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Corporate Counsel Institute to Explore Legal Environment

Law practitioners to discuss cybersecurity, employment law, SEC updates and more

CHICAGO --- How governance structures can effectively work best in overseeing cybersecurity, strategies and best practices for shareholder engagement and trends in employment law are among key topics to be covered during the 54th annual Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI) hosted by Northwestern University School of Law.

The Institute, to be held Oct. 8 and 9 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 and regulatory officials who provide in-house counsel with updates on legal developments and current issues impacting business.  

Leading off the Institute will be an interactive simulation of a data breach followed by an exploration of issues corporate counsel face interacting with the board on cybersecurity.

Other Institute highlights include an update on recent SEC developments, preparing for and responding to economic pressure by shareholder activists, best practices in law department management and a review of recent Supreme Court decisions. 

Additional sessions include panels on lessons learned doing business internationally and developments in mergers and acquisitions.                                                                     

The 2015 CCI is chaired by Maria C. Green, institute chair, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Illinois Tool Works Inc., Glenview, Illinois.

Speakers this year include the general counsel of W.W. Grainger, Inc.; Dover Corporation; Northern Trust Corporation; Zebra Technologies Corporation; R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company; Crate & Barrel; Constellation Brands, Inc.; Advocate Health Care Network; TreeHouse Foods, Inc.; Duchossois Capital Management LLC; and Illinois Tool Works Inc., as well as staff from the SEC’s Chicago regional office and the Washington, D.C.-based Division of Corporation Finance.

Designed exclusively by a committee of general counsel 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. 

For more information and to register online, visit www.law.northwestern.edu/cci. Email professional-ed@law.northwestern.edu with questions about the registration process.

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