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ARRL Centennial CLE Workshop

Communications Law and [2014] Regulatory Update for Interested Lawyers and the Radio Amateur


Chris Imlay, W3KD, ARRL General Counsel and Bart Lee, K6VK, an ARRL Volunteer Counsel and San Francisco Section Government Liaison, will present an ARRL National Legal Seminar in Hartford on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the ARRL Centennial National Convention. This session runs from 11:00 AM until 4:30 PM and includes the Thursday ARRL luncheon on-site from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

All participants (attorney and non-attorney) must register for the seminar as part of the registration for the ARRL Centennial Convention.  The fee for the three-day admission is $75, and includes the special Thursday luncheon as part of the activities. 

In addition, all attorneys intending to attend the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar, must register online here.

To pay the $125 CLE fee by credit card. Bart Lee’s law firm, Spiegel Liao & Kagay, PC (San Francisco) is the California -registered CLE provider, and participates in this ARRL Convention as a vendor. All attorneys who take the benefit of the CLE seminar are required to pay for it, irrespective of availing themselves of the available MCE credit certification.

The afternoon session (1:30 to 4:30 PM) of the seminar is available on a space available basis to other amateur radio operators who are not attorneys but wish to become informed on various legal issues.. Note that non-attorney participants will not receive the resource book provided to the attorney participants.

For more information on the ARRL Centennial Convention portion of this training track please contact:  Dan Henderson, N1ND, ARRL Centennial Convention Program and Forum Chairman, at n1nd@arrl.org or by phone at 860-594-0236.

For more information on the CLE portion of this training track please contact: Bartholomew Lee, Attorney at Law, Spiegel Liao & Kagay, PC, at kv6lee@gmail.com or by phone at 415 956 5959 x203.

Agenda and Topics:

Legal Ethics, one hour (first hour -- attorneys only):

            Representing the Radio Amateur – Know your Client; Credentialing your Client; Volunteer Counsel and Ethical Issues – Relations to Client and to ARRL; Limitations on Scope of Counsel; Other Private Counsel and Management Issues; Attorneys’ Fees and Costs awarded in California’s Palmdale case; Written Agreements; A Suggested Modular Approach to Tasks. Working with Local Officials; Litigation; Working with Homeowners’ Association and Private Developments about CC&R Antenna Restrictions; Lobbying and Emergency Services. 

Lunch 12:00 to 1:30, included with the three-day training track admission to the ARRL Centennial Convention.

Substantive Legal Issues, three hours (1:30 PM to 5 PM with breaks):

            The Federal Communications Commission and 47 CFR Part 97 as amended; Antennas and Administrative, Law PRB -1 Pre-emption of Zoning and similar state laws: The California Palmdale case and unreasonable “Reasonable Accommodation”; California’s Zoning “Reasonable accommodation” Law and its useful legislative history; Local Ordinances; Working with Local Officials: Litigation & Lobbying & Emergency Services;

            Antennas and private land use regulations such as CC&Rs, leases, etc. New developments re CC&Rs and HOAs.

            Current legislative issues affecting Amateur Radio facilities, including restrictions on mobile Amateur Radio operation and federal state and local law and cases. Emergency Services exemptions and strategies. Counseling “Hands Free” options and text message prohibitions and state “crop duster” statutes affecting antennas less than 200 feet in

            Interference Issues: Primary and Secondary Users of Radio Frequency Spectrum and Part 15 Wireless Devices. Interference from utilities and industrial sites, including RF lighting installations. Making a case to the FCC about RFI. Part 15 and Broadcast over Power Lines (BPL) Update;

            Repeater Issues; FCC enforcement issued; Co-ordination of Repeater Frequencies. Interference Issues for Repeaters. State Law Nuisance Actions;