University of Texas School of Law
39th Annual
Corporate Counsel Institute
Houston May 11-12, 2017 Hotel Derek
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast May 11-12, 2017
Conference Concluded
EVENT SPONSORS
Bracewell LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP

SPONSORS
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Langley & Banack, Inc.
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Mayer Brown LLP
Porter Hedges LLP
Reed Smith LLP
Thompson & Knight LLP
Yetter Coleman LLP

UT Law CLE

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

Program Features
The 39th Annual Corporate Counsel Institute offers in-depth, practical discussions on legal issues for in-house counsel and outside counsel who represent companies of all sizes. The Institute is presented by the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law.

2017 program highlights include:
  • In-house perspective into pressures to improve disclosure, increase board diversity, enhance corporate governance and stave off cyber-attacks in What Keeps Boards Up at Night?
  • Updates on employment law, trends in mergers and acquisitions, trade secret best practices, and trends in compensation
  • A discussion of Effective Partnering, including best practices for effective communication between in-house and outside counsel on all facets of litigation practice, with focus on recent changes to the role of in-house counsel
  • The Opportunity to Trump Obama's Environmental & Energy Agenda: a review of the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and what it means for the energy industry
  • Judicial Views on the Role of In-House Counsel and the C-Suite featuring Hon Caroline Elizabeth Baker, 295th Civil District Court, Hon. Alfred Bennett, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, and Hon. Randall W. Wilson, 157th District Court.
  • Cybersecurity updates, including insights into the risks when data breaches occur and how to manage a data breach crisis, and practical tips for how to respond to network intrusions, data loss, data breach, and cyber disruption
  • Multiple networking opportunities with program faculty and attendees and the opportunity to earn up to 15.00 hours of CLE credit, including 3.00 hours of ethics

UT Law CLE

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

9/25/17
Schedule

Thursday Morning, May 11, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Sylvia Ann Cardona, Langley & Banack, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

7:30 am

Houston Only

Registration Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:20 am
Welcoming Remarks

8:30 am

0.75 hr

Employment Law Update

Analyze recent legal developments in employment law and non-compete rulings, including litigation trends, EEOC enforcement guidelines, FLSA changes and regulations, and social media issues.

Gary D. Eisenstat, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - Dallas, TX

9:15 am

0.50 hr

Choosing the Right Entity for You

Discuss the legal and practical points to consider when choosing the right legal entity for your business, and explore the overlooked pitfalls associated with that decision. 

William H. Sultemeier IV, OGE Energy Corp - Oklahoma City, OK

9:45 am

0.75 hr

What Keeps Boards Up at Night?

With pressures from regulators, shareholders, and proxy advisory firms to improve disclosure, increase board diversity, enhance corporate governance, and stave off cyber-attacks, directors must be more alert than ever in this constantly evolving corporate environment. Hear insights and practical tips on the topics that keep boards up at night.

Moderator:
Sean Gorman, Bracewell LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Shannon Weinberg Kinney, ConocoPhillips Company - Houston, TX
Emily Ennis Leitch, Jones Day - Houston, TX

10:30 am
Break

10:45 am

1.00 hr

Effective Partnering

Review best practices for effective communication between in-house and outside counsel on all facets of litigation practice, including discovery, budgeting, dialogue with the opponent, and trial strategy. Explore recent changes—including market realities—to the role of in-house counsel in these complicated situations.

Moderator:
James Edward Zucker, Yetter Coleman LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Brandy L. Copley, GE Capital Energy Financial Services - Houston, TX
Kenneth E. Broughton, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX
Roderick Duncan Hardie, Exterran - Houston, TX
C. E. Rhodes, Baker Hughes Incorporated - Houston, TX

11:45 am

0.75 hr

Government Relations

Knowing the legal landscape and rules is necessary but sometimes not sufficient. Discover how government relations professionals can assist counsel in avoiding and minimizing problems or assist in making good things happen—whether at the agency or legislative level.  

