Law Seminars International Presents: The Second Annual Conference on Legal Issues for

Tribal Online Gambling
New legislative developments, regulatory structures, sovereignty and practical issues Tribes need to address in anticipation of online gambling

April 3 & 4, 2014
Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River in Scottsdale, AZ

Who Should Attend

Tribal leaders, casino executives, attorneys and consultants involved in Tribal casinos and lotteries

Why You Should Attend

This timely conference will update you on new legislative developments, regulatory and business structures and their unique provisions for Tribal online gambling operations. Distinguished members of the faculty, featuring leading lawyers, Tribal representatives, consultants and agency officials will address Tribal-state compacts, the effort of California Indian Tribes to legalize online poker, the pros and cons of working with social media platforms, and practical issues Tribes should consider in anticipation of ongoing internet gambling legislation.

You will hear about backend infrastructure and how it works, developing a Tribal business plan, obtaining the right software, partnership concerns, marketing and more. This will be a critically important program for everyone involved in online gambling. Register soon to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there.

Program Co-Chairs: Eric N. Dahlstrom, Esq. of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP and Stephen M. Hart, Esq. of Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

What You Will Learn


Thursday, April 03, 2014

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Eric N. Dahlstrom, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP / Tempe, AZ

Stephen M. Hart, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP / Phoenix, AZ

8:45 am

The Policy and Market Outlook for Internet Gaming and Tribal Participation in the Industry

How the market is evolving and what we need in terms of regulatory policy changes to make internet gambling truly work; industry take on prospects for federal legislative action

Padraic I. McCoy, Esq.
Tilden McCoy & Dilweg LLP / Boulder, CO

9:30 am

Current Issues Arising Under the Existing Federal Regulatory Structure for Online Gambling and the Unique Provisions for Tribal Operations

Overview of the regulatory structure and the interplay of the 1961 Wire Act; 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act; update on DOJ enforcement activity and the implications for internet gaming

Glenn M. Feldman, Esq.
Dickinson Wright PLLC / Phoenix, AZ

Evolving technologies and the new regulatory issues arising from the adoption of new technologies and new applications

Markham Cho Erickson, Esq.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP / Washington, DC

10:45 am


11:00 am

State Legislative Trends and Update on Currently Pending State Legislation

Currently pending state legislation and lessons from bills that failed in past sessions

Robert A. Rosette, Esq.
Rosette, LLP / Chandler, AZ

Case study: An in-depth look at legislative initiatives in California and how situational differences between Tribes create an impact on the approach an individual Tribe prefers

Jerome Encinas, Principal
Encinas Government Affairs / Sacramento, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Sovereignty, Tax and On or Off Reservation Options

Pending and anticipated issues regarding sovereignty, tax policy, and on or off reservation operations

Eric Lochen, Esq.
Lochen Law Offices, PLLC / New Hope, MN

2:15 pm

Interstate Compacts: Alternatives to Federal Legislation for Creating Larger Markets and Web-Based Gaming

Overview of the process for adopting compacts; role of compacts in the expansion of Powerball lotteries; lessons from compacts adopted in other contexts; case study of Nevada's Assembly Bill 5 to allow the governor to negotiate compacts with other states

Eric N. Dahlstrom, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP / Tempe, AZ

The pros and cons of interstate compacts as an approach for Tribes to follow

Jana McKeag, President
Lowry Strategies / Alexandria, VA

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

First to Market: Update on Developments in the Three States that Have Adopted Internet Gambling Legislation

Nevada: Statutory provisions, implementation processes, primary issues arising during implementation; what has been resolved and what is still pending; the resulting market and how well it is working

Michael P. Upshaw, Esq.
Margrave | Celmins / Scottsdale, AZ

Delaware and New Jersey

Frank A. DiGiacomo, Esq.
Duane Morris LLP / Cherry Hill, NJ

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP and Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP


Friday, April 04, 2014

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Eric N. Dahlstrom, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP / Tempe, AZ

Stephen M. Hart, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP / Phoenix, AZ

8:45 am

Developing Effective Legislative Strategies

Practical considerations Tribes should anticipate and be prepared to address when developing an action plan in advocating for Tribal internet gambling operations

Jacob Coin, Executive Director, Office of Public Affairs
San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians / Highland, CA

Current federal legislation issues

Thomas J. Foley, Esq., President
Foley Law Group LLC / St. Paul, MN

10:00 am


10:15 am

Business Models for Internet Gambling Operations

Mobile gaming: Additional legal issues and business considerations for dealing with mobile platforms

Peter A. Larson, Esq.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP / Phoenix, AZ

Update on jurisdictional issues for internet transactions: Where does the wagering occur when a player clicks a button in a different state than where the wager is accepted? Are there ways for a Tribe to structure operations to control jurisdiction?

