What to Do When You’re in the Sexual Harassment Hot Seat

Meritas will present a webinar titled “When #MeToo Means #YouToo: What to do when you’re in the sexual harassment hot seat.”

The event will be Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 1 p.m. CDT.

“The #MeToo movement has many employers uncertain about the best ways to protect themselves from sexual harassment complaints and the right way to respond after a complaint has been made,” the firm says on its website. “This seminar will explore how our definitions of sexual harassment have evolved in the age of #MeToo and the misconceptions that have formed around this issue.”

“Participants will come away with actionable advice they can put to use to avoid the damage that such claims can create, not just in terms of liability but also in workplace culture, employee attraction and retention.”

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Webinar: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Open Source Software

Flexera will present a complimentary webinar about the basics of open source licensing, vulnerabilities, trends and expectations for compliance.

The event will be Wednesday, April 18, at noon Central time.

Data shows that most companies are significantly under-counting their use of open source software (OSS), leading to potential legal and security concerns that need to be respected, monitored, and — if needed — resolved. Additionally, your customers are expecting higher levels of compliance. This begs the question, what is your legal team’s role in managing compliance and security vulnerabilities associated with OSS?

Marty Mellican, VP and Associate General Counsel at Flexera, will discuss the need for process and lawful management of OSS. This webinar will cover:

  • The basics of intellectual property (IP) law and how open source licenses are built on top of those principles
  • The most common licenses, including the GPL, AGPL, BSD, Apache, and MIT to name a few
  • How to work effectively and securely with OSS both as a consumer and a creator of OSS
  • Trends in OSS license enforcement in the last year
  • Expectations for compliance and what compliance looks like
  • How GDPR will affect your open source use and management

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Webinar: How Solid is Your Whistleblower Program?

More whistleblowers turn directly to the SEC to report complaints of alleged misconduct than to internal reporting systems, reports NAVEX Global. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling further encourages this behavior, so it is critical to evaluate a company’s employee whistleblowing program.

NAVEX will present a complimentary webinar on the subject on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Participants will hear new insights from the 2018 Ethics & Compliance Hotline & Incident Management Benchmark Report. Experts at Baker McKenzie and NAVEX Global have analyzed the data to show you how to assess your program and improve the odds that an employee will report to you first—giving you critical foresight into potential organizational risk.

Presenters will be Carrie Penman, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior VP, NAVEX Global; and Scott Nelson, Partner, Baker McKenzie LLP.

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Webinar Recording Available on SEC Cybersecurity Guidance

Hunton & Williams LLP has posted an on-demand webinar discussing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently released cybersecurity guidance.

For the first time since its last major staff pronouncement on cybersecurity in 2011, the SEC has released new interpretive guidance for public companies that will change the way issuers approach cybersecurity risk, the firm says on its website.

Presenters are partners Lisa Sotto, Aaron Simpson and Scott Kimpel, and senior associate Brittany Bacon. They discuss the new guidance, along with changes in regulatory obligations under EU law with respect to the upcoming GDPR and historical SEC enforcement actions related to cybersecurity.

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On-Demand: Law Firm Process Improvement Workshop

CRE8 Independent Consultants presents a free on-demand workshop on law firm process improvement, offering 20 ideas in 20 minutes.

Today, to attract and maintain clients, law firms are being asked to lower fees through discounted rates, alternative fee arrangements, fixed fee through the life of the matter, and to follow client guidelines that restrict who can bill and what expenses can be charged, the company says on its website. Firms can respond by writing off charges (losing profitability) or by examining their internal processes to determine how to increase efficiency and to improve quality. How should AmLaw 100, and 200 law firm Executive Directors, Chiefs, and Partners respond to these challenges? Education is the first step.

This workshop in 20 minutes discusses:

  • what are the internal, and external signs a law firm needs process improvement,
  • over twenty different areas within a firm that can benefit from process improvement,
  • how a firm can use procedural changes (non-technology) to reduce costs, mistakes, communication issues, and re-work; while improving quality and client service,
  • why process improvement is important before installing a new computer system,
  • process improvement methods for law firms,
  • a five-step process improvement method to improve a law firm,
  • how to engage professional and administrative staff to participate in, and support the successful roll-out of process changes, and
  • how to create a culture within the firm to sustain on-going process improvement.

