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Association of Retired Attorneys of Sarasota

The Association of Retired Attorneys of Sarasota would like to invite all its members to our luncheon: Friday, January 28 at 12 Noon.


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January Speakers: Judith Starr & Elizabeth Spahn


Topic: Follow the Money -- Tracking the Criminal Money Trail

Grand corruption facilitated by the ensuing global money laundering is the most important human rights and environmental problem of our time.  Any effort for progressive reform, whether domestic US or international, is thwarted by grand (elite oligarchs) corruption.  Economists demonstrated nearly universally that grand corruption causes poverty.  While moral outrage against greedy oligarchs is fun, it's more important to understand the very tough legal tools currently available to combat grand corruption.  This talk will provide a quick overview of some of the more important legal tools. 


Judith Starr’s career in the Federal Government included assistant chief litigation counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission, chief counsel at the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and general counsel at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. She received the Stanley Sporkin Award for outstanding contributions to securities law enforcement, and the Presidential Rank Award for meritorious executive, given only to the top 5% of all federal senior executives. Now a Florida Supreme Court-certified mediator, she volunteers with the local courts, serves on the Mediator Qualification and Disciplinary Review Board, co-founded and oversees a community mediation center for the underserved in the Manasota area, and co-authored a report on Federal Agency ADR published by the Administrative Conference of the U.S. on December 17, 2021, available at  https://www.acus.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Final%20Report_ALTERNATIVE%20DISPUTE%20RESOLUTION%20IN%20AGENCY%20ADMINISRATIVE%20PROGRAMS%20%28Dec%2017%2C%202021%29.pdf.   Judith also serves on the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s executive committee as membership chair and urges everyone to join!

Professor Elizabeth Spahn developed one of the first US law school courses on International and Comparative Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering law in 2000.  She published widely in this field. Her articles can be found for free digital access on SSRN.   Spahn served as a Senior Editor at the FCPA Blog, and as a Public Expert at the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, and taught at Interpol's Law Enforcement Academy in Vienna.  She has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic, most recently in the Federated States of Micronesia.  


We are a community of retired lawyers living in and around Sarasota, Florida, who come together for fellowship, continuing education, and furtherance of our legal ideals through community service.  Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for decades, if you are a retired attorney, we cordially invite you to join us.  Read About Us in more detail; learn about our monthly luncheons, speak-ers, and discussion programs from our Next Meeting, News, and  Newsletters; then Contact Us.  We hope to hear from you!


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