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2005 CLT SuperConference Focuses on Hottest Issues Facing In-House Counsel

Hundreds of in-house counsel are expected on June 22 and 23 to attend the 2005 Corporate Legal Times SuperConference, the country’s premier management conference for corporate legal executives.

This is the fourth year in a row that Jenner & Block has sponsored the SuperConference.

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference in Chicago include Caroline H. Little, CEO & Publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, William J. McDonough, Chairman & CEO of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas.

A number of Jenner & Block Partners will serve as faculty at the event and have worked closely with in-house counsel from some of the country’s leading corporations to pinpoint the key practical tips, case studies and changes in the law that corporate counsel need to know.  One such timely discussion will feature Robert L. Byman and address some of the latest e-disovery tactics used by the plaintiff’s bar.  Mr. Byman was part of the Firm’s legal team involved in the recent Morgan Stanley securities fraud case, in which e-discovery played a critical role and resulted in a $1.45 billion jury verdict for Jenner & Block client Colman (Parent) Holdings.

In addition, at a special pre-conference LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Counsel to Counsel Forum entitled, “Balancing Act: Managing The Corporate Law Department’s Growing Operational Demands,” Jenner & Block Partners Jill Sugar Factor and Terrence J. Truax will join a panel of distinguished in-house counsel as they discuss how law departments can be best structured to meet companies’ ever-increasing legal needs.

Here are some of the Jenner & Block’s presentation highlights at the 2005 SuperConference:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
9:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Jenner & Block Partner Thomas C. Newkirk, the former Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement at the SEC and the leader of some of that agency’s most significant investigations, will serve as a faculty member at the break-out session entitled, “How to Respond to an SEC Investigation.”  Among other things, in-house counsel will learn the dos and don’ts when a company learns it is the focus of a formal or informal SEC investigation.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. – Veteran U.S. Supreme Court practitioner and Jenner & Block Partner Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. will serve as a panelist at the interactive session entitled, “Supreme Court Update: Analysis & Predictions,” which will address recent and pending decisions from the High Court and their potential impact on corporations.  Mr. Verrilli recently argued MGM v. Grokster before the Justices on behalf of the entertainment industry.  In that closely-watched case, the Court will determine whether Grokster and other online file-sharing services can be held liable for the illegal distribution of copyrighted music and movies.  Thoughts on the widely-predicted opportunity for the President to appoint one or more new Justices to the Court will also be discussed.

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. – Partner Lawrence S. Schaner, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Domestic and International Arbitration Practice, will serve as a panelist at the discussion entitled, “Foreign Territory: The Role of International Arbitration in Resolving Disputes,” which will analyze the potential benefits of turning to arbitration rather than litigation to solve business disputes over contracts and other arrangements with partners oversees.

4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. – Partner Craig C. Martin, Chair of the Firm’s ERISA Litigation Practice,  will speak at session entitled, “The Care & Feeding of the Corporate Board,” which will address the increasing interaction between in-house counsel and the corporation’s board of directors and ways to facilitate the effectiveness of those communications.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Partner Linda L. Listrom, Chair of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Committee, will serve as a faculty member at the session entitled, “What Do Juries Really Think About American Corporations?”  Among other things, Ms. Listrom will counsel in-house attorneys on the latest trends in jury research and some of the more prevalent juror attitudes towards corporate America.

12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Partner Jeff J. Marwil will speak at a session entitled, “Cost-Effective Corporate Compliance for Private Companies,” which will address the effect of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on privately-held companies and review some of the latest options and technology that can help in-house counsel manage compliance issues.

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Partner Robert L. Byman will speak at an interactive panel discussion entitled, “How Plaintiffs Use E-Discovery as a Weapon,” which will provide an overview of e-discovery trends



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