Agenda

Earn Up To 13 CLE Credits - Including 2 Ethics Credits, 1 Diversity and 1 Mental Health/Substance Abuse Credit

May 21, 2019

7:30 AM - | Registration Opens


8:30 AM - 8:40 AM | Opening Remarks


8:40 AM - 9:40 AM | Keynote Address: Minimizing Corporate Exposure in the Face of a Global Security Risk

 
 
In today's age of technology, data breaches are occurring more and more every day. Many large corporations struggle with the intel needed to avoid these attacks, and as security flaws continue to be exploited, more companies' valuable information is becoming exposed for the taking. In this keynote presentation, Cybersecurity Expert and International TV Commentator Adriana Sanford, will outline that GCs and in-house counsel need to know when facing a security risk. This session will also discuss how the regulation of global threats from jurisdictions outside the US can create corporate exposure, and what GCs can do to minimize risk in the face of a global threat.
 
Speaker:
Adriana SanfordCyber Security Expert, International TV Commentator, Strategic International Consultant & Author

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM | GCs and Their Greatest Challenges

 
 
What’s keeping GCs up at night? With the role of the GC expanding to encompass more strategic leadership across the organization and collaborating with the C-suite, corporate counsels are concerned with driving business more than ever. This session will explore how GCs and corporate counsels are dealing with the most pressing strategic business, compliance and regulatory challenges their organizations are facing.
 
Speakers:
Kim Brown, Global Chief Legal Officer, Sedgwick
Brandon SmithSenior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Tenneco
 
Moderator:
Steve Kovalan, Director of Research, ALM Intelligence

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Morning Networking Break

Sponsored by:

Risk, Regulatory & Global Trade Compliance
Business Transactions & Data Privacy
Business Partner Strategies

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Lunch


Risk, Regulatory & Global Trade Compliance
Business Partner Strategies

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM | Session Transition Break


Risk, Regulatory & Global Trade Compliance
Business Transactions & Data Privacy

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Afternoon Networking Break


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Roundtables

*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.
 
Moderator:
Roger Marks, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, H2O Plus

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Meet the Thought-Leaders and Networking Reception


May 22, 2019

8:00 AM - | Registration Opens


8:30 AM - 8:35 AM | Opening Remarks


8:40 AM - 9:40 AM | The GC’s Role in Creating an Ethical Business Culture

 
 
In today’s era of #MeToo and #Time’sUp, among other things, there’s been a lot of talk of what exactly constitutes a “strong ethical culture”. Building a strong corporate culture requires hard work, but if employees have an appreciation of how their company defines ethical behavior and how it expects them to behave, it triggers fewer investigations and internal control audits. In addition to keeping up a morally good reputation, culture acts as a unitive force that conveys the company’s true essence; making it easier to navigate through the hard times. In this session, GCs and in-house counsel discuss the business benefits of a strong ethical culture, how ethics is valued in their corporations, and what work needs to be put in from the company and its employees to achieve success.
 
Speakers:
Christine Castellano, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Ingredion
Meredith RitchieVice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, Alliant Credit Union
Stephanie Shirley, Senior Counsel – Labor, Employment & Compliance, Brunswick Corporation
Penny TehraniManaging Director & Head of Corporate Legal, Nomura
 
Moderator:
Howard Lavin, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM | Morning Networking Break


Government Investigations & Customer Protection
Law Department Operations
Executive Leadership Strategies (Closed-Door Conversations - In-House Counsel Only)

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM | Session Transition Break


Government Investigations & Customer Protection
Law Department Operations
Executive Leadership Strategies (Closed-Door Conversations - In-House Counsel Only)

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Lunch


Government Investigations & Customer Protection
Law Department Operations
Executive Leadership Strategies (Closed-Door Conversations - In-House Counsel Only)

2:20 PM - 3:20 PM | Law Department Management: Managing Your Employees' Mental Wellbeing

 
 
It’s not surprising that legal work is an exhausting and mentally-taxing field. There have been many cases of law department employees experiencing mental health-related issues stemming from their job’s emotionally-draining nature, and ultimately leading to them burning out or relying on alcohol or other addictive substances to help alleviate some of the stress. Employers have to play a key role in supporting employees’ mental health, and many organizations are now starting to take notice and institute programs that help their employees manage their emotional, physical and occupational wellbeing. In this session, GCs and in-house counsel weigh in on the importance of managing stress in a healthy way -- the ability to identify and manage emotions to support mental health, maintaining a proper diet and nutrition, while minimizing the use of addictive substances, and cultivating personal satisfaction, growth and enrichment in work -- and discuss the steps that their organizations are taking to promote a healthy work/life balance and positive mental health.
 
Speakers:
Kim Metrick, Vice President, Employment Law, Legal Operations & Investigations, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Theresa Shea, Vice President & General Counsel, True Value

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM | Closing Remarks