Denise Davis, Davis Kaufman PLLC - Austin, TX
C. Andrew Weber, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX
Eric Woomer, Eric Woomer Policy Solutions - Austin, TX

12:30 pm

Houston Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, May 11, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Paul R. Tobias, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Austin, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

 

Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor
Bracewell LLP

12:50 pm

1.00 hr
0.75 hr ethics

Conspiracy Theory? The Ethical Paradox of “Big is Bad”

There was a time when “big business,” and the “big professions” that support it, were revered for their contributions to society. Those contributions continue today, yet “big” is often vilified in the public eye. Explore some recurring themes in this area, from the dark clouds of conspiracy theories to media and political portrayals, and highlight ways in which ethics and professionalism might lead everyone “big” out of the storm.

Arnold J. Johnson, Noble Energy Inc. - Houston, TX

 
1:50 pm
Break

2:05 pm

1.00 hr

Contract "Killer Clauses"

Identify the pitfalls and landmines to avoid in bet-the-company and other scenarios, including unexpected consequences of documents such as Memoranda of Understanding, Letters of Intent, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Commercial Arrangements. 

Catherine Bedell, Vapor IO, Inc. - Austin, TX
Paul R. Tobias, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Austin, TX

3:05 pm

0.75 hr

Law Department Best Practices

Hear about the best technology, management practices, and analytics to enhance the value of the legal department to the business.

Sterling L. Miller, Hilgers Graben PLLC - Dallas, TX

3:50 pm
Break

4:00 pm

1.25 hrs
0.50 hr ethics

Judicial Views on the Role of In-House Counsel and the C-Suite

Learn what trial judges expect from in-house counsel and upper management as esteemed members of the judiciary discuss their experiences. Hear what has worked, what has not worked, what juries expect, and gain insight into mistakes that have been made by both groups in their courtrooms.

Moderator:
Fields Alexander, Beck Redden LLP - Houston, TX
Panelists:
Hon. Caroline Elizabeth Baker, 295th Civil District Court - Houston, TX
Hon. Alfred H. Bennett, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas - Houston, TX
Hon. Randall W. Wilson, 157th District Court - Houston, TX

5:15 pm

Houston Only

Adjourn to Reception

Houston Only

Sponsored Reception

Thank You to Our Reception Sponsor
Vinson & Elkins LLP

Friday Morning, May 12, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Melissa Jean Judd, Littler Mendelson, P.C. - Houston, TX

7:30 am

Houston Only

Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast. 

8:30 am

0.50 hr

Pay Equity: Recent Developments and How to Tackle Them

Federal and many state laws have prohibited pay discrimination for decades. A renewed focus on pay bias from administrative agencies, state legislatures, and popular media, and the reemergence of pay discrimination class actions, means that all employers and their in-house counsel must be prepared to address these issues. Learn about legal developments and obtain practical guidance for examining pay equity and developing defensible compensation practices.

Lara Cardin de Leon, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. - San Antonio, TX
Marla A. Moore, Marathon Oil Company - Houston, TX

9:00 am

0.50 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Cybersecurity Update, Part I: Risk & Liability

We all know that information and data can be breached, but what are the risks when that happens? Discuss what you, as a firm and/or attorney, are liable for and what the liabilities are for vendors. 

Stephen E. Stein, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

9:30 am

0.75 hr

Cybersecurity Update, Part II: Crisis Management

Explore issues related to crisis management and how to respond to network intrusions, data loss, data breach, and cyber disruption.

Chad M. Pinson, Stroz Friedberg - Dallas, TX
Austin Teng, Thompson & Knight LLP - Austin, TX

10:15 am
Break

10:30 am

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions

Hear an update on the buying and selling of domestic assets, and trace the latest legal trends in the domestic M&A markets.
 

