Global TEC Forum

MCCA’s Global TEC Forum : Empowering Change in Technology, Education and Careers (“G-TEC”) brings a unique opportunity for MCCA Members and prospective members to network and attend training to move their careers forward. Learn about the most current trends, opportunities, and challenges facing the corporate legal, compliance and law firm communities today.

Global TEC Forum

The Intercontinental San Francisco
888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
June 19th – 20th, 2017

The Intercontinental San Francisco
Phone: 1-877-834-3613

Rainmakers Awardees

ANAND AGNESHWAR

Partner
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Meet Anand

Amy L. Baird

Partner
Jackson Walker L.L.P

Meet Amy

Mark W. Brennan

Partner
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Meet Mark

Carolyn Fairless

Managing Partner
Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP

Meet Carolyn

 2017 Rainmakers Awardees

Arturo J. González

Partner
Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Meet Arturo

Sang Kim

Global Board US Executive Committee
DLA Piper LLP

Meet Sang

Samuel S. Park

Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP

Meet Samuel

Luis Salazar

Managing Partner and Founder
Salazar Law

Meet Luis

Christina Guerola Sarchio

Partner
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Meet Christina

Anthony N. Upshaw

Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

Meet Anthony

Event Agenda

Monday, June 19, 2017

7:30 am –
9:00 am

9:00 am –
10:15 am

Sources of Success Part 1

MCCA’s Sources of Success™ Program is a professional development program specifically tailored for junior and mid-level attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms. Learn successful career strategies, build your skillsets, and develop your professional network.

MCCA defines junior attorneys as persons having 6 or less years of experience and have no management responsibilities. Mid-level attorneys have 7 plus years of experience and some management responsibilities.

9:00 am –
11:45 am

MCCA Exchange (Members Only)

The Exchange is a MCCA member-only networking breakfast that provides an opportunity for in-house counsel to network with their peers and expand their rolodex with other MCCA Member corporations, MCCA FAN’s, and sponsoring law firms. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet MCCA’s in-house members, law firm affiliates, and sponsors.

10:30 am –
11:45 am

Sources of Success Part 2


Negotiation: Learn by Doing

Good negotiators – like good stories – hear and speak to us where we are and then take us to new places and new perspectives that allow us to look back on our prior story with new eyes. Great negotiators – like great stories – capture our hearts, make us care about another, and inspire us to look beyond our own story and become a part of a larger common story with an ending that make sense and feels right for all. The goals for this program are:

  • Have fun!
  • Learn-by-doing (“jump in” “push the envelope” “leave fear at the door”)
  • Meet someone new or share an experience with colleagues you know.

12:00 pm –
2:00 pm

Luncheon Plenary – Age of AI: How is Artificial Intelligence Transforming and Disrupting the Practice of Law?

AI’s role in the field of law is like Internet start-ups in the 1990s – everyone is talking about it, very few are actually doing it, and those that are doing it, have no idea what they are doing. Currently, AI is the talk of the town, but how will AI affect the practice of law, and what kind of value (or disruption) can AI provide? What will the practice of law look like in 20 years? As AI develops in the legal profession, remaining ahead of the AI learning curve is of paramount importance. This CLE plenary will cover a host of discussion topics to include: The general role of AI in the practice of law; Efficient use of AI to handle litigation and corporate matters (such as contract review); and how AI compliments Alternative Fee Arrangements.

2:15 pm –
3:30 pm

Owning the Rights (and Wrongs) to your Invention: The Highs and Lows of Patent Litigation

In light the current state of patent litigation, this CLE will focus on the skills necessary for proper and effective preparation and presentation of a patent trial. There are numerous practical considerations and nitty-gritty logistics involved in a patent trial that are often overlooked in purely academic or theoretical discussions of patent law. This panel proposes a more real-world presentation of potential pitfalls and lessons learned for representing clients in patent trials, especially in patent-heavy venues such as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Designing and Deploying Corporate Dispute Resolution Programs (DRP) in the Technology Space: Risk Management, Cost Reduction and Disruption Containment

Corporations, domestic and foreign, are increasingly using internal dispute resolution programs to reduce financial exposure from lawsuits, protect intellectual property, avoid organization disruption resulting from such disputes and lessen the potential impact of negative consequences flowing from the public resolution of internal corporate disputes. Counsel to technology firms are often confronted with complex and messy internal conflicts or disputes implicating the protection of intellectuals property and technology rights. DRP are programs through which an organization uses a defined alternative dispute resolution process to resolve disputes between itself and its employees usually in lieu of the option to resolve the dispute in a court of law. First, this panel will provide an overview of corporate experience with DRP programs including the structure of the programs, their effectiveness, and current utilization rates. Next, the panel will discuss the benefits and challenges of these programs and address best practices for presenting, implementing and operating DRP programs. Lastly, the panel will then use a hypothetical example to illustrate the practical use of a DRP to resolve a wrongful termination claim implicating corporate intellectual property rights.

