A conference to help companies comply with new federal laws and
regulations is being offered by the Oklahoma City University School
of Law and the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.
"The New Federal Business Laws: Privacy; Anti-Terrorism;
Corporate Responsibility; and Bankruptcy" is scheduled Dec. 5-6 in
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, U.S.A. Patriot Act, Sarbanes-Oxley
Act and proposed federal bankruptcy reforms have created compliance
issues for businesses.
In addition to lawyers, business owners and corporate executives,
the conference will help those in the banking, financial services
and other businesses and professions understand the new rules, said
Alvin C. Harrell, OCU professor of law, program coordinator and
executive director of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law.
"The challenge for business owners is that these new federal laws
are both comprehensive and contradictory," said Harrell. The Gramm-
Leach-Bliley Act enhanced individual privacy by restricting business
use of customer records, whereas the U.S.A. Patriot Act was designed
to eliminate privacy rights that might impede the war on terrorism.
"Many of the privacy guidelines set forth in Gramm-Leach-Bliley
Act seem inconsistent with the requirements of the U.S.A. Patriot
Act -- yet businesses must somehow find a way to comply with both,"
In addition to Harrell, panel members will include Robert D.
Ballieu, an attorney with Bankers Systems Inc., St. Cloud, Minn.;
Norwood P. Beveridge, OCU professor of law; Denise Crawford,
securities commissioner, Texas State Securities Board; Irving
Faught, administrator of the Oklahoma Department of Securities; Pat
Fitzgerald, OCU professor of Business; Samuel M. Lohman, partner in
the Lohman, Schwab, Flaherty and Associates law firm, Geneva,
Switzerland; Elena Lovoy, partner in the Hudson Cook law firm,
Linthicum, Md.; Marlene Martel, Ford Credit, Dearborn, Mich.; Laura
N. Pringle, a principal in the Pringle & Pringle law firm, Oklahoma
City; Susan Barnes de Resendiz and Ross Rose of the Dykema Gossett
law firm, Chicago, Ill.; Jeffrey P. Taft of the Mayer Brown Rowe &
Maw law firm, Washington, D.C.; Jacob Thiessen of the Goodwin
Procter law firm, Washington, D.C.; Mike Voorhees, partner in the
Voorhees & Voorhees law firm, Oklahoma City; Anne Wallace with the
Alston & Bird law firm, Washington, D.C.; and Lawrence A. Young,
partner in the Hughes, Watters & Askanase law firm, Houston.
The conference is approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for 11
hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of Ethics.
The program will be at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas. Pre-
registration is $795 and registration at the door is $825. OCU
School of Law alumni and members of the Conference on Consumer
Finance Law will receive a $200 registration discount. For those
unable to attend the conference, written materials may be purchased
To register, contact Julie Allen at 634-1445 or visit
Joining Fellers, Snider
Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens has added 15
attorneys, including eight in Oklahoma City. The firm now has 52
"In our 40 years of practice, this is the most substantial and
meaningful growth period we have ever experienced," said Joe
Lewallen, president of the firm.
Daniel P. Dooley, Bill D. McCarthy, and Randall K. McCarthy
joined the firm's intellectual property practice in Oklahoma City.
All three were with Crowe & Dunlevy.
"The acquisition of this top-tier technology and intellectual
property group and its combination with Fellers Snider's existing
group in Tulsa is part of the firm's strategy to target expansion in
high-growth practice areas to meet market demands," said Roy
Breedlove, senior member of the intellectual property group.
Dooley, an associate, specializes in patents, trademarks, trade
secrets, technology and science, and corporate law. …