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IMGL 2018 Spring Conference

Conference Agenda (As of February 23, 2018)

This conference qualifies for 11.25 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, including 3 hours of ethics and professionalism.


5:00 PM
IMGL Opening Reception 



8:30 – 8:45
Robert W. Stocker II, Chair; Jamie Nettleton, IMGL President

8:45 – 9:15
Opening Remarks
Honorable Brian Sandoval, Governor of the State of Nevada

9:15 – 10:30
The World Regulatory Environment and Its Impact on Casinos and the Gaming Market in the United States
Regulators in the European Union, Canada, South/Central America, Far East, Africa, Australia and Canada have taken the lead in addressing the challenges of internet gaming, sports books, lotteries, esports, virtual games and other creative products hitting the marketplace that constitute regulating gambling activity and/or that tread the thin line between gambling and entertainment. Should the approaches taken worldwide impact the thinking and actions taken by United States regulators in the ever changing and very challenging United States gaming market? This panel of industry representatives will address this compelling issue in an attendee interactive discussion format.
MODERATOR: Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, UNLV

10:30 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:30
Sports Betting - The United States Supreme Court Speaks
The oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in New Jersey's challenge of the PASPA sports book limitations have led to speculation that the Supreme Court will open the door for states to enact sports book legislation.  The decision will come down before the current Supreme Court term concludes the end of June 2018.  The panel will address what the industry and state legislatures and regulators are doing in anticipation of a favorable sport book decision.
MODERATOR: Robert Stocker II, Robert Stocker PLLC
PANELISTS: Jake Williams, Sportradar
Marie Jones, Fox Rothschild LLP
Daniel Wallach, Becker & Poliakoff P.A.
Dan Shapiro

11:30 – 12:00
Competitive Challenges in an Expanding Commercial and Regulatory Marketplace
The conference will be presented with on update on the competitive challenges faced by commercial gambling businesses and their suppliers.
PRESENTER: Joseph Weinert, Spectrum Gaming Group

12:00 – 1:30
LUNCHEON SPEAKER: Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment


Track One (Commercial/International)

1:30 – 2:30
Regulatory Markets: Esports, Daily Fantasy Sports, Virtual Games as Regulated Gaming

The millennials (generally defined to be the 18 to 34 age group) comprise over 75 million persons in the United States. Their tech savvy and entertainment genres are presenting significant challenges and opportunities to both the gambling and strictly entertainment components of the gaming industry. The panel will discuss how legislatures, regulators, the gambling industry and the gaming entertainment industry are addressing these challenges and opportunities.
MODERATOR: Anthony Cabot, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
PANELISTS: Chris Rogers, Penn National Gaming
Keith Miller, Drake Law School
J. Kelly Duncan, Jones Walker LLP
Karl Rutledge, Lewis Roca Rothgerber
Tim Parilla, DraftKings

2:30 – 3:15
Blockchain 101: Using Technology in Gaming

The panel will provide a simplified explanation of blockchain technology, discuss its use outside of gaming, and provide interactive examples of how the technology can be utilized in gaming operations and within gaming regulatory agencies.
MODERATOR: Jennifer Roberts, UNLV Boyd School of Law
PANELIST: Omer Sattar, Sightline
​Quentin Singleton

3:15 – 3:30

3:30 – 4:15
Regulatory Trends Worldwide: Confluence or Divergence
The panel will discuss regulatory problems, trends and potential solutions in an ever changing gaming marketplace and the proper roles and goals of regulatory agencies in this environment.
MODERATOR: Jamie Nettleton, Addisons Lawyers
PANELISTS: Santiago Asensi, Asensi Abogados
Jaime Varela Vidal, Varela & Fonseca Abogados
Senator William P. Coley
Simon Planzer, Planzer Law

4:15 – 5:00
Worldwide Merging of the Commercial Gaming Industry: Good, Bad or Irrelevant?
The big get bigger. The panel will discuss current trends, regulatory oversight, anti-competitive restrictions and their overall impact on the gaming, supplier, servicing industries and the lawyers providing legal services to the interested parties.
MODERATOR: David Waddell, Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C.
PANELISTS: Andrew Cotton, Gordon Dadds Group PLC
Gregory Giordano, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
C.J. Fisher, Fox Rothschild LLP
Peter Kulick, Dickinson Wright PLLC​
Chad Hoehne, Table Trac

Track Two (Indian Country)

1:30 – 2:00
Gaming in Indian Country in a Competitive Landscape
The Indian Country panels will start out with a presentation on the current state of gaming in Indian Country.
PRESENTER: Alan Meister, Nathan Associates Inc.