2:15 pm –
5:00 pm

3:45 pm –
5:00 pm

How to Get Sued Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA): Spotting Trends in 30 Years of CFAA Data

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA) is the primary piece of U.S. federal legislation on cybercrime. It’s 30 years old and almost universally considered unclear, overbroad, and a poor fit for the kind of crimes crimes it aims to deter. This is a real problem for attorneys and information security professionals as they often struggle to interpret the law, and practical guidance on CFAA legal risk can be difficult to find. This panel has conducted original research in this field over the last 18 months. There are hundreds of hours of original research under pinning this detailed presentation, which will discuss: what CFAA enforcement looks like in practice; statistics regarding CFAA risk and “hacking”; and the likelihood of a given CFAA action being a criminal prosecution rather than a civil suit. Inferences drawn from these findings are relevant to infosec practitioners and lawyers alike as they think about CFAA risk issues. Attend this session to explore these statistics.

Preparing for a Ransomware Attack

In 2016, hackers attacked about half of all U.S. companies with some type of ransomware. Not only are the attacks on the rise, but every week new ransomware variants appear in the internet ecosystem.

Ransomware attacks can pose an immediate threat to a company’s business, with the potential to shut down operations if effective safeguards and response protocols are not in place. While the technological aspects of data protection may be left to IT departments, the GC will likely be called upon to author data protection and ransomware response policies and procedures, and to ensure that the appropriate ransomware coverages are included in the company’s insurance policies.

The panel will provide information on variants of ransomware, the scope of the threat to your business, the steps each company should take to prevent ransomware attacks, and how to respond should one occur. The panel will also review the coverages consideration in cyber insurance policies.

5:15 pm –
6:30 pm

Networking Reception

Join MCCA for a cocktail reception hosted by our Rainmakers.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

7:30 am –
9:00 am

9:00 am –
10:15 am

Internet of Things (IoT): Legal and Privacy Issues

The latest example of how the law is struggling to keep up with technology is seen by the growth of internet of things (IoT) technology which enables multiple devices to communicate with each other over the Internet. This CLE will explore the push and pull between data collection and privacy law and the key issues a lawyer should keep in mind while advising a client in relation to IoT products. What data privacy issues and privacy laws that are implicated by IoT devices such as autonomous vehicles, and IoT devices used in homes, and fitness trackers? What are the data security issues raised by the IoT devices and licensing terms in commercial agreements that may be necessary to allocate risk between licensor and licensee of IoT technology? The panel will also provide an analysis of how the the General Data Protection Regulation, an EU law coming into effect May 2018, will deal with IoT data collection and the impact of the GDPR on US businesses.

Managing Your Global Antitrust Risk (and Rewards)

Antitrust and competition laws are actively enforced in more than 120 countries. What could be a common sales practice in one country could lead to criminal and civil exposure in another. In 2015 alone, the US Department of Justice collected a record $3.8 billion in criminal price-fixing fines. On the flip side, companies have also been taking increasing advantage of their private enforcement rights under US antitrust and international competition laws. It is more important than ever to understand the criminal and civil risks (and potential rewards) that your companies and executives face around the world.

9:00 am –
11:45 am

9:00 am –
5:00 pm

C-Suite Leadership Institute Part 2 (Approval Needed)

A continuation of the C-Suite Leadership Institute. Approved participants should refer to the program guide given at registration for session details.

10:30 am –
11:45 am

AI: Artificial Integrity

The advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) has the ability to completely transform how lawyers practice law. This is the first ethics CLE course of its kind that addresses how an attorney can ethically (and effectively) use Artificial Intelligence in their legal practice.

Lawyers using AI as a component of their legal practice are not relieved of ethical duties and obligations. Ethical duties and obligations continue to govern lawyers regardless of the technology utilized. Recognizing abnormalities, spotting mistakes, and analyzing shortcomings reside with the lawyer, and cannot be outsourced to AI, no matter how advanced technology may become. With the new technology, questions exist as to what ethical issues may be impacted or morph into new nuances of ethical consideration.

12:00 pm –
2:00 pm

Luncheon Plenary – Get Ready for the Blockchain!

There has been a lot written in the press about “distributed ledger technologies”, and in particular, the “blockchain” protocol. However, it is clear that there many misconceptions. Blockchain promises to be a crucial part of the way we conduct commerce across all industries in the future. In fact, it is highly likely that lawyers will be spending a fair amount of time in the foreseeable future trying to apply existing legal and regulatory structures to blockchain protocol implementations, and will also be involved in creating new laws and regulatory structures as necessary to accommodate the use of systems based on blockchain. As such, It is important that lawyers understand this technology at some level, and understand the issues it presents. The presentation will include a general description discuss of the anticipated benefits of the blockchain protocol; a 50,000 foot overview of how the protocol works, and a review — across industry — of some of the leading initiatives associated with the blockchain; and a review of the many legal issues presented by the potential widespread adoption of the protocol as a basis for doing business in the future.

