2018 Global TEC Forum

The Global TEC Forum: Empowering Change in Technology, Education and Careers (G-TEC) addresses diversity in the tech industry, the latest disruptions and challenges facing the legal profession, and how emerging technologies are changing the practice of law. In addition to educational panels, participants attend career development sessions and workshops specifically tailored for their career track and level of experience. The ultimate goal for each attendee is to cultivate professional relationships, learn about the latest tech developments in the legal profession and strategically advance their professional brand and career.

April 12-13, 2018

JW Marriott Austin
110 East 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78701

JW Marriott Austin
Phone: 1-512-474-4777

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MCCA would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support MCCA’s 2018 Global TEC (Technology, Education, and Careers) Forum.

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2018 Rainmakers Award Nominations

The 2018 Rainmakers ‘Call for Nominations’ is now closed and nominations are under review. Selected attorneys will be featured in the Spring 2018 Diversity & The Bar ® magazine and honored at MCCA’s 2018 Global TEC Forum on April 12-13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. For any questions or inquiries, please email awards@mcca.com.

Event Agenda

We are in the process of finalizing the full agenda and speaker lineup. Details will be announced soon. Please check back for updates.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

6:30 am –
9:00 am

Breakfast

7:00 am –
5:00 pm

Day 1 Conference Registration

7:30 am –
12:00 pm

MCCA Golf Tournament

The MCCA Golf Tournament will be a scramble tournament game style with teams of 4 people. Each team will consist of 2 in-house counsel and 2 law firm attorneys. You will have the option to create your own team, team name and select your teammates by completing the following registration. MCCA can also provide you with a team.

Additional fees may apply.

Participants must have a set of clubs and may rent clubs from the Golf Shop, if necessary.

Participants are required to adhere to the following Dress Code: Must wear collared shirts, no logo or words deemed inappropriate, cut-offs and clothing with holes/tears are prohibited.

All players must adhere to the course’s “soft spikes only” policy.

Children under the age of 5 are not allowed on the golf course at any time.

12:00 pm –
2:30 pm

Luncheon / GCS Mentor Family

2:45 pm –
4:00 pm

Bitcoin in Your 401(k)? Doesn’t Matter, Cyber-Thieves Are Going to Hack and Drain It Anyway

Panel presented by: Crowell & Moring LLP

There is approximately $28 Trillion (yes, Trillion) in U.S. pension and retirement accounts. Most employers sponsor a pension or 401(k) plan which in most instances hold millions (and in some large companies, billions) of dollars in employee and employer contributions. These assets often represent an individual’s largest accumulation of wealth by the time of retirement. A juicy target for Cybersecurity rogues indeed.

The U.S. is experiencing increased data hacking of employee benefit accounts including 401(k)s. When employers are victims to these hacks they often turn to their various third party administrators, providers and insurers as well as check their own D&O coverage to see what protections and indemnifications are in place. Often they find outdated, non-existent language on the topic of data security or very limited coverage. This may give rise to a potential breach of their fiduciary duties under ERISA which in turn exposes individual members of their Board of Directors, officers and other employees to personal liability under ERISA.

This session will look at the heightened risks and potential safeguards and remedies for data breaches in workplace employee benefits under ERISA and related federal and state laws.

Oh, and Bitcoin as a potential investment in 401(k) and other retirement accounts? Yeah, let’s have a little chat about that….

Rise of the Machines: The Next Generation of Data Modeling

Panel presented by: RVM Enterprises, Inc.

Led by Jeanne Somma, JD, RVM Director of Analytics and Managed Review Services, this event will teach the underlying principles of predictive coding technology and look at its future. Joined by top corporate executives, Jeanne and the panel will discuss some of the questions surrounding this major advancement, both ethically and technologically.

This program will include:

  • Key concepts and definitions related to data modeling and predictive technology.
  • A snapshot of the current state of Predictive Coding (TAR 2.0) including uses and considerations.
  • Cutting edge ways in which predictive modeling is now being used by corporations and law firms including decision reuse and cost modeling.
  • A future look to expanded uses of predictive modeling left of the EDRM – the practicality and immediacy of changes.

