Wills for Heroes®

We (with the lead being taken by Meredith Blake Martin) are proud to have sponsored and helped to implement the Wills for Heroes® program in Maryland. Wills for Heroes® provides free wills, living wills and healthcare and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses or domestic partners.

On April 26, 2008, Wills for Heroes® partnered with the U.S. Park Police to host the first Maryland Wills for Heroes® event. The event was held at the U.S. Park Police Training Facility in the District of Columbia and was sponsored in part by AGT. Volunteer lawyers and non-lawyers from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia worked with over sixty first-responders and their spouses/partners to provide basic estate planning documents, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Directives.

Fox News provided television coverage of the event.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact Meredith Martin at mmartin@agtlawyers.com.

Or, visit www.willsforheroes.org to learn more about the Wills for Heroes® program.

Shredded Wheat

Jim has been asked by the Torch Club to present his entertaining lecture, "How Shredded Wheat's Competition Got to Call Their Cereal Shredded Wheat" on May 8th at 6:30 pm at the John Hopkins Club.

This lecture tells the true story about the intersection of trademark law, the invention of cold breakfast cereal and a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that cost NABISCO the exclusive rights to manufacture a pillow shaped breakfast cereal and call it Shredded Wheat. It is the tale of Henry Perky, the Kellogg Brothers and C. W. Post, as they create the nation's first cold cereals and battle over the name "Shredded Wheat" in the United States Supreme Court.

We can smell Jim's wheels turning. He's trying hard to determine how he can he turn this lecture into a full-time gig in tropical climates.

If your group is interested in "How Shredded Wheat's Competition Got to Call Their Cereal Shredded Wheat," please contact Sallyann Davis at sadavis@agtlawyers.com.

Recent and Upcoming Dates for "ADS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE RUN"

November 17th - Little Rock Advertising Club
November 20th - Nashville Advertising Club
January 13, 2009 - Greater San Francisco Advertising Club

Donna Thomas presented "ADS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE RUN" to the Fort Wayne Advertising Federation of Indiana on September 18, 2008. As usual, rave reviews and a referral!

Jim Astrachan visited the fine city of New Orleans, September 23rd and presented to the New Orleans Advertising Club. While there, he and his lovely bride (Julie) took in a couple days of fine southern hospitality.

This program is created for in-house legal counsel, their marketing colleagues, advertising clubs and is also appropriate for senior communications professionals. If your group is interested in "ADS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE RUN," please contact Sallyann Davis at sadavis@agtlawyers.com

When an Employee Goes to Work for the Competition

February 6, 2008 at 9 a.m.

This seminar presented by Julie Rubin will include discussion of the enforceability of non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, protection of trade secrets and other confidential, proprietary information, and will answer questions about employee poaching and other risks employers face when an employee defects to a competitor. This seminar will be held on November 1, 2007 at 9 a.m. at the Four Point Sheraton at BWI Airport, and will run 1-2 hours.

Hiring, Firing and Everything in Between

November 12, 2007 at 9 a.m.

This seminar presented by Julie Rubin has been described by one AGT client as "the mother lode" of employment seminars. It covers everything from EEO law (including gender and racial discrimination) to Family and Medical Leave Act, from Americans With Disabilities Act to Wage and Hour Law, and provides key tips on disciplining and terminating employees. This hefty number will be held on November 12, 2007 at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select in Timonium, and will run 2-3 hours.

Three Professors

November 12, 2007 at 6 p.m.
The Cascade Building
1030 Hull Street, Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21230

On November 12th, gkv Advertising will host the second installment of Three Law Professors. gkv's history is rich with helping Challenger Brands (those brands that do not enjoy the market position or perception of the category leaders). They've helped them compete and win through changing the criteria by which they are evaluated by the consumer. How a Challenger Brand behaves in the marketplace will dictate its success. gkv has developed four tenants of brand that help to short-circuit the status quo of consumer awareness, preference, and purchase habits; and help Challenger Brands win on their own terms. Join us for "Marketing a Challenger Brand" to learn more about these brand behaviors and how they were applied to help launch an airline, promote Maryland's tourism and reduce tobacco consumption in our State.
Space is limited. Contact Shannon Lancaster at slancaster@agtlawyers.com to reserve your seat.

