Program Agenda

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017


    REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


    OPENING SESSION

    8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    THE COURAGE TO SAY YES ACROSS GENERATIONS
    Over recent years, public discourse has explored what it means for women to succeed—and whether it is possible for anyone to “have it all”. This panel will feature successful women—in litigation, corporate law, and industry—who have mastered the art of saying yes. Join us to learn what this has meant during various stages of their careers thus far. Topics will include developing and claiming one’s voice in the courtroom and around negotiation tables, client development, mentorship, the importance of women leaders for institutional change, pressing challenges for women in the law today, and of course, more views on balance.

    Mary Beth Hogan, Partner & co-chair of Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Nicole Levin Mesard
    , Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Cari A. Wint
    , Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    Moderator Helen V. Cantwell, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


    GENERAL COUNSEL PANEL

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    This panel will feature top legal officers discussing how to excel in a corporate legal environment. The goal of this panel is to provide proven tools and techniques to allow in-house counsel to become leaders of a company's legal and executive team.

    Julie Hobbs, Managing Director and General Counsel of Morgan Stanley’s Private Bank
    Eve Konstan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, HBO
    Chris Lewis, Principal, General Counsel, Edward Jones
    Ramona E. Romero, General Counsel, Princeton University
    Moderator Mimi B. MacDonald, Assistant Vice President - Senior Legal Counsel - Wholesale Litigation, AT&T


    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

    WORKPLACE LAW IN THE NEW ERA: THE IN-HOUSE COUNSEL'S GUIDE TO PREPARING FOR COMPLIANCE IN A FAST-CHANGING LEGAL ENVIRONMENT
    Administrative agencies. Wage/hour requirements. New legal precedent. Unions. Joint employment. Government contractor requirements. Health care. Pay equity. Paid family leave. Transgender rights. Under the new administration, changes are happening. Federal laws and regulations around these topics, and many more, are undergoing changes - and workplace compliance challenges are going to be dizzying, enough to keep even the most seasoned in-house attorneys up at night. And as if the federal compliance challenges weren’t enough, states and local workplace legislation and regulation is expected to intensify, in some cases as a pushback to reversals of Obama-era employment regulation by the new administration. Our panel of experienced employment law attorneys will explore key changes that could impact your organization, and provide in-house counsel with compliance tools and best practices to help them prepare for challenges that lie ahead.

    Lisa Hamasaki, Partner, Miller Law Group
    Holly Lake, Partner, Miller Law Group
    M. Yusuf M. Mohamed
    , Deputy General Counsel, Tesla
    Claire A.P. Tracey
    , Senior Attorney, USAA
    Moderator Lisa G. Kohn, Associate General Counsel, Girl Scouts of the USA

    BEWARE THE UNWARY: ETHICAL ISSUES IN NAVIGATING A BET-THE-COMPANY DEAL
    What are the ethical duties that arise when your company is involved in a merger or acquisition? This program will walk you through the steps of the transaction, the duties of the various players in the transaction and the potential pitfalls that can result in challenges to the deal and litigation against the participants. We will help you spot issues, understand your role as a counselor to the board or as a board member. We will discuss considerations relating to third party communications, employment issues, and shareholder litigation that can arise. We will also address potential conflicts of interest of the various actors in the deal setting and considerations in maintaining the attorney-client privilege throughout the transaction.

    Katherine Blair, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
    Deidre A. Downes, Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Jennison Associates LLC
    Adrianne E. Marshack, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    ABA RESOLUTION 113 AND HOW IN-HOUSE LEGAL DEPARTMENTS CAN INFLUENCE OUTSIDE COUNSEL ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES
    Join us for a discussion of the ABA Resolution 113, urging providers of legal services to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys. The resolution further urges corporate clients to support this endeavor by directing a greater percentage of the legal services they purchase to diverse attorneys. The panel will discuss this important initiative and provide ideas to create and expand opportunities for diverse attorneys inside and outside your organizations.

    Karen S. Morris, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, P&C Group, USAA
    Tara Nunez Smith, Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart Stores, Inc.
    Jelahn Stewart, Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
    Moderator Kerry Kotouc, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Sam’s Club

    A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE: CONSUMER PROTECTION PRIORITIES AND STANDARDS FOR CONSUMER REVIEWS UNDER THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
    The Federal Trade Commission has signaled an increase in consumer protection enforcement related to endorsements and claim substantiation. This presentation will examine that trend and explain the Consumer Review Fairness Act, Endorsement Guidelines and other prominent FTC regulations.

