Thank you to all of our attendees!
This week, RILA hosted over 250 attendees at the 2016 Retail Law Conference in Atlanta, GA. This year's event brought together retail lawyers from America's top retail companies to connect with peers and discuss leading legal issues of the day.
Here are just a few highlights from our annual event:
General Counsel Panel
Kicking off the conference on Tuesday, Teresa Roseborough of Home Depot moderated a panel of General Counsels Jodi Caro (ULTA), Laura Meagher (VF), and Keith Nelson (Best Buy). The panel discussed major legal issues affecting retailers today and offered first-hand experiences by highlighted best practices in managing legal teams. The panel also
discussed the expanded role of the general counsel as strategic counselor for the company and the importance of finding new and creative ways for in-house counsel to deepen their understanding of emerging issues and technologies impacting the retail industry.
Political Outlook: Election 2016
Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, provided attendees expert and entertaining analysis of the 2016 election. Amy gave an up-to-date outlook of the presidential and congressional races, highlighting the latest news from battleground states, including what a new administration and new Congress could bring for the business community. Drawing from her unique perspective as a journalist, Amy offered insight on the role of the media throughout the campaign and shared first-hand anecdotes along the way.
Supreme Court Update
In a panel discussion on Wednesday, SCOTUSblog Editor Tom Goldstein and Eric Citron, partner at Goldstein & Russell, broke down the Supreme Court's most important upcoming cases. They reviewed the top issues before the court in the coming year and outlined different scenarios as we await the current Court vacancy to be filled. The two also highlighted the work of the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) as a resource for representing and advancing retailers' interests at the federal level.
Mach 49's Mike Burn facilitated an interactive workshop to help attendees adopt a new perspective to problem solving and learn new tools and techniques for managing risks within their companies. Mike challenged retail company lawyers to take the "bold path" rather than the "predictable path" when it comes to approaching challenges and finding solutions. Throughout the presentation, graphic facilitator Leah Silverman illustrated the conversations in real time to produce a visual representation of the workshop.
Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, and attendees who helped make the 2016 Retail Law Conference a success! We hope to see you all next year!