Category Archives: Programs (free)

Free One-Hour Briefing on Mindful Lawyering: An Introduction to Mindfulness and How it Can Boost Your Life and Legal Practice

September 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

One of the greatest challenges in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world is staying present in life’s most sacred moments. The overwhelming pace of communication, keeping up with inboxes and texts, the sea of information at our fingertips, and efficiency expectations at work has led to widespread attention and engagement issues and increased stress. It is very easy to get caught up in a sort of auto pilot, constantly thinking about the past and future, mindlessly going through life. When we fall into mindlessness we struggle to stay focused in our work with clients and find it difficult to manage ourselves, relationships and key, high impact moments.

One of the best ways to overcome these challenges and effectively manage the stress inherent in the pace of life today is to develop a mindfulness practice. “Mindfulness” is defined as being present with our experience, non-judgmentally. Put simply, it’s about being aware of the story lines, bodily sensations, and emotions that are present throughout life. With practice, mindfulness exercises can help lawyers decrease stress, manage emotions, enhance team dynamics, and increase both self-awareness and focus.

Though we can all benefit from a mindfulness practice, it can be particularly useful if you:

  • Find it difficult to stay present with clients
  • Struggle to stay focused at work
  • Slip into mindlessness and rely on old, outdated habits rather than choosing adaptive and best courses of action
  • Experience persistent stress and find it difficult to disengage from work

In this briefing on Mindfulness for Lawyers, participants will learn:

  • What mindfulness is
  • How it can enhance focus and concentration
  • How to develop a basic mindfulness meditation practice
  • How developing a mindfulness practice can lead to increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence, and therefore greater leadership
  • The core components of mindfulness

Please join Dan DeFoe, J.D., M.S. of Adlitem Solutions and Rob Durr, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Northwestern University for this interactive workshop to learn about mindfulness meditation, an empirically-supported practice that can decrease stress, boost concentration, and aid in emotion regulation through the cultivation of present-moment awareness.

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Free One-Hour Briefing on Regulation AB II Overview

September 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted long-anticipated final amendments to Regulation AB that were first proposed in 2010. The new rules make sweeping changes to the offering process and disclosure and periodic reporting requirements for asset-backed securities. In this program, Jerry R. Marlatt and Kenneth E. Kohler of Morrison & Foerster LLP will provide an overview of the new rules and their impact on ABS and MBS issuers and investors in the U.S., including:

  • History of Regulation AB II proposals
  • Changes to the ABS offering process
  • New Forms SF-1 and SF-3
  • Asset-level disclosure and privacy concerns
  • CEO certification
  • Asset review/credit risk management
  • Dispute resolution requirements
  • Investor communication
  • Prospectus disclosure requirements
  • Periodic reporting changes
  • Proposals not adopted by SEC

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Free One-Hour Briefing on Exporting EEO: Aligning a Multinational’s Approaches to Discrimination, Harassment and Diversity Compliance Overseas

September 11, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

A multinational might proclaim “zero tolerance” for discrimination and harassment across its U.S. operations. But does it ignore sex harassment in its Dubai office? Does it tolerate mandatory retirement in its Berlin facility? And does it excuse blatant race and gender discrimination at its Tokyo subsidiary as “cultural differences”?

Equal employment opportunity compliance initiatives evolved in domestic American HR, and we Americans think of our U.S.-style EEO initiatives as world-leading. These days, U.S.-based multinationals push to align, across national borders, their human resources “offerings” that promote workplace equality?their HR policies, code of conduct provisions, training modules, and internal compliance audits. But directly exporting a homegrown American EEO initiative does not work. Fighting discrimination and harassment, and promoting diversity, across borders requires subtlety, nuance, strategy and finesse. Americans may even need to relax their fierce “zero tolerance” stance to account for different discrimination and harassment laws and attitudes overseas. For that matter, in many countries diversity is less of an imperative, demographically.

This session offers U.S. multinationals a toolkit for expanding and localizing U.S.-style EEO initiatives to work across worldwide operations. How can we adapt American-style EEO strategies and policies for global compliance initiatives? How can we impose rules against workplace discrimination and harassment abroad? How can we champion diversity internationally?

Please join Donald C. Dowling, Jr. of White & Case LLP for a discussion on the following topics:

  • combating workplace discrimination across borders
  • the special challenge of global age discrimination compliance
  • the special challenge of global pay discrimination compliance
  • combating workplace harassment across borders
  • promoting workplace diversity across borders

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Free One-Hour Briefing on Basics of the Federal Election Campaign Act 2014

September 4, 2014, 1:oop.m. – 2:00p.m. (E.D.T.)

In just one hour, this briefing will provide you with a summary of federal candidate and PAC campaign law, as regulated by the Federal Election Campaign Act and administered by the Federal Election Commission’s Regulations and Disclosure Rules.

Please join Jan Witold Baran of Wiley Rein LLP, Kenneth A. Gross of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Chip Nielsen of Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP for a discussion addressing:

  • Contribution definitions, limits, and prohibitions
  • Contributions and expenditures after the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases
  • Disclosure and political action committees
  • Tax laws for political organizations and 501(c)(4)s
  • Resource materials provided by the FEC and other experts

This One-Hour Briefing is offered as a primer for the two-day program Corporate Political Activities 2014: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws on September 11-12, 2014 at The Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., and is presented by the program co-chairs. Register for the live two-day program and receive complimentary access to this preparatory briefing.

