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This week’s Corporate Legal Operations Consortium Vegas Institute was the largest U.S. conference dedicated to #LegalO...
05/17/2019
Scenes From CLOC 2019: Photos Inside the Event | Corporate Counsel

This week’s Corporate Legal Operations Consortium Vegas Institute was the largest U.S. conference dedicated to #LegalOps education & networking in 2019, w/ more than 2,000 registered attendees. http://ow.ly/zDjB30oLgtd #CLOC2019 #CLOC2019Vegas CLOC

With more than 2,000 registered attendees, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium's Vegas Institute is the largest U.S. conference of its kind. ...

Vania Wit, a 2019 SuperConference panelist, spoke with Corporate Counsel about diversity & inclusion initiatives at Unit...
05/17/2019
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Need to Make Business Sense: A Q&A With Vania Wit of United Airlines | Corporate Counsel

Vania Wit, a 2019 SuperConference panelist, spoke with Corporate Counsel about diversity & inclusion initiatives at United Airlines Airlines & a firm’s responsibility in #diversity & inclusion. http://ow.ly/JDjN30oL7Q9

Vania Wit, a 2019 SuperConference panelist, spoke with Corporate Counsel about diversity and inclusion initiatives at United and a firm’s responsib...

The analysis conducted by ndp analytics and funded by the business-friendly ILR found that of the 10% of employment deci...
05/17/2019
Want to Win in an Employment Dispute? For Workers, Study Says to Arbitrate, Not Litigate | Corporate Counsel

The analysis conducted by ndp analytics and funded by the business-friendly ILR found that of the 10% of employment decisions resolved by a decision in arbitration and the 14% resolved by a decision in litigation, employees were 32% more likely to win in an arbitration proceeding, compared to 11% in litigation. The report, which ILR touts as the largest study of employment dispute resolution, is based on an analysis of nearly 100,000 employment arbitration cases and federal court cases that ended between 2014 and 2018.

https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2019/05/16/want-to-win-in-an-employment-dispute-for-workers-study-says-to-arbitrate-not-litigate/

A study released Thursday found that of the 10% of employment decisions resolved by a decision in arbitration and the 14% resolved by a decision in...

"You can’t just focus on numbers and the initiative has to be presented to the department and to the internal client a...
05/17/2019
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Need to Make Business Sense: A Q&A With Vania Wit of United Airlines | Corporate Counsel

"You can’t just focus on numbers and the initiative has to be presented to the department and to the internal client as an effort you want to initiate because it makes good business sense. There has to be an appreciation that one of the key reasons you’re doing it is because you get better quality work product, you build better relationships and it is important for us as a company that when we have representatives from firms seeing our face that they are reflective of who we are." http://ow.ly/3s7650ufq3q

Vania Wit, a 2019 SuperConference panelist, spoke with Corporate Counsel about diversity and inclusion initiatives at United and a firm’s...

Lisa Brown, Starbucks Corp.’s legal and corporate affairs operations and strategy managing director, said her departme...
05/17/2019
Legal Ops Leaders Outline Diversity and Inclusion Strategies at CLOC | Corporate Counsel

Lisa Brown, Starbucks Corp.’s legal and corporate affairs operations and strategy managing director, said her department has found success in creating a common lexicon for diversity and inclusion initiatives, and tracking metrics to analyze how new strategies are working.

Starbucks has also had a diversity and inclusion committee since 2002, one that received strong support from the company’s general counsel. Panelists agreed that the inclusion aspect of diversity and inclusion is harder to measure, but it’s a good sign if women and people of color aren’t quickly leaving the company or being left out of leadership.

http://ow.ly/b4aF50ufppo

Legal operations professionals from Starbucks, Oracle and Northwestern Mutual discussed what's worked and what hasn't in their diversity programs,...

Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Department of the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the Treas...
05/16/2019
US Treasury Department Warns Cryptocurrency Businesses on Compliance | Corporate Counsel

Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Department of the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, estimates $1.5 billion in funds were stolen in just the past two years from hacking attacks on virtual currency exchangers and administrators used to generate revenues for bad actors and that 47,000 suspicious activities reports, or SARs, have been filed mentioning virtual currency since 2013. http://ow.ly/82My50ufpb8

Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Department of the Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said “bad actors are trying to leverage...

Sometimes lawyers may resist change, even when it’s adapted to their needs, Travelers corporate legal ops second vice ...
05/16/2019
The People Side of Legal Ops: 5 Takeaways From CLOC Conference | Corporate Counsel

Sometimes lawyers may resist change, even when it’s adapted to their needs, Travelers corporate legal ops second vice president Stacy Walsh said. In those cases, pressure needs to come from the top. “You don’t want to play that card, because you want to bring people along because they see the value … but at the end of the day there’s significant power in, ‘because the GC wants it,’” Walsh said. https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2019/05/16/the-people-side-of-legal-ops-5-takeaways-from-cloc-conference/

On Day Two of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, panelists raised the importance of hiring strong talent, nurturing workers inside the...

