Internet LAVA Sponsors 2011 NORML Key West Legal Seminar

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Internet LAVA, attorney web design and internet marketing company, sponsors 28th Annual NORML Key West Legal Seminar in Key West Florida, December 1-3, held to discuss issues related to marijuana legal reform and criminal defense.

The NORML Legal Committee attorneys look forward to the Key West seminar each year because of the networking opportunities with new and old friends who share the opposition to marijuana prohibition.

For the second year in a row, web design and law firm marketing company, Internet LAVA, is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the 2011 NORML Key West Legal Seminar. This season's seminar will be held at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa in Key West, FL, on December 1-3, 2011. Internet LAVA looks forward to collaborating with legal professionals at each conference and is proud to support NORML (National Organization for the Reform and Legalization of Marijuana) and help the attorneys who attend gain knowledge about the importance of web development and online marketing for legal businesses.

The NORML Key West seminar is an annual legal conference with accredited courses recognized by all states that require Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for practicing attorneys. The knowledge shared during this event helps enhance NORML's efforts to pursue responsible marijuana reform on a state and federal level. Not only does the conference present an opportunity to satisfy CLE credit requirements, the Key West Legal Seminar offers a beautiful environment where marijuana reform activists can meet to discuss topics surrounding and techniques used to influence the public policy debate around the legalization of marijuana.

There is much to discuss at this year’s conference with the recent controversy concerning marijuana-related legal policies. NORML Legal Counsel, R. Keith Stroup says, “We have been holding the annual December conference for more than 30 years. The NORML Legal Committee attorneys look forward to the Key West seminar each year because of the networking opportunities with new and old friends who share the opposition to marijuana prohibition.” Issues surrounding marijuana laws constantly change as conflicts between federal prohibition and state’s rights are brought to the forefront of the debate. Stroup continues, “In addition, this year we will be focusing on the federal government's attempt to close down medical marijuana dispensaries in California and the lawsuits several NORML Legal Committee attorneys have brought to try to stop their interference."

Last month, NORML Legal Committee attorneys filed suit against the federal government and its key lawyers as a result of a federal bust scheme on the distribution of marijuana. There is particular concern surrounding state laws that allow the responsible use of cannabis and the infringement of the federal government. As some states become more tolerant towards marijuana sales, use and growth, federal agents continue to arrest people who are in conjunction with state law.

NORML's legal seminars host a collection of prominent speakers on issues surrounding current marijuana legalization efforts and criminal defense tactics. This year’s roster of speakers include NORML Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre, Deputy Director of NORML and the NORML Foundation, Paul Armentano, along with an array of distinguished attorneys from across the nation. December 2011 topics of discussion include:

  •     Raising a Medical Necessity Defense in Non-Medical Use States, Norm Kent, Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
  •     Using the Latest and Best Science to Beat a DUI Marijuana Prosecution, Paul Armentano NORML Deputy Director;
  •     Prosecutorial Ethics: What Prosecutors Can and Cannot Do, and How A defendant Can Use That to His Advantage, David Baugh, Richmond, VA; and
  •     Intellectual Property Rights in the Medical Marijuana Field, Kyndra S. Miller, San Francisco, CA.

Internet LAVA CEO Jason Miller is looking forward to attending the conference and continuing the development of marijuana defense marketing strategies that can help connect criminal defense attorneys with individuals facing marijuana charges. The legal marketing executive reflects on his experience at past NORML conventions, “This will be our company's third time sponsoring the biannual event. At each conference, we learn a great deal about policy reform, meet remarkable people and use the experience to continually expand the integrated web development and marketing services we offer to attorneys interested in this area of the law.” Internet LAVA sponsored the 2011 NORML Aspen Legal Seminar earlier this year, as well as the December 2010 legal seminar in Key West, Florida.

As a company that focuses exclusively on providing online marketing solutions and attractive website design options for attorneys in the United States, Internet LAVA has made many valuable connections through this network of legal professionals, including Columbus defense lawyer Brian Joslyn. He commented on his experience with the company, “Internet LAVA has provided my firm with an online masterpiece that looks amazing and consistently generates quality business for our legal practice. They have guided us through every aspect of our online presence, which is critical when so many people rely on internet searches to find legal representation.”

NORML seeks to help the fights for Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition in the public policy debate. This is done through lobbying state and federal legislators to remove criminal penalties for the private possession, cultivation, and promoting responsible use of marijuana by adults. NORML also serves as an informational resource for the news media and provides expert witnesses to assist in cases where individuals are charged with marijuana related offenses. The non-profit, public-interest organization has been holding the annual December conference for more than 30 years, the past 27 in Key West, FL.

Over 350 practicing defense attorneys from across the nation serve on the NORML Legal Committee (NLC). The committee meets biannually in Key West and Aspen to discuss important legal issues related to protecting the rights of marijuana consumers and cannabis law reform. The NLC has put considerable pressure on the fight against prohibition by defending marijuana users and challenging inappropriate law enforcement activities.

Internet LAVA is a Houston, Texas based professional online marketing company dedicated to lawyer website design for law firms throughout the United States. Internet LAVA has developed an integrated web design and marketing program specifically for criminal defense attorneys who focus a portion of their practice on defending those charged with marijuana-related offenses. This comprehensive program is specifically designed to introduce potential clients to attorneys and further an advantageous situation for the lawyer’s practice.

For more information about NORML, the 2011 NORML Key West Legal Seminar, or the NORML Legal Committee, please visit http://www.norml.org. For more information about Internet LAVA and attorney website marketing, please visit http://www.internetlava.com.

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