Time Event and description Other info

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Amazing Race

Join us as we do a mini version of The Amazing Race! The Emerging Leaders created this fun, lively and interactive networking session and it has become one of the most popular events. You will be assigned a team and given a list of tasks to complete. The first one back to the Hyatt Regency Chicago is the winner!

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tennis: Sponsored by Potter & Murdock

 Join your fellow attendees for some friendly competition to start the event!

Sponsored by:

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Business Partner Expo Set-Up

12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Registration and Business Partner Expo

 

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Law Firm Expo Set-Up

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Law Firm Member First Time Attendee Orientation

If you are a first time attendee to any NAMWOLF event, please plan on attending this session. Important information about your Law Firm Membership with NAMWOLF will be covered and you will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with other NAMWOLF Law Firm Members.  This session is for NAMWOLF Law Firm Members ONLY.

Law Firm Members ONLY

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

In-House Counsel First Time Attendee Orientation

If you are a first time attendee to any NAMWOLF event, please plan on attending this session. Important information about NAMWOLF, navigating the Annual Meeting and other important information will be covered. You will also have an opportunity to mix and mingle with other In-House Counsel.  This session is for In-House Counsel ONLY.

In-House Counsel ONLY

1:55 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Advisory Council Session
In-House Counsel ONLY

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Law Firm Cross Marketing Session: Hey Neighbor! Making Connections and Finding Business with Other NAMWOLF Firms

The Cross Marketing Committee session will focus on developing practices for effective cross marketing within the NAMWOLF law firm community.  We will discuss the not-always-obvious business opportunities that can be harnessed through initial and continuing connections with other law firms, and highlight a few cross-marketing success stories among our NAMWOLF law firms.  We will then embark on a fun and competitive activity that will keep you meetin’ and greetin’ other law firm members throughout the entire annual meeting.  Not only will members with the most connections be on their way to developing connections that will lead to new business but they will also win valuable prizes.

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Inclusion Initiative Meeting
In-House Counsel ONLY

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

General Session: The Role of Lawyers During Times of Crisis
Presenter:

Gary Kennedy, Author and Former American Airlines General Counsel

5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

In-House Counsel Meet & Greet
In-House Counsel ONLY

 Sponsored by:

 

 

 

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

Location: TBD

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration and Business Partner Expo

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

General Session

Keynote Speaker: Wanji Walcott, SVP and General Counsel, PayPal

9:25 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

CLE Session: OMG Did We Actually Say That?  Avoiding Defamation Liability in the Age of Fire, Fury, and Fake News

This CLE will focus on the practical aspects of defamation litigation, analyzing a series of potentially defamatory statements.  Hypotheticals may be presented under a scenario in which a client has recently issued a statement and has been placed on notice that it may be sued over that statement, or on a “pre-publication” basis – e.g., the client plans to issue a given statement about an identified third party, and seeks advice on potential exposure to defamation claims.

Moderator:


Marc M. Berg, J. Selmer Law, P.A.


Panelists:


Jim McGuire, Thomas & Locicero

Melanie Okon, Okon Hannagan

9:25 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

CLE Session: Avoiding the Crosshairs of Consumer Protection Regulators and Class Action Lawsuits

The consumer protection landscape continues to evolve and confuse businesses subject to its changing standards. It’s a difficult path to navigate, and those in highly regulated industries including financial services, insurance, healthcare, and advertising and marketing are struggling to keep up and comply with changes in policy, agency priorities, and the shifting enforcement roles between federal and state regulators.  Leveraging the experience of consumer protection defense attorneys, regulators, and in-house counsel, our panel will discuss the greatest risk areas and share key strategies to avoid becoming a target of consumer protection regulators and opportunistic litigators. Key topics covered will include: Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and Practices (UDAAP) concerns related to social media, price disclosures and general marketing & advertising; privacy law developments; and the ever-changing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Moderator:


Helen Mac Murray, Mac Murray & Shuster LLP


Panelist:


Meera Patel, Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory, Cardinal Health

9:25 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

 CLE Session: “Dude, Where’s My Car?” – The Emergence of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

Over the last several years, automobile manufactures have made several semi- autonomous vehicle technologies standard in new vehicles, leading towards the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles that will navigate roads of tomorrow. This presentation discusses those technologies as well as the benefits and dangers they present. Additionally, the course will discuss current and proposed regulations which will govern autonomous vehicles and the impact of fully autonomous vehicles on claims investigations, negligence liability, and products liability.

