Ward and Smith, P.A. December 1, In-House Counsel Seminar

Join us at the beautiful Umstead Hotel & Spa for a half-day session designed to address issues that specifically relate to in-house counsel.  The day will begin with a networking breakfast and will conclude with lunch.  There is no cost to attend this seminar, but registration is required.


Friday, December 1 from 7:45 AM to 1:30 PM

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The Umstead Hotel & Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive

Cary, NC  27513

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Traveling from out of town? We've reserved a block of rooms at The Umstead for the evening of November 30, with a discounted rate of $259.  Guests are responsible for making their own reservations and all costs associated with their stay at The Umstead. 

To make a reservation, call 866.877.4141 and ask for the Ward and Smith group rate.  The reservation cutoff is November 8, 2017.



The North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education, through its Accreditation Committee, has approved this seminar for CLE activity.  Any North Carolina attorney attending will receive 4.25 hours of CLE credit, of which 1 hour will be available to satisfy the substance abuse/mental health awareness requirement, 45 minutes will be available to satisfy the professional responsibilities/ethics requirement, and 2.5 hours will be available to satisfy the general requirement.


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7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Networking Breakfast and Opening Remarks

Tom Babel and Deana Labriola, Ward and Smith, P.A.

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Rapid Fire Legal Update

A whole lot of legal knowledge condensed into 7-minute sound bites.  Four Ward and Smith attorneys will each present on that "one thing" that they think all in-house counsel should know in relation to Government Investigations, Business Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Government Relations.

Wes Camden, Brad Evans, Jerry Sayre, and Whitney Campbell Christensen,                       Ward and Smith, P.A.

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. - Avoiding Missteps in the Social Media Minefield

What should your company and your company's employees do to avoid inadvertent ethical missteps on social media?  We've got an avid social media user in-house counsel and an employment law attorney to tell you!  Learn what you can and can't ethically tweet, snap, insta, and facebook.

Matt Cordell, Senior Global Information Technology Counsel, VF Corporation (portfolio includes Jansport, Lee, Nautica, The North Face, Vans, Wrangler - and many others)

Devon Williams, Ward and Smith, P.A.

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. -  Break

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes . . . Facing and Dealing with Organizational Changes

We all know that change is inevitable, but how does your legal team deal with change within your company, especially when it's a change that is out of your control?  Whether it is a change to your corporate structure or business model or a change due to growth and transition, change can have a ripple effect throughout an organization, including the legal department.  Hear for our corporate general counsel panelists and gain insight into the highs and lows of facing change head on.

Moderator:  Jason Christie, Triangle Business Journal

Susan Klein, General Counsel, Hulsing Hotels

Kristen Shaheen, Corporate Counsel, Verint

Courtney Thomas, Associate General Counsel, Trilliant Networks, Inc.

11:00 a.m. to Noon - It's All in the Delivery:  How Updated Process Improvement Elevates Legal Services

Corporate clients are insourcing more of their legal services, in part, due to unpredictable fees caused by law firms inefficiency.  Our panel will discuss how operational improvements and greater efficiency and transparency in work drives process improvement and allows greater predictability in costs.  Panelists include two of Ward and Smith's yellow belt certified Legal Lean Sigma team and a former member of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

Tom Babel, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Teresa Davidson, Vice President-Legal & General Counsel, Volvo Financial Services Region the Americas

Angela Doughty, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Amy Garner, Vice President of Legal Operations and Reporting, Fidelity Investments

Noon to 12:20 p.m. - Break and Lunch Buffet

12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. - Got Sleep?  The Personal and Professional Costs of Poor Sleep and What You Can Do About It

The quantity (and quality) of the sleep you get is a potent player in your health and your ability to function, enjoy life, and relate well to others.  The legal profession heightens the busyness of our modern world and pushes lawyers to treat sleep as expendable.  Poor sleep can create physical and psychological distress that appears to be caused by other problems in life.  Sleep deprivation can remain unaddressed while those identified problems are treated with medication, changes in circumstances or simply "gutting it out," a particular favorite in your profession.  This presentation will address why you need enough good quality sleep, how your habits influence your sleep, and how you can improve sleep and quite possibly improve your life.

Martha Simpson, Ph.D., Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, PA

1:20 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Tom Babel and Deana Labriola, Ward and Smith, P.A.