    Lesli C. Esposito, Partner & co-chair Antitrust and Trade Regulations Group, DLA Piper
    Diana Geseking
    , Assistant General Counsel, Dyson, Inc.
    Ross M. Weisman
    , P.C., Kirkland & Ellis LLP


    LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

     

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    Sabine A. Chalmers

    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Sabine Chalmers was the chief legal & corporate affairs officer and secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world’s top five consumer products companies and the leading global brewer from 2005 - 2017. In addition to her more than a decade at Anheuser-Busch InBev, she served in a number of leadership positions, including general counsel of the Latin American and U.S. Businesses at Diageo plc, the world’s largest producer of spirits. She also worked in private practice at the law firm of Lovell White Durrant and was a lecturer at University College in London. Ms. Chalmers holds a law degree from the London School of Economics and is qualified to practice in England and NY State. She serves on numerous boards, including those of Coty, Inc., one of the worlds largest consumer beauty companies; the Royal National Theatre London; and the Association of Corporate Counsel, the largest not-for-profit professional association serving the business interests of in-house attorneys around the world with more than 34,000 members in 85 countries. 
An American citizen of Indian and German origin, she resides in New York City. In 2016, Chalmers received the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession Award for Excellence and was named to the Legal 500 General Counsel Powerlist. In 2015, The American Lawyer named her “Transatlantic In-house Lawyer of the Year.”


    NETWORKING BREAK

    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

    WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: INNOVATIVE WAYS TO PARTNER WITH YOUR OUTSIDE COUNSEL TO ACHIEVE BETTER RESULTS, ENHANCE YOUR TEAM'S SKILLS, AND REDUCE OUTSIDE COUNSEL COSTS
    Lawyers are very good at sticking with what they know, and doing things the way they have always done them. But change doesn’t have to be painful. Within the context of managing large projects, transactions, and cases, it can be an opportunity to give your own staff exposure to new skills while strengthening your Company’s relationship with trusted outside counsel. In this session, our panel will engage in a lively discussion to share their experiences in working with outside counsel in innovative ways. Topics will include project management opportunities and challenges, using tools such as workflow mapping to make projects more efficient, and teaming with outside counsel to staff projects using a combination of in-house and outside resources.

    Pamela E. Bethel, Vice President, Labor & Employment Counsel, USAA
    Gretchen Miller Busch, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
    Elizabeth Kelly
    , General Counsel, MCE Clean Energy
    Sherri Heckel Kuhlmann
    , Chief Counsel-Retail, Agrium, Inc. 

    BIG DATA: BALANCING THE OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE LEGAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
    The ability to collect, track, aggregate, correlate and apply predictive algorithms has exploded with the growth of new abilities to analyze massive quantities of data. On the one hand, access to this “big data” provides unique opportunities to create highly relevant and targeted customer experiences which can help companies target spending and grow revenue. On the other hand, big data can be highly personal, resulting in the potential for data to be used in a way that violates individual privacy considerations or results in predictive decisions that can be detrimental in impact. This session will bring together a panel of legal experts to provide awareness and discuss the importance and benefits of proactive policies that effectively balance the opportunities and legal and ethical considerations that pertain to use of big data.

    Janis C. Kestenbaum, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
    Kristen Pugsley-Onsager
    , Senior Attorney, Microsoft
    Colette Vogele, Senior Attorney, Microsoft
    Linda D. Walton, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

    THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BUSINESS IMMIGRATION ISSUES IN THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
    From campaign rhetoric to Executive Orders to proposed legislation, how to prepare for increased enforcement and compliance under the new administration.

    Pat Curran Reinhardt, Senior Counsel, MetLife, Inc.
    Caroline Tang, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    TURNING YOUR LEGAL DEPARTMENT INTO A PROFIT CENTER
    In recent years, 75% of Fortune 500 companies were plaintiffs in recovery matters. Many of those and other large companies have developed affirmative recovery programs and have dedicated resources in legal and procurement to recoup the value of affirmative opportunities created by the business. As in-house counsel and legal departments seek to bring added value in the current corporate environment, a mature and comprehensive program can generate multiple significant recoveries annually. But, as in-house counsel and departments are already stretched, how do you navigate the dynamic world of affirmative recovery to start or grow a program?

    Mary Ann G. Lemere, Senior Vice President - Chief Legal Officer, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
    Diana Hsu, Associate General Counsel, Sears Holding Corporation
    Amy M. Scholl
    , Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
    Moderator Deborah E. Arbabi, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP


    COCKTAILS & CONVERSATION

    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Please join us for facilitated table discussions over hors oeuvres and wine. We hope you will use this opportunity to have candid conversations to cultivate new relationships, deepen existing relationships, and spark solutions to common challenges women lawyers face. Topics include:

    - Feeling comfortable with what I wear to work
    - Coping with stress – how to build stress relief into your busy day
    - Managing time – how to make time for what is important to you
    - Dealing with ongoing family challenges
    - How to fit healthy, nutritious food and fitness into your day
    - Thinking about retirement?
    - Maternity leave – best practices for going out on leave and returning to work
    - Coping with difficult people
    - Increasing your “fitting in” factor to succeed – is it possible/wise to ignore gender difference?
    - Best practices to play organizational politics
    - Effective networking ideas without spending hours out at night
    - Life as solo in-house counsel
    - How to join corporate and non-profit boards
    - How to deal with people who can’t see their implicit bias in action – how to bring majority co-workers into the diversity discussion
    - How to get your team to think more like owners? Tips for getting your team to do more with less
    - Integrating pro bono into the in-house legal department
    - How to get your team members to develop Executive Presence
    -
    Planning for the next five years



    OPTIONAL NETWORKING EVENT

    La Biblioteca NYC

    622 3rd Avenue | New York City
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    $35 prepaid fee

      

    After an exciting day of programming, join NAWL at La Biblioteca for a networking event featuring drinks (including sangria), heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a tequila tasting.

