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Attorneys and professionals: learn how to navigate the gray space between practicing in a state that allows adults or medical patients to consume cannabis, and that state’s interpretation and application of the professional rules of ethics. Panelists will discuss how cannabis use and substance abuse issues can interfere with an attorney’s competence obligations, and mandatory reporting requirements. Panelists will specifically address the ABA Model Rule equivalents in the jurisdictions of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, California, and Washington D.C.
This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.
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Hannah Stitt is an intellectual property litigator and partner at Tectonic, LLP (based in San Francisco, California). She resolves disputes for owners and executives related to brands, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, consumer protection and privacy claims in California's state and federal courts. She represents domestic and international clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Ms. Stitt has served cannabis industry clients since before the regulated market emerged in California. Over the years as the industry grew, her legal practice transitioned from transactional and compliance work into intellectual property and business litigation. Ms. Stitt has been an essential member of the INCBA Ethics Committee since 2018, instructing other attorneys on how to provide services to the cannabis industry without jeopardizing their law practices and developing policy in individual jurisdictions designed to protect attorneys serving the industry. Her advice and counsel has shaped the market.
Ms. Stitt attended U.C. Davis for her undergraduate education, earning degrees in both Religious Studies and Film Studies. She graduated from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2015 with a concentration in intellectual property law. She has been named a Northern California Rising Star by her colleagues in the legal profession continuously since 2019 (a distinction granted to less than 2.5% of lawyers).
Please send her a message through tectoniclaw.com.
Patrick K. Nightingale is a practicing criminal defense attorney in both state and federal court in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office in 1996. In 1999 he helped to found the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit. Since 2002 Mr. Nightingale has specialized in criminal defense with a particular focus on protecting the rights of cannabis consumers. Mr. Nightingale practices in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and handles both trial, appellate and post-conviction litigation.
Mr. Nightingale re-established the Pittsburgh NORML and has worked to advance medical cannabis and adult use cannabis reform. In his capacity as Executive Director he has spoken extensively on the subject of cannabis reform. Mr. Nightingale has been a frequent guest on local radio and television, and is a trusted voice on reform related questions. He has also been privileged to testify on numerous occasions before Pennsylvania legislative bodies considering medicinal cannabis legislation.
Mr. Nightingale also serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Cannabis Society, a Pennsylvania based non-profit. “I was very excited to join a non-profit with a mission of both advocating for patient interests and promoting industry best practices in Pennsylvania and other emerging medical cannabis states. As our medical cannabis program matures in Pennsylvania and in states like Ohio and West Virginia it is abundantly clear we must continue to work to advance patient interests through education and legislation.”
In August, 2017, Mr. Nightingale along with his partners established Cannabis Legal Solutions – a law firm catering to the needs of Pennsylvania’s emerging medical cannabis industry. “We believe that as our industry expands clients will value having counsel that understands the cannabis industry and issues facing both consumers and business entities alike.”
Mr. Nightingale has taught Continuing Legal Education courses on the issue of cannabis policy and law to the Allegheny County Bar Association, Allegheny County DA’s Office, Westmoreland County Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association, Fayette County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Nightingale also serves as a speaker for Law Enforcement Action Partnership.Mr. Nightingale is married to fellow activist Theresa and they have three children together – Perrin, Mac and Xavina.
Mr. Nightingale can be reached at 412.225.7959 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Nichols is a partner at Kind Law, LLP, a boutique law firm located in Santa Rosa, CA, and is licensed to practice in California and Washington, DC. Bob serves cannabis companies throughout the supply chain, ancillary companies, and other clients with issues related to transactional matters, company formation, governance, M&A, financing, real estate matters, commercial contracts, and legal disputes. Before joining Kind Law, Bob represented large Fortune 500 companies in Washington, DC for over five years as an associate at two national law firms.
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