2019 Schedule

All sessions will take place at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Session times and speakers are subject to change.

2019 CCI Brochure PDF

Thursday, September 26, 2019

7:15-8:15 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable - RSVP Required
Trade Secret Theft: An Ounce of Prevention Before You Need a Pound of Cure
Presented by Charles River Associates

  • 67% of departing - and incoming - employees are bringing with them trade secrets, confidential information, and other risk
  • The focus of this discussion will be on practical strategies to minimize the risk, while maximizing the ability to prove and recover from misconduct

Cuyler Robinson, Vice President, Charles River Associates, Chicago

Shannon T. Murphy, Winston & Strawn LLP
Alejandro (Alex) Martinez, Information Technology, Information Security, Cyber Security, Privacy, and Trade Secret Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company

RSVP by email to Peter.Skrabacz@law.northwestern.edu

7:45 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30–8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Overview

James B. Speta, Vice Dean and Elizabeth Froehling Horner Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago
Suzanne S. Bettman, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, LSC Communications, Inc., Chicago

8:45–9:45 a.m. - The Rise of AI and its Implications for GCs

Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning are starting to impact every aspect of business and raise new issues for the Legal Department. This panel will explore the legal issues that in-house practitioners should be considering as AI progresses toward more widespread adoption.

Andrew Polovin, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Uptake Technologies, Inc., Chicago 

Nathaniel M. Glasser, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Washington, DC
Mark M. MacCarthy, Senior Fellow, Institute for Technology Law and Policy, Georgetown Law School, Washington, DC
Sarah Pearce, Paul Hastings LLP, London
Dean Sonderegger, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., Reston, VA

9:45–10 a.m. - Break

10–11 a.m. - Current Trends in Litigation

  • Best practices for defending class actions
  • Jury trials: Have reality TV and the current political climate impacted best practices for presenting your case?
  • Data privacy: risks and best practices
  • AI and other tools to assess litigation risk and manage litigation

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, Bartlit Beck LLP, Chicago 

Amy E. Keller, DiCello Levitt Gutzler, Chicago
Stacey Dixon Mahone, Assistant General Counsel, Litigation and Compliance, Green Thumb Industries, Chicago
Sarah Padgitt, Associate General Counsel, Baxter International Inc. Deerfield, IL

11–11:15 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. - Implicit Bias & the Law: Navigating the Legal Implications Within Your Organization

Beyond recognizing our own implicit biases, we need to understand how these biases affect our organization’s internal policies and informal cultural expectations.  Implicit bias influences many aspects of how we work, including hiring and managing, compliance, and providing guidance to business units. This presentation will help you understand the practical implications of implicit biases and best practices to navigate them. 

Session will be submitted for Illinois Diversity and Inclusion Credit, and for similar credit in other states as applicable.

Arin N. Reeves, President & Managing Director, Nextions LLC, Chicago

12:15–1:15 p.m. - Lunch (provided)

1:15–2:45 p.m. - Hot Topics in Labor and Employment

  • #MeToo
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Medical marijuana
  • EEOC update (and the pay data issue)
  • Pay equity
  • Independent contractors

Joan B. Tucker Fife, Winston & Strawn LLP, San Francisco 


Kara Harchuck, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Hunt Companies, Inc., Chicago
Andrew M. Johnstone, Associate General Counsel, US Foods Holding Corp., Rosemont, IL
Anna Wermuth, Cozen O’Connor, Chicago 

2:45–3 p.m. - Break

3–4 p.m. - Corporate Governance–The New Paradigm?

Is an evolution underway? Recent proposals would shift the long-accepted doctrine of corporate purpose to maximize profits for shareholders to a "New Paradigm" in which corporations would create value for a broader set of stakeholders, serve a beneficial social purpose, and prioritize ESG issues. Would this would beat back the short-termism that's come to dominate the market? Our experts will debate the shift and how it may play out in practice.

Kristin M. Coleman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, US Foods Holding Corp., Rosemont, IL 

Ashley Keller, Keller Lenkner LLC, Chicago
Sabastian V. Niles, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York City 

4–4:15 p.m. - Break

4:15–5:15 p.m. - Legal Pitfalls in Social Media

Digital and social media has proliferated over the past decade, and it's no longer just a way of keeping up with friends and family—social media is a multi-billion dollar industry, and is used by companies for marketing and communications. However, there are a number of pitfalls that any company can face as they navigate use of social media. In this panel, we'll discuss:

  • Learning from others' mistakes
  • Considerations around selling through social media sites
  • Legal arrangements with influencers

