Speaker and Session Chair Information

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Along with Institute Chair Eric Reeves, it’s my pleasure to welcome you as a speaker for the 57th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute. 

This page has been designed so that all the information you will need to know about the program and your participation is included. Key dates include:

August 30 - Speaker Survey, Bios, and Photos Due

September 13 - Session Materials Due

September 27 - Speaker Dinner

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.

George A. Miller
Director, Professional & Continuing Legal Education


What’s Here

You’ll find details on the bulleted topics below, deadlines, and the link to a survey with requested response by August 30

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 (capitalization, Ms.Mr., degrees earned) and length.

Speaker Travel Policies and Hotel Accommodations

We appreciate the time and effort you contribute to the Corporate Counsel Institute so that our attendees may benefit from your expertise. We also 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.

The Institute has reserved a block of rooms for speakers at the Omni Chicago Hotel at 676 North Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611. Please indicate on the survey below whether you will need a room and the date(s) you will be staying.

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.

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

Meals will be provided during the Institute. Air travel, outside meals, car rental, and other transportation will not be reimbursed.

Speaker Dinner

Please plan to join us Thursday, September 27 at RPM Italian restaurant located at 52 West Illinois Street.  Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00. You can submit your RSVP on the survey below. 

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 George Miller by Thursday, September 13 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 George Miller by Thursday, September 13.

PowerPoint files will be loaded onto our computer prior to the Institute. We cannot accommodate speakers’ laptops for presenting. Please use this PowerPoint template to ensure consistency. This is a widescreen template that provides you with greater flexibility in presenting your information. Please 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

Either George Miller or your Session Chair/Moderator (if applicable) will contact you to schedule a brief planning call about one month prior to the Institute to discuss logistics, roles, responsibilities, and overall direction of the session. 


Once you have read the information above, please complete the survey by Wednesday, August 15.

Arrival at the Institute

Please check in at the Thorne Auditorium Lobby, 375 East Chicago Avenue one-half hour before your presentation is scheduled to begin.

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.

Affiliate and Sponsorship Programs

Our Affiliate Program provides firms and organizations the opportunity to purchase discounted group tuition to the Institute. A Sponsorship Program has also been established to help subsidize costs and provide an enriched experience to our attendees. 


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