Panelist:


Sharhonda Robinson-Edwards, Roig Lawyers

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

CLE Session: Verdict Vigilance

Civil juries sometimes deliver perplexing verdicts, reflecting inconsistent liability findings or a jury compromise (as when a jury resolves a disagreement about liability by awarding inadequate damages). Though not always apparent, these verdicts sit on a razor’s edge, and an attorney must exercise “verdict vigilance” at every juncture: pre-verdict, post-verdict, and on appeal. With proper attention, verdict inconsistencies can often be avoided altogether. And when verdict-related issues do arise, preserving those issues for appeal can make or break your entire case.

Panelists:


Jessica Currie, BSP Law

Sarah Ann Nicolas, Ramon Worthington Law Firm

Jessica Zakarski, Ford Motor Company

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

CLE Session: TBA

 

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

CLE Session: Commoditization, Patent Agents, and Robots: Predicting the Future of Patent Law Practice

A discussion by the panel on the trends of the use of patent agents, computer programs/AI, and outsourcing to foreign attorneys as well as the general trends of commoditization of patent prosecution services.

Panelist:


William R. Childs, The Salazar IP Law Group, PLLC

11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Learn Pick-Up

Pick up you lunch and head to a CLE session.

11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

CLE Session: Does Your Technological Competence Make the Grade?

Technology is changing fast, and the courts are starting to take notice. As a result, an increasing number of states now require some degree of familiarity with technology, and federal rules are being updated all the time to give preference to counsels that are competent. Worse, failure to demonstrate that you and your team are familiar with technology can have serious repercussions for clients, resulting in collection errors, misidentification of data, and insecure handling of the data. At best, the client will suffer excessive legal fees, and at worst a legal nightmare. But “competence” can be a moving target when it comes to technology. It’s not enough to be able to identify and use today’s tools. Attorneys and their staff must be able to utilize them defensibly and proficiently. Join RVM as we examine what it means to be technologically competent in a changing legal environment. During the presentation, we will explore what constitutes competence today and why it’s important to make the grade!

Sponsored by: 


11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

CLE Session: BINGO! Employee Handbooks

This lively and interactive program will review recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board that impact the lawfulness of employee handbook provisions and workplace employment policies. The panel will also review and examine other recent NLRB decisions and pending cases before the agency, which could have a significant impact on all workforces – both unionized and unrepresented.

Panelist:


Kirsten B. White, Schwartz Hannum PC

1:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Law Firm Expo

Sponsored by: 


 

3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In-House ONLY Session: TBA

In-House ONLY Session

3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Law Firm Management Session: Law Firm Management: Instilling an Ownership Mentality & Assembling the Right Team

The Law Firm Management’s session will focus on methods to cultivate a culture of autonomy and inspire team members to take ownership in their jobs and the firm. We will also discuss the “who”, “how” and “what” of assembling, compensating, and utilizing the right team members to maximize team success.

3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Emerging Leaders Session

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

CLE Session: Hey, that’s MY client! Protecting Client Lists and Confidential Customer Information When a Star Employee Jumps Ship

The CLE would address what is a common concern for many in-house counsel across a variety of industries – protecting their proprietary information, the most vital of which is often their customer lists and related customer intelligence (risk tolerance, purchasing/investment history, etc). As described in more detail in the attached outline in response to No. 7, the topic would first summarize the underlying black-letter law (i.e., the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, common law, etc.) and relevant definitions and elements (“What are trade secrets?). Second, it would identify pre-litigation, concrete steps that will position corporate clients to ensure they are in a strong position to quickly identify any efforts to misappropriate this information, protect their client relationships and, if necessary, obtain judicial relief (i.e., compliance measures to implement, efforts to maintain secrecy recognized by courts as sufficient, etc.). Third, it will identify potential measures to be taken following a misappropriation/ solicitation – from information preservation and assessment to appropriate causes of action/procedure including TRO/preliminary injunctions for breach of non-competes/non-solicitation, UTSA/DTSA and state causes of action (tortious interference with contract, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, etc), damages and other forms of relief.

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

CLE Session: Big Brother Is Watching: Do Employers Have the Right to Police Employee Off-Duty Conduct?

This presentation will address the issues relating to how far an employer may legally go to monitor and discipline employees for off-duty conduct. With the increase in state legalization of marijuana for medicinal and even recreational purposes, how do these new laws impact an employer’s ability to enforce its alcohol and drug use and testing policies? Is it legal for an employer to discipline an employee whose off-duty posts on social media have a potentially negative impact on the employer’s business including its reputation and that of its management and employees? May an employer inquire about criminal activities including arrests and convictions of applicants and can it discipline existing employees for off-duty criminal activity? Is it legal to monitor an employee’s movements with GPS tracking? Attendees will learn about applicable state and federal laws and the best practices for navigating the delicate balance between employees’ off-duty conduct and the need to maintain a safe, productive and secure work environment.

