The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Retail Litigation Center (RLC) concluded the fourth annual Retail Law Conference today in Phoenix, AZ. The three day summit provides legal counsel from the retail industry an opportunity to engage in discussion on a host of emerging legal issues.
The final day of the conference began with a first for the Retail Law Conference, as general counsel from The Home Depot, Walgreen Co. and Staples Inc. joined together to discuss their perspectives on the practice of law in the retail industry today. Due to its success, the panel is slated to become a yearly tradition to give the full retail community an opportunity to hear from key leaders.
The morning continued with another staple of the Retail Law Conference, Retail-Only Conversations. These small-group discussions, facilitated by top-level retail industry corporate counsel, are for in-house counsel only and provide an opportunity for colleagues to discuss challenges and solutions related to the discussion topics. This year the Retail-Only Conversations focused on privacy, general liability and employment law.
The day concluded with a returning guest. Tom Goldstein, publisher of the widely-followed SCOTUSblog addressed attendees again this year, offering his insights to what can be expected from the 2013 term of the Supreme Court and analyzing decisions from the previous term and focused on how the retail industry can expect to be affected.
“The conference serves to better educate the legal minds of the retail industry on the issues critical to the continued success of the retail industry. RILA and the RLC take great pride in putting together a forum for education, benchmarking and strategic development,” said Deborah White, executive vice president and general counsel for RILA, and president of the RLC. “As the fourth conference comes to a close, it is important to reflect on the progress that has been made this week, to look forward to future endeavors and remain focused on advancing the interests of retail, particularly through the efforts of the RLC.”
The fifth annual Retail Law Conference will be held October 15-17, 2014 in Charlotte, NC.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
The Retail Litigation Center is a public policy organization that identifies and engages in legal proceedings which affect the retail industry. The RLC, whose members include some of the country’s largest retailers, was formed to provide courts with retail industry perspectives on significant legal issues, and highlight the potential industry-wide consequences of legal principles that may be determined in pending cases.