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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

ACC Chief Legal Officers Roundtable: Succession Planning and Developing Talent in Your Department
Please join our host Marcus Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Entergy Corporation, and your chief legal officer peers for an open discussion to share and learn from others on issues of talent.  Topics for discussion will include: tools for retention and promotion of your top talent, hiring your team, professional development (including lawyers and non-lawyer staff), and formal and informal succession planning strategies.

Space is limited, open only to chief legal officers. For more information and to register, please contact Robyn Yzelman
, ACC CLO Services Specialist.
Marcus Brown, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Entergy Corporation

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ACC Leadership Development Program at Corporate Counsel University
This program is an open, candid dialogue on career and leadership development with host Marcus Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Entergy Corporation, and other leading chief legal officer panelists. Panelists will share their perspectives on topics including: how they got their first general counsel role, lessons learned in the course of their career, and what makes for successful leadership of the Legal department. All participants should submit one or more questions or suggested topics at least one week beforehand for discussion by the panel.

Space is limited. For more information and to register, please contact Robyn Yzelman, ACC CLO Services Specialist.
Marcus Brown, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Entergy Corporation
Scott Cordes, Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel, Gulf States Toyota, Inc.
Sharon Johnson, EVP, GC & Chief Compliance Officer, Compucom Systems, Inc.
Jeffrey Kaplan, Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer, LyondellBasell

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome to In-house Reception
Welcome to In-house Reception

Thursday, June 15, 2017

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Breakfast: Building Your In-house Career – What’s Different In-house?

Why are you here? We hope it's not only for the CLE credit. Setting the tone for this Corporate Counsel University, a panel of young, successful in-house lawyers will draw on their experiences and discuss practical tips to be an effective in-house counsel and advance your career. In this session:
  • Gain a better understanding of what is different in-house compared to other contexts;
  • Hear how your peers develop their knowledge of the business, its legal issues and risk tolerance, its key business drivers, profit sources, decision-makers, and corporate culture;
  • Discuss strategies to build relationships, credibility and reliance with the business, and provide effective in-house legal advice and business guidance; and
  • Explore career advancement opportunities in-house, such as moving to a management position with a business unit.
Breakfast will be served at 7:45 AM. Session begins promptly at 8:00 AM.
Swata Gandhi, Vice President & General Counsel, DAP Products, Inc.
Erin McCurdy, Associate General Counsel, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
Ruth Rauls, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP

9:10 AM - 11:10 AM

100 - Contract Drafting & Negotiation
Graciously Sponsored by Arent Fox LLP

This highly engaging and interactive session will help attendees enhance their ability to successfully negotiate a wide variety of agreements, as well as to effectively analyze and draft important provisions in such agreements. In this plenary session, attendees will:
  • Learn critical negotiating techniques, how to avoid common negotiating mistakes, the best ways to deal with difficult negotiators, and how to respond to negotiating tactics that are designed to convince you to concede issues;
  • Understand the most effective ways to analyze and draft key provisions in agreements, including indemnification, limitation of liability, warranties, payments, termination, data-related provisions, and Service Level Agreements;
  • Receive practical tips regarding the best approaches for resolving recurring contract drafting challenges and avoiding common drafting mistakes;
  • Discuss how experienced in-house counsel identify the business’s goals for a contract and align the legal strategy for the negotiation; and
  • Explore tips for successful teamwork between in-house and outside counsel in contract negotiation.
Alan Fishel, Partner, Arent Fox
Alyssa Reiner, Assistant General Counsel, AOL Inc.

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM

Networking Break

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

200 - Goal Setting in a Value- and Values-Driven World

“I know what is expected of me at work.” How can in-house counsel leverage value-drivers for their legal department and their own role in the business? In this session, attendees will:
  • Learn how annual goal-setting can increase employee engagement, align individuals and teams to cascading company commitments, help prioritize work and plan resource needs, and allow individual performers to differentiate themselves and managers to more objectively reward those who exceed expectations; and
  • From moon shots to exploding gas tanks, explore historic examples, and learn how to create SMART goals that drive positive behavior, boost performance, create value and fund the bonus pool.
Fred Stein, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Redbox
201 - Publicly Traded Company Challenges

  • Explore specific challenges that in-house counsel face in a publicly traded company, such as managing disclosures, compliance with rules and regulations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Sarbanes Oxley Act, shareholder activism, and investor-relations;
  • Hear experienced peers discuss board and committee structures and the role of Corporate Secretary; and
  • Discuss recent SEC rules and enforcement trends.
Geoffrey Edwards, Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart
Masha Trainor, Vice President, GC & Corporate Secretary, Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation

12:40 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch & Keynote Presentation
Graciously sponsored by Lex Mundi
Mindfulness and In-house Practice: Developing the Leader Within

What is mindfulness, and why should you care, in your practice and your personal life? Mindfulness can be defined as the engaged and unassuming attentiveness to present moment experience. As in-house counsel assume multiple roles as legal counsel and business strategists, they deal with complexity and ambiguity, resources constraints, fast-paced business needs, and the expectation that they develop leadership skills. The need to manage stressful situations calls for greater emotional intelligence.