2:00 – 3:15
Trump Administration Views on Tribal Issues/Land Into Trust for Gaming Purposes
The Trump Administration has made it clear that it wants to "drain the swamp", which clearly implies major changes in federal government bureaucracies and, perhaps, changes in positions on federal gaming legislation.  The panel will discuss the possible impact of this on gaming development and regulation in Indian Country.
MODERATOR: Michael McBride, Crowe & Dunlevy
PANELISTS: Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association
Tom Foley, Foley Quigley Law
Matthew Morgan, Director of Gaming Affairs Chickasaw Nation and NIGA Board Member

3:15 - 3:30

3:30 – 4:15
Recent Court Decisions in Indian Country: Lewis, Patchak, Carcieri and Beyond
Recent decisions, as well as pending court cases, address Indian Country issues as diverse as sovereign immunity, patent rights and separation of powers under the United States Constitution. The panel will discuss these important case decisions as well as noteworthy pending litigation.
MODERATOR: Heidi Staudenmaier, Snell & Wilmer LLP
PANELISTS: Judith Shapiro, Law Office of Judith Shapiro
Stephen Hart, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Christine Masse, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

4:15 – 5:00
Murphy v. Royal's Impact on Sovereign Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Gaming
This case raises the question of what constitutes Indian reservation land in Oklahoma. It  potentially impacts the five largest Oklahoma Indian tribes and the status of a substantial amount of the land in the state of Oklahoma. The panel will discuss the implications of this case and its potential impact upon both the five Indian tribes and the State of Oklahoma.                            
MODERATOR: G. Dean Luthey Jr., GableGotwals 
PANELISTS: Kevin C. Quigley, Foley Quigley Law
Steven Andrew Light, Institute for Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy, UND       

6:00 – 10:00
IMGL Gala Dinner at the Mob Museum 


8:30 – 8:45
Robert W. Stocker II
, Chair; Jamie Nettleton, IMGL President
8:45 – 9:15
Opening Remarks
Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri Chair, NIGC


Track One (Commercial/International)

9:15 – 10:00
The Role of Regulators in a Changing Commercial Gaming Market
This panel composed of state regulator representatives will discuss the regulatory challenges presented by the changes occurring in the gaming market brought on by esports, lockboxes in virtual games, fantasy sports and an ever expanding plethora of creative gaming products that are attractive to the millennial generation. This is both a challenge for regulators and an opportunity for the commercial gambling industry as the traditional base of slot machine players succumbs to the ravages of time.
MODERATOR: Kate Lowenhar Fisher, Dickinson Wright PLLC
PANELISTS: Richard Kalm, Executive Director, Michigan Gaming Control Board
Jay K. McDaniel, Deputy Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission
Anthony Alamo, Chairman, Nevada Gaming Commission

10:00 – 10:15

10:15 – 11:00
Regulatory Challenges: Problems and Solutions

The panel will debate the correct role of regulators, the appropriate approaches for oversight of operators and suppliers in the gaming industry and the protection of the public.
MODERATOR: John Maloney
PANELISTS: Dan Reaser, Fennemore Craig
Britt Singletary, Singletary & Thrash, P.A.
Ivan Souffront, Gamblit Gaming
Gordon Dickie, Seminole Tribe
Kyle Kirkland, Club One Casino

11:00 – 12:00
Compulsive Gaming: Current Trends
Governments and regulators through the world are continuing to expand their focus on compulsive gaming activity, its detection and prevention. The panel will discuss the latest trends in detecting and addressing compulsive gaming with a candid focus on the inherent problems in addressing the issue without materially adversely impacting the industry.
MODERATOR: Constance R. Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, AGEM
PANELISTS: Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D., International Gaming Institute, UNLV 
Omer Sattar, Sightline

Track Two (Commercial/Indian Country)

9:15 – 10:00
Internet Gaming and Sports Betting in Indian Country
Indian Country is far from a united front on the issue of internet gaming and sports betting with one exception - Indian Country wants a seat at the discussion table.  The panel will discuss current Indian Country thinking on these important issues and the probable results should internet gaming and/or sports books become the next big expansions in the commercial gaming industry.
MODERATOR: Jamie Hummingbird, Director, Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission
PANELISTS: Jennifer Lamirand, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Supreme Court Justice
Sean McGuinness, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