Ads That Should Not Have Run presented by Jim Astrachan

Upcoming dates

November 27th - Orlando Advertising Federation
December 11th - Four Points Sheraton at BWI in conjunction with LexisNexis
December 19th - Jacksonville Marketing and Advertising Club
February 13th - Jim and Julie will present together for the Advertising Federation of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA

Advanced Tax Institute presented by MACPA and MICPEL

November 5, 2007

Jim Astrachan and William J. Bavis, Jr., CPA will present at the Advanced Tax Institute. The topic: Controversial Issues for Estate, Gift and Income Tax Valuations. This week-long seminar is worth 8 CPE credits per day and 6.5 CLE credits per day. If you're interested in attending you can find all the details at http://www.micpel.edu/seminars/advanced%20tax%20institute.htm

Maryland Horse Breeder's Association's New Owner's Seminar

August 18

Frank Morgan will be speaking at the New Owner's Seminar sponsored by the Maryland Horse Breeder's Association at Laurel Park on August 18, 2007. Frank will join a panel of prestigious trainers, racing partnerships, insurance agents, and financial advisors to discuss legal and business issues for new and potential owners of thoroughbred race horses. For more information contact Alissa Norman at 410.252.2100 or anorman@marylandthoroughbred.com

Ads That Shouldn't Have Run

It's going to be a busy fall for our most popular program.
On September 5, 2007 Jim Astrachan will present the ever popular seminar Ads That Shouldn't Have Run to the Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Then, on October 17, 2007 Jim will present to the Jacksonville Marketing and Advertising Club and on November 7, 2007 to the North Carolina Research Triangle Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Raleigh, NC. More dates are in the works.

If you're interested in attending but haven't seen a date near you, don't fret because we're partnering with Lexis Nexis to bring Ads That to Baltimore this fall. Check back for details.

Jim Astrachan Presents to the Northeast Pennsylvania Ad Club and The Communications Club of Buffalo, New York

April 4th

Maryland Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Spear-heads New Program

March 30

Committee Chair, Donna Thomas, and members of the Planning Committee of the new Intellectual Property Law Section of the Maryland Bar Association will present a program on key word-triggered advertising and trademark infringement. A breakfast seminar will be held at the University of Maryland School of Law, Room 107. Guest speaker, Steven Lieberman, Esq. of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C., will present an overview and provide insight on how to advise clients within the scope of this newly evolving area of the law.

Jim Astrachan Presents to the Northeast Pennsylvania Ad Club and The Communications Club of Buffalo, New York

April 4th

Jim Astrachan will present "Ads That Shouldn't Have Run" on Wednesday, April 4 for the Northeast Pennsylvania Ad Club in Scranton, Pennsylvania as part of the Club's monthly luncheon.

Jim Astrachan and Julie Rubin Present to the Northern Illinois Ad Federation

April 20th

Jim Astrachan and Julie Rubin will present the ever-popular "Ads That Shouldn't Have Run" To the Northern Illinois Ad Federation on April 20. At the club's invitation, Jim and Julie will be making their trek out west for the monthly luncheon series.

Julie Rubin to Present to Council on Education in Management

April 26th

Making another appearance for the Council on Education in Management, Julie Rubin will present "EEOC Update: The Relationship Between Discrimination and Retaliation and What You Must Do to Break the Bond and Minimize Your Liability Risk" on April 26. The location has not yet been determined. On May 21 and 22, Julie speaks for the Council's two-day FMLA seminar. Julie will present, "Deciphering Who Is a Covered Employer and Employee Under the FMLA Requirements" on May 22. Please see the Council's website at www.counciloned.com or call 1.800.942.4494.

Jim Astrachan Testifies Before the House Ways and Means Committee

February 20th

Jim Astrachan testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in favor of the Amber Alert Indemnification Bill. Following suit, on March 1, Donna Thomas also testified in support of the legislation.

Click here to view Jim's Testimony on House Bill 491.