Moderator:
Lui Chambers, Langley & Banack, Inc - San Antonio, TX
Panelists:
Brenda Arndt, Cargill Incorporated - Minneapolis, MN
Carlos R. Escobar, Solvay America Inc - Houston, TX
Robert F. Gray Jr., Mayer Brown LLP - Houston, TX

11:15 am

0.75 hr

Things Your CFO Wishes You Knew

One of the first lessons in-house lawyers learn is the critical role accounting and finance play in every in-house lawyer’s day-to-day job. Hear directly from CFOs about how in-house counsel can best work with their finance and accounting counterparts, and learn the things CFOs wish their in-house lawyers knew. 

Moderator:
Clay B. Scheitzach, Conduent - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Donal E. Antill, Baker Hughes Inc. - Houston, TX
Laura Rossi, Conduent - Dallas, TX

12:00 pm

Houston Only

Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Friday Afternoon, May 12, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Aaron G. Carlson, Noble Energy, Inc. - Houston, TX

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

12:20 pm

0.75 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Investigation and Settlement Strategies: The Right Number at the Wrong Time is the Wrong Number

Life is negotiation. We are constantly negotiating with our bosses, clients, and opponents. Gain insights from recent advances in experimental psychology, behavioral economics, and big data to improve negotiating outcomes, while maintaining an ethical negotiating position.

Donald R. Philbin Jr., Donald R. Philbin, Jr., P.C. - San Antonio, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

1.00 hr
0.25 hr ethics

Hot Topics in Compliance

Examine the new trending issues in compliance, including the implications of the Yates Memo for executives, individuals, and corporations; the Department of Justice FCPA pilot program; anti-trust issues in employment law; and the use of data analytics in compliance risk management.

Moderator:
Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, Miller & Chevalier - Washington, DC
Panelists:
John J. Sardar, Noble Energy, Inc. - Houston, TX
John Park Pearson, U.S. Department Of Justice - Houston, TX
Shamoil T. Shipchandler, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - Fort Worth, TX

2:20 pm

0.75 hr

Trade Secrets: A Practical Guide to Protecting Information In and Out of Court

Explore techniques for use before and during litigation to protect trade secret information critical to an organization’s success.

Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX
Michael D. Marin, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

3:05 pm
Break

3:15 pm

0.75 hr

The Opportunity to Trump Obama's Environmental & Energy Agenda

Review the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and what it means for the energy industry.  

Kelly A. Johnson, Holland & Hart - Washington, DC

4:00 pm

0.75 hr ethics

Communicating with the Board of Directors

Learn how in-house and outside counsel can communicate effectively and objectively, while quantifying individual risk assessments of mergers and acquisitions and other matters. 

Moderator:
Jeffrey A. Chapman, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Dallas, TX
Panelists:
Douglas York Bech, Raintree Resorts International Inc - Houston, TX
Margaret Barrett Shannon, Margaret Shannon - Houston, TX

