Call for Proposals

Showcase Your Law Firm's Expertise to Leading Retailers


We are seeking proposals for the 25-30 CLE-oriented breakout sessions and 25-30 small format sessions that will be featured at the 2021 Retail Law Conference from law firms with experience in the current and emerging issues most relevant and important to retail’s executive legal leadership. Speakers at the virtual Retail Law Conference have an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their knowledge and expertise before the 500+ in-house counsel, including more than 50 general counsel, who attend the conference.

Law firms selected to present at the Retail Law Conference must participate as a conference sponsor as an Emerald Sponsor ($10,000) or above. Emerald Sponsorship will feature the firm in two sessions at RLAW2021: a CLE-oriented breakout session and a “small format” session (either roundtable or “Ask a GC” format). Submitting a proposal constitutes the firm’s agreement to participate as a sponsor if your session is selected.

Submit Your Proposal by June 24


The executive legal leadership who attends the Retail Law Conference expects educational content of the highest caliber. Accordingly, please ensure that the sessions you propose will meet these requirements:


  • Provide practical, timely, relevant and unbiased educational content to a legal audience made up of general counsel and their teams from the largest and most visible retailers – in-house counsel especially appreciate practical advice with clear take-aways
  • Effectively and creatively engage an audience of 30 – 100 people for 50 minutes
  • Qualify for CLEs in most jurisdictions in terms of educational content and supplementary materials, including written materials, appropriate descriptions, and speaker biographies. (Written materials can be delivered via presentations, handouts, or other methods but must not be primarily composed of photos or content unrelated to the legal aspects of the topic.)
  • Ability to pre-record the session during the weeks before the event (per the timeline) and live appearance during the virtual event for Q&A
  • Include at least one lawyer from a retail or retail-adjacent company as a featured speaker in the session


  • Roundtable topics should be those that present a good opportunity for problem solving and discussion among a group of 10 or so elite in-house counsel, as opposed, for example to minutiae related to a particular area of law. In fact, many successful roundtables are directed at practice issues, like talent development or working with remote business partners, rather than strict legal education and may provide an opportunity to share practices and ideas beyond legal knowledge of a specific subject.
  • “Ask a GC” sessions are intended to be more wide-ranging and provide an opportunity for a small group of in-house counsel attendees to get to know a leading retail general counsel. The law firm partner who moderates the session will work with the GC to identify some topics for discussion ahead of time and facilitate questions from and conversation with the small group of attending counsel at the conference.
  • Include retail in-house counsel. For roundtable discussions, in-house counsel should co-moderate to help engage the attendees in the discussion. For “Ask a GC” formats, feel free to identify a GC for the session or we can suggest a GC from the community who is willing to participate in these sessions.
  • Live appearance during the virtual event for your small format session.


  • Refrain from selling products and/or services during the session, and from disparaging other firms, sessions, companies, etc.
  • Submit the online form and meet the deadlines in the Timeline for Accepted Proposals below.


Submitting multiple proposals on a variety of CLE and roundtable topics is permitted. In fact, doing so increases the likelihood that your firm will be selected, so we encourage you to submit more than one proposal.

Please note that you must submit a separate form for each CLE-oriented breakout session that you propose. Multiple roundtable topics or requests to co-lead an Ask-a-GC session can all be included on a single CLE session proposal form.


Below is a list of broad topic areas that are of general interest to the retail legal leadership. We invite you to identify specific, cutting-edge aspects of one or more of these areas, or to propose a topic beyond this list that your experience indicates will be of high interest to the legal leadership from major U.S. retailers.

“AdTech” Insurance
Advertising Intellectual Property
Antitrust Employment Law
Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Law Department Management/Legal Operations
Business Continuity Planning Litigation: Consumer
California CBD Litigation: Employment
CCPA Litigation: Finance
Commercial Contracts Litigation: Management
Counseling the Business Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Venture Capital
Boards of Directors & Corporate Governance Mass Arbitration
COVID Meme Stocks
Crisis Management Patent Troll Strategies
Cross-border/Global/International Sourcing Plaintiffs’ Bar Strategies
Cybersecurity Political/Racial Divisions: Customers & Employees
Customer-Facing Policies Privacy
Data Governance Ransomware
Emerging Technologies Real Estate
Employee Drug/Pot Testing Structuring Non-Competes
ESG Issues Supply Chain Issues
Ethics Talent Development in the Legal Department
Government Regulation/Product Regulation/Compliance Working with Remote Teams
Innovation in Retail  

Note: This list is not exhaustive and we welcome your new ideas that are relevant to the retail industry.


