Continuing Legal Education

Hot Topics in Agricultural Law – 2014

February 7, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Presented by Agricultural Law

Bloomington-Normal
Marriot Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Street
(map and directions)

Don’t miss this hot topic survey on important agricultural law issues!

 
Are you familiar with the updated Illinois and federal estate and income tax laws? Do you know how to best represent your client before the ICC when a utility files a petition to construct a new transmission line? Do you understand the importance eminent domain has on negotiating compensation during a pipeline easement acquisition? Attorneys new to the agricultural law arena who attend this seminar will benefit by gaining a fuller understanding of the law and practice affecting this area of concentration, while attorneys with intermediate practice experience will better understand:

  • Whether a credit trust is still viable under the new tax bill;
  • Income tax issues, including IRS regulations and court cases as they relate to agricultural pursuits;
  • Rapidly deploying high-voltage overhead transmission line easement projects, pipeline easements, and the best ways to negotiate for farm owners’ interests;
  • Fracking issues that can arise with long-reach horizontal drilling and modern hydraulic fracturing;
  • Changes to the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act;
  • Food safety law and food labeling; and
  • New law office technology, social media, and ethical issues to avoid when using social media as an advertising and communication tool.
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


Program Coordinators:
Laurie A. Harmon, Illinois Agricultural Association, Bloomington
Barry O. Hines, Attorney at Law, Springfield
Lynne R. Ostfeld, Lynne R. Ostfeld, P.C., Chicago

Program Moderator:
Barry O. Hines, Attorney at Law, Springfield

 

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Estate and Gift Tax Update
With the uncertainties of the new tax bill behind us, it is now the responsibility of all lawyers working in the agricultural law area to know and understand the permanent state and federal estate tax rules. This segment explores the new laws, including portability and the question of whether a credit shelter trust is still viable. Estate tax and gift tax updates are also discussed.
Barry O. Hines, Attorney at Law, Springfield

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  The New Farm Bill Update
Get the updates you need on Illinois’ New Farm Bill from Jonathan Coppess! Mr. Coppess is the former Chief Counsel of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and past Administrator of the Farm Service Agency at USDA.
Jonathan Coppess, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Policy, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  Income Tax Update
This comprehensive overview examines the important federal and Illinois income tax legislation that was enacted during the last year, as well as the legislation that is anticipated in the months to come. Topics include: IRS regulations, court cases, and income tax law changes with a specific emphasis on taxpayers involved in agricultural pursuits.
Richard Walden, CPA, Carlinville

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.  Transmission Easements
Several new high-voltage overhead transmission line projects are crossing the State of Illinois, and attorneys representing landowners in easement negotiations need to know the unique issues that can arise. Get the information you need to represent landowners before the ICC when a utility files a petition to construct a new transmission line with this informative presentation. Topics include: expedited review cases, eminent domain issues, appropriate compensation, and documents with terms that are necessary to protect farmland interests.
Laurie A. Harmon, Illinois Agricultural Association, Bloomington
Brian R. Kalb, Byron, Carlson, Petri & Kalb, LLC, Edwardsville
William M. Shay, Shay, Kepple, Phillips, Ltd., Peoria

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  Pipeline Easements
It is essential that attorneys understand the importance eminent domain has on negotiating compensation in a pipeline easement acquisition in Illinois. In states such as ours, where a pipeline company can apply for eminent domain authority, contract negotiators use the potential end result of eminent domain proceedings as the focus of the entire negotiation process. Don’t miss this informative session that prepares you to best represent your farm owner clients in the pipeline negotiation process and the alternative of intervention.
Christopher W. Byron, Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC, Edwardsville
William M. Shay, Shay, Kepple, Phillips, Ltd., Peoria

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.  Hot Topics in Agricultural Law
This panel presentation explores important “hot topic” issues in the agricultural law arena, including: the Farm Bill and other topics in Washington; food safety law, modernization, and county of original labeling; fracking issue regarding long-reach horizontal drilling and modern hydraulic fracturing; and the environmental law changes in the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.
David M. Foreman, Foreman & Kessler, Ltd., Salem
Claire A. Manning, Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP, Springfield
Lynne R. Ostfeld, Lynne R. Ostfeld, P.C., Chicago

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Social Media for Today’s Lawyer*
Our high-tech society has changed the way we interact with others – both professionally and personally. No longer can we simply pick up the telephone. For many of us, social media websites – such as Avvo, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter – intimidate us so greatly, that they have become unobtainable resources. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Bryan Sims, a tech-savvy, practicing attorney, as he introduces new users to social media and how to use it. Already familiar with social media? Experienced users benefit from Bryan’s discussion on the latest iterations, including Tweets from the courts about their decisions. Learn how using social media can benefit your practice, while understanding which ethical issues to avoid!
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm, Ltd., Naperville