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From Public Advocacy to Implementing Legal Tech: Understanding the Power of an Innovative GC

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 57 minutes
Recorded Date: October 17, 2019
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  • Mission of the GC and In-House Legal Team?
  • Critical Success Factors
  • Integrating with Clients and Obtaining Feedback
  • Communicating Value Back to Stakeholders
  • Proper Mix of Inside & Outside Resources
Runtime: 57 minutes
Recorded: October 17, 2019


What does it take to be considered innovative? Often that depends on who you’re asking. Some GCs are innovative in the ways they increase diversity within their companies or, integrate their teams into the business or, utilize new technology while others are pursuing social advocacy on behalf of their companies.

This session will discuss the different ways GCs are being challenged to pursue innovation and how you can be more innovative in your role.
- Defining innovation in legal
- Dissecting whether the GC has a role as an advocate for the public when regulations affect both the population and your corporation
- Understanding the benefits of encouraging innovation within your team

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence, and Power in Law Conference on October 17th, 2019.

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Julie Chen

General Counsel
Share Our Strength

Julie Chen is General Counsel of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that runs the No Kid Hungry campaign. Julie provides legal and strategic counsel to Share Our Strength in its advocacy, fundraising, and programming activities and advises on risk management for the organization.

Julie has seen the practice of law from various vantage points, both in-house and as outside counsel, having previously been a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery and as in-house counsel for the US Tennis Association, Verizon and the Smithsonian Institution.

Julie is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and the University of Michigan School of Law.

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Kataryna DeLisle

Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs
National Geographic Partners

Kataryna DeLisle is a Senior Vice President, in charge of Business and Legal Affairs. She is an experienced in-house counsel with a demonstrated history of working in the news media industry advising clients in diverse set of areas, including legal compliance, litigation, intellectual property, and First Amendment.

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Melanie J. Howard

Chair, Intellectual Property Protection
Loeb & Loeb LLP

Melanie Howard’s practice focuses on the acquisition, protection, licensing, exploitation and sale of intangible assets for major brands and individual talent. Known for her business-minded approach, she represents clients across a variety of industries, including fashion and luxury retail, esports, automotive, technology, entertainment and media, and financial. Clients regularly turn to Melanie for strategic brand protection guidance and counsel on data privacy matters in the context of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other complex commercial transactions as well as licensing, influencer, sponsorship and endorsement deals. Melanie also has extensive experience in copyright and trademark infringement disputes, false advertising cases, right of publicity cases, and entertainment contractual disputes.

A member of the Privacy, Security & Data Innovations team, Melanie advises clients on myriad data privacy and security issues, including data protection strategy, privacy by design, cross-border transfers of personal data, legal compliance, and the development of internal data security and privacy practices and policies with a particular focus on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). She regularly handles IP and technology transactions relating to software and mobile application development, software licensing, ecommerce solutions, technology vendor agreements and other data intensive transactions.

Melanie currently serves as Secretary and Board member of Saving Innocence, a non-profit organization focused on combating sexual slavery and trafficking. She also maintains an active pro bono practice.

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