Great Constitutional Alcohol Debate occurring in Chicago

By |2024-02-19T17:32:55+00:00February 19th, 2024|Conference Reviews|


I am pleased to announce that the Great Constitutional Alcohol Debate: Does the 21st Amendment usurp the Commerce Clause is happening in Chicago on March 14th.

The debate will be between Alex Tanford and Brannon Denning.

Alex Tanford is a Professor Emeritus at Indiana University School of Law. He was part of the victorious legal team in […]

The Success of the Inaugural Notre Dame Slainte Wine, Beer, & Spirits Industry Symposium

By |2023-11-28T23:07:48+00:00November 28th, 2023|Conference Reviews|


The inaugural Notre Dame Slainte Wine, Beer, & Spirits Industry Symposium finished ten days ago and it was a resounding success. The whole mix from the programming, the food, the wine, and the hospitality, to the people who attended, it all worked.

I never thought I would become involved in planning and starting a conference from […]

Want to know how to invest in wine

By |2023-11-09T18:00:34+00:00November 9th, 2023|Conference Reviews|


The wine industry is valued at an estimated figure of $350 billion, which means it’s a potentially lucrative marketplace to enter into. Unfortunately, they don’t print instructions on how to make money in the wine industry.

To become successful, one must be very business savvy and utilize the knowledge of experts.

The Notre Dame Slainte Liquor Industry […]

Great Legends of the Wine Industry will speak at Notre Dame Slainte Liquor Symposium

By |2023-10-22T02:31:21+00:00October 22nd, 2023|Conference Reviews|


Some of the greatest legends in the wine industry will speak at the Notre Dame Slainte Liquor Industry Symposium. These four wine greats represent the Four Horseman of the wine industry. I provided some background information on these speakers.

Eric Jensen of Booker Wines-Eric Jensen left a comfortable life in a gated community in Southern California, […]

NCSLA 2019 New Orleans, Part III: Alcohol Delivery

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00December 22nd, 2019|Conference Reviews|




A great panel on learning the in and outs of the alcohol delivery world. Although alcohol makes up a small percentage of delivery revenue and often times is a loss leader, it plays a major role for delivery companies. Consumers demand this service and without it, they will not shop […]

NCSLA 2019 New Orleans, Part II: Change in the Dynamics of the Three Tier System

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00December 13th, 2019|Conference Reviews|


Change in THE Dynamics of the Three Tier System


The big question we need to ask is, what are the practical effects of what is happening in the world today?

A lively panel on the ever-changing world of liquor and the debate raged on about how should our legal system adapt to this […]

NCSLA 2019 New Orleans, Part I: Ethics Panel

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00November 4th, 2019|Conference Reviews, Liquor Industry Insights|




Panelists: RUSSELL THOMAS, Executive Director, Tennessee ABCC

SEAN O’LEARY, President, O’Leary Law & Policy Group, LLC, Elmhurst IL

ANNA HIRAI, Assistant Administrator, Honolulu Liquor Commission

ADENA SANTIAGO, Senior Counsel, Husch Blackwell LLP, Washington, DC


The one […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer Moderated Panel on the Future of the 21st Amendment

By |2020-04-13T20:42:17+00:00October 31st, 2019|Breaking News, Conference Reviews, Liquor Industry Insights|

I want to thank the Federalist Society for allowing me to put on a panel about the Future of the 21st Amendment.

It was an honor to moderate this panel which featured two great legal minds well versed in 21st Amendment issues.

Professor Alex Tanford, constitutional law Professor […]

NCSLA Central/Western Regional Conference 2019, Portland, Part III

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00October 21st, 2019|Cannabis Issues, Conference Reviews|

Cannabis: Higher Education


Rebecca Stamey-White, Partner, Hinman & Carmichael LLP


Rick Garza, Director, Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board

Steve Marks, Executive Director, Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Lori Ajax, Chief, California Bureau of Cannabis Control


This was a great panel that talked about a lot of wide ranging issues in the cannabis industry from the difficulties in setting […]

NCSLA Central/Western Regional Conference 2019, Portland, Part II

By |2020-04-13T21:10:48+00:00October 13th, 2019|Conference Reviews, Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

We heard “daddy” from the back of the room, little did we know that Brendan O’Leary actually had his hand up for a question and wanted to be heard.

The Rise of the Retail Tier and the Impact of Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association […]

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