4:45 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Fields Alexander
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX
Donal E. Antill
Baker Hughes Inc.
Houston, TX
Brenda Arndt
Cargill Incorporated
Minneapolis, MN
Kathryn Cameron Atkinson
Miller & Chevalier
Washington, DC
Hon. Caroline Elizabeth Baker
295th Civil District Court
Houston, TX
Douglas York Bech
Raintree Resorts International Inc
Houston, TX
Catherine Bedell
Vapor IO, Inc.
Austin, TX
Hon. Alfred H. Bennett
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Houston, TX
Jason Boulette
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Kenneth E. Broughton
Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX
Lara Cardin de Leon
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Lui Chambers
Langley & Banack, Inc
San Antonio, TX
Jeffrey A. Chapman
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Dallas, TX
Brandy L. Copley
GE Capital Energy Financial Services
Houston, TX
Denise Davis
Davis Kaufman PLLC
Austin, TX
Gary D. Eisenstat
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Carlos R. Escobar
Solvay America Inc
Houston, TX
Sean Gorman
Bracewell LLP
Houston, TX
Robert F. Gray Jr.
Mayer Brown LLP
Houston, TX
Roderick Duncan Hardie
Exterran
Houston, TX
Arnold J. Johnson
Noble Energy Inc.
Houston, TX
Kelly A. Johnson
Holland & Hart
Washington, DC
Shannon Weinberg Kinney
ConocoPhillips Company
Houston, TX
Emily Ennis Leitch
Jones Day
Houston, TX
Michael D. Marin
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Sterling L. Miller
Hilgers Graben PLLC
Dallas, TX
Marla A. Moore
Marathon Oil Company
Houston, TX
John Park Pearson
U.S. Department Of Justice
Houston, TX
Donald R. Philbin Jr.
Donald R. Philbin, Jr., P.C.
San Antonio, TX
Chad M. Pinson
Stroz Friedberg
Dallas, TX
C. E. Rhodes
Baker Hughes Incorporated
Houston, TX
Laura Rossi
Conduent
Dallas, TX
John J. Sardar
Noble Energy, Inc.
Houston, TX
Clay B. Scheitzach
Conduent
Dallas, TX
Margaret Barrett Shannon
Margaret Shannon
Houston, TX
Shamoil T. Shipchandler
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Fort Worth, TX
Stephen E. Stein
Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX
William H. Sultemeier IV
OGE Energy Corp
Oklahoma City, OK
Austin Teng
Thompson & Knight LLP
Austin, TX
Paul R. Tobias
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Austin, TX
C. Andrew Weber
Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. Randall W. Wilson
157th District Court
Houston, TX
Eric Woomer
Eric Woomer Policy Solutions
Austin, TX
James Edward Zucker
Yetter Coleman LLP
Houston, TX

Planning Committee

Sylvia Ann Cardona—Co-Chair
Langley & Banack, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
Aaron G. Carlson—Co-Chair
Noble Energy, Inc.
Houston, TX
Harry R. Beaudry
Noble Energy
Houston, TX
Yolanda G. Brown
Sammons Corporation
Dallas, TX
Alistair B. Dawson
Beck Redden LLP
Houston, TX
Gary D. Eisenstat
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Dallas, TX
Sean Gorman
Bracewell LLP
Houston, TX
L. Brad Hancock
Holland & Knight LLP
Houston, TX
Chip Jones
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Dallas, TX
Dianna R. Jones
Wood Group
Houston, TX
Marc J. Krasney
PS Lightwave, Inc.
Houston, TX
Rachel Luna
Southwest Key Programs
Austin, TX
Michael D. Marin
Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX
Jane M. McBride
Optimus Legal Management & Consulting
Plano, TX
Richard W. Rew II
Luminex Corporation
Austin, TX
Alma Reyes
Attorney at Law
Houston, TX
C. E. Rhodes
Baker Hughes Incorporated
Houston, TX
Deborah Salzberg
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Clay B. Scheitzach
Conduent
Dallas, TX
Stephen E. Stein
Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX
Michele B. Thompson
Law Office of Michele B. Thompson
Austin, TX
Paul R. Tobias
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Austin, TX

UT Law CLE

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

Credit Information

MCLE Credit

Texas
15.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
California
15.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
Louisiana
15.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
Oklahoma
18.00 hrs  |  3.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Other States
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
18.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

MCLE Credit

Texas
15.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
California
15.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Louisiana
15.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference.
Oklahoma
18.00 hrs  |  3.50 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other States
15.00 hrs  |  3.00 hrs Ethics
Additional Information
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour. 

Other Credit

TX Accounting CPE
18.00 hrs
Additional Information
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

UT Law CLE

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

Key Dates

Houston

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 10, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Corporate Counsel Section Member early registration: May 10, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 5, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 8, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

Live Webcast

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 3, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for Corporate Counsel Section Member early registration: May 3, 2017
    Add $0 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 5, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 8, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

Hotel / Venue

Houston

Hotel Derek

2525 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
713.961.3000
866.292.4100 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

$145 room rate good through April 19, 2017 (subject to availability) 

Parking Information

Daily Self-Parking: $10
Overnight Self-Parking: $14
Valet parking is available at $30 

UT Law CLE

2017 Corporate Counsel Institute

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