Sources of Success Sessions

Sources of Success™ is a professional development program tailored for junior and mid-level attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms. The focus is on identifying successful career strategies and allowing attorneys to develop leadership and management skills, as well as an opportunity for attorneys to find the right mentor to guide their career advancement. The program offers guidance on interview skills to land the next level job, interactive negotiation training, resume workshops, and a roadmap to develop lawyers as the industry’s next leaders. Sources of Success™ is a phenomenal opportunity for junior and mid-level attorneys to cultivate strategic relationships, improve their business acumen, learn how to be effective leaders and take the next step in their career.

4:15 pm –
5:30 pm

Reclaiming Our Space: How Virtual Reality is Creating a New Space for Women

Panel presented by: Loeb & Loeb LLP

The panel will address the challenges to and opportunities for gender parity in for both content creators and executives in the VR industry.

I. The Opportunity

VR presents a somewhat unique opportunity for women as the barriers to entry are still relatively low and varied. It can offer female creators (and the executives powering their platforms) the chance to start from and maintain a level playing field. From VR meetups in NY, LA and the Bay, to Women in XR, an organization that aims to connect women in VR and AR with venture capital, to The Reality Experiment, a series of monthly dinners with women in the VR and AR space, it is clear that women are aware of this unique opportunity and are making strides to cultivate it. The panel will discuss the efforts they are seeing at their companies and the industry as a whole to create and maintain a space for female voices and the unique opportunities presented in the VR space.

II. The Challenge

Although the industry is new, it emerges from three male-dominated industries: video games, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. In the past year, a few companies appear to have fallen into the trap of the “bro culture” of these industries, resulting in claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. The panel will discuss the legal issues created when female don’t have a seat at the table.

III. The Future

One of the key markers of VR is its ability to create a digital world that can communicate an experience that’s foreign to the viewer. VR may provide an opportunity to communicate the female experience in ways that entertain, educate, and that may (slowly) change the perception and treatment of women. Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab has been using VR to help companies and people experience the prejudices that some people face on a daily basis. The NFL, among others, is hoping to leverage this technology to give users a first person view of what it is like to experience certain prejudices.

The panel will discuss the future of VR and steps women are taking to keep the playing field level and the steps they are taking to reclaim their space.

5:30 pm –
7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception

9:00 pm –
12:00 am

MCCA Austin at Night

Friday, April 13, 2018

6:30 am –
9:00 am

Breakfast

7:00 am –
5:00 pm

Day 2 Conference Registration

9:00 am –
10:15 am

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

10:30 am –
11:45 am

Autonomous Vehicles: Navigating the Legal and Regulatory Issues of a Driverless World

Panel presented by: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Technology companies and automakers have publicly stated that they would like to deploy millions of self-driving cars by the year 2020. The advent of these self-driving vehicles is creating a new legal and technical landscape where companies and their lawyers are working hand in hand with parties they never previously worked with. For example, automakers are now forging strategic partnerships with key high-tech companies in order to obtain highly technical components such as sensors, navigation software, sensors, and onboard computers. On the legal side, diverse and cross-disciplinary teams of attorneys are collaborating to tackle issues ranging from regulatory, product liability and intellectual property, to cybersecurity and privacy, communications, litigation and mergers & acquisitions.

This panel will address key priorities that company executives face in a constantly evolving field. The panel is particularly well set-up to tackle these subjects given that many of the inside and outside counsel are currently working together on the testing and deployment of self-driving vehicles.

One Month To Go: Are you GDPR Ready?

Panel presented by: Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

The new EU General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) implementation date is May 25, 2018, and U.S. businesses should be aware of how it may impact them. The GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive, and it can apply to US-based businesses even if they do not have offices or employees in the EU. It can also reach activities conducted outside the EU.

It is imperative businesses collecting and using personal data should know their GDPR obligations. Violators of GDPR face steep penalties. Regulators can fine a company up to 20,000,000 euros or 4% of worldwide annual turnover, whichever is higher. This program will lay out the GDPR’s main obligations, and discuss what US businesses are doing to comply with the law and the challenges that may lay ahead.