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The Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act: Understanding Federal Domestic Preference Requirements

PilieroMazza has posted an on-demand webinar discussing compliance with new laws requiring or providing a preference for the purchase of goods, products, or materials produced in the United States.

President Trump signed Executive Order 13788 on April 18, 2017, aimed at tougher enforcement of the “Buy American Laws” which are those laws requiring or providing a preference for the purchase of goods, products, or materials produced in the United States. Given the Trump administration’s intent for stricter enforcement of domestic preference requirements, government contractors need to stay abreast of the relevant laws and regulations, such as the Buy American Act  and the Trade Agreement Act, the firm says on its website.

Webinar topics include:

  • The general requirements of the BAA and TAA
  • The applicability of the requirements and exceptions to their applicability
  • Tests for determining a product’s country of origin
  • Relevant FAR clauses and certifications
  • The potential penalties for non-compliance
  • Practical tips and strategies for compliance

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Webinar: Data Privacy: The Current Legal Landscape

Computer - cybersecurity -privacyTroutman Sanders will host a complimentary webinar that will cover the legal landscape surrounding data based products. The event will be Thursday, March 22, 2018, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time.

“In the last few years, the right to privacy has been hotly debated in the United States. What critics do not understand or appreciate is that the next technological paradigm is completely dependent on improvements both to the quality and quantity of data,” the firm says on its website.

Webinar speakers will cover the ongoing evolution of the legal landscape for data-based products, so that organizations can continue to succeed in their development of data-based products.

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Avoiding Prosecution Churn: When Ex Parte PTAB Appeals Make Dollars and Sense

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Avoiding Prosecution Churn: When Ex Parte PTAB Appeals Make Dollars and Sense,” featuring Fitch Even partner Thomas F. Lebens and Anticipat founder Trent Ostler.

The event will be Wednesday, March 21, 2018 , at 9 am PDT / 10 am MDT / 11 am CDT / 12 noon EDT.

During the process of acquiring patent rights through the patent application process, applicants sometimes wish to seek review of rejections by an examiner. The formal mechanism for achieving this review is an ex parte appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). Some patent practitioners avoid the ex parte review process, viewing it as lengthy and expensive. But, data and experiences recently compiled by an AIPLA subcommittee suggest that this conventional thinking may be incorrect. It turns out that pursuing an appeal can be a more attractive option than other patent prosecution procedures.

During this webinar, presenters will explore how the AIPLA findings may provide guidance on
• When to file ex parte PTAB appeals
• How often to file these appeals
• Which issues to choose to appeal

Additional topics will include
• USPTO incentives
• Working with the examiner
• Patent term adjustment
• Pre-appeal brief reviews
• Other relevant statistics

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Learn How to Address & Prevent Harassment – Online Master Class

NAVEX Global will conduct its first-ever online master class when it presents “Addressing & Preventing Sexual Harassment.”

The complimentary, 2.5-hour event, will be Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time | 11:30 a.m. Easter time.

“With the onslaught of high-profile sexual harassment allegations and an emerging “speak-up” movement around the globe, it’s evident that ignorance and a blind-eye has plagued our culture for too long,” NAVEX says on its website. “It is imperative—now more than ever—that your organization’s leadership fully understands what defines harassment and how to address it in the workplace.”

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Sexual Harassment Roundtable: Practical Guidance for Employers

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. announced that registration is open for a relevant and timely webinar to provide employers with practical guidance on sexual harassment policies.

The 60-minute webinar, titled “Sexual Harassment Roundtable: Practical Guidance for Employers,” will be Thursday, March 1, 2018, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

The event will feature experts from law firms in employment and labor law.

Topics will include:

  • Why sexual harassment remains a persistent workplace problem
  • The types of sexual harassment allegations that can be trickiest for employers
  • Pros and cons of using nondisclosure clauses in settlement agreements
  • How mandatory arbitration impacts sexual harassment claims
  • Best practices for preventing sexual harassment and handling allegations when they do arise

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On-Demand: The Current (and Future) State of Oil and Gas M&A

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has posted an on-demand webcast that discusses what the firm has been seeing and expects to see in the future in regard to mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry.