Toni Cowan, Esq.
Catania Gaming Consultants / North Haledon, NJ

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Organizational Structures for Maximizing Economic Benefits for the Tribe

Is a bricks and mortar casino operation the best foundation for an internet gaming operation, or are the operations and target markets so different that you need to create a new organization?

Jim Ryan, CEO
Pala Interactive, LLC / Las Vegas, NV

Practical tips for running separate casino and internet operations in a coordinated way

Derril B. Jordan, Esq.
Jordan Law Offices PLLC / Washington, DC

2:15 pm

Tribal-State Compacts: Determining the Extent to Which Tribes Need to Negotiate Updated Terms to Accommodate Internet Gaming

Process for developing a compact under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988; key terms for implementing internet gaming and best approaches to take; tips for getting a new compact past federal review

Stephen M. Hart, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP / Phoenix, AZ

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $1145 with a group rate of $860 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For Tribal and other government employees, we offer a special rate of $765. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $572.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 11 AZ CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River at 5201 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Call the hotel directly at (480) 745-8200 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $149 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials, is available for $1155. The course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Faculty Bios

Eric N. Dahlstrom, Program Co-Chair, partner, Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP, represents Tribes in Arizona and Wisconsin and has been involved in nearly every development in the growth of Indian gaming law there.

Stephen M. Hart, Program Co-Chair, partner in the Gaming section, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, concentrates on Indian law, gaming law and government relations. He represents Tribes and Tribal Gaming Commissions throughout the Western United States.

Jacob Coin is the Executive Director at the Office of Public Affairs for the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians.

Toni Cowan, Catania Gaming Consultants, focuses on state gaming compliance, internet gaming issues and federal Indian gaming compliance. Previously, she was with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, the Nevada Attorney General's Office, Division of Gaming, and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Frank A. DiGiacomo, partner, Duane Morris LLP, practices gaming law and commercial litigation with a focus on representing public and privately held casinos, gaming technology providers and lottery companies.

Jerome Encinas is a Principal at Encinas Government Affairs.

Markham Cho Erickson, partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, focuses on telecommunications and new media law. His clients include internet, energy and start-up technology companies, non-profit organizations and Indian Tribes.
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Glenn M. Feldman, member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, focuses on Indian gaming and reservation economic development activities. He is counsel to a number of Indian Tribes, Tribal casinos and business ventures.

Tom Foley, President, Foley Law Group LLC , and Vice President of Lowry Strategies, represents Tribes and gaming corporations on state and federal regulatory and administrative issues. He was appointed to the National Indian Gaming Commission (1995-1998) as Commissioner, Vice-Chairman and Acting Chairman.

Derril B. Jordan, Jordan Law Offices PLLC, advises Tribes with regard to trust land acquisitions, including for gaming purposes, historic and cultural preservation, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), and gaming ordinance approvals. Previously, he was Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

Peter A. Larson, partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, represents Indian tribes, Tribal entities and those pursuing commercial and economic development in Indian Country. He is experienced in all areas of Indian gaming, including Indian lands determinations, federal, state and tribal regulatory matters, and representation of Tribal gaming agencies.

Eric Lochen, partner, Lochen Law Offices, PLLC, is outside counsel to Tribes and Tribal prosecutors, and represents Tribal housing authorities, child protection agencies, election boards and economic development agencies.

Padraic I. McCoy (Quechan/Cherokee) partner, Tilden McCoy & Dilweg LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver, represents Indian Tribes and Indian country developers and investors in transactional and regulatory matters, Indian gaming, Indian lands and Tribal finance. Previously, he was with the Department of the Interior and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Jana McKeag, President, Lowry Strategies, a bi-partisan government affairs consulting firm, is experienced in government and private sector Tribal issues. Previously, she was appointed to the National Indian Gaming Commission by Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan, was Chairman of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and Co-Chair of American Indians for Senator John McCain in his 2008 Presidential race.

Robert A. Rosette, partner, Rosette, LLP, represents Tribal governments in federal Indian law, including finance, commercial transactions, economic development, gaming and litigation. He is experienced in gaming for both brick and mortar and internet gambling ventures.

Jim Ryan is CEO at Pala Interactive, LLC, an online gambling joint venture with California's Pala Band of Mission Indians.

Michael P. Upshaw, of counsel, Margrave | Celmins, represents clients in construction law, Federal Indian Law and civil litigation. Previously, he was the Attorney General of the Navajo Nation and has also acted in capacities of General Counsel and Special Counsel to other Indian Nations in Arizona.

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