FCBA - The Tech Bar

FCBA - The Tech Bar The FCBA is a volunteer membership organization of those involved in communications and technology law and policy. From broadband deployment to broadcast content, from emerging wireless technologies to emergency communications, from spectrum allocations to satellite broadcasting, the FCBA has something to offer nearly everyone involved in the communications industry.

That’s why the FCBA, more than two thousand members strong, has been the leading organization for communications lawyers and other professionals since 1936. Through its many professional, social, and educational activities, the FCBA offers its members unique opportunities to interact with their peers and decision-makers in the communications and information technology field, and to keep abreast of significant developments relating to legal, engineering, and policy issues. Through its work with other specialized associations, the FCBA also affords its members opportunities to associate with a broad and diverse cross-section of other professionals in related fields. Although the majority of FCBA members practice in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, the FCBA has ten active regional chapters, including: Atlanta, Carolina, Florida, Midwest, New England, New York, Northern California, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Texas. The FCBA has members from across the U.S., its territories and several other countries.

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Make sure to register for the FCBA Telehealth and Engineering & Technical Committees CLE on Wednesday, December 16! We h...
12/14/2020
CLE: Telehealth: Regulatory and Market Perspectives - FCBA

Make sure to register for the FCBA Telehealth and Engineering & Technical Committees CLE on Wednesday, December 16! We have an excellent lineup of expert speakers to discuss this timely topic. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will be delivering opening remarks.
https://www.fcba.org/events/cle-telehealth-fcc-beyond/

Presented by the FCBA Telehealth Committee and the FCBA Engineering and Technical Committee AGENDA 12:15 – 12:25 p.m. Opening Remarks FCC... Read more »

11/06/2020
FCBA Charity Auction

Bidding for the 31st annual FCBA Virtual Charity Auction is now LIVE! Bid now to take part of First Bid Frenzy and be entered to win a gift card to Rose's Luxury!

🎊The ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW LIVE 🥳 🥳🥳

And so is the First Bid Frenzaaay! 🤩🤩🤩
Remember, between TODAY and Nov. 9, if you (1) bid first on an item OR (2) use the “Buy Now” feature for an item, you’ll automatically be entered in a drawing to win a $150 Gift Card to Rose’s Luxury (courtesy of Lumen) for each first bid or “buy now” purchase.

Head over to https://fcba2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse to start bidding! Auction is open until Nov. 12!

10/23/2020
FCBA Charity Auction | Jane Jane

Reminder to place your orders for cocktails and snacks with Jane Jane by Nov. 5th in order to have them available for pickup before the FCBA Charity Auction! To place an order, visit janejanedc.com/fcba

10/21/2020
FCBA Charity Auction

Thank you to our sponsors for the FCBA's Virtual Charity Auction! Your generosity and support are fundamental to our auction's success, and we look forward to seeing you all for the event on November 10th!

The Young Lawyers Committee and FCBA Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for their contributions to this year’s Charity Auction! 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼👏🏻
Covington & Burling LLP, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, AT&T, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Cooley LLP, Cox, Crown Castle, CTIA, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, DISH, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, Hogan Lovells, Somos, Inc., Telecommunications Industry Association, Wiley Rein LLP, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher, MintzLevin, Verizon, @Lynne Milne

10/19/2020
FCBA Charity Auction

We are very excited to announce a partnership with Jane Jane to provide cocktails and snacks available for pre-order for Virtual Charity Auction Attendees! Find out more below, and be sure to order by November 5!

