Speaker and Session Chair Information

2019 CCI Homepage Feature


Welcome

Along with Institute Chair Sue Bettman, it’s our pleasure to welcome you as a speaker for the 58thAnnual Corporate Counsel Institute. 

This page has been designed to provide all of the information you will need to know about the program and your participation. Key dates include:

August 23, 2019 - Speaker Survey, Bios, and Photos Due

September 10, 2019 - Session Materials Due

The Planning Committee takes great pride in providing one of the most interesting and relevant continuing education programs for in-house counsel and we are grateful for your support and participation.

Please contact me with questions and feedback.

Juliann Headshot

Juliann Cecchi
Assistant Dean, External Partnerships
312-503-0192
j-cecchi@law.northwestern.edu


What’s Here

You’ll find details on the bulleted topics below, deadlines, and the link to a survey with requested response by August 23


Institute Location and Schedule

The Corporate Counsel Institute is held in Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University and not on the Evanston campus. View the online schedule. 


Speaker Bios and Photos

The Institute materials will contain a biographical sketch and photo of each speaker. If you have recently spoken at one of our Institutes, the bio and photo we have on file have been emailed to you. If you are satisfied with them, you can indicate that on the survey below. 

New bios and photos can also be submitted on the survey. The sketch should be approximately one half-page in length and should describe career, public service, and educational highlights. Note that Northwestern Law may edit bios to ensure consistent form (e.g. capitalization, Ms./Mr., degrees earned) and length. 


Hotel Accommodations and Travel Policy for General Speakers

We appreciate the time and effort you contribute to the Institute and thank you for your understanding of our travel expense guidelines. With your support, we are able to provide a high-quality and affordable educational event.

Hotel Accommodations: The Institute has reserved a block of rooms for speakers at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile located at 633 North St. Clair Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

The room charge and taxes will be direct billed to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Other charges such as movies, phone calls, refreshment expenses, etc. are the speaker's responsibility. Please note that the Institute has a policy limiting speakers' stays to two nights.

Please indicate on the survey below whether you will need a room and the date(s) you will be staying. There is a city-wide convention that overlaps with the Institute, so please submit your needs by August 23rd to ensure a room is reserved for you.

If you find it necessary to stay at a different hotel, please contact Juliann Cecchi prior to the Institute to be sure that the expense will be reimbursed.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the Institute. The Institute also hosts a speaker dinner on Thursday, September 26, and you will RSVP to that on your survey.

Other Expenses: Air travel, outside meals, car rental, and other transportation will not be reimbursed.


Hotel Accommodations and Travel Policy for Judges, Academics, and Regulators

The Institute is host-paid for government regulators, judges and academics. We appreciate the time and effort you contribute to the Institute and thank you for your understanding of our travel expense guidelines. With your support, we are able to provide a high-quality and affordable educational event.

Hotel Accommodations: The Institute has reserved a block of rooms for speakers at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile located at 633 North St. Clair Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

The room charge and taxes will be direct billed to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Other charges such as movies, phone calls, refreshment expenses, etc. are the speaker's responsibility. Please note that the Institute has a policy limiting speakers' stays to two nights.

Please indicate on the survey below whether you will need a room and the date(s) you will be staying. There is a city-wide convention that overlaps with the Institute, so please submit your needs by August 23 to ensure a room is reserved for you.

If you find it necessary to stay at a different hotel, please contact Juliann Cecchi prior to the Institute to be sure that the expense will be reimbursed.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the Institute. The Institute also hosts a speaker dinner on Thursday, September 26, and you will RSVP to that on your survey. Reasonable expenses for other meals will also be reimbursed as necessary. Pursuant to Northwestern University policy, dinner costs are limited to $65 per person (including taxes & tips).

Air Travel: We are pleased to provide air travel billed directly to the Institute when making your air travel arrangements through Intra World Travel at 800-626-6963. When making your reservations, identify yourself as a speaker/guest of the Corporate Counsel Institute. Intra World Travel will directly bill Northwestern Pritzker School of Law for your airfare and issue an e-ticket for travel. We ask that you make your airline reservations a minimum of thirty (30) days in advance of the program in order to allow for the best possible airfare.

