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As nearly 700 corporate general counsels and executives from around the nation began congregating in Chicago for the much-anticipated 2004 Corporate Legal Times’ SuperConference, Jenner & Block’s event planning team met to apply finishing touches to the informative presentations they’ll be delivering in breakout sessions and other gatherings on June 22 and 23 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
The Firm’s Partners have worked closely with in-house counsel from some of the country’s leading public and privately held corporations to identify the hottest issues facing general counsel in today’s super-heated regulatory environment. The resulting panel discussions promise to be engaging, interactive, give-and-take sessions based on the real world experience of today’s legal executive.
Here’s just some of the Jenner & Block’s presentation highlights:
Monday, June 21
12:30 pm to 5:00 pm – In the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Counsel to Counsel Pre-conference Workshop, Jenner & Block Partners Craig C. Martin and Lise T. Spacapan will participate in a roundtable discussion entitled “Friends Like These: Best Practices for Establishing Your Preferred Providers.” The subjects covered will include “the pros and cons of having a law firm ‘panel.’” Michigan Room AB.
Tuesday, June 22
9:45 am to 11:00 am – Partners Elmer W. Johnson and Robert S. Osborne will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “Law Departments & Law Firms in the Post-Enron Era: Beyond Sarbanes-Oxley.” Topics covered include the institutional steps law departments and law firms should be taking to build and maintain “cultures” that are conducive to compliance with the new law and codes of professional responsibility. Chicago Ballroom X.
11:30 am to 12:45 pm – Partner Anton R. Valukas will join several other panelists in analyzing “Internal Investigations: Issues at Home & Abroad.” Discussions will also center on practical concerns such as: When should internal investigations be conducted and who should do them? How to deal effectively with government inquiries? When do you hire outside counsel? And more. Chicago Ballroom VIII.
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm – Partner Stephanie A. Scharf participates in a panel discussion entitled, “Risk Analysis & Resource Allocation: The Art of Managing Costs.” This session will look at the various methods that large and small law departments use as a means of controlling costs and, when necessary, litigating efficiently. Chicago Ballroom IX.
At the same time, Partner Andrew A. Jacobson will join a panel exploring whether “To Keep or not to Keep: Records Retention as Self-Preservation.” This session explores the many tools and options in dealing with a “veritable jungle of rules and regulations” regarding document retention at both the state and federal levels. Ballroom VIII.
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm – Partner Reginald J. Hill will help explore the trend towards “Incorporating Intellectual Property into Industry Standards,” including the disclosure duties of standards participants. Superior Room AB.
Meanwhile, Partner Thaddeus J. Malik will help another panel analyze “The Changing Face of Corporate Governance” in the wake of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the reform law that is changing the way corporate counsel do business. Ballroom VIII.
Wednesday, June 23
8:45 am to 9:30 am – Partner Ross B. Bricker introduces the Breakfast Keynote Address to be delivered by Nancy M. Higgins, Executive Vice President, Ethics and Business Conduct, MCI. Sheraton Ballroom.
10:15 am to 11:30 am – Partner Lorelie S. Masters participates in a panel discussion entitled, “Strategies That Work: How to Resolve Large, Complex Insurance Claims in a Timely Manner.” By using real-life case studies, this session will walk participants through the complex issues that companies are faced with when submitting an insurance claim. Superior Room AB.
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm – Partner Matthew M. Neumeier helps yet another panel how to succeed in “The Care & Feeding of the Corporate Board.” This panel will provide an up to the minute look at what is in the pipeline for corporate America struggling with a spate of class actions based on diverse and sometimes novel theories. Chicago Ballroom.