On Demand

Ethics


Average Rating:
   5
Category:
Ethics |  Regulatory Rounds
Faculty:
Jessica McElfresh |  Sophia Cope |  Hannah Stitt |  Heather Segal
Duration:
60 minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
SKU:
INCBA072420ETOD
License:
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


Description

Ever wondered how to navigate the practical challenges of travel, securing electronic devices during travel, and consumption of cannabis as a practicing cannabis lawyer? Panelists will examine the challenges of international practitioners seeking to enter the United States for cannabis legal and business travel, the perils of the border search exception, and the rules of fitness to practice and cannabis consumption.  This panel will cover not only the law and current developments, but also offer practical advice for traveling, consuming, and securing privilege while practicing cannabis law.

Credits


General

This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

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Handouts

Faculty

Jessica McElfresh's Profile

Jessica McElfresh Related seminars and products

Attorney-at-Law

McElfresh Law, Inc.


Jessica C. McElfresh of McElfresh Law, Inc. has worked in cannabis law and policy since 2010. She focuses on local and state applications, land use, regulatory compliance, and business law. She represents cannabis retailers, distributors, cultivators, manufacturers, and testing labs, as well as landlords and ancillary businesses. Jessica has guided clients through successful applications in jurisdictions such as the City of San Diego, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, La Mesa, and the County of San Diego.


Jessica has authored and advised on numerous local ordinances and ballot measures to regulate cannabis businesses, including Measure U in La Mesa, Measure V in Lemon Grove, and Measure H in Encinitas. She has won writs of mandate at the local and appellate level to compel local governments and registrars of voters to accept petitions and count voter signatures.


Jessica represents people facing discipline or loss of state and local licenses, particularly in the cannabis industry. She began her career in criminal defense and continues to take select cases. Jessica has unique experience with the crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege and the duties of an attorney under investigation or facing criminal charges. She also lectures on the ethical considerations in a cannabis practice, including conflicts of interest, business partnerships with clients, and withdrawal from representation. Outside of her law practice, Jessica is an advocate for cannabis and broader drug policy reform. She is an advisory board member for A New PATH, an organization dedicated to promoting therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies. Jessica served as a consultant for the  American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California about how Proposition 64 affects criminal justice reform and individual rights. She is a proud member of the International Cannabis Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee.


Jessica grew up in San Diego and graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College before
attending the University of San Diego School of Law on a Dean’s Honor Scholarship. She has spoken at conferences and taught continuing legal education classes for organizations and law schools including the National Cannabis Industry Association, International Cannabis Bar Association, State of Cannabis, California NORML, San Diego County Bar Association, and University of San Diego School of Law. Jessica serves as an Executive Editor to the Real Property Journal of the California Lawyers Association. Her publications include “Attorney Ethics and Cannabis: Conflicts of Laws, Conflicts of Interest, and Attorney-Client Privilege for Cannabis Practitioners” (CLA Real Property Journal Vol. 38, No. 4 2020).


Sophia Cope's Profile

Sophia Cope Related seminars and products

Senior Staff Attorney

Electronic Frontier Foundation


Sophia Cope is a Senior Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's civil liberties team, working on a variety of free speech and privacy issues. She has been a civil liberties attorney for over 15 years and has experience in both litigation and policy advocacy. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, Slate, and Huffington Post.

Prior to joining EFF, Sophia spent eight years in Washington, DC. She worked at the Newspaper Association of America (now, the News Media Alliance) on freedom of the press and digital media issues, with a focus on protecting journalists' confidential sources. She advocated for a federal shield law, a warrant-for-content requirement under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and improvements to the Freedom of Information Act. She also wrote a chapter for a book published by the American Bar Association entitled & Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media: The First Amendment and National Security & and spoke out against NSA surveillance.

Prior to NAA, Sophia worked at the Center for Democracy & Technology on a variety of civil liberties and human rights issues related to the Internet and technology, including the regulation of content on the Internet and broadcast television, and the privacy implications of government identification programs; she also worked on the development and launch of the Global Network Initiative.

Before moving to Washington, Sophia litigated at the First Amendment Project in Oakland, California, where she defended an environmental activist against a frivolous lawsuit and a video journalist against a federal subpoena seeking his unpublished footage; she also counseled clients on how to obtain greater access to public records and public meetings.

Sophia was an adjunct professor of media law for nearly four years, teaching Washington-areaundergraduate communication and journalism students. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is proud to be a native Californian.


Hannah Stitt's Profile

Hannah Stitt Related seminars and products

Partner

Tectonic, LLP


Hannah Stitt is an attorney with the San Francisco-based law firm of Ad Astra Law Group, LLP where she represents individuals and companies in civil litigation. Ms. Stitt’s practice areas include business law (including, cryptocurrency and decentralized ledger technology law, intellectual property law and branding), real estate law and employment law. She has provided advocacy services to cannabis industry clients since before the medical market became legal in California, and over the years as the industry grew, her legal practice has transitioned from transactional and compliance work into complex commercial litigation.

Ms. Stitt sits on the Ethics Committee for the International Cannabis Bar Association, and the Barrister’s Cannabis, Alcohol and Regulated Industries section committee for the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is also a Lead Attorney and Mentor for the Prisoner Advocacy Network where she works with California prisoners to improve their living conditions and uphold their civil rights. Her committee work and pro bono work directly inform her legal practice litigating for clients in highly regulated industries such as cannabis and cryptocurrency.

Ms. Stitt attended U.C. Davis for her undergraduate education, earning degrees in both Religious Studies and Film Studies. She graduated from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2015 with a concentration in intellectual property law. She is currently licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Please contact her at hstitt@astralegal.com or (415) 795-3579.


Heather Segal's Profile

Heather Segal Related seminars and products

Segal Immigration Law


Heather Segal is the founding partner of Segal Immigration Law with over twenty years of experience in immigration law. She practices exclusively in the area of Canadian immigration law and American immigration law. She spent 10 years as a Director on the AILA Board of Governors. She has volunteered on AILA National Department of State Liaison Committee, as well as the liaison for Customs and Border Protection, Heather is recognized by the Who's Who Legal as a Global Leader in Corporate Immigration as well as Best Lawyers in Canada. She regularly speaks on Cannabis as it relates to border crossing issues. Heather holds a Masters of Law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley. She also published work for a symposium at the Hague Academy of International Law on climate change and the displacement of people.


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