SURPRISE! We've partnered with Jane Jane to provide CUSTOM COCKTAILS and a SNACK MENU for pre-order for Charity Auction attendees! 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Auction. Get your order in for drinks and snacks by Nov. 5! Visit janejanedc.com/fcba for the menu 😀

10/16/2020
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In case you missed it, the FCBA Charity Auction's Facebook event page for the 31st Virtual Charity Auction is live! Be sure to RSVP here: https://fb.me/e/3vecs3uUM

If you haven't already, make sure to save the date for the FCBA's Virtual Charity Auction on November 10 at 5:30 PM EST....
10/09/2020
31st Annual FCBA Charity Auction

If you haven't already, make sure to save the date for the FCBA's Virtual Charity Auction on November 10 at 5:30 PM EST. To add a placeholder on your calendar, click here:
https://add.eventable.com/events/5f0385ea5b2efb001dc0fe99/5f306c2fe94f7d00403f3c7e

Join us online for the 31st Annual FCBA Charity Auction! We’re coming together virtually for this year’s auction to raise support for our current members and future generations. Funds raised during the Annual FCBA Charity Auction help support our 2,000+ members through professional, social and e...

Want to know more about this year's FCBA Charity Auction beneficiary Reach Incorporated? Join the YLC tonight from 5-6 P...
09/30/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Reach Teens on Remote Learning. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Want to know more about this year's FCBA Charity Auction beneficiary Reach Incorporated? Join the YLC tonight from 5-6 PM on Zoom to hear from the DC-based charity and the teens working with Reach about their experiences! To register, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f1dcMmiYTS-dKy2C4QUEcg

School's back in session - sort of. During this hour-long webinar, teen tutors from Reach Incorporated will discuss the ongoing challenges and benefits of distance learning.

09/16/2020

Looking for a distanced way to reconnect with FCBA colleagues? the 2020 FCBA Charity Auction will be held on November 10 from 5:30-6:30 and will benefit Reach Incorporated and the FCBA Foundation. If you are interested in volunteering, email [email protected] to sign up!

The Young Lawyers Committee is hosting a networking happy hour TOMORROW via Zoom, from 7-8:30 pm. Join your friends and ...
08/04/2020
Young Lawyers Committee Networking Happy Hour - FCBA

The Young Lawyers Committee is hosting a networking happy hour TOMORROW via Zoom, from 7-8:30 pm. Join your friends and colleagues for a virtual networking happy hour! Drop in, say hi, and reconnect with some familiar faces — all are welcome. BYOB!

Zoom information available at http://www.fcba.org/events/young-lawyers-committee-networking-happy-hour/.

Description: Join your friends and colleagues for a virtual networking happy hour! Drop in, say hi, and reconnect with some... Read more »

Register now for the Tenth Annual FCBA Trivia Night, hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee! The festivities will be held...
07/21/2020
Tenth Annual YLC Trivia Night! - FCBA

Register now for the Tenth Annual FCBA Trivia Night, hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee! The festivities will be held on Thursday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The event may be virtual, but the competition for top team is still fierce! Grab your friends and get ready to answer questions on pop culture, with a few communications questions sprinkled in. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend!

http://www.fcba.org/events/save-date-tenth-annual-ylc-trivia-night/

Description: Mark your calendars for the tenth annual YLC trivia night! This year’s event may be virtual, but the competition... Read more »

There are still spots for mentees at the Diversity and Young Lawyers Committees' two virtual mentoring sessions next wee...
07/16/2020
The Diversity and Young Lawyers Committees Present Two Virtual Mentoring Sessions - FCBA

There are still spots for mentees at the Diversity and Young Lawyers Committees' two virtual mentoring sessions next week! The sessions will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, July 21, from 7:00-7:45 p.m., and Thursday, July 23, from 12:00-12:45 p.m. All are welcome! Please promote with your colleagues and networks!

A few of the mentors already committed include a former acting FTC chairman; several individuals who are or have been leaders within the FCC, including in the Chairman’s Office; a law firm managing partner; a leader of the telecom practice at a different firm; a law school professor; the head of regulatory affairs at a trade association; several leaders at in-house regulatory/policy shops; and individuals with hiring authority or experience on hiring committees. Given the disparate effect of the economic downturns and the current no-school environment on women and people of color, the Diversity Committee has intentionally recruited several mentors who can share their experiences navigating a challenging job market as members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Join for either or both sessions (you will be paired with a different mentor if you register for both). Registration will close two days prior to the event.