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Free One-Hour Briefing on Evolving Landscape of State Income Taxation of Trusts

August 14, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

The law governing the state income taxation of trusts is rapidly evolving. Recent cases have successfully challenged the constitutional validity of the taxation of trusts in a variety of states. Trustees, beneficiaries and their advisors need to stay current with respect to these important tax law changes. Join expert faculty in this timely program as they examine the significance of the recent court decisions and provide practical guidance regarding the state income taxation of trusts.

Topics include:

  • A review of the general state law landscape regarding the taxation of trusts.
  • A review of the tax haven states.
  • Analysis regarding state tax statutes that may be vulnerable to a constitutional challenge.
  • Review three recent taxpayer favorable cases addressing state taxation of trusts.
  • Review New York’s recent tax law changes applicable to trusts.
  • Identify the types of trusts that might benefit from a change of situs.
  • Review the mechanics of removing a trust from a taxing state.
  • Discuss tax return filing obligations and address ongoing tax compliance.

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Free One-Hour Briefing on SEC Adopts Money Market Fund Reform Rules

August 11, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

This briefing will focus on the implications and effects of the new money market reform rules, which a divided Securities and Exchange Commission adopted on July 23, 2014.
Please mark your calendar and join Jay G. Baris and Oliver I. Ireland, partners at Morrison & Foerster LLP, and Andrew J. Donohue, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management LP, for an important and lively discussion that will include:

  • What are the rules and how will they affect money market funds and their investors?
  • Will the new rules effectively eliminate “first mover advantage” and lessen the potential for contagion in redemptions?
  • Will the new rules satisfy the federal banking regulators?
  • Will the new tax relief rules address investor concerns?
  • What comes next?

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Free One-Hour Briefing on Big Data Across the Atlantic – U.S. and E.U. Perspectives

August 5, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

Consumer data is fast becoming a currency in today’s digital economy. Global companies increasing rely on such data – and their ability to collect, analyze, and move it around the globe — to meet their business needs and the needs of their customers. However, they now face a shifting landscape of data protection obligations. Recent developments in the U.S., such as the release of the White House’s Big Data Report, and in the European Union, including the “Right to be Forgotten” decision, create tremendous uncertainty.
Please join a team of four Jones Day privacy experts, Paloma Bru from Madrid, Undine von Diemar from Munich, Michael G. Morgan from Los Angeles, and Katherine S. Ritchey from San Francisco, to discuss these developments and their implications on the privacy practices of global companies. The team will discuss:

  • The White House’s Big Data Report and the future of U.S. data regulation
  • Recent litigation in the U.S. on big data issues
  • The EU-US Safe Harbor scheme, including recent challenges in the E.U. to that scheme
  • Recent developments from the E.U., including the “Right to be Forgotten” decision
  • The practical impact of recent developments to businesses

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Free One-Hour Briefing on BEPS: What’s Next?

July 31, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

Over the past year, the United States and other countries in the G-20 and the OECD have been working to develop and implement an Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, commonly referred to as “BEPS.” The Action Plan includes 15 “action items” and a tight timetable over the next 18 months for delivering the identified outputs.
In this One-Hour Briefing, John L. Harrington, partner at Dentons US LLP, and Robert B. Stack, U.S. Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs) (invited) will discuss how these BEPS developments and proposals will affect U.S. companies with cross border activities. The program will focus on:

  • Likely recommendations regarding the digital economy, hybrid mismatch arrangements, abuse of tax treaties, and transfer pricing documentation and treatment of intangibles
  • What U.S. companies should be doing to prepare for the changes likely to result from BEPS
  • What U.S. companies should be doing to provide input in the process

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Free One-Hour Briefing on SEC v. Obus: Insider Trading and Taking the SEC to Trial

July 29, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)

On May 30, 2014, a ten-person jury in the Southern District of New York returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defendants in SEC v. Obus, one of the longest-running insider trading cases in history. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP represented Nelson Obus, a New York-based hedge fund manager, in the SEC’s trial against him and two co-defendants for allegedly trading in the securities of SunSource, Inc. on the basis of material non-public information that the company was about to be sold. The jury’s verdict marks the end of a long fight by Mr. Obus to clear his name. The SEC first subpoenaed Mr. Obus and his co-defendants, as well as his hedge funds, in 2002 and filed the complaint in 2006. Gibson Dunn succeeded in winning summary judgment in the case in 2010, a ruling that was reversed by the Second Circuit two years later. Defendants proceeded to trial in May 2014, and the jury’s unanimous verdict came on May 30, 2014, after just one day of deliberations.
Please join Joel M. Cohen and Mary Kay Dunning of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as they discuss:

  • The classical and misappropriation theories of insider trading
  • Strategies for defending clients during the SEC investigation phase
  • Exploring case theories during discovery
  • Developing offensive trial themes
  • Countering SEC trial tactics
  • Dealing with old evidence and witness testimony
  • Tippee liability under SEC v. Obus
  • The SEC’s plan to pursue more insider trading actions administratively

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Free One-Hour Briefing on Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer: Supreme Court Eschews Moench Presumption, But Recognizes Limitations on Stock-Drop Litigation Under ERISA

July 28th, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm. (E.D.T.)

Join this One-Hour Briefing and listen to attorneys involved in both sides of the Dudenhoeffer case, as well as an attorneyinvolved with the case for the Department of Labor, for a discussion of its background and impact. The discussion will be moderated by expert faculty who has hosted our series of Hot Topic Briefings on various ERISA cases as they are decided.

Please join Robert Long (Covington & Burling LLP), Professor Ronald J. Mann (Columbia Law School) and Thomas Tso (United States Department of Labor) for a free One-Hour Briefing on the Supreme Court’s decision on Fifth Third Bank v. Dudenhoeffer.

Attorneys of all backgrounds, expertise, and experience are welcome.

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