Lavender Link is our corporate counsel practice webinar series. It’s designed by in-house counsel for in-house counsel but are for available for all who are interested in the issues facing in-house attorneys.
Trans Awareness For The Workplace
November 2nd at 12pm EST/9am PST
Jamie Francesca Rodriguez focuses her practice on investigations, regulatory advising, dispute resolution, and diversity and inclusion matters. She is a former U.S. Air Force military attorney and satellite engineer. More recently, Ms. Rodriguez served as an Assistant General Counsel with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). She represents the firm’s clients in accident investigations conducted by the NTSB and U.S. military services, and advises on transportation regulatory matters, especially concerning autonomous vehicles, FAA aviation regulation, commercial space launch and satellite operations, and regulation by the FMCSA, NHTSA, and PHMSA.
Ms. Rodriguez also advises clients and speaks on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and company policies, and serves as the Director of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for an aviation-related bar association.
More than 90% of Fortune 500 companies explicitly embrace gender identity non-discrimination policies (up from 3% in 2002). Therefore, you are more likely now than ever before to encounter transgender people and their colleagues in the workplace. In this presentation, Jamie Rodriguez, Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP, will help us understand how to be aware and intentional in interacting with transgender individuals, how we can be allies to the transgender community, and the unique issues transgender people face in the workplace. In June 2019, Jamie was the first openly trans employee to transition at Holland & Knight LLP. By learning her story and listening to her guidance, we can help create inclusive workplaces and organizations, where transgender people feel supported, empowered, and safe to bring their authentic selves to work.
CBD + FDA: Demystifying Evolving Rules Around Foods, Supplements & Cosmetics
Date and time TBD
Brian P. Sylvester was most recently Special Counsel at global law firm Foley & Lardner LLP where he focused his practice on Food & Drug Law. Brian guides companies through every stage of the production and distribution lifecycle – from premarket clearance through manufacturing, advertising, labeling, recalls and unanticipated regulatory scrutiny. He has authored and co-authored a number of timely articles on trending legal issues and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Food Navigator-USA, and Inside Health Policy, among other leading publications. Brian obtained his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from Cornell.
Two years ago, the United States legalized hemp. America’s legalization of hemp thrust CBD, a key hemp derivative, into the regulatory spotlight. Currently, U.S. law at the federal level prohibits the addition of CBD to foods and dietary supplements. At the same time, there is a patchwork of differing state laws on the subject and periodic warnings by FDA on the safety of CBD. This has all led to substantial confusion among stakeholders, fomenting calls for clarity at the federal level.
Brian’s presentation will provide high level insights into the current state of the law at both the federal and state levels. The presentation will focus on FDA’s current enforcement posture and how food, dietary supplement and cosmetic companies can successfully navigate the evolving CBD regulatory terrain.
The session will address:
- Who are the key regulators of CBD-infused products?
- What is the current state of regulation at the federal and state levels?
- How can food, dietary supplement and cosmetic companies successfully navigate the evolving CBD regulatory terrain?
- What can we expect next from the FDA and state regulators?
Bankruptcy 101: What Every In-House Lawyer Should Know as We Continue to Weather the Economic Fallout of COVID-19
September 28th at 12pm EST/9am PST
Creditors, landlords, trustees and those with equity interests in commercial bankruptcy cases, fraudulent conveyance litigation and preference lawsuits rely on Jeff’s seasoned legal counsel. With more than 35 years of experience in bankruptcy cases, Jeff not only has the knowledge and background to deal with almost any issue that can arise in a commercial bankruptcy case, but he also has a long track record of achieving successful results for his clients.
Wendy Walker has been a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase Bank and head of the Commercial Bank’s Bankruptcy and Workout Legal group since Fall of 2014. Prior to that, Wendy was an associate and then a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Wendy started out of law school in 1990 as an Associate at Zalkin Rodin & Goodman which was acquired by Morgan Lewis in 1999.
As the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines, many companies are confronting both the short-term and long-term impacts on the financial stability of their company, vendors and customers. Nearly every business will have to engage with issues related to bankruptcy proceedings in one way or another, and members of the National LGBT Bar Association serving as in-house counsel will be called upon to guide their organizations through the critical decisions about the fate of their companies or how to respond when debtors are unable to pay or perform. This webinar will be a one-hour introduction to the most significant issues companies are likely to encounter in bankruptcy cases, including the impact of the automatic stay, getting paid for services rendered, and continuing business with a debtor in bankruptcy.
If We Want To Go Far, Go Together: Partnering with Law Firm Diversity Professionals to Advance Change
Bendita seeks to transform the legal profession into an inclusive industry where women, minorities, LGBT+, differently-abled and other professionals the world views differently are able to thrive. She works to create and implement the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy for the for the benefit of our clients, our diverse professionals and our culture. Bendita is honored to be able to engage in two of her passions at Hogan Lovells – serving as a catalyst for diverse professionals to be able to thrive and for others to invest in them, and working across difference to create community – by building systems, inspiring investment, and cultivating connections.
Bendita practiced law for nearly a decade and draws on her experiences as a large law firm lawyer financing projects in emerging markets, in-house counsel at International Finance Corporation and Goldman Sachs, a diversity consultant for large and mid-size organizations, and a certified professional coach to catalyze change in institutions and individuals. Bendita was honored as a 2015 Rising Star by Super Lawyers, to Who’s Who Legal – Project Finance in Washington, DC for 2015, and to Who’s Who in Black Dallas in 2016 and 2017.
Bendita also increases inclusivity in legal profession through service as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National LGBT Bar, as a member of the Institute for Inclusion in Legal Profession’s Social Impact Incubator, as part of the national Mansfield Rule Taskforce implementing the transforming diversity rule in the legal industry in the US and UK, and on a committee to launch a version of the American Bar Association 113 diversity initiative in the UK market. She previously spent nearly a decade as a member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative. Bendita is a proud graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Law School. You can connect with Bendita at www.linkedin.com/in/bendita
The clarion call to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession – and specifically, at law firms – has never been louder. That push has come through the many initiatives (including the Mansfield Rule Initiative and ABA 113 requests) and open letters where general counsel are requiring their outside counsel to demonstrate progress on diversity or risk losing their work. You have seen these calls and you too are interested in using your position as in-house counsel to advance change both internally and externally. Whether you are new to requesting D&I information from your law firms or you want to revamp your existing initiatives, your law firms’ diversity and inclusion professionals can help.
During this session you will learn:
- What D&I professionals at law firms do.
- Mutually beneficial ways that law firm D&I professionals partner with in-house counsel to advance diversity.
- Approaches that aren’t as successful in partnering with law firm D&I professionals.