Thursday,  June 6   –  General Sessions
 8 - 9 a.m. 

The 2019 Ethy Awards: the best and worst of legal ethics violations
Ethics Credit #1
Each year, Hollywood celebrates the best performances in motion pictures at the Oscars. Well, each year, we note the worst ethics violations in the legal profession at the Ethys.  Humorist Sean Carter will host the festivities and announce the award winners for: Worst Original Excuse; Least Competent in a Legal Representation; Best Courtroom Outburst; Worst Love Scene; Most Creative Billing; and Lifetime Achievement Award. In the process of recapping these egregious instances of unethical behavior, Mr. Carter will demonstrate how the rest of us can avoid more common ethical violations.

 9 a.m. Welcome & Introduction to Keynote Speaker

 9:05 – 9:30 a.m.

Using Advanced Technology to Identify Problem Gaming Behavior
and Using the Information to Improve At-Risk Gambler Support
Juan Espinosa Garcia, Director General,
Spain Directorate General for Gambling Regulation

In today’s high-tech world, more and more industries are looking for ways to leverage technology to improve customer service, minimize risk and enhance business productivity and profitability. The Director General of the Spain Directorate General for Gambling Regulation, Juan Espinosa Garcia will explore why using technologies like AI and analytics is the way forward to long-term sustainability in the gaming industry. He will also evaluate legitimate uses and misuses of player tracking data as well as modelling algorithms and the ethics surrounding their use for responsible gaming. And, drawing on his years of experience as a regulator, Director General Garcia will discuss what these innovations mean for regulators and how companies can incorporate and monetize these dimensions to improve performance while supporting RG initiatives. Finally, he will consider whether using advanced technologies to improve responsible gaming effectiveness is a matter of regulation, of corporate social responsibility, or of both.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Gambling advertising restrictions to promote socially responsible
gambling: will this be the future in the US?
Despite its ongoing efforts to encourage responsible gaming, the industry remains a target for negative press misrepresenting problem gambling, putting pressure on politicians and regulators to enact more aggressive consumer protection measures. As such, markets like Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are applying serious restrictions on gambling advertising or, in some cases, a full prohibition. The reasons supporting these restrictive measures seem to be vague for industry professionals, while politicians refer to different factors especially consumer protection and responsible gambling. This session will first evaluate how different regulators across the EU and the UK are implementing these regulatory changes and discuss whether they are reasonable measures to promote gambling responsibly. Then, the panelists will expand the discussion to consider whether these restrictions will have an impact in the US gambling regulations. 

Moderated by John Hagan, a Partner with Harris Hagan, the panelists include: 

  • Santiago Asensi, Managing Partner, Asensi Abogados
  • Joseph W. Asher, Chief Executive Officer, William Hill US
  • Jennifer Carleton, Attorney, Howard & Howard
  • Alan FeldmanDistinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming, International Gaming Institute, UNLV
10:30 – 11 a.m.

Networking Break

 11 - 12 p.m.

Leading the way: the next generation of responsible gambling measures 
With gaming’s ongoing expansion around the world combined with the increased scrutiny the industry receives from governments and the media, the importance of developing and maintaining responsive, effective responsible gaming services is paramount for gaming operators. Featuring responsible gambling experts from markets around the world, this session will evaluate current and future methods of identifying potentially problematic behavior using advanced technologies like AI and others, discuss what constitutes effective, timely and appropriate interaction with problem and at-risk gamblers and why ongoing staff training is critical, and consider how operators can communicate more effectively with their customers about how gaming products work, the risks of problem gaming, and what it means to gamble responsibly. 

Moderated by Elizabeth Cronan, the Senior Director of Gaming Policy for the American Gaming Association, the panelists include:

  • Laura McAllister Cox, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Legal Counsel, Rush Street Gaming
  • Jon Duffy, Director of Corporate Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, Genting UK
  • Connie Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM)
  • Dr. Kahlil Philander, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Washington State University Carson College of Business
12  - 1 p.m. Lunch

1 - 2 p.m.

Yelp, I’ve fallen into social media and can’t linkedout:
the ethical pitfalls of social media
Ethics credit #2
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and the other social media tools haves become ubiquitous in our high-tech society.  And while social media can undoubtedly help lawyers to enhance their networks of colleagues, clients and prospective clients, it can also ensnare the unwary in a web of ethical violations, such as: breaches of confidentiality; incompetence; unauthorized practice of law; false or misleading advertising; unethical solicitations; failure to communicate with clients; unlawful discovery practices; and breaches of gag orders.

2 – 3 p.m.

Blurring lines: the increasing interplay between lotteries
and traditional gaming markets
Over the past year, several North American lotteries have expressed an interest in expanding their products to include offering sports wagering and games of chance that rely on the outcome of sporting events. Given the inconsistentregulatory standards between lotteries and traditional commercial gaming jurisdictions, such a move raises a wide range of potential concerns including whether the Bank Secrecy Act and Title 31 apply and if so, how lotteries can comply if they attempt to sell sports wagering products at retail locations like liquor and convenience stores. This also raises other questions like who monitors conduct to ensure integrity and fair play? And, does this put traditional gaming operators at a competitive disadvantage? This panel will address these questions and more as part of an interactive discussion about the growing interplay between lotteries and traditional commercial gaming.

Moderated by Philip Sicuso, the Chair of the Economic Development Department for Bingham Greenebaum Doll, the panelists include:

  • Jason AllsoppVice President, Lottery and Gaming, Ipsos
  • Kevin P. Mullally, Vice President Government Relations & General Counsel, GLI
  • Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
3 – 4 p.m.

The convergence of gaming and gambling: from daily fantasy
sports to eSports and peer-to-peer betting on skill games
The increasing convergence of gaming and gambling poses new regulatory challenges worldwide, as operators and regulators grapple with how to monitor products falling outside of traditional gambling methods. Within recent years, these products have included daily fantasy sports betting and the more recent prominence of eSports, where issues are being compounded by considerations of peer-to-peer skill gaming the crossover of related eSports verticals such as loot boxes offered for purchase within the gaming platform and their appeal to minors present additional potential regulatory or enforcement pitfalls. This panel will take an in-depth look into the challenges associated with merging gaming and gambling products, discuss numerous ethics and system vulnerability issues including concerns over manipulation, cheating, attracting underage participants, and many of the same AML and KYC issues that confront iGaming. As “gaming” products appear to be here to stay, this thought provoking discussion is one you won’t want to miss.

Moderated by Bill Gantz, a Partner with Dentons, the panelists include:

  • John Dalzell, Chair, New South Wales Australia Responsible Gambling Fund
  • Dr. Wulf Hambach, Founding Partner, Hambach & Hambach
  • Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Partner, Dickinson Wright
  • Chris Soriano, Partner, Duane Morris

Evening Events
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