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    State Attorney General and Retail General Counsel Panel

2014 Retail Law Conference Closes in Charlotte


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With record-breaking attendance, this conference offers a unique opportunity to learn from and network with leading corporate lawyers in the retail industry. We hope you'll consider joining us next year.

Mark your calendar today for the Retail Law Conference 2015, October 28-30, 2015 in San Antonio, TX.

Highlights from Day 3:

Attendees participated in an engaging session featuring The Honorable Roy Cooper, attorney general of North Carolina; Gaither Keener, Jr. executive vice president, chief legal officer, chief compliance officer & secretary of Lowe's Companies, Inc.; The Honorable Sam Olens, attorney general of Georgia; and Sam Reeves, senior vice president, division general counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. This panel discussed the practical similarities and differences between serving as lead counsel for a corporation or a state government.

The Honorable Roy Cooper Gaither Keener, Jr. The Honorable Sam Olens Sam Reeves

The Honorable Roy Cooper
Attorney General
North Carolina

Gaither Keener, Jr.
Lowe's Companies, Inc.

The Honorable Sam Olens
Attorney General
Georgia

Sam Reeves
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc

Attendees then broke off into Retail-Only Conversations, providing closed-door discussions facilitated by retail corporate counsel, focused on leading issues. These conversations were broken into three main topics:

Data Breach - Facilitated by Michael Veitenheimer, senior vice president, secretary & general counsel, Michael's Stores, Inc. and Michael Williams, senior vice president, secretary & general counsel, Staples, Inc.

How to Counsel the Business Unit - Facilitated by Kay Stockwell, assistant general counsel, business law Dollar Tree, Inc. and Bill Gabovitch, vice president & associate general counsel, Staples, Inc.

Topics in Employment Law - Facilitated by Melanie Cook, senior director, labor & employment, Dollar General Corporation and Greg Petouvis, director & assistant general counsel, Target Corporation. 

Harold Lloyd

Harold Lloyd
Professor
Wake Forest University School of Law

Professor Harold Lloyd of Wake Forest University School of Law rounded out this year's conference with a session focused on legal ethics, specifically on the 2012 amendments to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct directing lawyers to keep abreast of the "benefits and risks associated with relevant technology".

Highlights from Day Two:

Andrew Serwin

Andrew Serwin
Morrison & Foerster

Day Two kicked off with Andrew Serwin and Miriam Wugmeister of Morrison & Foerster examining critical issues surrounding a data breach. These experts led a simulated scenario of what to do in the event of a breach, including: how to investigate; crisis communications and PR issues; notice requirements; enforcement risks and more.

Miriam Wugmeister

Miriam Wugmeister
Morrison & Foerster

In the Multi-Pronged Union Corporate Campaigns session, panelists Kimberlee DeWitt, Robert Quackenboss, and Gregory Robertson, all of Hunton & Williams LLP, discussed the latest tools and methods for preparation and response to sophisticated union attacks.

The mid-day breakout sessions focused on topics such as EEOC Litigation Trends; Wage and Hour Compliance; Advertising Practices; Best Practices To Avoid Being the Target of Class Action Suit; Complying with the ADA’s Accessibility Requirements for Technology; and more.

The final session of the day, led by SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe, focused on the upcoming Supreme Court Term, and what issues and court cases will be the most important ones for retailers.


Highlights from Day One:

The 2014 Retail Law Conference opened Wednesday with an engaging panel session featuring Jim Moorhead of Burson-Marsteller and Phil Goldberg, Bill Martucci, Carrie McAtee, Kristen Page and Al Saikali of Shook Hardy & Bacon. This panel addressed how an organization's lawyers and communications professionals can work together in the event of a crisis.

Amy Walter

Amy Walter
National Editor of The Cook Political Report

Following up the afternoon session was National Editor of The Cook Political Report, Amy Walter, who shared her view into the current political culture and outlook for the next congressional term as we head into the mid-term election.


 

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