Publications & Presentations
September 24, 2015
In October and November, Polsinelli Shareholder Melissa Proctor will moderate and present at the events below. She will be covering topics including:
  • Embargoes and economic sanctions programs
  • The latest developments in the U.S. sanctions on Cuba, Russia, and Iran
  • Designing and implementing effective export compliance programs

9th Annual CompTIA Global Trade Compliance Best Practices Conference - “Export Controls Disguised as Sanctions, or Is It the Other Way Around?”
October 6, 2015 | 3:30PM PST | San Jose, CA

Melissa Proctor will be moderating a panel focusing on the intersection of sanctions and export controls for the U.S. and beyond, including the application of end use and end user requirements.

Topics include:
  • Sanctions as economic and political leverage, reflection of U.S. government foreign policy goals
  • Venn diagramming sanctions and export controls – where are the overlaps, where do they diverge and what specific sanctions end uses to watch for?
  • Avoiding U.S.-centrism: Ensuring your U.S.-based program also complies with international sanctions regimes, including non-U.S. sanctions compliance (Japan, UK, Germany)
  • Screening for sanctions related prohibitions
  • How do exporters prove a negative to satisfy OFAC sanctions restrictions?
  • End Use/End User determinations – how, who? (U.S., EMEA, other)
  • How do you manage risk in assessing end users? All or nothing approach?

For more details on this event and to register, click here.



Export Compliance Training Institute Webinar - "Building Smarter Export Compliance Programs"
October 15, 2015 | 1:00PM EDT

Melissa Proctor will be presenting this webinar which is designed to give executives, compliance managers, and personnel in customer service, sales, marketing and logistics functions, who already have a grasp on export basics, a thorough understanding of the core elements that should be included in every export compliance program. EAR and ITAR compliance strategies will be a core focus of the webinar, as well as U.S. embargoes and sanctions programs, antiboycott compliance, and Automated Export System (AES) compliance. The webinar will also outline the “best practices” for creating or enhancing export compliance processes without overburdening personnel, unduly taxing existing resources, and sacrificing profitability.

Topics include:
  • Export Compliance Programs through the Eyes of the U.S. Government
  • Common Export Program Failures and the Consequences of Non-Compliance
  • The Core Compliance Areas that Every Compliance Program Needs to Address
  • Special Compliance Program Considerations (ITAR, antiboycott compliance, routed exports, etc.)
  • Avoiding the Dangerous “Cookie Cutter” Mentality
  • Best Practices for Tailoring and Customizing Export Policies and Practices
  • Successful Implementation Strategies – “Pulling the Trigger”
  • Maintaining the Health and Vigor of Your Program

For more information and to register for this webinar, click here.



EAR Export Controls/ITAR Defense Trade Controls Seminar Series
November 2-5, 2015 | Phoenix, AZ

The Export Compliance Training Institute (ECTI, Inc.) will be sponsoring the “EAR Export Controls/ITAR Defense Trade Controls Seminar Series.” Melissa will be the feature speaker for two sessions of this conference, focusing on recent enforcement cases and trends under the Export Administration Regulations and the International Traffic in Arms regulations. Topics will include:

EAR Export Enforcement:
  • Enforcement Fines, Penalties & Case Studies
  • Subpoenas, Investigations & Voluntary Self Disclosures
  • Preventing and Coping With Violations

ITAR Enforcement:
  • Enforcing Agencies: US Customs & Border Protection
  • Enforcement Methods, Fines & Penalties
  • What Constitutes an ITAR Violation?
  • Personal Liability for Civil Penalties
  • Subpoenas, Investigations & Voluntary Self-Disclosure Considerations
  • Case Studies: Recent Enforcement & Audit Actions

For more information about this seminar and to register, click here.