In a new study on data privacy regulation compliance, about half of the survey respondents whose companies are affected ...
05/16/2019
US Companies Repeating Data Privacy Compliance Mistakes, Study Shows | Corporate Counsel

In a new study on data privacy regulation compliance, about half of the survey respondents whose companies are affected by GDPR revealed they had failed to meet last May’s deadline to comply with the regulations. http://ow.ly/ftMO50ufoMa

Half of U.S. companies included in this new survey missed the GDPR deadline, and 70% said their compliance systems won't adapt to new regulations. Despite those foreboding findings, the majority of companies said they'd could meet the CCPA compliance deadline, which is less than seven months away.

There is no “hard and fast” corporate law rule on the proper size of the governing board. In its periodic considerat...
05/16/2019
New Developments Merit Nominating Committee Briefing | Corporate Counsel

There is no “hard and fast” corporate law rule on the proper size of the governing board. In its periodic consideration of board size, the nominating committee should be guided by factors that are intended to enhance director engagement and independent board oversight. The general counsel is well qualified to advise the nominating committee on these types of issues. http://ow.ly/gXG650uf9Tk

An exceptional series of recent governance developments warrants a briefing by the general counsel to the board’s nominating committee.

Despite critics who have challenged the legality of the process, the SEC filed every public company enforcement action i...
05/16/2019
New Report Shows More SEC Enforcement Actions, Record High Use of Administrative Law Judges | Corporate Counsel

Despite critics who have challenged the legality of the process, the SEC filed every public company enforcement action in the first half of fiscal 2019 as an administrative proceeding, according to a new report. http://ow.ly/ZW2o30oKnB8 Cornerstone Research

It’s the first time at least since 2010 that 100% of the SEC’s actions were brought before an administrative law judge, according to a new report f...

In the footsteps of Betty Dukes several hundred women across a dozen states or more are filing individual discrimination...
05/16/2019
Walmart Faces New Round of Gender Discrimination Suits Based on 2001 Dukes Complaint | Corporate Counsel

In the footsteps of Betty Dukes several hundred women across a dozen states or more are filing individual discrimination suits against Walmart, according to Christine Webber, a civil rights lawyer & partner w/ Cohen Milstein http://ow.ly/YAh030oKnly #diversity

The Betty Dukes case still haunts Walmart’s legal department, which is having to deal with the latest round of gender discrimination lawsuits filed...

The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium will begin beta testing membership for outside counsel in "a couple months," p...
05/15/2019
CLOC Is Opening Up to (Some) Firm Lawyers | Corporate Counsel

The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium will begin beta testing membership for outside counsel in "a couple months," president Mary O'Carroll said at the group's institute Tuesday. http://ow.ly/NEr630oK13W CLOC Mary O'Carroll #LegalOps

The Corporate Legal Operations Consortium will begin beta testing membership for outside counsel in a couple months, president Mary O'Carroll said ...

Preventing a recall, legal experts told Corporate Counsel, begins well before a product goes to market.It “is about en...
05/15/2019
Does the Legal Department Have a Role in Preventing a Product Recall? | Corporate Counsel

Preventing a recall, legal experts told Corporate Counsel, begins well before a product goes to market.

It “is about ensuring that the design, development, manufacture and marketing of your product is kept under close scrutiny,” Alison Newstead, a partner/solicitor at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in London, said in an email, adding that keeping a watchful eye on the manufacturing process and quality control measures is also extremely important, particularly when manufacturing is carried out overseas.

“Product recalls often stem from products not being manufactured to specification; both in terms of design and materials,” she said. “Some companies even ‘parachute in’ quality control managers to overseas production plants to ensure that production continually meets the requisite standards.”

http://ow.ly/SN5g50ubYD3

Legal experts talked with Corporate Counsel about what corporate law departments can do before, during and after a product recall or other...

It works like this: After receiving membership to the group, female entrepreneurs or co-founders of a pre-Series B compa...
05/15/2019
Women Legal Execs, Entrepreneurs Celebrate New Networking Venture: 'The Fourth Floor' | Corporate Counsel

It works like this: After receiving membership to the group, female entrepreneurs or co-founders of a pre-Series B companies are connected with female in-house counsel with at least eight years of experience through a curated networking event. The attorneys provide advice and guidance on how to expand and grow the company. Should the company take off, the lawyer would then potentially sit on the advisory board or have another influential role in the growth of the business, helping both parties. http://ow.ly/uWTG50ubYhv

The group's founders got an enthusiastic response at a launch event at Davis Wright Tremaine's New York offices Monday night.

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