*Please note that Roundtable topics are subject to change*
Roundtable 1: Women, Influence & Power in Law
The lack of diversity in legal departments is a long-standing issue, especially considering the lack of women represented in leadership roles. This roundtable will discuss the issue of gender inequality in the legal space, discuss how women lawyers are fighting to drive diversity and equality in corporate legal departments, how women can become leaders within their organizations.
Roundtable 2: Emerging Tech
Technology is all the rage in the legal world, though many in-house lawyers are stuck muddling through all of the different types of technology available in trying to find the right fit for their teams. From cloud computing to AI, adtech, martech, and more -- this roundtable discussion will provide an overview of some recent transactions in technology, use cases for each, and illustrate how legal teams can utilize these tools to maximize productivity and efficiency.
Roundtable 3: Building Better Relationships Between Inside & Outside Counsel
In today’s competitive environment, in-house legal departments are under pressure to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and improve performance. However, legal departments don’t produce goods. They address the company’s various legal needs, often with the assistance of outside counsel. Those relationships – between in-house and outside counsel – are now subject to increasing scrutiny as part of the same drive for cost-reduction, efficiency, and performance. In this roundtable discussion, we will explore how in-house counsel departments may improve their working relationships with outside counsel, focusing tangible solutions that improve communications and legal service, reducing expense, and building long-lasting, strategic, and mutually-beneficial relationships.
Roundtable 4: Experiences with Litigation Finance
There’s a lot of talk that third-party litigation funding is on the rise in civil cases, however most lawyers haven’t yet used it. According to a report from Burford Capital, in the U.S. in 2015, 28% of lawyers said their firms used litigation financing -- up from 14% the previous year, and we can only expect that will continue to grow. But how does the funding process actually work, and what are the risks involved? This session will discuss the bare bones of litigation funding, as well as the pros and cons for all involved.
Roundtable 5: Small Law Department
When running a small legal department, GCs must handle legal issues and act as adviser, compliance officer and staff manager all rolled into one. In this roundtable discussion, speak to the experts who will answer your questions on how to provide value with small budget and staff.
Roger Marks, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, H2O Plus