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Day 2 | In-House Practice in the Age of COVID-19 (2021 Corporate Counsel Section Annual CLE)

8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Department of Justice Update

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

Dive into a discussion regarding recent enforcement actions brought by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, including civil and criminal proceedings and investigations in various industries, technology, food supply, healthcare, and telecom. The presenter considers the shift in administration priorities in the last year, and the Department's response to COVID-19.

10:00      Break

10:10      Privacy Update: Welcome to the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)‡

Matthew A. Cordell, VF Corporation, Greensboro
Clara R. Cottrell, BASF Corporation, Research Triangle Park

This presentation discusses what the new California Privacy Rights Act means for the future of privacy. Through a practical discussion, this session also highlights the key differences between the CPRA and the CCPA and the impact on various industries.

11:10      Break

11:20      Mental Health Spotlight—Prioritizing Our Mental Health During COVID-19†

Lynn S. Garson, BakerHostetler, Atlanta, GA

Everything we do is exponentially more difficult than it was in February 2020. Stressors include family, client, work, technology, finances, isolation, medical issues, grief and reaction to stress. Then there is "racial stress" meaning the disproportionate impact of so many of these stressors on Black people and other people of color. In all settings, including in house, lawyers are often perfectionists who minimize or ignore the emotional toll as a matter of culture and habit.

12:20      Adjourn

†Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
‡Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit


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.


  • 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 22, 2021
Fri 8:55 AM EST

Duration 3H 25M

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