2:15 pm –
3:30 pm

The Changing Face of Access Control: Addressing Biometric Privacy

Today, Biometrics is used by most smartphone owners. Whether its simply unlocking your phone or gaining access to an application, unique human characteristics are being used more frequently to control access to private information. A wide array of industries are currently testing or using biometric and facial recognition technology for various functions, such as e-commerce transaction verification, user authentication, videogames, photo tagging functions in social media, data and premises security, athletic performance, as well as for many security and marketing functions in the retail sector. So how does the law come into play? This CLE will discuss: Current applications for biometrics and facial recognition; Biometric privacy regulation and litigation; Federal and State statutes (and pending bills) that cover biometric privacy; and Legal and business issues to consider before employing biometric applications.

2:15 pm –
5:00 pm

In-House Counsel Summit Part 3 (Invitation Only)

A continuation of the In-House Counsel Summit. Participants should refer to their agenda distributed at registration for session details.

Equity Track Program

The Equity Track program is geared towards attorneys who are partners at a law firm and are interesting making the next step to become an equity partner. Participants will be given insights from AMLAW 100 equity partners on their professional journey and the professional skills needed to bring your career to the next level. This is an unique professional development opportunity for law firm partners. This session has limited space and acceptance will be decided on a first come, first serve basis.

Note: Must be a partner of a law firm and cannot be a solo practitioner. MCCA Members will be given first priority.

3:45 pm –
5:00 pm

What a Fine Mess: Avoiding the Privacy and Cybersecurity Regulators’ Crosshairs

Data breaches and the improper collection, use, notice, and sharing of personal information have given rise to a new wave of regulatory activity. The FTC, HHS, SEC, CFPB, FINRA, state Attorneys General, and foreign Data Protection Authorities have all levied heavy penalties against companies for violating privacy and data security laws. The panel will explain this “alphabet soup” of regulators and the scope of each one. The focus will then shift to recent regulatory enforcement actions, with an eye towards identifying the specific activity that attracts regulatory attention. The panelists will then provide practical ways to minimize the risk of a regulatory enforcement action, along with advice on what to do when one is initiated.

Sources of Success Part 3

MCCA’s Sources of Success™ Program is a professional development program specifically tailored for junior and mid-level attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms. Learn successful career strategies, build your skillsets, and develop your professional network.

MCCA defines junior attorneys as persons having 6 or less years of experience and have no management responsibilities. Mid-level attorneys have 7 plus years of experience and some management responsibilities.

5:00 pm –
6:30 pm

Closing Reception

Registration and Fees

Registration Types

$500

In-House Counsel
(MCCA Member Rate $425 w/ valid discount code)

$650

Law Firm
(MCCA Law Firm Member rate $575 w/ valid discount code)

$650

Legal Service Provider/Government Agency/Non-Profit Registration

Payment Message

All Major Credit Cards accepted.

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MCCA Firm Affiliate Network (FAN) and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your membership benefits you may be entitled to complimentary registrations and the Member rate for conference registration. Members must enter their Member Validation Code and select Apply on the payment page to receive the Member registration rate. To learn more contact membership@mcca.com.

Cancellations & Substitutions

All cancellations must be received in writing; telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations received in writing before May 18, 2017 will be fully refunded minus a $65.00 administrative fee. Individuals canceling in writing after May 18 but prior to June 14 will receive a full credit towards attendance to MCCA’s 2018 Global TEC Forum (only monies paid for the 2017 Global TEC Forum will be credited; after applying credit, any balance due is the responsibility of the registrant). If written confirmation of cancellation is not received by June 14, no refunds or credits will be issued of any kind. Credits will be processed after the conference. An organization may substitute one paid participant for another. Cancellations and requests for substitutions should be submitted to events@mcca.com.

Financial Hardship Policy

MCCA, at its discretion, may reduce or waive the conference fee for any attorney, member or non-member, who wishes to attend the conference, but for whom the cost would be a financial hardship. Requests for tuition waiver will not be accepted on-site. Requests for tuition waiver, along with an explanation of hardship, must be received in writing at least 28 business days prior to the program. To receive detailed instructions or to submit a request for a fee reduction or waiver e-mail education@mcca.com.

Special Requirements

Please advise the Global TEC Forum team if you have any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements at events@mcca.com.

Event Sponsors

MCCA would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support the MCCA’s 2017 Global TEC (Technology, Education, and Careers) Forum.

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