2018 Back to School Symposium and School Supply Drive

August 30, 2018
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Houstonian
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024
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Please make plans to join ACC Houston on Thursday, August 30, 2018 for our "Back to School Symposium," a day-long diverse CLE program.

Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:50 am

Session 1: 9:00 – 9:50 am

Title: Patent Litigation Strikes Back
Sponsor: Baker Botts
Includes 0.25h ethics

Recent Decisions expanding patent validity, damages, bars against imported products, estoppels against infringers and limiting Patent Office proceedings have signaled that the pendulum might be moving back in favor of patentees. This panel will discuss both recent trends and potential strategies for how to adapt to the changing patent litigation landscape.

Michael Hawes, Partner, Baker Botts
Ali Dhanani,
Partner, Baker Botts
Robinson Vu,
Partner, Baker Botts

Manish Vyas, IP Legal Director, Goodman Global Group, Inc.

Session 2: 10:00 – 10:50 am

Title:  Cybersecurity:
Building a Comprehensive Incident Response

Sponsor: Baker Hostetler

Effective response to data security incidents is critical to managing and minimizing regulatory and litigation risks, while protecting your customers, employees, investors, and brand.  Learn about the latest cybersecurity threats facing organizations and hear practical guidance from multiple perspectives for responding effectively and efficiently to data security incidents.  The panel includes experts from Baker Hostetler, Mandiant (a global cybersecurity incident response consulting firm), and the FBI.

Matt Caligur, Partner, Baker Hostetler
Will Daugherty,
Partner, Baker Hostetler

Eric Smithmier, Houston Cyber Task Force, FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Thomas Arnold
, Manager, Security Consulting Services, Mandiant

Session 3: 11:00 – 11:50 am

Title: Commodity Trading and Hedging Transactions
Sponsor: Porter Hedges LLP

As we’ve seen in recent years, the fluctuation of energy commodity prices has been an challenging business obstacle for oil and gas companies and their hedge counterparties and creditors. This session aims to share some of the basic legal considerations that all corporate counsel will want to know on this topic, including basic hedging transactions (like swaps, options and futures), basis differential, price indices, mark to market, credit support and the special treatment of physical and derivative contracts in bankruptcy.

Randy King, Partner, Porter Hedges LLP

Lunch: 12:00 – 12:50 pm

Lunch Presentation
: 1:00 – 2:30 pm


Michael Fosberg portrays over a dozen characters as he recounts the true tale of the search for his biological father. On being asked if he has grown tired performing the play hundreds of times over the past twelve years, Michael replied: “Absolutely not! I am constantly amazed and honored by the impact my performance and work has had on the organizations, institutions and communities I visit. The audiences, people of all ages, colors and backgrounds, consistently reach out to me and share their own personal struggles with identity and race, inspired by the very public and personal discussion my show evokes. It is my hope to continue presenting it for as long as I can to address the very real need to change the way we think and talk about race & identity in America.”

Session 4
: 2:40 – 3:30 pm

Title: The Ever-Changing Leave Landscape
Sponsor: Jackson Lewis

Effective management of employee absences, all while staying in compliance with employment laws, is crucial to the financial viability of any organization. This presentation provides guidance on how to effectively manage leaves of absences in consideration of recent court decisions.

Ruthie White, Principal, Jackson Lewis

Natalie Scott, Corporate Counsel, Parker Drilling
Charisse Coleman, Associate General Counsel, American Bureau of Shipping

Session 5: 3:40 – 4:30 pm

Title: Under the Microscope:
Internal Investigations in the #MeToo Era

Sponsor: Katten Muchin Rosenman

In the wake of the #metoo movement, the actions of the company and its upper management are under the microscope. In this new era, what is the role of in-house counsel to protect the company and its employees, both from discrimination and liability? A panel of in-house counsel will cover the steps to take when the flag is raised by an employee, including:
- the interplay between human resources and legal counsel
- the role of social media in an internal investigation
- internal investigation techniques  (document gathering, witness interviews, etc.)

Emily Rochy, Associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman

Elaine Balagia, Senior Counsel, Apache
Micah S. Heilbrun, Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment, Phillips 66
Alexandra Willhite, Regional Head of Business Integrity, Americas, Shell Oil Company

Session 6: 4:40 – 5:30 pm

Title: What Every In-House Counsel Should Know About Rep and Warranty Insurance
Sponsor: Norton Rose Fulbright

Rep and warranty insurance (“R&WI”) is becoming an import and common aspect of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.  This panel will provide an overview of R&WI, what it covers and what it does not cover, the diligence that is required, and how R&WI can be incorporated into the audience’s next deal.

Scarlet McNellie, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Todd Schroeder, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright     

Matthew B. Wiener, Senior Vice President, Aon Risk Solutions | M&A Transaction Solutions         

Cocktails and Raffle/Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Reception Sponsored by:
Baker Donelson and the Houstonian Hotel and Spa

Don’t Forget Your School Supplies
As we all prepare to go “back to school” and attend ACC Houston’s signature day-long CLE program, let’s help underserved students along the way by donating much-needed supplies to local area schools.
Most needed School Supplies
• Pencils (#2 and Color Pencils)
• Notebook Paper
• Spiral Notebooks
• Backpacks
• Highlighters
• Binders
• Children’s Scissors
• Markers
• Crayons
• Rulers
• Construction Paper
• White Boards/Cork Boards
• Dry Erase Markers
• Folders
• Paints and Paint Brushes

*Bring supplies to the CLE or donate money and get an extra ticket for the Raffle/Reception. All items will be donated to the Houston Food Bank – Teachers Aid Program.


Credits: 6.0 hrs (Includes .25 hrs Ethics)
State: TX


Elena Baer
Phone: 713-839-0808
E-mail: HoustonACCAdmin@houstonacc.org

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$75.00 Member Ticket
$50.00 Earlybird rate before August 23

$200.00 Non-Member Ticket
$150.00 Earlybird rate before August 23

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