Legal Direct Reports L2 Committee

Legal Direct Reports L2 Committee


Overview

Retail Legal Departments and Deputy General Counsels play a critical role in helping companies identify and mitigate legal, compliance and ethical risks related to the wide range of federal, state and local statutory and regulatory requirements that affect all aspects of retail operations, including labor and employment, privacy and data security, payments, customs and trade, SEC reporting requirements, anti-money laundering, real estate, intellectual property and licensing, marketing and advertising, FDA, food safety, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and environmental compliance. Other Deputy General Counsel responsibilities include contract negotiation, litigation and managing in-house legal teams and outside counsel. 

RILA's Legal Direct Reports (L2) Committee is composed of members’ Deputy General Counsels and other executive level attorneys that report directly to the General Counsel. Led by a leadership team made up of RILA members, the L2 Committee provides an opportunity for members to engage at the executive level on strategic legal issues facing the retail industry as well as the development and management of effective legal departments. L2 Committee activities include in-person meetings, educational webinars, member case studies, and benchmarking surveys. These activities enable members to identify emerging issues and risks and share information and leading practices. Recent topics include: 

  • Informal Conversations with Retail General Counsels 
  • The Future of Retail/Increasing Use of Technology in Retail Operations 
  • Role of Legal Teams Advising Business Partners on Risks while Supporting Business Objectives 
  • Class Action Litigation (e.g., ADA, TCPA, Deceptive Advertising, Biometrics) Trends 
  • Labor and Employment Litigation Trends 
  • Negotiating Settlement Agreements with Government Enforcement Officials 
  • New Privacy and Data Security Requirements 
  • Demonstrating Value/Legal Department Metrics 
  • Professional Development – Providing Career Paths for Senior and Staff Attorneys and Paralegals 
  • Effective Legal Department Management/Adding Legal Operations Functions and Incorporating Technology 

For more information on RILA's Legal Direct Reports Committee, contact Kathleen McGuigan, Executive Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs at kathleen.mcguigan@rila.org

Committee Materials

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Board Oversight Over ESG Issues and Disclosures
Board Oversight Over ESG Issues and Disclosures

Webinar presentation by Sarah Fortt, Vinson & Elkins LLP on Board Oversight Over ESG Issues and Disclosures

October 7, 2021
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Current ESG and Climate Disclosure Landscape
Current ESG and Climate Disclosure Landscape

Webinar presentation by Austen Jensen, RILA and Catherine Clarkin, Sullivan and Cromwell on the Current ESG and Climate Disclosure Landscape

September 8, 2021
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Discussion and Benchmarking Call on impacts of COVID-19

Presentation slides from the joint RILA, Deloitte, and Walmart call discussing impacts of COVID-19. (Members-only. Please log-in to access).

May 1, 2020
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ESG 101 - Understanding the Landscape Webinar Recording

Webinar featuring Leaders Arena, BlackRock, former CalSTRS Director, and HIP Investor on the basics of ESG investor criteria and trends.

October 3, 2019
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ESG Reporting: Balancing Transparency & Risk

Recording from the ESG Reporting: Balancing Transparency & Risk Call

November 19, 2020
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ESG Retail Reporting: RILA Committee Descriptions

This resource provides sample language for retailers to use to describe their engagement in RILA’s ESG-supporting committees and councils

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ESG Roadmap: Opportunities & Potholes Along the Way Webinar

Webinar featuring Leaders Arena and AllianceBernstein on ideas for structuring and communicating an ESG program.

December 11, 2019
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Investor Outreach on COVID-19 & Human Capital Management

RILA facilitated a discussion on ESG Fundamentals & Applications to Investor Outreach on COVID-19 and Human Capital Management

October 14, 2020
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GC-L2 Committee Meeting: SCOTUS Updates with Tom Goldstein

Tom Goldstein, founder of SCOTUSblog, provides a download of important cases for retailers, the state of the court, and a look ahead.

June 24, 2021
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OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing ETS
OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing ETS

RILA Webinar Presentation with Eric Conn, Conn Maciel Carey LLP on OSHA's COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETC).

November 5, 2021
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PROAct-ive Workforce Strategies Symposium

Outside experts discuss strategies to ensure that companies can protect their workforces.

May 21, 2021
PSFK Stage: Retailing With Purpose
PSFK Stage: Retailing With Purpose

Conversation with Brian Dodge about how retailers are adjusting to deliver sustainability, inclusivity and purpose.

January 14, 2021
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Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail

Recording from the Resilient Management in the Age of Responsible Retail call

October 8, 2020
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RILA Legal Leadership: COVID Vaccination Program

The January 2021 Legal Leadership call discussed COVID vaccine issues concerning retail employers, featuring Jason Schwartz of Gibson Dunn.

January 14, 2021
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Third Party Risk Management Webinar
Third Party Risk Management Webinar

Daniel Click, Greg Matthews & Mitushi Pitti from KPMG shared findings from KPMG's Global Third Party Risk Management Outlook 2020 Report Survey

February 10, 2021
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Validating ESG Disclosure Data
Validating ESG Disclosure Data

Presentation by Hugh Cherne, Associate Director, Best Buy & Ty Colman, Chief Operating Officer, Optera, on Validating ESG Disclosure Data.

September 30, 2021

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