This keynote address will introduce the scientific research that is motivating lawyers and corporate boardrooms to bring mindfulness into their organization. Attendees will engage in an exercise and will hear how to practice mindfulness in their busy day.  
Scott L. Rogers, M.S., J.D., Director, Mindfulness in Law Program, University of Miami School of Law

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

300 - Introduction to Corporate Litigation
Graciously Sponsored by Lex Mundi

  • Identify tips to better understand your organization’s culture and goals regarding litigation;
  • Discuss key steps your peers take when faced with a new lawsuit;
  • Understand how to assess the financial impact of a lawsuit on the organization and enable management to make decisions about risk;
  • Explore what tools your peers use to determine whether to get in, stay in or get out, and resolve disputes as early as appropriate; and
  • Learn to take steps and create programs to prevent litigation.
Andrew Lee, Partner, Jones Walker, Lex Mundi member firm for Louisiana
Kevin Murphy, Vice President & General Counsel, Triad Retail Construction, Inc
Kathryn Young, Sr. Employment & Commercial Litigation Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
301 - Managing Risk and Compliance
Graciously Sponsored by Bloomberg Law

  • Discuss what an effective compliance and risk management program comprises, and how to build and maintain one;
  • Explore the need for effective synergy between ethics and compliance components of a program, in line with the US Department of Justice’s Sentencing Guidelines;
  • Learn to implement and maintain monitoring mechanisms and audit plans; and
  • Discuss the implications of compliance reporting channels, e.g., reports to the general counsel/chief legal officer vs. reports to the chief compliance officer; and
  • Understand how experienced in-house counsel respond to regulators’ requests and calibrate information disclosure.
Amanda Allen, Sr. Legal Editor, Corporate & Transactional, Bloomberg Law
Atinuke Diver, Assoc. Director of Ethics Education & Policy Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Julie Gresham, Senior Counsel & Director of Compliance, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Networking Break

4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

400 - Protecting Your Client's IP
Graciously Sponsored by Brooks Kushman LLP

  • Discuss what key IP rights and risks you should be mindful of;
  • Learn to take the necessary steps to protect valuable corporate assets on a national and global scale, and how not to infringe on the intellectual property rights of others;
  • Explore how to prevent employees and independent contractors from misappropriating and using company confidential information and what remedial steps to take;
  • Learn to spot and respond to common issues in advertising, trademarks, licensing and other areas so that you leave empowered to respond accordingly; and
  • Discuss the ins and outs of nondisclosure agreements and ownership provisions in contracts, and receive a few samples to take back to the office.
Jennifer Adamy, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The AMES Companies, Inc.
Jason Burnette, Legal Counsel, IP, KitchenAid and NAR Commercial Sales and Service
Vincent Castiglione, Vice President & General Counsel, VF Sportswear, Inc.
Marc Lorelli, Co-Chair, Brooks Kushman
401 - Data Privacy, Information Security, and Data Transfers
Graciously Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP

  • Gain a better understanding of the data privacy legal and regulatory landscape;
  • Learn to better identify where and how privacy and data security issues may arise, and how to assess the risks of your data privacy and information security protocols;
  • Discuss how your peers develop a privacy program and the tools they put in place to prepare for incidents and engage business teams on privacy and security risks;
  • Discuss how to mitigate your company’s cyber risk with cyber and traditional insurance; and
  • Examine how to manage an international patchwork of privacy rules and cross-border transfers of data.
Monique Brown, Assistant Vice President, Deutsche Bank
Selena Linde, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Amy Yeung, VP - Legal, Dataminr

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception graciously sponsored by Thomson Reuters
Palm Garden (Lobby Level) at Le Méridien New Orleans | 333 Poydras Street | New Orleans, LA 70130 | (immediately accross the street from the Loews New Orleans)

Friday, June 16, 2017

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast
Networking Breakfast
New Member Breakfast
Calling all new ACC Members! Join us for breakfast as we discuss the many benefits of ACC membership. This informal session is perfect for new members who want to learn more about ACC’s online resources and share the first-time attendee experience with other in-house practitioners. This event is for ACC members only.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

500 - Key Employment Issues Part I: Keeping the Business Going
Graciously Sponsored by Jackson Lewis P.C.

  • Briefly cover the main employment laws and regulations you need to keep in mind; and
  • Discuss the most common issues that arise in the application, hiring, onboarding, employment, and separation stages. Topics will include: appropriate application and interview questions, offer letters, criminal background check timing, the rollout and utility of
    restrictive covenants and arbitration agreements, worker classification, disability accommodations and leave requests, employee handbook rules and policies, departing employee post-termination obligations, and responding to reference requests.
Brett Dakin, General Counsel, Child Mind Institute
Brandon Harrell, Legal Counsel, Seattle Seahawks
Talley Parker, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
501 - Outside Counsel Management
Graciously Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland

