American Bar Association
Gaming Law Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Gaming Law Committee

Spring Meeting Panels & Meetings

The Gaming Law Committee is chairing two important panels at Business Law Section's Spring Meeting this month in Montreal, Quebec. The programs, described below, are entitled "Doing Business with American Indian Tribes and Canadian First Nations: Lessons from the Gaming Sector," chaired by Kathryn Rand and "Is it Gambling or Just a Fantasy (League): The Latest Legal Developments in the Multi-Billion Dollar Daily Fantasy Debate," chaired by Lynne Levin Kaufman.

Panel Descriptions & Committee Meeting

"Doing Business with American Indian Tribes and Canadian First Nations: Lessons from the Gaming Sector"

When: Friday, April 8th, 8:30 - 10:00 am
Location: Cote-St-Luc, Convention Floor, Hotel Bonaventure

Program Description:
American Indian law differs from Canadian First Nations law, as each has divergent approaches to tribal authority/ jurisdiction, application of state/provincial laws, and economic development on reservations/reserves. As the predominant business sector for both American Indian tribes and Canadian First Nations, lessons from the gaming sector are relevant to successful business dealings with indigenous nations in both countries.


  • Kathryn Rand, Dean, University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, ND


  • Yale Belanger , Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Morden Lazarus, Attorney/Avocat;
  • Lazarus Charbonneau , Montréal, Quebec, Canada;
  • Steven Light , Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND; and
  • Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier , Partner, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, AZ

Co-sponsoring Committees:
Business and Corporate Litigation,
Business Financing,
Consumer Financial Services

Friday, April 8th
When: 10:00 - 11:00 am
St. Leonard, Convention Floor,
Hotel Bonaventure

"Is it Gambling or Just a Fantasy (League): The Latest Legal Developments in the Multi-Billion Dollar Daily Fantasy Debate"
When: Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Cote-St-Luc, Convention Floor, Hotel Bonaventure

Program Description:
Daily fantasy sports: It was embraced by players, the leagues and the media and became the hottest topic everywhere, especially when New York tried to close sites. So is it legal or is it illegal sports betting? Will legislators regulate it? Can DFS survive? This panel explores the DFS world.


  • Lynne Levin Kaufman , Partner, Cooper Levenson, P.A., Atlantic City, NJ, ND


  • Keith Miller, Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law, Drake Law School, Des Moines, IA
  • Seth Young, VP/COO, Flower City Gaming, LLC, Rochester, NY

Rendez-vous tous à Montréal,

Chris Hinckley
Chair, Gaming Law Committee

Message from the Chair

Welcome. My name is Karl Rutledge and I am the new Chair of the ABA's Gaming Law Committee (the "Committee"), of the Business Law Section (the "Section"). As we start 2017, I look forward to carrying on the great strides made by Chris Hinckley in revitalizing the Committee.

Overall, the Committee's goals will remain: elevating the work and accomplishments of our members, helping to grow Committee and Section membership, improving member interaction, and creating gaming law resources for Committee and Section members. That said, in the coming weeks, I will be addressing the important tasks of reviewing our overall mission, attending leadership training, and filling the Committee's leadership positions.

In the meantime, I ask that you please visit the Committee's website and update your Member Profile (please include a photo). While on the Committee's website, please also take a moment to learn more about the Committee's offerings. The website contains some essential information regarding the Committee, including a membership roster link which provides the contact information for Committee leadership and other members. The Committee website will also post notices of upcoming, or existing, programs and publications involving the Committee and Section members.

In closing, as the presence of gaming increases across the country and the industry grows more interspersed with our country's economy, the Committee is presented the envious opportunity to become the "go-to" resource within the Section, and the ABA as a whole, on all matters directly or indirectly involved with gaming. The key driver, however, in the ongoing process of rebuilding the Committee and returning it to a place of significance within the Section will be membership. Without the ideas, initiative and engagement of Committee members, we will not be able to fulfill our mission. I cannot stress enough that now is the time to get involved in the Committee and be a part of forging its legacy.

Best wishes for a happy healthy and prosperous New Year!

Karl Rutledge

Mission Statement

The mission of the Gaming Law Committee is to deal with all aspects of gaming law. The Committee strives to provide cutting-edge information on all substantive gaming law developments. We conduct an annual two-day conference that provides practitioners with a comprehensive overview of the multiple facets of commercial, Native American and internet gaming at the state, national and international levels.



Rutledge, Karl


Kaufman, Lynne
Miller, Keith


Staudenmaier, Heidi

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Gaming Law Programs, Meetings and Events

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