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Biggest changes and issues in hospitality law
By Dr. John Hogan
In my Hospitality Conversations, I interact with professionals in a wide range of the industry and this particular conversation is with Karen Morris and Diana Barber. These two individuals have exceptional credentials and regularly present a summary of the top 100+ legal cases that impact the hospitality industry the preceding year at the annual Hospitality Law Conference held in Houston, Texas. (This year's dates are coming-up soon: February 10-12).
Their credentials also include being recognized for their contributions to the industry with the 2013 Anthony G. Marshall Award, which is given in recognition of pioneering and lasting contributions to the field of hospitality law. (More comprehensive bios of Karen Morris and Diana Barber are included below.)
I asked them to respond to two questions: What would you say have been the biggest changes in hospitality law affecting hotel owners in the past five years and what would you opine are the two biggest issues hotel managers face in the coming year?
Their responses were focused and to the point.
About our interviewees:
Karen Morris, JD LL.M. is a judge, lawyer, professor and author. She teaches a range of law courses (penal, constitutional, business, environmental and hospitality) both online and traditional classroom. Her background with those four roles gives her a wide range of accomplishments:
She has also been elected by town residents six times, serving since 1994 as Brighton Town Justice, is the author of numerous precedent-setting decisions, the Administrative Judge for Brighton Town Court and has Adjudicated 75,000 cases
Diana S. Barber, J.D., CHE, is a full-time Lecturer at the School of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; where she has taught since the summer of 2003. She teaches hospitality law, introductory hospitality and also serves as the Program Director of the School of Hospitality's Study Abroad program with a European Hospitality Experience to Spain, France, Monaco, Italy and Switzerland.
Additional recognitions and service
She began her law practice as an associate attorney at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating cum laude from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She then spent over fourteen years as associate general counsel for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, G.A.H.A., and the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association.
About the Author
Dr. John Hogan is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS), Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), and a Certified Hotel Owner (CHO).
He is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events. He is CEO and Co-Founder of HospitalityEducators.com , and also the Principal of HoganHospitality.com , which offers hotel expert witness services and hospitality consulting.
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