We value the knowledge and expertise that you, as prominent law firms representing major corporate clients, can share with your in-house counsel colleagues. We invite prospective sponsors to submit program/session ideas for the 2021 Retail Law Conference. We welcome multiple ideas and proposals from all firms on topics for CLE-oriented breakout sessions, as well as small format sessions, however, each firm will likely only be selected to present a single one of each at the Conference. (Small format sessions include (1) small roundtable discussions among in-house counsel attendees (with an outside counsel co-moderator) on a topic of mutual agreement and (2) “Ask a GC” sessions, in which a law firm partner leads a conversation with a major retail general counsel in a small group setting.)

By submitting a proposal, you are agreeing to participate as Sponsor with no less than a $10,000 investment, if your proposal is selected. 

In addition to presenting the selected CLE-breakout and small format sessions, Sponsors receive:

  • Complimentary registrations for three (3) members of your firm to attend the virtual event (includes post-event access to the content and platform features)
  • Complimentary full-conference passes for Sponsors to give to retailers/guests who participate as speakers in your session
  • Logo recognition on the Conference website with link to Sponsor’s website
  • Digital visibility on the virtual platform used by all attendees at the Conference
  • Access to the Conference attendee list
NOTE: If your program idea is not selected, you may be able to participate in the Retail Law Conference in another capacity and sponsorship level. RILA will contact you with these options if none of your session submissions is selected.



Session proposals will be reviewed based on their ability to meet the submission criteria above, along with the following:

  • Relevance of the topic to the current retail/legal environment
  • Originality and educational value of the proposed topic, learning objectives, session format, and delivery methods
  • Qualifications of speakers, including credentials and subject matter expertise
  • All sessions should also include sophisticated general or high level in-house counsel from leading retail or retail-adjacent corporations
  • Diversity of proposed speakers. RILA endeavors to ensure that all programs at its meetings are presented from diverse perspectives, including type and length of work experience, law department size and geographic location, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and physical abilities.
  • Evaluations from previous RILA and RLC conferences, if applicable


RILA accepts and confirms session proposals on a rolling basis, but you should be prepared to meet the following deadlines:

Session Proposal Submission Window May 26-June 24
Program Selection Notification Window June 28-July 14
Signed Sponsorship Agreements to RILA Within 14 days of Selection Notification
Session Titles, Descriptions and Speaker Names to RILA Within 21 days of Signed Agreement
Session & Recording Timeslots Assigned by RILA Ongoing
Draft Presentations/Materials to RILA for Review September 11-25
Final Presentations/Materials Due October 4-8
Pre-recording of Breakout Sessions October 13-21
2021 Retail Law Conference October 26-28


Submissions must be made using the online form. Be sure you have the following information before you start your submission:

  • Names/Titles/Bios of all proposed law firm speakers
  • Names/Titles/Bios of proposed or potential retail speakers*
  • Names/Titles/Bios of other relevant expert or government speakers to participate in the proposed sessions
  • A fully-developed CLE session topic and a detailed description of the core message and supporting topics, as well as 3 key takeaways/learning objectives attendees will gain from the CLE session
  • Three ideas for the subject matter/topic areas to cover in a small format session for the Conference

*At least one retailer must speak/co-present in every breakout and small format session. If you are unable to list a retailer(s) or individual at this time, you may describe the type(s) of retailer(s), or give a general description of the retailer(s) in mind without naming the company. We may also be able to help you locate an in-house speaker for your sessions.

Ready to Submit Your Proposal?


For questions about Sponsorships and Benefits, contact Tripp Taylor at

For questions about session submissions, contact Kate Rabatsky at