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May 2018 E-Newsletter

In This Issue
 
Federation Publications
Litigation
 Management College &
LMC Graduate Program
May 20-23, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Midwest Regional Corporate Counsel
CLE Presentation
June 14, 2018
Chicago, IL

2018 Annual Meeting
July 29-August 4, 2018
Wailea Beach, HI

15th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium
September 16-18, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

2019 Winter Meeting
March 24-28, 2019
J.W. Marriott
Austin, TX
From the President 
 
Take Advantage of
Your Federation Opportunities

You already know this, but professional legal associations have changed.  This is actually true of all professional associations, but I know more about the legal associations than any others.  Back in the day, you joined organizations like the ABA to get education, updates on trends and to network. 
 
Then things changed.  The internet happened and apps happened.  Think about the educational opportunities and industry trends you get at your fingertips from your laptop and tablet.  Meetings began feeling outdated and attendance lagged.  More than anything, social media started allowing us to connect with friends and colleagues without having to travel to meetings. 
 
The point is that progress changed organizations and their challenge is to change with it.  Most are not and are shriveling up.  The FDCC has bucked this trend.
 
I joined the FDCC for all the normal reasons.  But the Federation felt different because our organization was not one you joined - you earned your membership into a special group of not only the finest collection of attorneys, but the best people.  Our corporate members are colleagues, not clients.  They have learned that there is a big difference between getting a lead on a lawyer versus getting a recommendation from a trusted group of FDCC members and getting to know them at our meetings.
 
We just came off one of the highest attended Winter meetings with more in-house attendees than ever before.  Membership numbers are up with defense counsel, corporate counsel and international.  The Federation is successful because there is no other organization like us.  And we have changed to meet the needs of all our members. 
 
There is not enough time or space for me to talk about all the seriously cool things happening in the FDCC.  Just look at the Evolve program.  This provides hands on technology training that will transform the way you do your job and practice law.  These are not my words, but rather one of our first class of participants.  No other organization is offering anything like this. 
 
Above all, what makes us different is you.  We come to meetings because we have deep, long-lasting professional and personal relationships with each other that you do not find in other legal organizations.  For many of us, the Federation is not just family-friendly, it is family. 
 
So, we have some ways coming up where you can take advantage of your membership.
 
Board Elections
 
10 years ago I decided to run for a Board position.  Hands down, it was the best professional decision I ever made.
 
You each are incredibly talented or you would not be in the organization.  We need you to share your talents with the Federation.  I really want to encourage our in-house colleagues to run, your insights on how we can help companies meet the challenges of tomorrow are a big key to our success. 
 
It is easy to run.  Let me and our new Executive Director, Bernie Heinze, know you want to run and provide us with your leadership summary.  You will not regret for a moment being part of the Board.
We also need your input into the candidates.  The Nominating Committee will be meeting Thursday August 2 at the Annual Meeting in Hawaii.  We need to know your opinion on who should be the future leaders so sign up for times to speak that morning.  If you cannot make it in person, send us an email or letter with your thoughts on the candidates.
 
Annual Meeting
 
Registration for the Annual Meeting in Maui, Hawaii is open!  You do not want to miss out on this meeting that runs from July 29 through August 4.  The location and hotel are stunning.  Todd and Debbie Roberts have planned a once-in-a-lifetime meeting for you and your family.  Bob Christie has put together a terrific program you will not want to miss.  We are expecting high attendance so sign up today!  Click here to register.
 
Midwest Regional Meeting
 
We are hosting a half day meeting in Chicago on June 14, 2018.  The program is free for defense counsel and in-house counsel.  Dan McGrath has put together an amazing list of speakers and will cover key topics of interest to businesses today.  If you are within shouting distance of Chicago, you definitely do not want to miss this opportunity.  Click here to register.
 
Things are happening in the Federation - be a part of it. 
 
 
Scott Kreamer
FDCC Corporate Counsel Seminar 
Chicago, Illinois - June 14, 2018

The FDCC will be conducting its latest in expanding series of continuing education opportunities for members in Chicago on June 14, 2018. The FDCC will present a complimentary afternoon of continuing legal education and continuing education programming and discussion focused on a broad variety of topics of interest to corporate counsel, risk managers, and insurance industry professionals. FDCC members and invited guests will attend this seminar at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's new Chicago offices commencing at 1:00 p.m. A reception for attendees and guests will follow immediately at 5:00 p.m. This program presents a great opportunity for meeting FDCC members, obtaining CLE and CE credit and enjoy FDCC fellowship.

The employment practices and workplace liability substantive law section will present on the subject of: #Not You Too - What employers need to know to avoid liability. This presentation will address sexual harassment in the #Me Too era, including recent regulatory activity, best practices for employers, and proper parameters of investigations. Sexual orientation and gender identity issues will also be addressed, including case law and statutory requirements under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, with specific discussions addressing sexual orientation, discrimination, and protections for transgender individuals. The concluding portion of this section will address pay equity laws, both federal and state, lessons from recent federal and state decisions, data collection and salary history issues, including the OFCCP and EEOC, and mitigating risk and best practices. Presenters are Paul Finamore, Helen Holden, Jean Faure, and Caroline Berdzik.

The commercial litigation substantive law section will present on the subject of corporate responses to government investigations and subpoenas in a presentation entitled "What do you mean the Feds are in the Lobby"? The topics this presentation will address include federal and state government subpoenas seeking production of documents, federal and state subpoenas seeking to interview and/or depose witnesses, and best practices for responding to such subpoenas. The presenters will also address consumer product safety commission requests for information in documents, OSHA investigations, and FAA and DOT administrative audits regarding the shipment of potentially hazardous products in interstate commerce and particularly batteries. Presenters are William Vita, Howard Merten, and Mark Hickok of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation.

The class action and multi-district litigation substantive law section will present on discovery strategies for defeating class action certification and winning at trial. Presenters Neil Hartzell and Linda Woolf will discuss recent federal decisions of interest and strategies for defeating class action certification, and laying the ground work to prevail at trial. The data breach, privacy and cyber insurance substantive law section will present on matters of interest to corporate counsel, risk managers and practitioners in this area of law. The presenters will provide "in the trenches" experience and guidance to assist in the planning for and responding to emerging cyber security threats. The cyber and data breach legal landscape and emerging trends will be addressed as will FTC enforcement priorities. The case law and regulations surrounding the internet of things, vulnerabilities and risk management role in identifying potential privacy concerns, and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation which is coming into effect in May, 2018 will also be discussed. Insurance coverage issues associated with cyber and privacy matters, including coverages of available under the traditional suite of insurance policies, such as general liability, professional liability, product liability policies, and limitations associated with such coverage, as well as under dedicated cyber policies; will be discussed.

Please join us in Chicago and partake in this high quality programming and opportunity for FDCC fellowship.

Condolences
 
The FDCC extends our sympathy and support to the family, friends and colleagues of Lawrence Randolph Bailey, Jr., who passed away on May 2 in Westchester at the age of 68
 
Lawrence was the first African-American attorney to become an equity partner at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. He had been a member of the FDCC since 1999.
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2020 FDCC Winter Meeting

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FDCC Insurance Coverage Training Academy

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2020 FDCC Annual Meeting

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