Thursday, March 12
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Classic Law Technologies, Inc.
Welcome and Introduction
William M. Treanor, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center
Lawrence J. Center, Assistant Dean, Georgetown University Law Center
Thomas F. O'Neil III, Advisory Board Co-Chair
Speaker: Mary Jo White, Chairperson, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
•SEC Priorities for 2015
•The changing regulatory landscape
•Major challenges facing the SEC
Moderator: Teresa Wynn Roseborough, General Counsel, Home Depot
Panelists: Andrew Ceresney, Director, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; Aitan Goelman, Director, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission; Kathleen McGovern, Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice
•Enforcement priorities and what companies should be concerned about
•Why are cases brought administratively rather than in court?
•The impact of Dodd-Frank on increased enforcement activity—is it the result of more rules or broader authority?
•The use of special calls and other investigatory and enforcement resources of other divisions or the exchanges
•What is the internal approval process and who has sign-off before a matter is filed or an indictment sought?
Luncheon and Address
A Supreme Court insider will analyze the workings of the Roberts Court and highlight changes that have occurred while anticipating big decisions to come.
Speaker: Joan K. Biskupic, Author and Supreme Court Reporter for Thomson Reuters
Cybersecurity Track: Preparing For and Responding To Data Security Incidents
Moderator: Heidi Wachs, Special Counsel, Jenner & Block LLP
Panelists: Allen Brandt, Former Chief Privacy Officer, Graduate Management Admission Council®; Anne Fealey, Chief Privacy Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Oliver M. Johnson II, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MedStar Health, Inc.; Heidi Salow, Senior Privacy Officer, Thomson Reuters
• How quickly should a company assess the real and potential damage?
• To what extent should stakeholders collaborate rather than blame each other?
• How would the company handle messaging?
Federal Track: Labor and Employment Law Update
Moderator: Julienne W. Bramesco, Labor Counsel, U.S. Postal Service
Panelists: Richard Griffin, General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board; David Lopez, General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Hon. M. Patricia Smith, Solicitor of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor
Learn from the top lawyers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, and National Labor Relations Board as they analyze the most recent developments and examine their agency’s objectives. You will explore:
• Government litigation strategies
• Reasons for responses to recent court decisions involving their agencies
• How and why they intervene in private actions
• Agency strategic plans and their impact on you and your clients
• The latest agency guidance and Executive Orders, and how you should assess them
Litigation Track: Shareholder Activism
Moderator: Prof. Donald Langevoort, Georgetown University Law Center
Panelists: Teresa Barger, Senior Managing Director, Cartica Management, LLC; Peggy Foran, Chief Governance Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Stuart Grant, Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A.
• The increasing trends of shareholder litigation
• Strategies for proxy fights, mergers and tender offers, and shareholder rights
• Considerations for corporate governance and proxy access
Cybersecurity Track: Security Incidents and the Regulators
Moderator: Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director, Center on Privacy and Technology, Georgetown University Law Center
Panelists: Julie Brill, Commissioner, U.S. Federal Trade Commission; David Glockner, Regional Director, Chicago Regional Office, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; Nickolas B. Savage, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
• Federal laws require data breach notification, but regulators and prosecutors do not need to search for evidence of potential noncompliance and consumer harm. How can you work with this paradox?
• Government regulatory priorities in an era of evolving scrutiny
• Do agencies ever investigate data regulatory noncompliance without enforcement?
Federal Track: Antitrust Law
Moderator: Deborah P. Majoras, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, The Procter & Gamble Company
Panelists: Deborah L. Feinstein, Director, Bureau of Competition, U.S. Federal Trade Commission; David I. Gelfand, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Litigation, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Two senior executives of the federal antitrust law enforcement agencies will discuss their priorities as they affect corporations.
• What are the civil law enforcement priorities for the future?
• What are the critical issues that corporate counsel need to know about the merger review process?
• How does globalization affect law enforcement efforts?
Federal Track: Anti-Fraud and Anti-Bribery
Moderator: Charles E. Duross, Morrison & Foerster
Panelists: Kara N. Brockmeyer, Chief, FCPA Unit, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (Invited); Patrick Stokes, Deputy Chief, Fraud Section, FCPA Unit, U.S. Department of Justice
The DOJ and SEC continue to aggressively enforce the FCPA against U.S. and non-U.S. companies, as well as individuals. U.S. anti-bribery enforcement agency collaboration with foreign prosecutors is on the rise, and FCPA fines and penalties are again ticking upward. You will learn about:
• Sectors targeted for increased DOJ and SEC FCPA enforcement:
• What is a “foreign government official,” and whether the recent legal challenges have changed the interpretation for DOJ and the SEC
• What steps compliance officers can take to help prevent FCPA violations and also avoid individual legal exposure
• What steps companies can take to avoid an FCPA enforcement action or obtain a prosecution declination when a rogue employee pays a bribe
• Can FCPA whistleblowers really be trusted when they seek a bounty?
Law Department Innovation
A panel of experienced in-house counsel will share their successful ideas on law department innovation, allowing you to pick and choose the best ones to implement back at your company.
