The Legal Affairs Committee provides airport attorneys with a forum to share information about new developments in case law, statutes and regulations affecting airports; the Committee also monitors pending airport litigation.  Through its steering group, recommendations are made to the ACI-NA Board and Executive Committee regarding requests that ACI-NA file “friend of the court” briefs at the appellate stage of cases in federal and state court, where those cases are likely to have significant implications for U.S. airports.  The Committee reviews and edits draft briefs prior to filing.

In addition, the Committee drafts and edits comments filed in proceedings pending before administrative agencies of the federal government, and assists ACI-NA in informal discussions with those federal agencies.  The Committee, through the ACI-NA staff, maintains for the use of its members, sample language for various airport legal documents, e.g., policies, RFP’s, minimum standards, easements, etc.  The Legal Affairs Committee also responds to requests from the ACI-NA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and other ACI-NA departments for information regarding legal issues affecting airports, and provides speakers to other ACI-NA committees on a variety of airport legal issues.

Finally, the Committee plans two important conferences for its members, held in the spring and fall annually. These conferences update airport lawyers throughout North America on the most pressing legal, regulatory and litigation issues facing airports. Speakers usually include private practitioners, airport attorneys and leading government regulatory officials from key agencies involved in airport and aviation issues.

Leadership

Chair
Elaine Rodriguez
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Committee Secretary
Pablo Nuesch
(202) 293-8500

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Press Releases

Airports Council Welcomes Lifting of Test Requirements for Entering the U.S.

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today issued the following statement welcoming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decision to lift the requirement for travelers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the United States.

Airports Council Congratulates ACI-NA Vice Chair Chellie Cameron on New Position

ACI-NA congratulated Philadelphia International Airport CEO and ACI-NA Vice Chair Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron on being named the next Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia President and CEO.

Airports Council Announces First Accredited U.S. Airport Professionals

ACI-NA, the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the first group of accredited U.S. Airport Professionals.

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ACI-NA Commentary on Legal Affairs

Airports Council Establishes DEI Working Group to Drive Association Efforts

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the formation of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion […]

Celebrating April as U.S. Airport Professional Appreciation Month

  As U.S. Airport Professional Appreciation Month comes to a close, we have been so excited to celebrate the airport industry professionals who are demonstrating their commitment to industry excellence […]

Looking Forward One Year In

By Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA Now at the one-year milestone of widespread travel and local restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are reminded that […]

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