  • Learn tips for selecting, evaluating, comparing and retaining the outside counsel that best suit the organizational needs of your company (including through competitive processes such as Requests for Proposals);
  • Discuss the benefits and pitfalls of legal process outsourcing (LPO) and learn how to recognize when it’s time to bring in an expert;
  • Explore value-based fees and how they can align internal and external incentives; consider which types of value fees are best for different types of work;
  • Discuss how to work with outside counsel to scope the work, set budgets that stick, monitor progress, and conduct after-action reviews to drive strong performance;
  • Gain a better understanding of metrics selection and use; and
  • Develop a list(s) of providers and criteria for preferred legal service providers and specialized firms.
James Dixon, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Edison Development, Inc.
Dorothy Franzoni, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Kelly Livingston, Counsel, Honda North America, Inc.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

600 - Key Employment Issues Part II: When Trouble Arises
Graciously Sponsored by Jackson Lewis P.C.

  • Discuss key practical tips for managing employment litigation, domestically and across borders;
  • Cover the basics of investigating internal complaints, preparing and responding to government inspections or investigations, and avoiding retaliation claims; and
  • Discuss how your peers use incentives to improve employees’ conduct, best practices for termination and severance agreements.
Susan Desmond, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Paul Griffin, General Counsel, The Select Group
Melynnie Rizvi, Senior Director, Employment, Veritas Technologies LLC
601 - Accounting and Financial Statements Analysis 101 for In-house Counsel (presented by Boston University Questrom School of Business faculty)

Understanding key accounting principles and financial statements is a key asset for in-house counsel to spot red flags, assess strategic options more effectively, and provide better informed legal and business advice to the organization:
  • Examine the external and internal factors that affect the longer-term profitability of the organization;
  • Understand the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flow; and
  • Discuss how to identify red flags that signal financial difficulties or accounting problems.
This session provides the background needed in advance of session 701 titled “Corporate Finance for In-house Counsel.”
Michael Smith, Associate Professor of Accounting, Boston University Questrom School of Business

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch & Presentation of the ACC Top 10 30-Somethings Awards
Following the presentation of the Top 10 30-Something awards, spend time networking with your industry peers. What challenges do you share and what solutions can you offer? Tables will be organized by industry or similar industries (with plenty of open seating), so pick a seat and gain new insights from fellow in-house counsel. A seating chart can be found in the app and will also be available onsite.
Mindfulness Workshop: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence and Active Listening
Through discussion and a practical exercise that build on the keynote address, this workshop further explores how mindfulness can enhance one’s listening skills and help cultivate greater emotional intelligence. Prior knowledge of mindfulness is not necessary to benefit from the workshop. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Attendees will be selected on a first registered, first accepted basis.

Scott L. Rogers, M.S., J.D., Director, Mindfulness in Law Program, University of Miami School of Law

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

700 - Developing General Counsel Skills
Graciously Sponsored by Morae Global

  • Explore strategies to develop the legal, business, leadership and interpersonal skills required to succeed as in-house counsel and lead the law department and the business;
  • Discuss pitfalls that could hinder your development toward a general counsel role;
  • Learn practical tips on interacting effectively with a board of directors;
  • Hear how peers develop relationships with their corporate stakeholders; and
  • Obtain insight into how to improve your time management, prioritize work, and effectively communicate about your time investment and priorities.
Kevin Blodgett, President, LDM Consulting, Morae Global
Rustam Juma, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Eckler Ltd.
Heather Liberman, General Counsel, South by Southwest (SXSW)
William Potter, General Counsel, University Loft Company
701 - Corporate Finance for In-house Counsel (presented by Boston University Questrom School of Business faculty)

  • Advance your ability to use financial information to make decisions in your everyday work;
  • Develop your strategic acumen by gaining a better understanding of key corporate finance tools that business teams use to make value-based decisions; and
  • Explore the analytical tools that indicate whether a new project will create value, such as: Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Payback Period, and Economic Value Added (EVA).
Pre-requisite: Session 601 (Accounting and Financial Statements Analysis 101 for In-house Counsel) or some background in finance/accounting.
Michael Smith, Associate Professor of Accounting, Boston University Questrom School of Business

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Networking Break

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

800 - In-house Ethics 101: What You Need to Know in Your In-house Role

The ethical problems that arise in-house can be very different from the typical private practice issues. Focusing on the ethical challenges in-house counsel face, this session will address their obligations under the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6, 1.13, 1.7 and 5.5. In this session attendees will:
  • Gain insight into the ethical implications of the dual business and legal roles that in-house counsel are expected to fill;
  • Learn how to manage attorney-client privilege in the corporate context;
  • Understand in-house counsel’s ethical obligations to the organization as a client; and
  • Hear tips for navigating conflicts of interest, multi-jurisdictional practice, and other common in-house ethical issues.
Mary Blatch, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, Association of Corporate Counsel
Ellen Gowland, Litigation Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Charles Kraus, Vice President, GC & Corporate Secretary, Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.
Kathryn Ann Washington, Assistant General Counsel, Entergy Corp.
ACC reserves the right to modify program content at its discretion.
This program is eligible for CLE/CPD credits. Sessions that may be eligible for ethics CLE/CPD credit are noted.
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