Moderator:


Laurie E. Sherwood, Walsworth 


Panelists:


Mary Ulmer Jones, Bank of America

Cheryl Jackson, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Cos.

Scott Freedman, Southern California Gas

Daniel N. Ramirez, Partner, Monty Ramirez Law

Chad K. Lang, Partner, SMGQ Law

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

CLE Session: Perfecting Your Pitch and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls

Pitching to clients is as much art as it is science.  This session will highlight the do’s and don’ts of face-to-face marketing of law firm services.  Watch your colleagues pitch live as in-house counsel provide direct feedback, highlighting the elements of a winning pitch and the pitfalls you must avoid.  Get practical tips for effective marketing and brush up on the professional and ethical rules that may impact your firm’s marketing materials and strategy.   

Panelists:


Bacardi Jackson, Tucker Law Group

Schuyler Smith, Hamilton Miller & Birthisel

9:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

General Counsel Panel

Featuring:

  • Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, United
  • Susan L. Lees, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allstate
  • Thomas S. O’Neill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon Corporation
  • Karen Roberts, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Walmart Inc.

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: Did you say Mobile App?

Every company has a mobile app now-a-days, but are your slick app designers considering at all the legal issues beforehand?  I bet they aren’t and your legal department likely doesn’t see or hear about the App until it is all developed and launched.  There are many things that can subject your company to legal risk and intellectual property concerns you should be aware of.  This panel will analyze mobile app development from several different legal standpoints.  The panel will discuss privacy laws and user data concerns.  We will discuss software development and open source considerations.  We will analyze the best modes of intellectual property protection for Apps, including the current state of patenting software as it relates to Apps, trademarks, and design patents.  Join us for this engaging and informative panel.  

Panelist:


Wendy Zimbone, Talem IP Law

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session:  Breaking Down Blockchain: It’s Not Just Bitcoin!

This presentation will provide a high-level overview of blockchain technology.  Through the lens of a wide range of use cases, we will explore the general characteristics and types of blockchain platforms, as well as the emerging legal and regulatory landscapes which underpin this technology.  In this session, we will also highlight the benefits and challenges of leveraging blockchain technology.

Panelists:


Dawn Ingley, Patrick Law Group

11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

CLE Session: #MeToo, Now What?  Proactive Claim Resolution and Insurance Considerations for Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims in the New Era

An overview of workplace proactive sexual harassment complaint handling (including best workplace investigation practices), claim resolution and insurance considerations – as required by applicable law and employment practices insurance policies.

12:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Luncheon Panel: Alternative Fee Arrangements: Friend or Foe?

Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs) have been discussed in the legal industry for decades, but they are used and implemented much less often.  Corporate counsel have increasingly sought out AFAs, and yet, attorneys often wring their hands and view AFAs as an attorney’s worst enemy.  But can alternative fee arrangements create allies between clients and attorneys?   During this panel discussion, you will learn about AFAs put to real practice, the pro and cons of AFAs, and the risks and rewards of choosing to utilize AFAs.  You decide: Friend or Foe?

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: The GDPR Deadline Has Passed. What now?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had a tremendous impact.  Failure to comply can result in fines up to 4% of a company’s annual revenue.  This program will offer a primer of recommendations, tips, and information on getting compliant to avoid further risk. 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: Untangling the Knots of Conflicting Priorities in Corporate Internal Investigations – Best Practices in Today’s Age

Public and private corporations are today being scrutinized and investigated as never before by numerous U.S. government enforcement agencies as well as local, state, and foreign government agencies. Also, private whistle-blower cases involving corporate conduct continue to be on the rise. Corporate internal investigations are complicated enough, but the situation can become even more complex when conflicting priorities-whether from a legal, strategic, or corporate governance stand point-arise. Today, these problematic tensions are more likely to arise given the international and multi-jurisdictional scope that occurs in many investigations, as  well as the frequency of company’s internal or outside agencies parallel investigations. In this CLE the panel will explore and offers ways to avoid -and hopefully resolve -conflicts that can arise from the intertwined nature of modern internal investigations. Specifically, we will discuss:

  • Coordinating the priorities, including consideration of privilege waivers and potential conflicts of concurrent government and company internal investigations.
  • Navigating the potentially competing focus and interests of concurrent Board and company internal investigations.
  • How best to handle internal investigation of employee claims of assault or harassment.
  • Best practices in handling internal investigations of data privacy conflicts and security breaches.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

CLE Session: Emojis Speaking Louder Than Words? – The Import of Emojis, Emoticons and Hashtags as Evidence at Trial # 🙂 