10:00 – 10:15

10:15 – 11:00
The Future of Gaming in Indian Country
The gaming business in Indian Country has been a Golden Goose for some tribes and a revenue generator for many other tribes on a lesser scale. Will the gambling business reach a saturation point? The panel will discuss current revenue trends, significant impacts of new compacts, what Indian Tribes are doing to prepare for the future of the gaming industry over the next ten to twenty years and the impact of these factors upon the continued improvement of the welfare of all Indians.
PANELISTS: Kathryn R. L. Rand, Dean & Co-Director, Institute for Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy, UND
Jonodev Chaudhuri, Chair, NIGC
Kathlyn Isom-Clause, Vice Chair, NIGC
​John Roberts, Tribal Regulator

11:00 – 12:00
The European Union Gaming Regulatory Trends Impact on the United States Gaming Regulatory Environment
The United States federal and state governments have been slow to react to the expansion of the forms of gambling that are sweeping the world. The European Union, on the other hand, has worked diligently at developing sometimes controversial approaches to addressing the expanded forms of gaming activity. The panel will discuss to what extent the gaming regulatory community in the United States has been and should be coordinating with regulators in other parts of the world to develop appropriate policies and procedures for the regulation of gaming activity and the protection of the public.
MODERATOR: Michael Zatezalo, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., LPA
PANELISTS: Diane Mullenex, Pinsent Masons LLP
James Scicluna, WH Partners

LUNCH (lunch on your own; no lunch provided)


Track One (CLE Requirements Presentation)

1:00 – 2:30
Legal Ethics; Professionalism; Substance Abuse: A Primer for Lawyers
This three plus hour presentation is designed to fulfill the continuing education requirements established by state bar associations and state law licensing agencies relating to legal ethics, professionalism and substance abuse. The panel will discuss a variety of factual situations and address the professional obligations of legal counsel in each situation. The session usually generates a lively discussion amongst the panelists and with the lawyers sitting in the session.
MODERATOR: Marc Ellinger, Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch L.C.
PANELISTS: Edward Hart Bergin, Jones Walker LLP
Ellen F. Whittemore, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP 

2:30 – 2:45

2:45 – 4:15
Legal Ethics; Professionalism; Substance Abuse: A primer for Lawyers
This session is a continuation of the legal ethics, professionalism and substance abuse discussions discussed by the panel prior to the brief break.
MODERATOR: Marc Ellinger, Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch L.C.
PANELISTS: Edward Hart Bergin, Jones Walker LLP
Ellen F. Whittemore, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Track Two (Commercial/Indian Country/International)

1:00 – 2:30
Preventing/Ceasing Unregulated and Illegal Gambling: Gaming Industry and Regulatory Agency Roles
The panel will discuss the practical elements of identifying, preventing and ceasing unregulated and illegal gambling activity from legislative, regulatory and operator perspectives.            
MODERATOR: Michael Lipton, Dickinson Wright LLP
PANELISTS: Hilary Stewart-Jones, DLA Piper UK LP
Greg Gemignani, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Joe Bertolone, Gaming Industry Executive

2:30 – 2:45

2:45 – 3:30
New Lottery Technology and the Expansion of State Lottery Products
State lotteries are entering the internet, taking advantage of new lottery technologies and otherwise searching for creative ways to build their customer base.  This panel will discuss the legal, statutory and marketing challenges faced by state lotteries as gaming venues and gaming products in the marketplace continue to expand.
MODERATOR: Daniel Russell, Jones Walker LLP
PANELISTS: Robert W. Stocker II, Robert Stocker PLLC
Jeremy P. Kleiman, Saiber
Senator William P. Coley, National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS)

3:30 – 4:15
The Gaming Industry in 2023: Predictions
Professor I. Nelson Rose has been a frequent and well respected contributor of commentaries and insights into the world of gaming. He will look into his crystal ball and comment on the developing legal battles (and possible outcomes) that are facing the commercial,  Indian Country and state lottery gaming industries in the United States and speculate on what the gaming business might look like in 2023.
PRESENTER: I. Nelson Rose


4:15 – 5:00

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