Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) in partnership with the Retail Litigation Center (RLC), kicked off the first ever retail-specific law conference.
With an emphasis on issues most important to retailers, including an introductory primer on retail-focused legal issues, the 2010 Retail Law Conference brings together high-level legal counsel from across the country to network and examine the major legal and organizational issues affecting the retail industry today.
Conference sessions qualified for continuing legal education (CLE) credits in most states and were tailored toward retail and consumer product general counsel, senior legal executives and other in-house attorneys. The conference program will cover ethics, legal implications of social networking, employment law and privacy, litigation management - including “e-discovery issues," intellectual property issues and product safety.
Day one started with a retail law primer, designed for attorneys new to the industry or wanting refresher on a variety of topics. Attendees participated in three sessions covering: marketing and advertising, merchandising, customer relations and employee relations; operations, e-commerce and telemarketing, international trade and sourcing; and the fundamentals of retail financial.
“We are thrilled to welcome such a distinguished group of legal executives to our first ever Retail Law Conference,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “Through the conferences’ forward-looking program, great educational content and knowledgeable speakers, attendees are earning CLE credits, building their industry peer network and keeping up-to-date on the latest legal issues affecting the retail industry today.”
“Staying on top of the legal trends affecting the industry is central to running a successful organization,” said Janet Dhillon, executive vice president, general counsel & secretary for J.C. Penney Company, Inc. and chair of the Retail Litigation Center. “Through the RILA Law Conference and the work of the Retail Litigation Center, retailers and their legal partners will have a better understanding of the law as it relates to retail and be more adept at assessing and forecasting the legal risks associated with running their operations,” Dhillon, concluded.
The Retail Litigation Center (RLC) launched in March. Now fully operational, the RLC brings together the industry’s top legal professionals to identify and engage in legal proceedings that affect the retail industry.
The RLC participates in both state and federal cases, principally at the appellate level, giving the retail industry an opportunity to weigh in on important legal issues and highlight for courts the importance and potential industry-wide consequences of legal issues before them.
Membership is open to all retailers and other retail-focused entities, including law firms.
The Retail Litigation Center is guided by its own Board of Directors and is chaired by Janet Dhillon, executive vice president, general counsel & secretary for J.C. Penney Company, Inc. Also serving on the RLC Board of Directors are:
• Timothy Baer, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Target Corporation
• David Goldston, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
• Susan Lanigan, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Dollar General Corporation
• Samuel Reeves, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Walmart US, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
• Michael Veitenheimer, Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, Michaels Stores, Inc.
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.