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Corporate Counsel Institute To Explore Today’s Regulatory Environment

Law practitioners also to discuss recent SEC developments, M&A issues

CHICAGO --- The “life cycle” of a regulatory matter, the current focus of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings reviews, and best practices in communications, budgets and department tracking are among key topics to be covered during the 53rd annual Corporate Counsel Institute hosted by Northwestern University School of Law.

The institute, to be held Oct. 2 and 3 at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Conference Center, located on the third floor of Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior St. in Chicago, features leading practitioners, academics and regulatory officials who provide in-house counsel with updates on legal developments and current issues impacting business. 

Institute highlights include an update on recent SEC developments with Karen Garnett, associate director, Division of Corporation Finance, and perspectives on cybersecurity from William Ridgway, assistant U.S. attorney and deputy chief of the National Security & Cybercrimes Section, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chicago.

Additional features include a conversation with Delaware law experts on technical pitfalls in board and stockholder actions and small group breakout sessions for in-house attorneys at private and public companies.

“This institute is the Midwest’s most important gathering of influential leaders and innovative thinkers in the in-house community,” said Robert Sacks, institute chair and executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, SP Plus Corporation. “The opportunity to engage with regulators and experienced in-house lawyers and firm practitioners who are on the front lines of highly topical issues makes for a truly unique educational experience. I have been a part of this institute for a long time, and I look forward to it every year. This year’s program is going to be first-rate.” 

There will also be a special keynote discussion entitled “Changing Lives and Delivering Justice: Work on the Behalf of the Wrongfully Convicted.”

Karen Daniel and Jane Raley, clinical professors of law and co-directors of Northwestern Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, will be joined by Sacks in a conversation about the legal work that is bringing society’s ambition of justice for all to reality.

Designed exclusively by a committee of general counsels from some of the Midwest’s leading corporations, the Corporate Counsel Institute provides a forum to learn from leading regulators and practitioners in the field and for peers to network and discuss the hottest issues that in-house counsels are grappling with today. 

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