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Virtual Teams: Does Remote Working Have a Place in the Future of the Profession


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: September 16, 2020
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Agenda

  • Introduction
  • Concerns about Work From Home
  • The Human Struggle
  • Takeaways
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 16, 2020

Description

No one could have anticipated that 2020 would be the year that the legal profession went virtual. In 2019, we talked as if this was 10 years away. Today, legal departments, law firms, and courts all across the world have embraced and implemented these technologies and new working practices. This transformative shift for the legal profession has brought new opportunities and risks for General Counsel. The imposing risks have been quick to appear, but understanding the opportunities has been much more clouded. In this new digital age, how can you manage a remote workforce, continuing to drive productivity and inclusivity, over these new digital platforms?

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's Annual General Counsel East Virtual Conference East on September 16th, 2020.

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Panelists

Archana Rajendra

Senior Associate General Counsel
Henry Ford Health System and Health Alliance Plans

Archana is an experienced leader dedicated to creating value driven solutions and sustainable growth for her clients. She is currently Senior Counsel at Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan a $6B non-profit integrated health delivery system, nationally recognized for its clinical excellence and commitment to innovative value-based care. Archana provides strategic guidance and legal advice on a broad range of commercial and government products, litigation, risk management and government affairs matters.

Prior to Henry Ford, Archana served as Senior Counsel for CareSource a $10B multi-state managed care organization. At CareSource, she handled a wide range of corporate legal affairs and oversaw pre-litigation disputes, litigation and legal operations. Prior to that, Archana was in private practice and a partner at a boutique litigation firm. Archana is an educator and frequent speaker on a wide range of topics to corporate leaders and students from litigation strategies to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Archana’s broad experience and community engagement gives her the ability to lead with collaboration and develop unique insights that lead to innovative and cost-effective solutions for her clients.

Archana obtained her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and law degree from Indiana University.

Robyn Frank

VP, Diversity & General Counsel
Centerforce USA

ROBYN MANAGES ALL LEGAL MATTERS AT CENTERFORCE USA, A LEADING PRODUCER OF EVENTS GEARED TOWARD WOMEN IN LAW AND LEADERSHIP.

IN ADDITION, SHE RUNS THE DIVERSITY DIVISION OVERSEEING SPEAKER RECRUITMENT, CREATING ALL CONTENT, MODERATING THE PANELS AND MANAGEMENT OF THE WOMEN IN THE LAW SUMMIT SERIES. PRIOR TO THAT, SHE SPENT 10 YEARS AS GENERAL COUNSEL AT GREAT EASTERN ENERGY, LLC, MANAGING ALL LEGAL AND REGULATORY MATTERS, AND LEADING THE COMPANY’S DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES.

SHE RECEIVED HER B.A. FROM OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, HER J.D. FROM THE WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, AND A MASTER’S DEGREE IN ENERGY LAW FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA.

SHE IS A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF THE NEW YORK STATE BAR. SOME OF ROBYN’S PASSIONS INCLUDE VOLUNTEERING FOR A VARIETY OF NATIVE AMERICAN CAUSES AND TRAVELING THE WORLD.

Jenny Colgate

Partner
Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC

A partner at Rothwell Figg in Washington, D.C., Jenny Colgate is an experienced litigator, a creative strategist, a trusted advisor, a thought leader, and an extremely hard worker. She is also a mom, an accomplished equestrian, a former marathoner, and an animal lover.

Jenny handles technology-related cases involving all areas of intellectual property (patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyright), unfair competition, unfair trade practices, and data protection and privacy—but most of her time is spent on patent litigation. Jenny also help clients by counseling them on complex issues outside of litigation, including developing and updating compliance strategies, litigation threat letters, negotiating and drafting agreements, and evaluating the legal risks of pursuing various business actions. Jenny’s practice covers a broad range of diverse technologies, such as computer hardware and software , semiconductors, business solutions, machinery, consumer products, apparel, and chemical coatings and compositions.

Jenny is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with honors, completing her thesis in the area of web advertising to children/children’s privacy. She received her J.D. and LLM from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Law Center. She graduated magna cum laude.

Ben Berman

GENERAL COUNSEL
JOBCASE INC.

AS GENERAL COUNSEL AT JOBCASE, BEN OVERSEES THE GLOBAL LEGAL ACTIVITY FOR THE COMPANY. SPECIFICALLY, HE PROVIDES LEGAL COUNSEL TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT OF GLOBAL LEGAL MATTERS.

IN ADDITION TO ADVISING SENIOR MANAGEMENT, HE DIRECTS ALL LEGAL STRATEGY, PARTICULARLY STRATEGIES RELATED TO CORPORATE GROWTH. BEN'S TEAM COUNSELS THE COMPANY IN ALL FACETS OF THE BUSINESS, INCLUDING COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS, LITIGATION, LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, ADVERTISING, MARKETING, DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY, REAL ESTATE, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, REGULATORY AFFAIRS AND COMPLIANCE. PRIOR TO JOINING JOBCASE, BEN SPENT NEARLY A DECADE AT KAYAK, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH HE SERVED AS ITS GENERAL COUNSEL WHERE HE ALSO MANAGED THE GLOBAL LEGAL TEAM. IN THAT ROLE, HE HELPED GUIDE KAYAK'S SIGNIFICANT INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION EFFORTS, SUPPORTED THEIR SUCCESSFUL INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING AND SUBSEQUENT $2.1 BILLION SALE TO THE PRICELINE GROUP (NOW BOOKING HOLDINGS, INC.), AND MANAGED THE ACQUISITION AND INTEGRATION OF OPENTABLE AND THE MOMONDO GROUP. PRIOR TO HIS TENURE AT KAYAK, HE SPENT MANY YEARS ON THE ORBITZ LEGAL TEAM AS THE ORGANIZATION SCALED TO NEARLY $1 BILLION REVENUE.


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