If you must arrange your own transportation, please let us know. And as always, if you find a lower airfare through the internet or with another airline, please feel free to take advantage of it. You will need to provide a receipt and/or invoice prior to being reimbursed.

Please note that the Institute does not reimburse first class or business class travel expenses. Should you choose to fly in these categories, we will reimburse a maximum of $500.

Car Rental and Ground Transportation: The Institute does not reimburse the cost of car rentals. Reasonable ground transportation will be reimbursed, but is limited to $50 each way.

Receipts: The University requires an original receipt for any reimbursable expenses exceeding $40. To receive reimbursement for your incidental expenses after the Institute, you will need to complete a Visitor’s Expense Report and email it, accompanied by your scanned receipts to Juliann Cecchi.


Permission to Record

Northwestern Law intends to video record all sessions.  We do not sell these recordings or make them available to the masses. However, if an attendee has to miss a session and requests an alternative, we often provide a link to view it. We may also use 5-second clips of recordings in a future promotional video advertising the Institute.  You can indicate your agreement with this policy on the survey below.


Written Materials

Substantive written materials for each session are required by most states in order to grant continuing legal education credits. They are important components of the program, and ones that our participants highly value during and beyond the event.

We require that each session has at least one document related to your topic submitted and several documents are encouraged. Examples include journal articles and client briefs. They should contain full citations to all authorities in the area whether you expect to discuss them in detail or not. While all speakers are encouraged to contribute, the primary responsibility for collection of written materials for panel sessions falls to the Session Chair or Moderator.

Documents should be emailed to Juliann Cecchi by September 10, 2019 to allow the Institute adequate time to produce a complete set of materials, and ensure yours are included.


PowerPoint Presentations

Preparation and submission of PowerPoint presentations are the responsibility of the Session Chair/Moderator for panel sessions and the Primary Speaker for other session formats.

Presentations are not required. However, any files should be emailed to Juliann Cecchi by September 10, 2019.

PowerPoint files will be loaded onto our computer prior to the Institute. We cannot accommodate speakers’ laptops for presenting. Please use our PowerPoint Template to ensure consistency. Do not add any additional logos or firm identification.

Unless speakers request otherwise, we will print all PowerPoint slides and distribute a comprehensive packet at the Institute registration table. 


Planning Call(s)

Your Session Chair/Moderator (if applicable) will schedule one or more planning calls prior to the Institute to discuss roles, responsibilities, and overall direction of the session. 


Survey

You should have the following items ready before completing the survey by August 23:

  • Bio (for returning speakers, if you intend to replace the one on file)
  • Headshot (for returning speakers, if you intend to replace the one on file)
  • Hotel check in/out dates
  • RSVP for September 26th speaker dinner (knowing schedules may change, we will confirm your RSVP a few days prior)

Continuing Legal Education Credit

If you wish to earn CLE credit, request an Attendance Log when you check in and return it to Institute staff indicating which session(s) you attended. If you wish to earn teaching credit, simply check the speaker box on the form so we may properly calculate that session and follow up with the appropriate certificate(s). Any specific MCLE questions may be addressed to staff at the Institute.


Marketing Materials

40% of new attendees learn about the Institute from a colleague or friend, so we appreciate you spreading the word about your involvement via firm/company websites, blogs, and social media. Download the Institute brochure, connect with us on LinkedIn or Facebook, and let us know what other resources we can provide.


Affiliate and Sponsorship Programs

Affiliate firms value the Institute as a premiere forum for professional and continuing education. They receive group rates and marketing benefits. Sponsors provide enriched experiences for our attendees. They receive complimentary registrations and marketing benefits. 

For additional information about either program, please contact Peter Skrabacz at peter.skrabacz@law.northwestern.edu.


Attire

Business attire is recommended, however, please check with your moderator or session chair for alternative options.