    $35 prepaid fee required - this event has limited capacity and is first come, first served.


    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017


    BREAKFAST

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM


    PLENARY SESSION

    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    BALANCING THE SCALES FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION
    This session will feature a private screening of the documentary Balancing the Scales about the historical challenges and contributions of women lawyers, featuring interviews with Supreme Court of the United States Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, and other notable lawyers. After the film, Sharon Rowen, a practicing attorney and the filmmaker, will moderate a panel of prominent general counsel discussing next steps for women in the law, including ways individual attorneys and legal departments can overcome the challenges women lawyers face in the profession.

    Michelle C. Ifill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Corporate Services Group, Inc.
    Allison Lucas
    , General Counsel, Buzzfeed
    Leah Ward Sears, Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP; former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
    Debra Zumwalt, General Counsel, Stanford University
    Moderator Sharon Rowen, Attorney, Rowen & Klonoski, PC



    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

    CONTEMPT OF COURT: THE TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY LYNCHING THAT LAUNCHED A HUNDRED YEARS OF FEDERALISM
    In 1906, Ed Johnson was the innocent black man found guilty of the brutal rape of Nevada Taylor, a white woman, and sentenced to die in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Two black lawyers, not even part of the original defense, appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay of execution, and the stay, incredibly, was granted. Frenzied with rage at the decision, locals responded by lynching Johnson, and what ensued was a breathtaking whirlwind of groundbreaking legal action whose import, Thurgood Marshall would claim, "has never been fully explained." Provocative, thorough, and gripping, this story is a long-overdue look at events that clearly depict the peculiar and tenuous relationship between justice and the law. The case involves the first black lawyers to practice law in the South taking over a case from white lawyers who abandoned their black client in the face of violent threats from the public, the first ever federal habeas petition in a state criminal case, the first African-American attorney to take a case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the first time the Supreme Court intervened in a state criminal matter and issued its first ever stay of an execution in a death penalty case.

    Linda T. Coberly, Chicago Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
    Mark Curriden
    , Senior Legal Affairs Writer, The Texas Lawbook; author of best selling book Contempt of Court: A Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism
    Paula W. Hinton
    , Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP 

    USING THE MEDIA TO LITIGATE
    The influence of the media, both traditional journalism and social media, and the ability of the media to disseminate information immediately and for information and events to go “viral” can have a profound effect on a company’s legal strategy and messaging. Come to learn how the media can proactively be used to support a legal strategy, how to prepare for and react to media and public attention on a legal matter, and why in today’s society, we have a responsibility to recognize and become savvy to the powerful influence of the media on law.

    Marissa Alter-Nelson, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
    Alison Frankel
    , Editor, "On the Case" column for Reuters and Westlaw
    Patricia Brown Holmes
    , Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
    Nazan Riahei
    , Vice President, Los Angeles, Sard Verbinnen & Co.

    THE LIFE CYCLE OF A MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION: EFFECTIVE CASE MANAGEMENT
    Congratulations! The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has just created a new Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL") and you’re in charge. Now what? Nearly half of all civil cases pending in federal court are part of an MDL. If you practice on a national level the question is not if, but when, you will need to know how to manage an MDL. Our panel will help you issue spot and understand current trends so you can hit the ground running when an MDL comes your way. Our panelists will share strategies for effective case management of an MDL proceeding from its creation through settlement and beyond. Ms. Hodge recently worked with a client and other national defense counsel to coordinate and manage a mass-tort product liability litigation that included over 12,000 cases nationwide. As in other mass-tort litigations, the primary challenge was to organize thousands of individual claims in a manageable number of venues to achieve orderly, efficient, and economical administration of similar claims. Ms. Fairbrother oversaw the Countrywide MDL consisting of numerous individual actions and a class action related to residential mortgage-backed securities. The challenges included complex removal/remand, choice-of-law and appellate issues. We will address matters unique to managing an MDL including choice of law issues, negotiating case management orders, pursuing global dispositive rulings, dealing with class actions within an MDL, bellwether trial selection, settlement, and appellate issues.

    Jill Fairbrother, Associate General Counsel and Director, Bank of America
    Leigh Anne Hodge
    , Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP 


    LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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    Paula Boggs
    Philanthropist, Fundraiser, Public Speaker, Lawyer and Musician
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    Ms. Boggs is the former executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary, Law and Corporate Affairs, at Starbucks Corporation. Prior to Starbucks, she held roles at Dell Computer Corporation and Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP (now K&L Gates LLP). Ms. Boggs also had a 14-year career in public service, including as an assistant U.S. attorney, and in various capacities as an attorney for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Legal Counsel. She served eight years as a regular officer in the U.S. Army, and earned Army Airborne wings and a Congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy - among America's first women to do so. Since leaving Starbucks, Ms. Boggs serves on for-profit and non-profit boards. In 2013, President Obama appointed her to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.


    DESSERT RECEPTION

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Before you depart for the evening, join us to unwind and debrief your favorite sessions.


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