James M. Shea Jr., Paul Hastings LLP, New York City

Emily M. Milman, Senior Corporate Counsel, Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc., Northbrook, IL 
Matthew J. Revord, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief People Officer and Secretary, Potbelly Corporation, Chicago
Bettina Stephenson, Account Director, Mcgarrybowen, New York City

5:15–6:15 p.m. - Reception Sponsored by Mayer Brown

Friday, September 27, 2019

7:15-8:15 a.m. - Optional Breakfast Roundtable - RSVP Required
Let's (Not) Issue a Press Release: Ten Principles of Crisis Management Every Corporate Counsel Should Take to Heart
Presented by Abernathy MacGregor

Ian Campbell, Vice Chairman, Abernathy MacGregor, Los Angeles
Dan Scorpio, Senior Vice President, Abernathy MacGregor, Chicago

RSVP by email to Peter.Skrabacz@law.northwestern.edu

8:30–9:30 a.m. - What's the Story on You? Sizing Up Your Leadership Potential

As humans, we're wired to make quick judgements about one another. As leaders, you're walking into situations every day where employees, clients, and business partners are making assessments about your competence, likeability, and trustworthiness. In this session, we'll look at how you use these moments and the interactions that follow to intentionally direct and shape the story on you.

Shana Carroll, Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Program in Communicating for Impact, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

9:30–9:45 a.m. - Break

9:45–10:45 a.m. - Corporate Investigations in a Modern World

In this fast-paced crisis scenario, learn how you should plan for and be better prepared to make critical decisions to mitigate corporate risk.  

Jeffrey E. Stone, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Chicago

Carrie Di Santo, Managing Director, Enterprise Risk Management and Global Chief Compliance Officer, CME Group, Chicago
Jeanine Jiganti, General Counsel, Walmart Health & Wellness, Bentonville, AR
John C. Kocoras, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago 

10:45–11 a.m. - Break

11 a.m.–12 p.m. - Mindfulness Matters: Coaching for Your Brain

Mindfulness and other wellness practices can positively impact your well-being as well as your company’s bottom line. Understand why and how legal teams are embracing the journey toward improving mindfulness and resilience. Learn beneficial tips and practices for every stage of your journey toward improving your well- being.

Session will be submitted for Illinois Mental Health and Substance Abuse Credit, and for similar credit in other states as applicable.

Jodi J. Caro, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary, ULTA Beauty, Inc., Bolingbrook, IL 

Brett C. Bartlett, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta
William F. Dugan, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Chicago 
Brenda Jacobsen, Chief Executive Officer, LIFE Cross Training, Chicago, IL 

12–12:20 p.m. - Boxed Lunch Break

12:20–1:20 p.m. - Hot Topics in Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Representation & warranty insurance: prevalence, features, and watch-outs
  • Developments in M&A case law
  • Due diligence and the tough issues: privacy, anti-bribery, corporate culture/ESG Issues
  • Best practices in M&A integration

Colleen Batcheler, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Conagra Brands, Inc., Chicago 

Brian J. Fahrney, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago
Jennifer S. Muller, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey, San Francisco
Alan K. Tse, Global Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Jones Lang LaSalle, Chicago 

1:20–1:35 p.m. - Break

1:35–2:35 p.m. - Ethics: Lessons Learned from Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

In this interactive program, we will examine the rise and fall of Theranos and the actions of their corporate counsel and the Board of Directors.  From investigations of employees to statements to the press, this bloody debacle will serve as a cautionary tale for all of us.

Mary K. Foster, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago 
Wendy J. Muchman, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago 

D. Cameron Findlay, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Chicago 
Michael R. McAlevey, Vice President, General Counsel & Business Development Leader, GE Healthcare, Chicago 

2:35–2:45 p.m. - Transition Break

2:45–3:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

Public Company Roundtable

  • Tone at the top: role of the GC in creating and maintaining an ethical culture
  • Implications of securities laws, antitrust laws and other lodestar laws
  • Developing a successful governance roadshow
  • Steering the legal department for success

Brad L. Peterson, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago

Brian Farley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, Allscripts, Chicago
Elena Kraus, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, IL
Suzette M. Long, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Caterpillar Inc., Deerfield, IL 
Michelle M. Warner, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, USG Corporation, Chicago

Private Company Roundtable

  • Best practices for corporate compliance programs
  • Renegotiating insurance programs: D&O, property and representation & warranty
  • Navigating private-public partnerships: ethics, transparency and cybersecurity

Edward B. Winslow, Jones Day, Chicago 

Baird Allis, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Old Republic International Corp., Chicago 
Christopher G. Athas, Vice President–General Counsel and Secretary, Amsted Industries, Chicago 
Mischelle Causey-Drake, Chief Program Quality and Compliance Officer, After School Matters, Chicago

3:45 p.m. - Program Concludes