2018 Corporate Counsel Institute

2019 Corporate Counsel Institute Program and Schedule

Please return in Spring of 2019 for more information regarding the 2019 Corporate Counsel Institute program and schedule. Below is the program and description of the 2018 Corporate Counsel Institute Program and Schedule. 

The Institute hosted experienced practitioners and academics focusing on corporate legal issues affecting the LGBT community. Participants shared their collective wisdom and discuss cutting-edge legal strategies.

To create an environment that encourages the free flow of information, registration was limited. The meeting was closed and the proceedings was not recorded.

This institute is for corporate counsel only.

Corporate Counsel Institute Agenda

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   ACC Presents: MISSION CRITICAL CYBERSECURITY: Ethical Considerations, Tips, and Tools for Navigating Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Threats from the In-House Perspective

Attorneys have ethical duties of competence in technology and confidentiality that inform the active role that in-house counsel must play in cybersecurity/data privacy strategy and management.  This panel of ACC In-House Counsel All-Stars will discuss key insights and trends from the ACC‘s 2018 State of Cybersecurity Report, and will provide tips and tools regarding cybersecurity preparation, data breach response, and recovery.  This panel will also discuss law firm cybersecurity, and how both in-house and outside counsel can fulfill their ethical obligations under ABA Model Rules 1.1 and 1.6 to minimize and mitigate data breaches and cyber-attacks, two of the most critical threats facing most corporations today.

Presentation by: Mary Blatch, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Association of Corporate Counsel; Asha Muldro, Deputy General Counsel & Senior Managing Director, Guidepost Solutions; Luis Diaz, General Counsel & Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Vision-e; Edward Willey III, Senior Counsel, IT Legal, Academy Sports + Outdoors

This workshop is for ethics credit. Lunch will be served during this workshop. This is a joint session with accepted members of the Corporate Counsel Institute, Finance Law Institute, Employment Law Institute, and IP Institute

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm Break

1:40 pm– 2:40 pm Maintaining a Strong Corporate Culture and Managing Human Capital

This panel will discuss the ongoing challenges companies and firms face in establishing, cultivating, and preserving a strong corporate culture, beginning with the “tone at the top.”  The discussion will include the respective roles of boards of directors, senior management, and in-house legal in achieving these objectives and managing the associated challenges.  The discussion will focus on best practices to address workplace complaints and risks, particularly in an era of increased awareness of workplace discrimination and harassment.

Presentation by: Scott B. Luftglass, Partner, Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Brogiin Keeton, Director, Litigation, Evercore

2:40 p.m. – 2:45 pm Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 pm  Cyber nightmare: Protecting Data Under U.S. and European Union Laws and Regulations

It used to be that companies in the US could safely fashion their data protection plans based solely on US regulation. The EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has changed that. US companies now are scrambling to become GDPR compliant so that they can continue to do business globally without incurring major penalties for noncompliance. This panel of GDPR and US savvy in-house and outside attorneys will discuss how to risk manage around this new albatross for global companies, through careful monitoring of their internal data protection policies and contracts with outside vendors, while ensuring that they have robust insurance policy protections in place should a cyber incident occur.

Presentation by: Sam Castic, Sr. Director of Privacy & Assistant General Counsel, Nordstrom, Inc.; Cameron Faber, General Counsel, Los Angeles LGBT Center; Linda Kornfeld, Partner, Blanke Rome, LLP; Donna Wilson, Managing Partner, Manatt

3:45 pm – 3:55 pm Break

3:55 pm – 4:55 pm The Lawyer of The Future (or the Now): What Does It Mean to be An In-House Lawyer In 2018?

The impact of changes in the legal industry is increasingly apparent.  We all know the trends. Alternative legal providers, the Big Four accounting firms and alternative service models continue to expand.  Technology continues its inevitable creep into the provision of legal services.  We hear a continual drumbeat about robots coming for our jobs. And, the focus on legal operations is acute. In the past, the legal industry has associated the notion of being a lawyer with tasks – document review, legal research and on and on.  In fact, this increasingly broad notion that certain tasks should be performed by lawyers has been among the variables fueling growth in the industry.  But, the changes in the nature of the providers and the peeling off of tasks by technology challenges this broad notion and it begs the larger question:  what does it mean to be a lawyer and what skills sets are truly necessary to solve client problems? Twentieth-century lawyers were simply required to deep legal knowledge and skills, but how are 21st-century lawyers different? And, for in-house lawyers, what does it mean to lead internal and external teams, manage work efficiently, and within budget?  What are the optimal talent, technology and process solutions? This presentation will drive an interactive discussion on how lawyers grow themselves and their teams with the right expertise — not only deep legal expertise but also the ability to collaborate across many disciplines, such as technology, business, analytics and data security.

Presented by: Ryan Buffkin, Corporate Counsel, Alternative Capital & Investments, XL Catlin; Laura Maechtlen, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP 

4:55 pm – 5:00 pm: Conclusion & Wrap Up

CLE Materials

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. The National LGBT Bar Association is proud to offer an expanded menu of programs for its corporate counsel members during the Annual Conference and Career Fair. For questions about these programs, contact Paul Thaler at paul@lgbtbar.org.