Mark your calendars in-house counselors. October 18th 2009 kicks off a 3-day Annual Meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel called "Don't Just Survive. Thrive!" in Boston.
The conference features 13 different tracks, each with daily programming in line with the theme. The themes of the tracks include:
- Ethics - Includes sessions on basics of corporate ethics considerations, foreign discovery and e-discover, in-house counsel as witnesses, avoiding personal liability in securities fraud, lawful and ethical strategies in corporate investigations, ethical conflicts for in-house counsel.
- Changing World (Economic, Global, Regulatory, Communication) - Includes sessions on legal considerations of social media, global changes in antitrust laws, corporate sustainability, FERC compliance programs and the natural gas industry, patents and trademarks, shift in OSHA, employment legislation changes.
- Legal Implications of International Reach - Includes sessions on how to "globalize", HR and employment law challenges in managing a global workforce, privacy issues outside the US, VOIP revolution, doing business in India, IP in China.
- Meeting Economic Challenges - Includes sessions on Section 363 Sales in Bankruptcy, cutting legal costs through e-rulemaking, doing business in tight credit markets, global fallout from financial system crisis, free applications for your law department, compliance on a shoestring budget.
- Career Development - Includes sessions on women in-house attorneys, tips to fuel in-house career, role of a corporate secretary, in-house attorney as project manager.
- Reconnecting Value to the Cost of Legal Services - Includes sessions on law department cost management, 50 ways to drive value in law firm relationships, establishing value criteria in litigation.
- Leadership Program Information - Includes sessions on making best use of in-house paralegals, ACC In-House Institute, ACC Executive Leadership Institute, Mini MBA
- In-House Counsel Management - Includes sessions on how to manage outside counsel on IT transactions, how to set up a legal department from the ground up, best practices for training the marketing department, technology panel Q&A.
- Work Force Matters - Includes sessions on best practices for managing HR departments, guide to working with the Department of Labor, avoiding executive compensation dilemmas, how to survive company downsizing, top 10 FLSA mistakes, new ADA and FMLA regulations, workplace diversity.
- Updates on Significant Areas of Law - Includes sessions on recent intellectual property law decisions, Supreme court business cases, energy policy updates, latest privacy law issues, employment and labor law developments, hot topics for nonprofit attorneys, SEC update.
- Dispute Resolution - dispute management for non-litigators, EH&S compliance, how timely HR compliance can help in future claims, e-discovery issues, reducing insurance and litigation costs, international arbitration.
- In-House Basics - real estate due diligence, corporate IP basics, patent specifications, basics of business bankruptcy, securities for in-house counsel, international trade laws.
- Contract Considerations - self-service contracts, lease execution, modern age contract law, psychology of negotiation, avoiding ambiguity in contract drafting, technology and the environment, developments for federal contractors and subcontractors.
It's everything you wanted to know, and more, about stepping up your in-house game. Check out the website and look into making your way to Beantown in October.