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Attorney to give legal insights at SMM Conference

Barbara Dunn, partner with Howe and Hutton

Attorney Barbara Dunn will tackle legal issues surrounding meetings and events at the 2013 Small Market Meetings Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 8  in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Dunn is a partner with Howe and Hutton, a Chicago-based law firm known for its work with the meetings, incentive, hospitality and tourism industries. The firm serves as general counsel to Meeting Professionals International (MPI), for example.

Dunn’s talk, “Top 10 Legal Issues You Should Be Concerned About,” will provide meeting planners with strategies as they negotiate contracts and confront other legal concerns. At the sessions, meeting planners will learn:

•  Techniques to use during contract negotiation, including rate protection, attrition, cancellation and force majeure

•  Indemnification, insurance, release and waivers, and other risk management techniques

•  Key legal issues surrounding social media and ways to address them through user agreements, social media policy and disclaimers

Dunn earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she was a member of the editorial board of the John Marshall Law Review.

Her clients include meeting planners, nonprofit organizations, corporations and suppliers. Her articles about legal issues have appeared in meetings industry publications, and she is a frequent speaker for MPI, the Professional Convention Management Association, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and other organizations tied to hospitality and meetings businesses. She was the first woman to serve as chair of ASAE’s Legal Section Council.

For more information or to register for the Small Market Meetings Conference, visit