Each year, RILA and the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) host corporate counsel from the nation's most recognized retail brands for three days of retail-specific legal education at the Retail Law Conference. The 2018 Conference to be held October 10-12 in Austin, Texas has an incredible line up of general session speakers and an equally impressive list of breakout session topics. Here are the top 5 reasons why the Retail Law Conference is a must-attend event for retail general counsel and their teams:
1. Meet leaders, network with peers
Simply put, the Retail Law Conference is the premier event for legal team leaders. More than 30 General Counsel from companies like 7-Eleven, Abercrombie & Fitch, Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, Express, Home Depot, Lowes, Meijer, REI, and Walmart have already registered. Translation: this is an unprecedented networking opportunity. See the most up-to-date attendee list by visiting www.RILA.org/RLAW
2. Never stop learning
Topics covered in this year's breakout sessions focus on the most pressing issues facing the retail industry, including:
- Intersection of the gig economy & employment law
- Data privacy & international regulations including GDPR
- "Epic" employment arbitration agreements
- New strategies for fighting patent trolls
- Block chain & new payment programs
- Investigating & defending sexual harassment lawsuits in the wake of the #MeToo movement
In addition, we'll have leading legal experts taking the general session stage throughout the conference, including:
- Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton
- Whole Foods General Counsel & Global VP of Legal Affairs Heather Stern
- Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
- Amazon Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary David Zapolsky
- District of Columbia Attorney General, Karl Racine
- The Future Hunters Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Erica Orange
3. Meet Deborah White, RILA's Senior Vice President and General Counsel and the Retail Litigation President
Deborah White oversees RILA's corporate legal, compliance and litigation offerings, and serves as president of the Retail Litigation Center, which was created in 2010 to serve as the voice of the retail industry in the judicial branch. As leader of RILA's general counsel community, Deborah is driving the development of all educational content featured at the Retail Law Conference.
In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that the precedents preventing states from compelling remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax was indeed outdated. This was an extraordinary decision, and the culmination of many years of work by RILA, the RLC, our members, and partners. Following the victory, Wall Street Journal profiled RILA General Counsel and RLC President, Deborah White's efforts. This is an exciting moment for the retail industry and Deborah would love the opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to all who contributed to the huge win!
4. Earn CLE Credits
Attending the Retail Law Conference not only gives you an opportunity to network and learn among peers from across the industry, it's also a chance to earn important CLE credits. Last year attendees earned up to 13 credits, including credits for Ethics.
5. Explore Austin
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the 2018 Retail Law Conference is no different. We have enough great programming to keep you busy and engaged for three full days, but we're also proud to help showcase the beautiful city of Austin during our time here, as well. Thanks to the Hilton Austin for hosting us in the heart of downtown!
Ready to register? Visit www.rila.org/RLAW to secure your spot in Austin. We look forward to seeing you there!