Sources of Success Sessions

Sources of Success™ is a professional development program tailored for junior and mid-level attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms. The focus is on identifying successful career strategies and allowing attorneys to develop leadership and management skills, as well as an opportunity for attorneys to find the right mentor to guide their career advancement. The program offers guidance on interview skills to land the next level job, interactive negotiation training, resume workshops, and a roadmap to develop lawyers as the industry’s next leaders. Sources of Success™ is a phenomenal opportunity for junior and mid-level attorneys to cultivate strategic relationships, improve their business acumen, learn how to be effective leaders and take the next step in their career.

12:00 pm –
2:00 pm

Rainmakers Award/Luncheon Plenary – A Turning Point: How the National Conversation about Diversity and Inclusion is Hitting Tech

Panel presented by: Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

The recent spate of high-profile discrimination lawsuits against high-profile tech companies make clear that the tech industry is not immune from problems with diversity and inclusion. Indeed, companies have been hit with lawsuits from all sides—e.g., cases alleging both gender-based pay discrimination against women and “anti-male” bias at Google. And while the current dialogue has focused on gender disparities, claims of racial imbalance and age discrimination will not be far behind.

As the national conversation about diversity and inclusion comes to a head, this is a prime opportunity for a candid discussion of how such issues uniquely affect the tech industry. Why do innovative companies that view themselves as youthful and progressive still struggle with diversity and inclusion? Does startup culture define “merit” in a way that ignores certain underrepresented groups and that makes companies more resistant to diversity initiatives? How can in-house legal departments diversify their own ranks and lead their companies towards a more inclusive culture? Our panel of leaders in the tech sector—both at law firms and in-house—will explore how these issues affect their companies and whether the tech industry can also become leaders and innovators in the area of diversity and inclusion.

2:30 pm –
3:45 pm

Bounties, Ransomware, and Other Cyber Hype for Lawyers!

Panel presented by: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Companies across industries and geographies are besieged by talented, well-funded and efficient cyber-attackers who are deploying malware at an unprecedented pace – with flavors of Ransomware that seemingly change from day-to-day. Are there force multipliers that companies can leverage to fight back? Are there compliance, regulatory, and litigation risks associated with doing so? Or is it simply a folly to believe that we can ever stay ahead of the bad guys? Join a panel of experts on a tour de force of the latest “evil” technology afoot, the promise of “crowdsourced” security, and how legal counsel must evolve to talk-the-tech, and walk-the-walk to effectively mitigate and manage cyber risk for their clients.

Social Branding in the Age of Influencer Marketing, Native Advertising, and Augmented Reality

Panel presented by: Innis Law Group LLC

More than ever before, brands are looking for new and innovative ways to become a part of the social fabric of consumer’s everyday lives. This has created a perfect storm of brands integrating new technologies, social media, as well as native advertising into their regular marketing strategies. Influencer marketing, once thought to be a fad that would eventually fade away, has blossomed into its own industry. Native advertising is also here to stay. Brands are developing innovative ways to place paid media that seamlessly flows with the content that is already part of their consumers’ everyday lives. But, social branding does not stop there. One of the most exciting emerging technologies that companies have been using to achieve their social branding strategies are virtual and augmented reality.

According to Goldman Sachs, revenue from AR- and VR- related hardware and software is expected to reach between $80 to $182 billion by 2025. In other words, the possibilities for brands to integrate these technologies into their branding strategies are limitless! As social branding continues to evolve, brands will need dynamic lawyers who can keep up with the new challenges presented by it. This panel will discuss new ways brands are using new technologies, social media, and native advertising to achieve their social branding goals, as well as provide an overview on the emerging legal issues involved with social branding.

Sources of Success sessions

Sources of Success™ is a professional development program tailored for junior and mid-level attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms. The focus is on identifying successful career strategies and allowing attorneys to develop leadership and management skills, as well as an opportunity for attorneys to find the right mentor to guide their career advancement. The program offers guidance on interview skills to land the next level job, interactive negotiation training, resume workshops, and a roadmap to develop lawyers as the industry’s next leaders. Sources of Success™ is a phenomenal opportunity for junior and mid-level attorneys to cultivate strategic relationships, improve their business acumen, learn how to be effective leaders and take the next step in their career.

