On April 28, twenty-four general counsel from some of the country's leading retailers met in Washington, D.C. for the annual spring RILA General Counsel Committee meeting.
Former U.S. Solicitors General Paul Clement and Donald Verrilli opened the meeting with a discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court and the newest addition, Justice Neil Gorsuch. Next, RILA member Deirdre Runnette, general counsel of Zulily, Inc., interviewed Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch about his experiences leading the legal function for an innovative new company.
The Honorable Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, shared her thoughts on the direction the Commission is likely to take under the new Administration. And a team from IBM presented a potential application of IBM's Watson technology to retail compliance challenges.
The afternoon continued with Michael Williams, chief legal officer at Staples, leading discussions on managing internal corporate investigations and the merger process, and closed with Jason Schwartz and Theane Evangelis of Gibson Dunn, discussing California employment class action litigation trends.
The day ended with a "bonus session" for those members of the committee who could stay and work with RILA's Adam Siegel and Nicholas Ahrens on projects that RILA is developing through RILA's (R)Tech Center for Innovation.
Members attending the meeting noted its value, saying afterward:
"It was, as usual, very educational, very useful to my day-to-day." – Victoria Donati, general counsel, Crate & Barrel
If you have any questions about this meeting or want to learn more about RILA's community of chief legal executives, please contact Deborah R. White, senior executive vice president & general counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.