Members of Gibson Dunn’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Oil and Gas Practice Groups produced the 60-minute presentation to (1) discuss the current state of mergers and acquisitions at the corporate level (“M&A”) and acquisitions and divestitures at the asset level (“A&D”) in those segments of the energy sector comprised of upstream oil and gas, midstream oil and gas, and oilfield services; (2) identify trends in M&A and A&D in those segments; and (3) use their crystal balls to attempt to foresee what the future holds for M&A and A&D in those sectors.

Panelists are partners Michael P. DardenTull Florey and Justin T. Stolte. The moderator is Jeffrey A. Chapman.

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Webinar: The 2017 Open Source Year in Review

Black Duck will present a complimentary webinar reviewing the past year’s legal developments in open source software.

The event will be on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Two of the leading open source legal experts, Karen Copenhaver, partner at Choate Hall & Stewart and counsel for the Linux Foundation, and Mark Radcliffe, partner at DLA Piper and general counsel for the Open Source Initiative, will lead the discussion.

This annual review will highlight the most significant legal developments related to open source software in 2017, including:

  • Current litigation
  • An open source security update
  • Blockchain and its forks
  • Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) and OpenChain
  • GDPR
  • And more

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HousingWire Webinar: Digital Montgages – Don’t Get Left Behind

HousingWire will present a complimentary webinar on digital mortgages on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. Pacific time / 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Anyone who cannot watch the presentation in real-time can register to receive a recording of the webinar afterwards.

eSignLive by Vasco will sponsor the event.

“With emerging alternative lenders aggressively entering the market, traditional banks and lenders are looking to the digital mortgage as a competitive advantage,” HousingWire reports. “While originators have successfully automated the initial stages of the mortgage application and disclosure delivery process with electronic signatures, they haven’t fully digitized the entire mortgage workflow. With the help of eClosing and eVaulting platforms however, the “holy grail” of the digitization of complex mortgage transactions is now at arm’s length.”

Topics will include:

  • How and where the industry is adopting eMortgage technology
  • Legal and regulatory requirements
  • E-apps, e-disclosures, e-closings, e-vaulting… where you should start
  • Implementation options for a phased transition
  • A live demonstration

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ITAR For Government Contractors

Thomas McVey, partner and chair of Williams Mullen’s International Practice Group, will lead a complimentary webinar on the latest International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) developments for government contracts executives.

The event will be Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

ITAR is an important area of regulation for government contractors, the firm says on its website. This includes firms in the defense, technical services, information technology, cyber-security, military training and DOD-funded R&D fields. These requirements often apply even if a company is not engaged in any exporting activities – often just performing activities in the U.S. can trigger ITAR obligations. The stakes are high – violations can result in criminal penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment.

The program will provide executives a clear overview of the law and an update on important recent developments.

Who Should Attend: CEOs, CFOs, COOs, in-house counsel, compliance personnel, operations directors and contracts administrators

Topic outline:
• How do I know if my company is subject to ITAR?
• Is my company required to register under ITAR
• Requirements for ITAR-controlled technical data and software
• Controls on defense services and Technical Assistance Agreements
• Requirements for dealing with foreign national employees and other foreign individuals
• Obligations of second- and third-tier suppliers; subcontractors and vendors
• Are we subject to ITAR if we only perform services for U.S. government agencies?
• Contracts with foreign military organizations
• How to develop an effective ITAR compliance program
• Requirements under DFARS §225.79 and 252.225-7048
• Recent data security requirements
• What to do if you discover a violation

Time has been allotted for a brief Q&A for the speakers to address questions from the audience.

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The Ubiquitous Problem of Inherency in Obviousness: Southwire Co. v. Cerro Wire

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP has posted an on-demand webinar, “The Ubiquitous Problem of Inherency in Obviousness: Southwire Co. v. Cerro Wire, LLC,” featuring Fitch Even attorney Giles N. Turner.

Obviousness challenges tied to the doctrine of inherency can arise during various stages in the patent life cycle, including patent prosecution, post-issuance proceedings, and litigation, the firm says on its website. Despite how frequently these challenges occur, the law applicable in this area has been less than clear. While recent case law has helped to provide clarification, the Southwire case illustrates that overcoming inherency-based obviousness arguments does not always result in a win for the applicant or patentee.

