Next year’s Corporate Counsel Institute will be held in Washington, DC.
Please check back in spring 2020 for more information on attending.
2019 Corporate Counsel Institute Program and Schedule:
The 2019 Corporate Counsel Institute took place on Friday, August 9 from 1:30pm to 5:00pm, immediately following the Corporate Counsel Luncheon Program (12:30 – 1:30pm). The luncheon and Institute was open to all in-house counsel and details are listed below. If you are interested in attending for next year, please contact our Director of Development, Seth Rosen.
Please note that this programming is open to in-house counsel only.
|12:30 - 1:30pm|
|[Corporate Counsel Luncheon Program]
ACC Presents: Building a Diverse Leadership Pipeline and Disrupting General Counsel Demographics
Simply put, general counsel of Fortune 500 companies are sorely lacking in diversity and fail to reflect society. Empowering diverse, rising stars in legal departments to become general counsel has never been more important. It is imperative that legal departments, in cooperation with external organizations, develop succession plans and talent management initiatives with diversity in mind. Join this panel of in-house counsel dedicated to increasing diversity among Fortune 500 general counsel to explore not only the importance of diversity at the general counsel level, but how we can achieve a more balanced representation.
Moderator: Susanna McDonald, VP and Chief Legal Officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel
Karyn Polak, Transamerica
Joey White, Office Depot
Stephanie Williams, IKEA North America Services, LLC
|1:30 - 1:35pm||Break|
|1:35 - 2:35pm||Artificial Intelligence Law for In-House Counsel
Joann Mazur Kielblock, Vice President and Corporate Counsel, The Prudential Insurance Company of America
Huu Nguyen, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Sandra Kirsch, global privacy counsel
Madiha Jafri, PhD, Lockheed Martin
Adam Nguyen, eBrevia, Inc.
|2:35 - 2:40pm||Break|
|2:40 - 3:40pm||Transcending Gender: Helping Your Organization Prepare for an Increasingly Non-Binary World
Is your company collecting gender information for its employees or even your customers? If so, is the collection binary (male/female)? If you answered yes to either of these questions, your company may need to do some rethinking. While federal laws are stuck in the male/female paradigm, the ground is shifting at the state and local level. This session will cover the following key areas, in addition to your questions: How did we get here? We’ll discuss why organizations capture gender information in the first place and whether they need to keep doing so; Where do we go from here? We’ll cover the increasing tension between federal reporting requirements and progressive state and local reforms, and discuss what options are available to organizations that want to move beyond binary data collection. We’ll also cover practical, every-day concerns like best practices regarding gender non-binary staff, preferred pronouns, facilities usage, privacy, and communications strategy.
Jason Prussman, ADP, LLC
Michelle E. Phillips, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta, Alaska Airlines
Megan Morey, ADP, LLC
|3:40 - 3:45pm||Break|
|3:45 - 4:45pm||How to Build (or Optimize) a Legal Operations Function
Legal Operations has increasing influence in both law departments and firms for good reason. Meeting the universal mandate to provide legal services more efficiently requires GCs (and the firms that serve them) to better leverage technology, streamline processes and use data more strategically. Building and managing a legal operations function, whether in-house or in partnership with a law firm or law company, is a necessary step in accomplishing these goals. This session will walk participants through the objectives of a legal ops function and how to best put one in place or optimize the one you have.
Learning Objectives of the Workshop:
* Start with Spend, but Don’t Stop There. Many legal ops functions have their genesis in the need to reduce/control spend. The session will cover best practices for doing this but will go farther in showing how legal can have meaningful impact on revenue by also addressing contracting processes.
* Don’t Just Outsource, Right Source. The options for directing work to the most efficient, effective provider have never been so diverse. The session will cover how to collect and leverage data to make better decisions about sourcing.
* Get Out of the Weeds. One major challenge for change agents trying to drive innovation into their law department or firm is how to get out of the day-to-day work long enough to figure out how to strategically design the work. The session will offer practical advice for doing this.
* Speaking the Same Language. More and more, law departments and firms are bringing in non-lawyers to run operations. As with life in general, creating this diversity of thought and skills can result in communication challenges. This session will discuss how to address those challenges and get everyone on the same page.
Lisa Damon, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Laura Maechtlen, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Vince Vetri, Elevate
Jen Warner, Columbia Sportswear Company
|4:45 - 5:00pm||Wrap Up|