http://www.fcba.org/events/diversity-young-lawyers-committees-present-two-virtual-mentoring-sessions/

Description: Calling all law students, young lawyers, and lawyers-in-transition! Register now to participate in an upcoming virtual mentoring session. Each... Read more »

Calling all law students, young lawyers, and lawyers-in-transition! The Diversity and Young Lawyers Committees present t...
07/14/2020
The Diversity and Young Lawyers Committees Present Two Virtual Mentoring Sessions - FCBA

Calling all law students, young lawyers, and lawyers-in-transition! The Diversity and Young Lawyers Committees present two virtual Mentoring Sessions, to be held on Tuesday, July 21, from 7-7:45 pm, and Thursday, July 23, from 12-12:45 pm. Register now to be a mentee at one of our upcoming virtual small group mentoring sessions. Each session will include breakout small groups of 5-6 mentees with 2 mentors for an opportunity to engage in an open conversation about mentorship and networking.

Spots are limited, so register for one of them today! Registration will close two days prior to the event.

http://www.fcba.org/events/diversity-young-lawyers-committees-present-two-virtual-mentoring-sessions/

Description: Calling all law students, young lawyers, and lawyers-in-transition! Register now to be a mentee at one of our upcoming... Read more »

06/15/2020

A note from the organizers of the FCBA's Summer Series for Students on the Practice of Communications Law and Policy:

Hi everyone! We are very much looking forward to this evening's session, beginning at 6:30 pm ET! Below is the agenda for the session, including two links you might want to check out if you have time before we meet. "See" you tonight!

June 15, 2020: Introduction to Media Law (Broadcast, Cable, and Streaming)

1. Introduction to FCBA Young Lawyers Committee Programming of Interest to Summer Series Students

Elizabeth Cuttner, Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, FCBA

2. Introduction to Media Law

Rosemary Harold
Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Alyssia J. Bryant
Attorney, Mintz

3. Discussion of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the Executive Order on Preventing Media Censorship

Jeff Kosseff
Professor, US Naval Academy (author, “The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet”)

Carrie Goldberg
Partner, CA Goldberg, Founder, Victims Rights Law Firm

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is available here: https://lnkd.in/d9gKSQz

The Executive Order is available here: https://lnkd.in/dtzDEPu

Yesterday, the Executive Committee and Foundation Board released a statement condemning the killings of George Floyd, Br...
06/10/2020
A Message From the FCBA Executive Committee and Foundation Board - FCBA

Yesterday, the Executive Committee and Foundation Board released a statement condemning the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and asking the FCBA community how we can come together as communications lawyers in furthering the cause of justice and undoing the harms of racism. FCBA pledges to consider how existing and future FCBA programs can further these goals, and to pursue the conversation about diversity, inclusion, and equity in our bar and beyond. The rest of the statement appears at the link below.

Dear Members, In addition to the unprecedented challenges of 2020 sparked by the global health crisis of Covid-19, we are... Read more »

Reminder that our Summer Series for Students on the Practice of Communications Law and Policy starts TONIGHT! Monday nig...
06/08/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The FCBA Summer Series for Students on the Practice of Communications Law and Policy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Reminder that our Summer Series for Students on the Practice of Communications Law and Policy starts TONIGHT! Monday night at 6 PM, FCBA members will provide an introduction to the top issues facing the communications bar. To sign up, please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XFSvLr4cQNmzQ9vKw8UKpQ

FCBA members provide students an introduction to many of the most interesting issues at the heart of communications and policy debates and share their perspectives on life as a communications/technology policy professional. Topics covered will include: Net Neutrality, Privacy, 5G, and hot issues in....

We are pleased to announce our Summer Series for Students on the Practice of Communications Law and Policy. Every Monday...
06/05/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The FCBA Summer Series for Students on the Practice of Communications Law and Policy. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

We are pleased to announce our Summer Series for Students on the Practice of Communications Law and Policy. Every Monday night at 6 PM, we will host an introduction to the top issues facing the communications bar. To sign up, please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XFSvLr4cQNmzQ9vKw8UKpQ

FCBA members provide students an introduction to many of the most interesting issues at the heart of communications and policy debates and share their perspectives on life as a communications/technology policy professional. Topics covered will include: Net Neutrality, Privacy, 5G, and hot issues in....

