2014 Corporate Counsel Institute
The National LGBT Bar Association is proud to offer an expanded menu of programs for its corporate counsel members during the Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair. For questions about these programs, contact Kelly Simon at Kelly@LGBTbar.org.
The Corporate Counsel Institute will be held on August 22, 2014 from 2:00pm – 5:30pm. Please see below for a complete schedule.
Friday, August 22, 2014
2:00 – 2:15pm State of Corporate Counsel
Senior Counsel and Director of Chief Legal Officer Services of the Association of Corporate Counsel Justin Connor will provide updates and insights on major issues currently facing corporate counsel such as relationships with outside counsel, managing a law department, and global trends. He will also explore what it means to be an attorney within a large corporation and how to engage with outside counsel.
Speaker: Justin Connor
2:15 – 2:30pm Break
2:30 – 3:15pm How to Get to the General Counsel Level
General Counsels are among the most influential positions in the legal profession. As the head of corporate legal departments, they face a unique set of challenges and play an integral role in organizations’ development. Speakers will discuss their career trajectory and day-to-day responsibilities with special focus on LGBT diversity within the profession. This panel will help attorneys interested in reaching the general counsel level understand how best to work their way up the corporate ladder, take advantage of mentors and the importance of diversity. Corporations and law firms are increasingly emphasizing having a variety of perspectives and experiences within an organization, making it necessary to understand how to leverage diversity to your advantage. The panel will discuss how to achieve the unique role of an LGBT general counsel and the importance of diversity in the profession.
Speakers: Fabio Silva, Patrick MacMurray, Romy Diaz
3:15 – 3:30pm Break
3:30 – 4:15pm Preserving Your Company’s Insurance Claim
Companies frequently face government investigations, litigation, environmental, and other claims that should be covered by their insurance. There are, however, many “hoops” to jump through to make sure insurance claims are preserved and, from the insurance company’s perspective, to make sure that they are properly included in developments and that only valid claims are paid. Not following proper procedures can result in years of costly insurance litigation and/or denial of millions of dollars in claims. Our panel of experts from both the insurers perspective and those seeking insurance coverage will discuss some of the most frequent issues that arise in insurance coverage disputes and make recommendations on what you can do to preserve your company’s claim.
Invited Speakers: Nancy Halas, Bernadette Harrigan, Barry Parsons, Kaiper Wilson
4:15 – 4:30pm Break
4:30 – 5:30pm Roundtable
The Corporate Counsel Roundtable is an opportunity for in-house counsel to share experiences and foster new ideas about career paths, mentorships, being out at work, increasing use of minority owned firms, and reducing outside counsel fees.
Coordinators: Sarah Goldfrank, Michael Rinzler, Justin Ruaysamran
Corporate Counsel Division
The National LGBT Bar Association’s corporate counsel division is comprised of professionals from around the country working to address the specific needs of the LGBT legal community within the corporate arena. The group has organized networking events, presented awards, and developed best practices for companies large and small as they relate to LGBT issues.