Moderator: Jeffrey W. Carr, General Counsel, FMC Technologies, Inc. (Ret.)
Sponsored by Berkeley Research Group
Registration for Women's General Counsel Forum
Women's General Counsel Forum
Successful Paths to Becoming a General Counsel
Sponsored by Hogan Lovells
Increasingly, women are becoming general counsels of companies and agencies. Is the path to becoming a successful general counsel different for women? Are there differences in the path between the public sector and private sector? Does law firm experience help in achieving the position of general counsel of a company? What is the role of corporate experience or prior knowledge of the industry? How difficult is it to become a general counsel if you have not already been a general counsel?
Moderator: Marcia Wiss, Hogan Lovells
Panelists: Weili Cheng, General Counsel, Ritz-Carlton; Angela Mariana Freyre, General Counsel, U.S. Export Import Bank; Angela Lageson, General Counsel of Pentair Company; Jane Sherburne, Chair, National Women’s Legal Center, and Former General Counsel, BNY Mellon and Wachovia
Friday, March 13
*Please note that the first two concurrent sessions are scheduled to begin at different times.
Legal Ethics for Corporate Counsel
Moderator: Cindy Moehring, Senior Vice President & Global Chief Ethics Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Panelists: Peter Jaffe, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, The AES Corporation; Deborah P. Majoras, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, The Procter & Gamble Company; Matt Pachman, Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, FTI Consulting; Sharis Pozen, Vice President and General Counsel, Antitrust, General Electric Company; Vicki Robinson, Chief of the Industry Guidance Branch, Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (Invited)
• Analysis of the recent corporate crises
• What lessons can we learn about our professional obligations?
• How can we avoid these minefields in the future?
• Discussions of ABA Model Rules 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.13, 2.1, 8.3, and 8.4
9:15 – 10:30 am
Litigation Track: Class Action Litigation
Moderator: Lewis S. Wiener, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP
Panelists: Jonathan K. Cooperman, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; Stacey R. Friedman, Managing Director and General Counsel, Corporate Investment Bank, JP Morgan; Douglas Lankler, General Counsel, Pfizer (Invited); Stephen Robinson, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
• Trends in class action litigation from 2014
• What to expect in the year ahead
• Lessons for defense counsel from plaintiffs’ lawyers
10:50 am–12:05 pm
Supreme Court Review
Moderator: Prof. Steven H. Goldblatt, Supreme Court Institute, Georgetown University Law Center
Panelists: Paul D. Clement, Bancroft, PLLC; Hon. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., Solicitor General of the United States
• The Supreme Court’s current business docket—an evaluation of how the mix of cases informs our understanding of the importance of business law issues for the Roberts Court.
• An assessment of the potential impact of the most significant business cases up for review this Term and what corporate counsel should be monitoring.
Federal Track: eDiscovery Trends and Challenges—Here, Now, and Next: Discovery in 2015 and Beyond
Moderator: Jonathan M. Redgrave, Redgrave LLP
Panelists: Tom Allman, Retired General Counsel, BASF; Hon. Andrew Peck, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
• Recent cases addressing civil discovery
• The impact of the current state of law on business and litigation readiness
• Previewing the coming amended Rules of Civil Procedure and the opportunities and challenges they bring for corporations
Moderator: Thomas L. Sager, Ballard Spahr LLP
Panelists: Rick Meade, V.P., Chief Legal Officer - International Businesses, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Verna Myers, Founder and President, Verna Myers Consulting Group, LLC; Joseph K. West, President and Executive Director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
Fifteen years later: the impact of diversity initiatives since the “Statement of Principles” and “Call to Action”
• Progress that has been achieved
• Remaining barriers
• Most effective diversity initiatives
• Role corporate counsel can play to move diversity forward
What Headhunters Look For in Senior In-House Positions
Moderator: Thomas F. O’Neil III, Founder and President, The Saranac Group
Panelists: Bob Graff, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Denise Grant, Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc.; Victoria Reese, Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
Hear leading executive search professionals discuss what companies are looking for in their next general counsel or chief compliance officer—what anyone who might be interested in such a position should know:
• What are the most salient qualities senior executives and boards value?
• What skill sets and experiences are most sought after?
• Are there distinctions between large and small companies?
• What is the path coming from a law firm versus from an in-house position?
State Attorneys General Panel: State AG Priorities and Considerations
Moderator: Ashley L. Taylor, Jr., Troutman Sanders LLP
Panelists: Hon. Cynthia Coffman, Attorney General-Elect of Colorado; Hon. Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; Thomas Perelli, Jenner & Block
• Litigation trends across the states
• Enforcement priorities on a state-by-state basis
• What state Attorneys General look for when analyzing potential lawsuits
General Counsel Roundtable
Moderator: Donna Edbril, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Cachè Inc.
Panelists: Mark C. Darrell, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Laclede Group, Inc.; Cathy C. Anderson, Senior VP, Human Resources, General Counsel & Secretary, True Value Company; Thomas Moriarty, General Counsel, CVS Caremark
• What’s top-of-mind for general counsels in 2015?
• How is the general counsel job changing in today’s economy?
• Critical advice for current outside counsel and aspiring outside counsel