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November Signature Program Features Panel of Federal Agency GCs
Lawyers from Regulatory and Policy-Making Agencies To Discuss Top Priorities, New Initiatives and Best-Practices for Compliance
WMACCA's signature monthly program for November will feature top lawyers from several of the federal agencies whose programs, policies, initiatives, and regulations affect many of our companies and organizations. We will look for their thoughts – as in-house counsel to these agencies – on what the top priorities are for their agencies and what new initiatives their agencies have undertaken that may have implications for our organizations. What advice do they have about the role that in-house counsel in the private sector should play in dealing with the agencies, and on best-practices for compliance with the agencies’ rules and regulations (and for dealing with their offices, should the occasion arise)?
Our panel will include:
For more information, or to register, please click here.
This is the inaugural session of what will be an annual event for WMACCA, providing us with the opportunity to hear from the lawyers at regulatory and policy-making agencies.
Who Will It Be?
Winners of WMACCA 3rd Annual Corporate Counsel Awards
In less than one week, WMACCA will announce the winners of the 3rd Annual Corporate Counsel Awards at a gala reception. This fun and exciting event will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2007, from 6 to 10 p.m., at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. The event is open to WMACCA and ACC members, our in-house counsel friends and colleagues, and our non-lawyer colleagues in the business community at-large. For more information, or to register, please click here.
Don't miss out - the WMACCA Corporate Counsel Awards Reception is the most important in-house counsel event of the year!
The 13 finalists for the WMACCA Corporate Counsel Awards are:Outstanding Chief Legal Officer:
* Scott D. Chaplin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Stanley, Inc.
* James E. Daniel, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, SI International, Inc.
* Deborah Fox, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, QinetiQ North America Operations LLC
* Matthew H. Small, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, Blackboard Inc.
* James E. Williams, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Liquidity Services, Inc.
Outstanding In-House Counsel:
* Andrew E. Shipley, Assistant General Counsel, Northrop Grumman Corporation
* Joseph Uglialoro, Senior Corporate Counsel, GTSI Corporation
Outstanding Law Department:
* Alion Science & Technology Corporation
* American Capital Strategies, Ltd.
* XO Holdings Inc.
Community Service Award:
* Mary P. Morningstar, Assistant General Counsel, Lockheed Martin Corporation
* Kristin P. Walinski, Senior Corporate Counsel, Circuit City Stores, Inc.
* Sodexho Inc.
In addition, Robert S. Lavet, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SLM Corporation (known as Sallie Mae), will be honored with the WMACCA Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award at this year's awards reception. One of the "National Deans" of the education finance bar, Rob is a consummate business lawyer. This year, he and his staff have led Sallie Mae, the largest student loan provider, through a legal labyrinth that just kept getting more challenging. Among the matters he faced were Sallie Mae's acquisition of a leading saving-for-college company, Upromise, Inc., multiple state attorneys general investigations of the student loan industry and its relationships with university financial aid officers, congressional inquiries into the student loan industry, congressional efforts to legislate changes to the student loan industry, investigations by the SEC and other governmental inquiries, and an effort to sell the company to a private equity firm. Lavet joined Sallie Mae's legal team in 1992. After serving as its longtime Deputy General Counsel, Rob ascended to the CLO position in 2005. In his current role, he manages all legal work for the company and its subsidiaries and also leads board relations, corporate compliance and student loan servicing policy. Lavet has also been a leader in the corporate counsel community, having served as a WMACCA Board member and officer, including as President in 2001. As a WMACCA leader, Rob greatly enhanced the chapter's program offerings and instituted sponsorships of its programs and events. He is also a Board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
The Corporate Counsel Awards were created in 2005 in celebration of WMACCA's 25th anniversary.
In just two short years, the WMACCA Corporate Counsel Awards have
become a well-recognized and sought-after honor for members of the regional in-house
CLE Programs for November
Save these Dates - or Register Now.
Here is a sneak preview of WMACCA's CLE calendar for November (with more to come). Registration is now open for these events:
On Thursday, November 8, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., at the offices of Howrey LLP in Washington, D.C., or by Web seminar technology. WMACCA Non-Profits and Associations Forum: OMG, IP! An Overview of Intellectual Property Issues in the Electronic Age for Non-Profit Organizations. Presented by Cecil E. Key of Howrey LLP.
On Wednesday, November 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the offices of Arnold & Porter LLP in McLean, Virginia, or by Web seminar technology. WMACCA IT/IP Forum: Evaluating and Minimizing Litigation Risks - Pre-Suit Strategies for Patent Infringement Allegations. Presented by Leslie L. Jacobs Jr. and Ali R. Sharifahmadian of Arnold & Porter LLP.
On Friday, November 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean Virginia. WMACCA and teh NVTC General Counsel Committee Present: SYNERGY IN THE C-SUITE - How Chief Legal Officers and Chief Financial Officers Work Together.
On Wednesday, November 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy in McLean, Virginia: WMACCA Employment and Labor Forum: When Johnny Comes Marching Home - USERRA and Its Impact on Employers. Presented by Matthew F. Nieman of Jackson Lewis LLP.
WMACCA 2006-07 MCLE Course Update
WMACCA presented programs providing more than 60 hours of Virginia MCLE credit in the 2006-07 CLE year. Full details about all WMACCA programs that have qualified for MCLE credit for 2006-07 is available on the WMACCA Web page by clicking here.
That page has a listing of all WMACCA MCLE courses and the relevant information needed to file for MCLE credit (course numbers, title, date presented, location, amount of credit). REMEMBER: You must meet your Virginia MCLE requirements by taking sufficient course credits by October 31 AND THEN must submit proof of attendance by no later than December 15.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact Ilene Reid.