In this program, Meyer Suozzi partner Hanan Kolko will address
The course will then turn to the Ninth Circuit ruling in United States v McIntosh, 833 F3d. 1163 (9th Cir. 2016), a decision with significant implications for the industry. It will cover recent decisions in a contract case and an insurance coverage case where courts grappled with defendants who asserted illegality defenses in cases involving cannabis industry actors. Finally, the class will cover recent developments concerning the ethical implications of representing clients in the cannabis industry.
Understand the tension between state cannabis law and the federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”)
Learn the basic preemption concepts and how courts have addressed claims that the CSA preempts state cannabis law
Understand the Ninth Circuit ruling in United States v McIntosh, 833 F3d. 1163 (9th Cir. 2016), the issues that decision left unresolved, and the impact of this decision on those in the industry
Become familiar with recent decisions where courts have ruled on the illegality defense asserted by cannabis industry parties
Understand the basic ethical issues facing attorneys practicing in this area and learn about recent ethics developments
Hanan B. Kolko joined the firm in March 2019.
Mr. Kolko practices in the area of labor and employment law. He represents labor unions in federal and state court litigation, arbitration proceedings, administrative proceedings before various regulatory agencies, and in collective bargaining. Mr. Kolko also advises unions and their leaders on internal union governance, the investigation and handling of sexual harassment claims, and internal union elections. He has represented unions in a wide variety of industries including publishing, media, education, health care, law enforcement, transportation, and manufacturing.
Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. Kolko was a partner at two major union-side firms in New York City, and began his career as a lawyer as an associate at union-side firms in Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. While in law school, Mr. Kolko was a law clerk for the United Auto Workers. His first experience working with unions was while he was in college, where he was an intern for the Rochester, New York PATCO local. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the Book Award for the highest grade in his labor law class.
Mr. Kolko is a former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Technology in the Workplace, and is an Advisory Board Member of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has given continuing legal education presentations on a wide variety of labor law topics to groups including the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law Committee on Technology in the Workplace, and the Practicing Law Institute. He has been named a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro Annual Lists of Super Lawyers from 2015-2018.
Mr. Kolko also represents clients in the cannabis industry. He advises these clients in areas including licensing applications, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, and in litigations. He has lectured extensively on cannabis law issues, giving presentations on issues including legal ethics and the representation of cannabis clients, bankruptcy and the cannabis industry, the current state of legal affairs in the cannabis industry, RICO claims against cannabis industry participants, and the New York State Compassionate Care Act.
Excellent presentation. Valuable practice tips and real world perspective throughout. Bravo!
Interesting timely topic on developing caselaw & State statutes.
Covered professional rules which was good. Thx
Very clear and informative, great practice tips!
Lots of information. Very well done.
Excellent course. Covered a lot of very relevant material in a short time but in a very easy to digest way.
survey of very good materials, substance content and organized presentation
Great explanation of the pitfalls created by federal enforcement issues, and multi-state litigation potential.
Excellent and interesting program.
Very informative and helpful.
Very good presentation and very practical.
Very nicely done and practical.
excellent course with substantive materials
Presenter did an excellent job - articulate, clear and interesting.
Very informative. Hopefully, there will be legislation legalizing recreational cannabis nationwide soon.
evolving subject matter handled well.
thank you. well done.
This was very well done. Listened to it 2X.
Of the programs I attended, this speaker was the most interesting, and his delivery was the most effective.
nice presentation and very good slides
Very informative discussion of state vs. federal implications of advice to client and ethical boundaries for the lawyer.
Would recommend to lawyer who practices in this area of the law
best presenter / presentation on here by far.
The presenter was amazing.
Very thorough and clear presentation
interesting and informative
The speaker is fantastic! I probably will never practice in this area, but I truly learned and enjoyed the whole presentation!
He is a very good speaker. Interesting
Knowledgeable speaker / info presented in an organized, precise manner. Would like more from this presenter as the topic evolves
This was an excellent analysis of some state and federal laws as of 04-20-17, and full of issues to consider and outcomes to check in this very fluid legal climate.
Outstanding and interesting presentation
Interesting and informative
Excellent presentation. Pack full of issues and analysis.
what a presentation!!!!!
Good program for a growing and uncertain area of the law.
Highly informative program.
subject is very timely for many states. up to date and good presentation
This guy is wonderful: knowledgable, fun, practical.
Really informative -- wonderful; thanks!
one of the best yet!
fantastic content and presentation, thank you!