This CLE will focus on the new body of law relating to emojis and emoticons that is just starting to develop across  the United States. While emails and text messages have been common forms of evidence for the better part of two decades, emojis emoticons and hashtags are just starting to make their way into evidence (or, maybe not). In 2017, the number of people who owned a smartphone in the United States was estimated to be more than 223 million and over 2 billion worldwide. It  is now estimated that more than six billion emojis are exchanged daily throughout the world. Many smartphones, such as the iPhone, have pre-programmed emojis, available for use during texts. Further, there are numerous apps that can be purchased for smartphones that give the user access to different emojis. As such, the texts and emails that are being used as evidence in court are increasingly including emojis and emoticons, as well as hastags, and the courts are left with many questions to answer, the most obvious of which is how these emojis, emoticons and hashtags should be interpreted in a certain situation. Emojis, emoticons and hashtags are no longer just for texts or social media; they are for the courts, as well. As emojis and hashtags continue to be increasingly used, it is important that lawyers be aware of their import, as well as be ready to argue issues relating to an emoji or hashtag’s meaning and admissibility to the benefit of their client.

Panelists:


Edward T.Kang, Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC

Linda Wong, Wong Fleming

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: Public Posts, Politicking, and Protected Speech: The First Amendment at Work… Literally

Recent high profile attempts to invoke the protections of the First Amendment suggest there is still a lot of confusion regarding protected speech in the workplace. As a general rule, the First Amendment doesn’t apply in the private sector workplace, rather it only prevents the government from limiting free speech. However, there are a number of federal and state employment laws, most notably the National Labor Relations Act, that do protect certain speech and actions by private sector employees (unionized as well as non- unionized), both within and outside of the workplace.  This CLE will provide an interactive road map for navigating the rough terrain of this trending legal issue!

Panelists:


Kathleen K. (Kathi) Lucchesi, Lincoln Derr PLLC, Charlotte, NC

John A. Ferguson, Jr., Schmoyer Reinhard LLP

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: The New Era: Clouding Around with Data

The variety of cloud computing models available today offers tremendous flexibility for businesses with specific needs, but also calls for flexibility in drafting and negotiating data storage and hosting issues rather than a “one size fits all” approach.  This CLE will explore the common legal issues that arise in negotiating agreements for cloud computing models and the current trends in reaching resolutions as the market adapts to evolving technology and new laws.

Panelist:


Alina Singer, Partner, Wargo & French LLP

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

CLE Session: International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation – Highlighting the Differences                             

This presentation looks at how international arbitration and cross-border litigation share a common goal of resolving international disputes, but take fundamentally different approaches. Starting with a historical perspective on the rise of international arbitration as an alternative to litigation in the national courts, the panel would review the differences in tribunals, procedures, rules of evidence, enforceability, culture and courtroom or hearing room dynamics. The panel also provides an overview of the major arbitral bodies that administer international arbitration around the world, and touches on how those bodies are in the process of changing their own procedures and structures to meet the changing needs of international dispute resolution.

4:05 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

In-House Counsel Session: Dear In House Counsel: What MIHCA Means to Me

We invite you to join this interactive session to learn why Minority In-House Counsel Association (or “MIHCA,” pronounced MEE-kah) board members, representing some of the country’s most prominent companies, are passionate about their involvement with MIHCA and why they think you should be, too! Throughout the year, MIHCA hosts nationwide programming to help in-house attorneys of color hone EQ/soft skills and build the networks they need to succeed. MIHCA also hosts an annual fall conference, and invites you to continue the conversation at their 2018 Conference in Atlanta, November 1-2.

In-House Counsel Session ONLY


Sponsored by: 


 

Panelist:


Lata Setty, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, UnitedLex

Asilia Backus, Director & Senior Attorney, Employment Law, American Airlines, Inc. 

Sonya Olds Som, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Julie Mehta, Commercial Attorney, Nalco Water | An Ecolab Company

Dennis Garcia, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA)

4:05 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

NAMWOLF Marketing Best Practices Committee Presents Presents: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication: How to Read Other People 

It is a given that most attorneys possess good communication skills. But effective communication requires the ability to be able to read other people and know if/how/when to adjust your communication to ensure your message hits the mark.

This session will focus on key elements to improve your communication skills. How can you use your communication skills to improve your effectiveness? How do men and women communicate differently? What does your body language say about you? How to read faces, hands, and even feet? What is the 7%-38%-55% Communications Rule? What techniques foster multi-generational communication? These questions and many more are addressed in a session that will help you adjust and enhance your communication style.

Speaker:


Lynn Fasi, Practice Growth & Marketing Consultant

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

NAMWOLF Gala Awards Dinner

Sponsored by: 


 

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

White Collar Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:05 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Financial Services Litigation Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:05 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:05 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Restaurant Retail & Hospitality Practice Area Committee Meeting

9:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Transactional Practice Area Business Meeting

9:55 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

International Law Practice Area Business Meeting