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Enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is the most intense in decades.  FARA enforcement now features prominently in DOJ’s efforts to address foreign influence activities in the United States.  DOJ is exercising its statutory and regulatory authorities more robustly to bring about FARA compliance, and is more aggressively pursuing criminal investigations of individuals and entities believed to be in willful violation of FARA.  Lawyers need to understand how FARA operates not only to provide sound compliance advice to their clients, but also to recognize how their own activities on behalf of clients might require them to register with DOJ.

David H. Laufman, a partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP, previously oversaw FARA enforcement at DOJ as Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Section in the National Security Division.  Please join Mr. Laufman as he discusses:

  • FARA’s origins and purposes [5 minutes]
  • The consequences of having to register with DOJ as an “agent of a foreign principal” [5 minutes]
  • What triggers the need to register under FARA [10 minutes]
  • DOJ’s enforcement tools/penalties for violations [5 minutes]
  • Enforcement reach to conduct outside the United States [5 minutes]
  • Exemptions from FARA registration [10 minutes]
  • Conduct that’s within – and outside -- the exemption for legal representation [15 minutes]
  • Potential regulatory and legislative reforms of FARA [5 minutes]



Program Level:  Overview

Intended Audience:  Attorneys in private practice, in-house counsel, counsel for non-governmental organizations and think tanks

Prerequisites:  An interest in government regulation and enforcement investigations

Advanced Preparation:  None


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