INCBA committees are the hallmark of our membership involvement. It is through our committees that we engage the legal community with the bar association, and achieve many of our most important functions. Committees are filled on a rolling basis and applications are always welcome.
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Continuous Legal Education
The CLE Committee plans the INCBA educational panels, lays out the substantive focus of all of legal educational events throughout the year, and creates our webinar schedule. The committee’s role is broad, and the members play an integral role in developing our CLE content. The committee selects speakers, helps pick the events in which INCBA will participate as an educational partner, arranges the content and speakers for webcasts and webinars, and helps coordinate CLE credits with local representatives.
Meets 4th Wednesday of each month at 9am PT/10am MT/11am CT/12pm ET
CLE Webinar on NY Adult-Use Licenses (presented on Oct. 26) now available on demand. Learn More
Live Webinar in the works for December. Stay tuned!
Check out our On-Demand CLE library in the INCBArchives®
Legislative Advisement Committee
Legislative Advisement tracks and evaluates new and proposed cannabis industry legislation and regulations that may impact the cannabis legal community’s ability to provide services. Where appropriate, the Committee may recommend that the International Cannabis Bar Association formally respond or provide feedback to regulators, agencies and/or lawmakers, and take the lead in doing so on behalf of the Association.If you’d like INCBA to sign onto a comment at the local, state, or federal level, we encourage you to submit the comment for our approval process, headed by our Legislative Advisement Committee.
The Ethics Committee tracks professional responsibility issues attorneys encounter while serving the cannabis industry. The committee focuses on professional compliance and ethical rules that govern our ability to practice law in jurisdictions across the country. This committee works closely with the Continuing Legal Education Committee to ensure that our educational offerings reflect the most up-to-date information on ethical matters. This committee also works closely with the Amicus Committee to ensure pressing ethical topics are appropriately addressed.
The Diversity Committee works to build the INCBA membership’s knowledge of and commitment to diversity issues in the cannabis industry and movement. The Committee is working on creating a diversity network round-table, compiling and hosting a list of cannabis equity programs, and also more formally integrating diversity issues into INCBA CLE offerings in 2022 and beyond. Issues that are raised at the committee level could include issues of discrimination on the bases of sex, race, or other classification in the cannabis industry, as well as efforts at the local, state, national, and international level to address the tremendous damage caused by cannabis prohibition. The Diversity Committee stitches together the INCBA membership and their collective commitments to improving the quality of legal services provided to the cannabis space by focusing attention and action on issues of justice and equity.
In-House Counsel Committee
The In-House Counsel Committee’s goal is to provide an open network for in-house counsel in the cannabis & hemp industries. Attendees are encouraged to share resources and best practices. Quarterly meetings will serve as a forum to learn from experts presenting targeted information tailored for in-house practitioners.
Upcoming Virtual Meeting: December 12, 2023 9:00-10:00am PST
The Students Committee seeks to create a space for like minded law students to build community and a career-long connection with the INCBA. The Students Committee helps determine student member policies, is the primary point of contact for student members, and is launching a number of initiatives in 2024, including an informal mentorship program with INCBA attorneys, a job board, research and writing opportunities, networking and volunteer opportunities.
Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1pm PT/2pm MT/3pm CT/4pm ET
NEW Student Job Board (firms are invited to complete this online form to post openings)
The Amicus Committee prepares amicus briefs and may recommend other involvement in litigation related to the practice of cannabis law and the cannabis industry more broadly. This committee meets on an ad hoc basis in response to requests for INCBA participation in litigation.
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The International Committee is responsible for INCBAs’ international presence, including Canada, Europe, and Latin America, and informing INCBA programming with an international perspective.
INCBA Europe Committee
Focuses on solely Europe (as compared to the European Union, the latter of which does not include the UK, Switzerland, and Norway). INCBA Europe could be considered a subset of the Intl Committee. (per email from M. Shapiro to A. Steel on 5/14/23). Due to the small size of this Committee, meetings are 2x/year as opposed to monthly. The first meeting of 2023 took place in February in Dublin. The next meeting will either take place in Dortmund in September 2023 during the CB Expo and Intertabac, or more likely Leuven in October 2023 during the next Cannabis Summit in Brussels, where the next INCBA Europe panel will take place. Starting from Autumn 2023 after the summer break, we will have monthly zoom meetings.