In need of CLE credit? Join us next Thursday, May 21 from 3 - 5 PM for a CLE Webinar "Telehealth 2020: Current Events an...
05/14/2020
CLE Webinar: "Telehealth 2020: Current Events and Coming Attractions" - FCBA

In need of CLE credit? Join us next Thursday, May 21 from 3 - 5 PM for a CLE Webinar "Telehealth 2020: Current Events and Coming Attractions" discussing the status of telehealth in the US and the impact of COVID-19 on telehealth deployment. Register here: http://www.fcba.org/events/cle-webinar-telehealth-2020-current-events-coming-attractions/

AGENDA 3:00 – 3:05 p.m. Welcome and Introductions 3:05 – 4:05 p.m. The FCC’s Role in Telehealth The COVID-19 pandemic... Read more »

Open afternoon? Join FCBA President Josh Turner today at 2 PM for a virtual Spring Keynote with FCC Commissioner Brendan...
05/11/2020
Spring Keynote with Commissioner Carr on May 11 - FCBA

Open afternoon? Join FCBA President Josh Turner today at 2 PM for a virtual Spring Keynote with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, featuring discussions on the Commissioner's priorities for the year and the impact of the pandemic on the communications field. http://www.fcba.org/spring-keynote-commissioner-carr-may-11/

We were looking forward this year to Commissioner Carr delivering the keynote at our June Annual Luncheon, but because of... Read more »

04/14/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: FCBA Young Lawyers Committee Virtual Brown Bag: Teleworking Tips and Best Practices. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

We're looking forward to dialing in to a virtual brown bag with the Young Lawyers Committee on how to stay sane, productive, and connected while teleworking. Join us Thursday at 12:15! Don't forget to register: ow.ly/ap7750z4Hhi

Topic: Teleworking Tips and Best Practices. Hear from seasoned teleworking veterans on how to make the most of your remote commute, plus advice on how to stay connected with colleagues and friends during social distancing. Speakers: Matthew Collins, FCC Matthew Diaz, Ice Miller Rebecca Hussey, Crown...

04/09/2020
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The April newsletter is now available! Check out photos from the National Telecommunications and Tech Moot Court Competition, applications for the FCBA Foundation scholarship and internship stipend program, and lots of upcoming webinars! http://ow.ly/IGiT50zaeY2

04/03/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: FCBA Young Lawyers Committee Virtual Brown Bag: Teleworking Tips and Best Practices. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Teleworking can be tough, even for communications lawyers! Join the Young Lawyers Committee for a virtual brown bag on how to make the most of your remote commute and stay connected with colleagues and friends. Thursday the 16th at 12:15. Register here: http://ow.ly/ihgo50z4Hhj

Topic: Teleworking Tips and Best Practices. Hear from seasoned teleworking veterans on how to make the most of your remote commute, plus advice on how to stay connected with colleagues and friends during social distancing. Speakers: Matthew Collins, FCC Matthew Diaz, Ice Miller Rebecca Hussey, Crown...

03/19/2020

ICYMI: president Josh Turner announced the Annual Seminar's cancellation. We were looking forward to it, but CDC recommendations to avoid gatherings of over 50 cover the Seminar's scheduled date. We're now planning webinar CLEs, virtual brown bags, and other ways to stay connected! As Josh said, "Maintaining a sense of social cohesion is going to be key to getting through this and staying sane, and hopefully the FCBA can play a role in that." Stay well!

03/10/2020
www.fcba.org

While you're waiting for FCBA events to start back up, check out the March newsletter--featuring the FCBA Foundation 24th Annual Golf Tournament, the 2021 candidates from the Nominations Committee, the Charity Auction Beneficiary application, and more! http://ow.ly/BjQT50yHc7p

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