Monday, September 20, 2010

Risk Event Report: Hildebrandt/Hinshaw Annual Law Firm General Counsels' Forum

Last week, The Hildebrandt Institute and Hinshaw & Culbertson hosted the 9th Annual Law Firm General Counsels' Forum. This event targets law firm risk professionals and examines hot button risk issues of the day. While turnout was noticeably lighter compared to years past, content and discussion was excellent, as always. Speakers and panelists from a variety of firms including: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Dykema Gossett, Lindquist & Vennum and Duane Morris, explored a number of timely issues including:
  • Risks tied to technology, including social networking, process automation and confidentiality
  • HR risks and challenges, featuring a detailed examination of forced retirement and related issues tied to EEOC v. Kelley Drye.
  • and a Roundtable discussion entitled "What Keeps You Up at Night?" (See PDF summary.)
Other sessions of note include an update on Responding to Key Trends in Law Firm Risk Management and Compliance. Pat Archbold from IntApp reviewed current confidentiality and data privacy developments across US, Canadian and UK jurisdictions, including recent case law and industry response trends.

Representatives from the ABA and Association of Corporate Counsel also provided an interesting update on the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission, an initiative exploring who trends in technology and globalization may require changes to professional rules and standards. See also: A New Approach to Law Firm Regulation, an article distributed in the conference program. Other session handouts are available on the conference web site.

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