United States: Corporate Counsel Conference 2014
Last Updated: April 30 2014
This program has been approved for 4 hours of CLE credit and 1 hour of ethics CLE credit by the Alabama State Bar.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Corporate counsel face never-ending challenges to stay informed of legal trends and precedents, manage relationships with outside counsel, and effectively navigate their clients through a host of issues. At Waller's Corporate Counsel Conference 2014, attendees will gain insight and valuable practical advice on key matters shaping today's legal landscape, including e-discovery developments, internal investigations and emerging employment law challenges.

The conference will also include a general counsel roundtable discussion focused on providing sensible solutions to the challenge of maximizing the value of outside counsel. In addition to speakers from Waller, confirmed speakers for the event include corporate counsel from HealthSouth, Regions, Harbert Management, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, with additional speakers expected to participate.

PROGRAM

11:30 am Registration and Lunch
12:00 pm Welcome
12:05 pm How to Maximize Efficiency and Effectiveness When Utilizing Outside Counsel

John D. Buchanan, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Deborah J. Long, Executive Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel, Protective Life Corporation
John W. McCullough, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Harbert Management Corporation
John P. Whittington, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, HealthSouth Corporation
Larry B. Childs, Partner, Waller
Joseph "Woody" Woodruff, Partner, Waller

In addition to advising their corporate clients, in-house counsel must manage outside counsel engaged to represent the company in a full range of matters. In this program, general counsel from some of the area's largest and most successful companies will offer real-world advice on how counsel at companies of all sizes can oversee outside counsel relationships. Discussion topics will include evaluating the types of engagements that in-house counsel should send to external lawyers, how counsel should go about finding the best lawyers for particular engagements, when it makes sense to centralize work with one firm and when it makes sense to diversify, how companies can best structure engagements in terms of billing and reporting, among others..
1:05 pm Tackling E-Discovery Challenges

Carrie Fowler, Associate General Counsel, Regions Financial Corporation
Heather J. Hubbard, Partner, Waller
Brian J. Malcom, Associate, Waller

E-discovery challenges are no longer confined to companies of a certain size operating in particular industries. This session will go beyond cataloguing the electronic discovery pitfalls presented, instead focusing on how in-house counsel can develop a practical and cost-effective strategy for preserving, collecting, analyzing, reviewing, and producing electronic data relevant to an imminent or pending action.
2:05 pm Break
2:25 pm Hot Topics and Legal Trends in Employment and Labor Law

Stanley E. Graham, Partner, Waller
David R. Mellon, University Counsel, University of Alabama System Office of Counsel

Employment and labor law continues to evolve thanks to a stream of new court decisions, increased oversight by the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB, and an aggressive plaintiffs' bar. This session will address the latest employment law trends and hot issues, including a discussion of the most recent Supreme Court decisions impacting employers. The program will also address the ways in which the social media boom has fundamentally changed the way people interact with each other and explore ways that in-house counsel can use and control workplace social media to improve the bottom line, keep employees happy and engaged, and reduce litigation risk. In addition, the speakers will cover the workplace privacy implications of social media and employee monitoring.
3:25 pm Overcoming Practical and Ethical Challenges When Conducting Internal Investigations

William C. Athanas, Partner, Waller
Tamarra Matthews-Johnson, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Alabama
Christopher Terrell, Associate General Counsel, HealthSouth Corporation

In-house counsel face a multitude of challenges when conducting internal investigations. Foremost among those are the ethical issues raised when corporate counsel interviews and investigates employees on behalf of the corporate client, including resolving questions about duties of loyalty, confidentiality, and privilege. This session will provide concrete advice regarding whether an internal investigation should be conducted and, if so, provide a framework for resolving the often difficult question of who should conduct it. Against a backdrop of practical insights for handling internal investigations in an efficient and effective manner, this program will address the serious ethical concerns presented, and review recent court decisions which offer cautionary tales for the unwary.
4:30 pm Adjournment

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