The webinar explores these topics and more:

• The nature of obviousness contentions based on inherency
• Practice pointers in applying the doctrine of Southwire and other recent cases
• Hypothetical examples showing how to demonstrate patentability

A recording of the webinar will be available to view until Nov. 28, 2018.

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How Boards Must Think Differently in Today’s Digital Landscape

board of directors - conference tableThe evolving digital landscape continues to challenge many sitting directors with the various transformation and security issues it presents, according to Boardroom Resources. Boardroom discussions can no longer ignore the rise of the digital consumer, which has begun to affect industries far beyond just retail or business-to-consumer. These challenges are accompanied by many opportunities for directors to improve board and company performance.

In a video, Alex Schmelkin, board member with Essendant and founder & CEO of Cake & Arrow, is given an interesting task: If you could design a digital training program for today’s board members, what would it look like? Host TK Kerstetter asks Schmelkin how he would both define ‘digital’ and communicate its current and future impact for today’s directors.

In the video discussion, Schmelkin outlines several approaches that boards can take to better understand the “end user” no matter the organization or industry.

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An Overview of Recent Production Deduction Cases

Courts in several states recently have addressed questions about post-production cost deductions in petroleum production, according to an on-demand webcast from Steptoe & Johnson.

In this webcast, Andrew S. Graham reviews the state of the play in the Appalachian Basin, as well as other oil and gas producing states, on the source of the deduction problem and where the states stand on this notoriously thorny issue.

Among the topics for discussion:

  • What does the Leggett case mean for West Virginia producers in light of Tawney?
  • Why did the Supreme Court of Ohio decide to not decide a case on post-production deductions?
  • Has the marketable product rule reached a high-water mark in Colorado?

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Maximizing Impact of In-House Counsel Resources with Cloud-Based Matter Management

AdvoLogix will present a complimentary webinar designed to help participants learn strategies that legal teams today can employ to streamline matter intake, triage, prioritization, and assignment.

The webinar “Maximizing Impact of In-House Counsel Resources with Cloud-Based Matter Management” will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 1-2 p.m Eastern time.

In-house legal teams today are hindered by the inability to embed unique legal workflows into commonly provided workplace tools, AdvoLogix says on its website. Highly paid individuals are spending too much time in email, phone calls, unproductive organizational meetings and manual document manipulation with lack of complete understanding of the impact of the work item to the business.

The webinar will cover how strategies give legal departments a clear understanding that the most critical legal issues are being worked in a priority sequence by the people with the right skills and availability. Presenters also will discuss tools that can automate workflow, informational intake, task assignment, document creation and more and also provide the metrics needed to provide insight into value delivered and effort expended by in-house counsel.

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Invitation: 2017 Ethics and Compliance Virtual Conference

NAVEX Global will stage a unique, once-a-year virtual conference to help particpants learn about current best practices and new emerging compliance issues.

The free webinar will be on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

More than 4,000 legal, audit and compliance professionals are expected for the 2017 Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference to hear speakers like:

• Shankar Vedantam, Host of the Hidden Brain Podcast and NPR’s Science Correspondent

• Kristy Grant-Hart, CEO, Spark Compliance Consulting

• Richard Bistrong, CEO, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC

This year’s conference will have 23 sessions throughout the day with three specialty tracks on Aligning Corporate Risk & Culture, Leading for the Future and Investing in Corporate Culture.

Participants are free to come and go as they please. Anyone unable to access the live webinar may register to obtain access to the sessions later.

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Webinar on Improving Legal and Contract Collaboration, Featuring Forrester

Optimus BT will present a free webinar providing a comprehensive overview of Legal Contract Collaboration by Optimus and Forrester for the Microsoft Cloud.

The webinar will be Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, beginning at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT.

Forrester, a leading analyst firm, along with Optimus, a leading Microsoft Cloud Contracts Platform, will be conducting this webinar to provide an overview of the key issues facing business and legal collaboration with a presentation along with scenario based demos of Contracts and Legal solutions for both SharePoint & Office 365.

The presentation will also highlight integrations with Outlook and Word to improve legal work productivity.

“We will review various aspects of the Contract Lifecycle including document and outlook based collaboration, contract metadata management, review and approval workflows, electronic signature integration, contracts search, repository and document generation processes, reporting and metrics, alerts setup and management, among others,” the company says on its website.

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