DO THE LOCOMOTION: The Transportation and Transportation Security Law Section will host its inaugural Passenger Rail Seminar on November 15, 2019, in Washington, D.C., at the FHI 360 Conference Center. Sign up today at to take advantage of early-bird rates! This full-day seminar is designed for both new and experienced attorneys to better understand the essential legal policies and principles for the passenger rail industry.

Attendees of this seminar will learn about investigation tools, evidence gathering, litigation strategies, and more. The seminar will feature the following panel discussions: Rail Law, Regulations and Regulators, Safety, Rail Transaction Basics—Negotiations With the Class I’s and Amtrak, Funding and Financing, and Railbanking.

TRAIN OF THOUGHT: The Federal Bar Association’s Passenger Rail Seminar will also serve as excellent, helpful guidance to those professionals in nonlegal fields of study and practice. We welcome participants involved in administration, operations, planning, finance, property, environmental management, and security for passenger rail or transit services.

Panelists from both the private and public sector will facilitate an interactive strategic planning approach for attendees to further their professional accreditation and network with industry peers. Attend the Passenger Rail Seminar to learn about the laws and policies surrounding rail operators and operational issues, compliance and enforcement, contracts, economic issues, legislative issues, complex litigation, and alternative dispute resolution in the area of rail transportation.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Due to the constant changes in the specialized legal environment governing all aspects of passenger rail travel, the Passenger Rail Seminar will include a thorough and robust exchange of ideas in a collaborative environment for lawyers and nonlawyers seeking to maximize the quality of the services they provide and enhance their professional lives.

This inaugural FBA conference is the first of its kind, offering in-house, government, and private practice attorneys with analysis and expertise regarding logistics and transportation services. Attend this seminar to examine the latest cases assessing preemption of state law, rail construction projects, rate regulation and commercial litigation, venue issues, regulatory compliance, and financial matters related to rail operations. Explore new laws and receive critical clarification of existing laws.

GRAVY TRAIN: Panelists will provide truckloads of content for attendees interested in transportation and passenger rail systems in the United States. This seminar will provide an invaluable overview of the federal regulatory scheme governing the railroad industry; strategies for exercising control to address safety, nuisance, liability, and economic issues; and the challenges presented to local governments in protecting local interests in an area under predominantly federal jurisdiction. Speakers at the Passenger Rail Seminar have extensive experience in the complex and evolving issues of passenger rail transportation law. Represented groups include:

  • Surface Transportation Board
  • Federal Railroad Administration
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
  • Amtrak (pending)

This seminar offers an unparalleled depth of knowledge and creative solutions to the unique legal challenges facing this industry. The seminar will be presented in plain English and is not limited to lawyers. Register for the Passenger Rail Seminar on or before October 25, 2019, at to take advantage of early-bird rates! Don’t miss your chance to gain valuable insight and information that you can put to use immediately.

About the Author

Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.

About the FBA

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