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Day 1 | In-House Practice in the Age of COVID-19 (2021 Corporate Counsel Section Annual CLE)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Employment Issues in the COVID-19 Era

Susan G. James, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh
Rosemary G. "Rose" Kenyon, Smith Anderson, Raleigh
Kathryn F. "Kathy" Twiddy, Mayne Pharma, Raleigh (Moderator)

Employers are facing a myriad of issues, whether operating on-site or working remotely, in light of COVID-19. Issues include complying with OSHA obligations to provide a safe work environment, conducting health checks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, considering accommodations for employees in high risk categories or suffering from anxiety, dealing with employees who are parents of school-age children, and facing layoffs/furloughs and pay cuts, among other things. This panel provides practical advice on key issues and share experiences regarding how various organizations have faced these challenges.

10:00      Break

10:10      Cybersecurity Lessons for Corporate Counsel‡

Allen T. O'Rourke, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
Shannon Ralich, Bandwidth Inc., Raleigh

Gain technical and legal insights to better enable corporate counsel to identify and address legal issues related to cybersecurity. This session explains key concepts of internet technology and cybercrime, discusses major areas of legal risk related to cybersecurity, and provides tips to help corporate counsel handle such issues effectively. In the process, we draw upon our own experiences helping organizations navigate cybersecurity legal issues in order to share practical lessons and insights.

11:10      Break

11:20      Force Majeure and Other Contractual Issues Raised by COVID-19

Robert E. "Rob" Harrington, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
Brandon Neal, Novant Health, Charlotte

This session focuses on the various contractual issues raised by COVID-19. Whether or not a contract has adequate protections or remedies to guard against COVID-19 ramifications depends upon how carefully it was drafted. Common contractual issues raised by COVID-19 include interpretations in the areas of force majeure, timely delivery, notice and mitigation, termination/cancellation/rescheduling flexibility, warranty, other key contractual terms which affect costs and dispute resolution.

12:20      Adjourn

12:30      Optional Session | This session does not offer MCLE credit.

Where We Stand and Taking it Forward Together: How Corporate Counsel Can Move Forward and Increase Allyship and Inclusion in the Workplace

Dr. Arin Reeves

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‡Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit

Description

This program discusses the impact of COVID-19 and provides updates in critical practice areas of particular interest to in-house attorneys, including employment, contracting, cybersecurity, privacy, and legal enforcement.

With the pandemic affecting every aspect of our personal and professional lives, learn and explore how to prioritize our own well-being during this challenging time.

Contributors

  • Matthew A. Cordell

    Matthew A. Cordell is the Senior Information Technology Counsel at VF Corporation, a Fortune 250 company, where he manages a small team focused on privacy law, data security law, and global technology contracting. Matt serves as the founding chair of the NC State Bar's Privacy and Data Security Specialization Committee, the nation's first and only state bar specialization in the practice area. He is certified as a specialist in Privacy and Data Security Law by the NC State Bar, qualified as a Privacy Law Specialist by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the American Bar Association, and holds both the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) designations from the IAPP. Before joining VF in 2017, Matt was a shareholder at Ward and Smith, P.A. in Raleigh.

    Matt is a graduate of the UNC School of Law and received his MBA from Campbell University.

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  • Clara R. Cottrell

    Clara R. Cottrell is Senior Counsel, Compliance & Privacy with BASF Corporation in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina where she advises on privacy strategy and supports digital projects and initiatives across the company. Clara has been named a 40 Under Forty by The Business Journal, a 2013 Legal Elite Young Guns Best Under 40 and a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star.

    Clara received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University and went on to earn her J.D. degree from Wake Forest University. After law school, Clara clerked for the Honorable Judge Ben Tennille (retired) in the North Carolina Business Court. Clara was in private practice at Smith Moore Leatherwood, now Fox Rothschild, in Greensboro, NC, before joining BASF in July 2013. Clara continues to volunteer her time with Wake Forest University School of Law as a mentor and as a member of the Rose Council for young alumni. She is also actively involved in the North Carolina Bar Association with the Corporate Counsel Section (past Section Chair, Council member, and former Membership Committee co-chair) and the new Privacy and Data Security Section (Council member).

    Clara and her family live in Carrboro, North Carolina, from which they base their many RV'ing adventures. Her two favorite perks of working for BASF are the global colleagues she interacts with every day and access to the BASF wine cellar in Germany.

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  • Lynn S. Garson

    Lynn S. Garson, BakerHostetler, Atlanta, GA

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  • Robert E. "Rob" Harrington

    Robert E. "Rob" Harrington, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte

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  • Susan G. James

    Susan G. James, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh

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  • Rosemary G. "Rose" Kenyon

    Rosemary G. "Rose" Kenyon, Smith Anderson, Raleigh

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  • Brandon Neal

    Brandon Neal, Novant Health, Charlotte

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  • Allen T. O'Rourke

    Allen T. O'Rourke, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte

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  • Shannon B. Ralich

    Shannon B. Ralich, Bandwidth Inc., Raleigh

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  • Brian J. Smith

    Brian J. Smith, K&L Gates LLP, Chicago, IL

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  • Kathryn F. "Kathy" Twiddy

    Kathryn F. "Kathy" Twiddy, Mayne Pharma, Raleigh

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January 21, 2021
Thu 8:55 AM EST

Duration 3H 25M

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