Speaking Engagement

The Federal Litigation Landscape

29th Annual NABCA Symposium on Alcohol Beverage Law and Regulation

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S Hayes St,
Arlington, VA

Blank Rome partner Deborah A. Skakel will serve as a panelist at the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association’s (“NABCA”) 29th Annual Symposium on Alcohol Beverage Law and Regulation, being held March 13 through 15, 2022, at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Virginia.


Attendees will have an excellent opportunity to stay abreast of the most recent legislative, regulatory, and judicial activity impacting the operation and regulation of the alcohol beverage industry. Lawyers, state and federal regulators, representatives of the alcohol beverage industry, and other affiliated entities will find the Symposium beneficial. The Symposium Planning Committee comprises regulators, industry analysts, and experts, who have created an informative and educational agenda that focuses on timely and current issues.

Debbie’s session, “The Federal Litigation Landscape,” will take place on Monday, March 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


While dormant Commerce Clause challenges are pervasive, recent federal litigation has involved unique causes of action and a wider array of strategies. Multiple states have received injunctive relief under the 21st Amendment Enforcement Act. Daubert challenges have been filed. And the Supreme Court has requested responses from two attorneys general. Meanwhile, many attorneys are still wondering precisely what constitutes an “essential” part of their system—and, by extension, what other parts require some evidentiary justification. In this session, federal practitioners will discuss how these and many other dynamics factor into the current state of federal litigation

For more information, please visit the event webpage or view the agenda.

You can read a recap of the Symposium at The Free Library.