4:00 pm –
5:15 pm

AI D&I: Leveraging Machine Learning to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion at Your Organization

Panel presented by: Hogan Lovells US LLP

This session will discuss the business case, legal considerations, and practical strategies for leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance diversity and inclusion at your organization. Panelists will discuss approaches for identifying key sources of data relevant for D&I and developing mechanisms to support appropriate data usage, including through the use of commercial agreements. They will also discuss strategies for avoiding potential biases regarding input and output data.

In addition, panelists will discuss options for engaging employee affinity groups, management, and other stakeholders in the AI development and distribution efforts, as well as ideas for integrating the results into a variety of internal and external programs. For example, panelists will discuss options for building D&I-focused machine learning into their organization’s privacy program. They will also discuss how organizations can contribute to ongoing and upcoming regulatory and policy initiatives focused on machine learning.

Data Privacy Considerations When Using AI in Online Advertising

Panel presented by: Stinson Leonard Street LLP

The presentation provides an in-depth review of the main legal issues that arise with the use of AI in online advertising to collect and process consumer data. The panel will discuss the use of AI with respect to the internet of things, including wearables and personal assistants; website tracking, generally; and social media and website scraping. The panel will then discuss how these types of data collection can run afoul of Federal Trade Commission regulations, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act anti-circumvention laws, as well as the new EU General Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Finally, the panel will provide some best practices, including what to look for in IT vendor agreements, as well as how to potentially shift liability in licenses for AI-related technology that are specifically us+C6+C10

Sources of Success Sessions

Sources of Success™ is a professional development program tailored for junior and mid-level attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms. The focus is on identifying successful career strategies and allowing attorneys to develop leadership and management skills, as well as an opportunity for attorneys to find the right mentor to guide their career advancement. The program offers guidance on interview skills to land the next level job, interactive negotiation training, resume workshops, and a roadmap to develop lawyers as the industry’s next leaders. Sources of Success™ is a phenomenal opportunity for junior and mid-level attorneys to cultivate strategic relationships, improve their business acumen, learn how to be effective leaders and take the next step in their career.

5:30 pm –
7:00 pm

G-TEC Closing Reception

* Please note the agenda times are in C.D.T.
** Please note that additional details in the agenda are currently being finalized.
*** Please note that the schedule in the agenda is subject to change.

Registration and Fees

Early Bird Rates are available until March 11, 2018

Registration TypeEarly Bird
Member Rate
Early Bird
Non- member Rate
Regular
Member Rate
Regular
Non-member Rate
In-House Counsel$500$500$500$600
Law Firm$650$650$650$750
Legal Service VendorN/A$650N/A$750
Government AttorneyN/A$550N/A$650
Non-Profit Sector AttorneyN/A$550N/A$650
OthersN/A$550N/A$650

Payment Message

All Major Credit Cards accepted.

MCCA Law Firm Members and Corporate Members: Please note as part of your company’s/firm’s membership benefits you may be entitled to a complimentary registration or a member discount rate for the conference registration.

For member complimentary registrations, members must obtain their complimentary codes from their “Company/Firm” and use them during registration. The complimentary codes should be entered in the discount code field at the Payment Page and members must click “Apply Now” to zero their balance.

For member discount rates to apply, members must select their “Company/Firm” from a drop down in Custom Information during the registration process. The member discount rate will automatically be applied at the Payment page.

For any questions or inquires, please contact events@mcca.com.

Cancellations & Substitutions

Cancellations received in writing before the “Early-Bird” deadline will be fully refunded minus a $100.00 administrative fee. Individuals canceling in writing after the “Early-Bird” deadline but no later than 24 hours prior to the first date of the MCCA Conference may, at MCCA’s discretion made on a case-by-case basis, apply a credit in the amount paid for the 2018 Global TEC Forum towards attendance to MCCA’s 2019 Global TEC Forum. If written confirmation of cancellation is not received at least 24 hours prior to the first date of the MCCA Conference, 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 financial assistance will not be accepted on-site. Requests for financial assistance, along with an explanation of hardship, must be received in writing no later than one month prior to the first date of the MCCA conference. To receive detailed instructions or to submit a request for a fee reduction or waiver e-mail education@mcca.com.

Special Requirements

Any special needs for facilities, visual aids or dietary requirements must be sent to events@mcca.com.

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