Monday Plenary Programming from 8:30 to 12:00

Monday brings us the first day of programming.  There are no section meetings this day.  Ned Currie has put together top speakers and presentations that will grab and hold your attention.

Welcome to the Convention by Steven E. Farrar, President.  He will be joined by Bob & Erin Christie, convention chairs, and Ned Currie, program chair.

Recognition of Special Friends by Steven E. Farrar.

“What I Learned at the Movies
about Ethics and Professionalism”
by Anita Modak-Truran, Butler-Snow, Nashville

This is NOT your “I have to sit through an hour of ethics” presentation. Ethics and professionalism go to the movies as successful trial lawyer and award-winning independent filmmaker Anita Modak-Truran delivers an entertaining, sometimes humorous and always thought-provoking presentation on ethical situations that and demonstrate ethical problems and dilemmas, Mrs. Modak-Truran will launch a discussion of hot button rules of professional responsibility in the litigation and business context. Bring your popcorn and Milk Duds while enjoying this “Federation Monday Ethics Matinee.”

View and download her paper here.



“Fantastic Voyage”--The New Biotech/Human Interface and Resulting Legal Challenges

"Fantastic Voyage" is a 1966 science fiction movie about a medical team in a submersible shrunk to microscopic size and injected into a human being in order to save his life. It was pure science fiction then that a biotechnical device a little larger than a blood corpuscle could be used to treat disease or injury. But no longer. Today there is a wide array of existing and rapidly developing science fiction-like med- ical biotechnology that interfaces with the human being. Taking different forms, this biotechnology includes brain to computer interface, smart dust, smart tattoos, microscopic drones, and human skin wristbands for disease prevention, detection and treatment. All are capable of transmitting data from on and inside the body to a computer or wearable device app. Some are capable of being controlled externally. While this new technology will change our lives, these changes will not be without significant legal challenges. When the technology does not work as planned and there is a misdiagnosis, does the patient have legal recourse? If so, against whom? What will this technology do to the doctor-patient relationship and resulting testimonial privileges? And the data. When a nano-device inside the body transmits information to a compute or app, who owns the information, and what are the privacy implications? What happens when that data is hacked? The program will describe the waves of change offered by these technologies, how they will interface with the human being, and the type of data that will be transmitted. The panel will prompt your preparedness to accept and take on the new legal challenges arising from this technology.

View and download the paper here.


Opening Keynote Speaker-- Rear Admiral Ray Smith, USN (Ret.)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a member of one the most elite military forces in the world, the Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Forces?  With sometimes over an eighty percent dropout rate, to receive the coveted Navy SEAL Trident a candidate must spend over a year in a series of formal training environments and must pass a certain number of rigorous mental and physical tests.   First and foremost, a Navy SEAL is a leader.  Critical thinking, character, sheer willpower and absolute dedication are the hallmarks of this band of brothers with capabilities far beyond the means of standard military forces.  The Federation is honored to have Rear Admiral Ray Smith, former Commander of the Navy SEAL force, provide us with his insights to the makings of these leaders. 

Rear Admiral Smith graduated from the Naval Academy in 1967.  He served in the Vietnam conflict and later as Director of SEAL training, where he achieved the highest graduation rate in the history of the school.  In addition to serving as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Rear Admiral Smith served as Commanding Officer of SEAL Delivery Team ONE.  During Operation Desert Storm, his force successfully completed 270 combat missions.  Between 1992 and 1996, Rear Admiral Smith commanded the entire SEAL force of 2,300.  He ultimately became Deputy Commander in Chief of the 47,000 United States Special Operations Forces.  Rear Admiral Smith's awards include the Defense Distinguished and Superior Service medals, five Legion of Merit awards, and the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards) with V's.  In addition, Admiral Smith has two sons and a nephew who are Navy SEALS. 

View and download his Teaching Moments in Leadership here.