Rules of the Road – Navigating Trade

Session Track: Opening Session
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 2:20 – 3:35 p.m.

Session Description

This session will provide an in-depth look into the complexity of international trade agreements. Through this session, you will learn about pending changes to trade agreements—current and future—and their potential impacts on business. You will also build your knowledge around the design improvements that drive company adherence to trade agreement policies.

Speaker Information

Karen Huleback, Sc.D., Principal, Resolution Strategy, LLCKaren Huleback
Begun in 2012, ResolutionStrategy helps public- and private-sector clients resolve problems and achieve goals through policy, scientific, strategic counsel, and mediation and negotiation assistance, with particular focus on the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Dr. Hulebak was Chief Scientist in USDA’s Office of Food Safety (2005-2011); Chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (2008-2011); Vice Chair of the Commission (2005-2008); Chair, Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (2001-2008); Assistant Administrator for Public Health Science, USDA/FSIS (2002-2004); Chief Scientist for Public Health Science, FSIS/USDA (1999-2002); Director of the Office of Policy Research, FDA Commissioner‘s Office (1996-1999).

Sarah Roller, J.D., R.D., M.P.H, Partner and Chair, Food & Drug Law Practice, Kelley Drye & Warren LLPSarah Roller
For more than 23 years, Sarah has specialized in the representation of U.S. and global companies that are engaged in the development, manufacture, import/export and marketing of foods, dietary supplements, medical foods, feeds, and health care products including drugs, devices and health IT products. She helps companies develop legal compliance programs and liability risk management strategies that account for the overlapping bodies of federal and state laws relating to product safety, labeling, marketing claims, recalls, and postmarket reporting requirements. She defends companies in enforcement actions brought by government agencies and in lawsuits brought by private parties.

Darci Vetter, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA
Darci brings a strong agricultural and trade background to her post. Before joining USDA, she served as an International Trade Advisor on the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where she advised Chairman Max Baucus and other Committee members on trade issues relating to agriculture, the environment and labor, including the 2008 Farm Bill and pending legislation on climate change. Prior to her work on the Finance Committee, Darci spent six years at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), most recently as Director for Agricultural Affairs.. 

Eric Greenberg, Principal Attorney, Eric F. Greenberg, P.C. (Moderator)
Mr. Greenberg’s practice is concentrated in Food and Drug Law, Packaging Law and Commercial Litigation, and his clients include companies that make and market food, dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, animal food and drugs, and food packaging and food contact materials. His firm is a proud member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms.  Eric is a graduate of Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In addition to his law practice, he teaches Food and Drug Law at Chicago-Kent College of law, and is a monthly columnist for Packaging World magazine.