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King & Spalding e-Learn Webcast Explores Congressional Updates for 2013

14 Feb 2013

ATLANTA, February 14, 2013 —King & Spalding will present an interactive discussion of the federal budget and other upcoming battles on the Hill as part of its monthly e-Learn series next week. Titled “Washington Insight Congressional Update: New Year, New Congress and a Second Term for President Obama,” this client-only program will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 20.

The online program aims to provide clients with a better understanding of the latest legislative developments and their potential impact on businesses. A panel of King & Spalding’s Washington insiders comprised of former U.S.  Congressman Michael Andrews, former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., partners J.C. Boggs and Tom Spulak, senior counsel Lloyd Hand and government relations advisors George Crawford and Allison Kassir will talk about potential budget scenarios and other hot topics such as tax reform, immigration, health care, financial services, energy and environmental issues.

All participants who certify that they attended the entire session and wish to receive CLE credit will receive a Universal Certificate of Attendance.

Michael Andrews is counsel in the government advocacy and public policy practice in King & Spalding's Washington, D.C., office.  Andrews was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1982 and represented a Houston-area district in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years. Andrews is actively involved in American foreign policy issues as a member of the influential Council on Foreign Relations. He was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has primary jurisdiction over federal tax legislation, healthcare, trade and welfare policies. He was also a member of the Budget Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is senior counsel in the government advocacy and public policy practice group at King & Spalding. He advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. Having served as governor, U.S. congressman, state legislator and civil litigator, he counsels clients on an array of government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development.

J.C. Boggs is a partner in the government advocacy and public policy practice in King & Spalding's Washington, D.C., office. Boggs has more than two decades of experience in law, politics and public policy, and represents financial institutions and other clients before Congress and the executive branch.

Tom Spulak is a partner in King & Spalding's government advocacy and public policy practice group in Washington, D.C. Drawing upon his extensive knowledge of Congress and its internal processes, Spulak assists clients in the development and execution of legislative and executive branch strategies for a wide array of issues that include tax, health, energy, aerospace and appropriations. Prior to entering private practice, he served as Democratic staff director and general counsel of the House Committee on Rules, and as general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lloyd Hand is a senior counsel in King & Spalding’s government advocacy and public policy practice group in Washington, D.C., representing Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments and institutional clients on legislative, administrative, regulatory and international trade issues, as well as contract negotiations relating to defense and aerospace matters. He was U.S. chief of protocol under President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

George Crawford is a senior government relations advisor in King & Spalding's government advocacy and public policy practice group in Washington, D.C., where he works with the firm's clients to develop and implement strategies to successfully achieve their legislative policy goals. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Crawford served as chief of staff for then-House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), where he was the principal advisor on policy, political and procedural matters.

Allison Kassir is a government relations advisor and represents clients before Congress and the executive branch on a variety of matters related to health care, homeland security, education, immigration and trade. She also works as part of the firm’s congressional investigations practice to represent clients before House and Senate committees, as well as the Government Accountability Office.

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