating a diversity network round-table, compiling and hosting a list of cannabis equity programs, and also more formally integrating diversity issues into INCBA CLE offerings in 2020. Issues that are raised at the committee level could include issues of discrimination on the bases of sex, race, or other classification in the cannabis industry, as well as efforts at the local, state, national, and international level to address the tremendous damage caused by cannabis prohibition. The Diversity Committee, currently co-chaired by Allen Paxton and with Omar Figueroa serving as Board Liaison, stitches together the INCBA membership and their collective commitments to improving the quality of legal services provided to the cannabis space by focusing attention and action on issues of justice and equity. Email our Diversity Committee Chairs, Yvette McDowell and Allen Paxton of Greenspoon Marder at [email protected] or fill out our committee application form here.

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