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Conferences & Symposia

Compliance in International Corporate Legal Practices

2019 Symposium on Compliance in International Corporate Practices

Was held on Friday, April 5, 2019

CURRENTS: JIEL in partnership with the STCLH Institute for Legal Practice and National Security held the first Symposium with the International Compliance community in Houston regarding the legal field of trade and broader ethics compliance topics.

Panel discussions covered:

  • Cross-border trade compliance,
  • Changing landscape of international anti-bribery and corruption compliance,
  • Managing cross-border internal investigations, and
  • Data privacy in the present and future

8:00  –  8:30 a.m.             Registration

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.                Opening Remarks by Dean Donald J. Guter and Professor Cherie O. Taylor

Introduction of Symposium Co-Chairs, Natalia Shehadeh ’99, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer – TechnipFMC plc and Skyler Obregon ’11, North America & Process Technologies Compliance Counsel

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.             Cross-Border Trade Compliance 

Roundtable discussion of developments in export controls, trade sanctions, free trade agreements and the recent tariff wars, how to manage these in the context of a corporate compliance program, hear career path stories of our panelists practicing in this space and how they navigated to a career in trade compliance, and discussion of what corporate industry needs in the trade compliance professionals of the future

Moderator: Courtney Flores (GE-Baker Hughes)
Panelist: Ellen Smith (GE-Baker Hughes)
Panelist: Mel Chavez (Shell)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.           BREAK

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Changing Landscape of International Antibribery and Corruption Compliance 

Roundtable discussing developments in anti-bribery and corruption compliance, the global expansion of compliance legislation tackling bribery and varying levels of enforcement, and how cross-border compliance programs are evolving to meet these legal expectations, hear career path stories of our panelists practicing in this space and how they navigated to this aspect of corporate compliance, discussion of corporate industry needs in the anti-bribery and corruption professionals of the future, and the ethical issues relating to representation on matters connected to anti-bribery and corruption.

Moderator: Margaret Mousoudakis (LyondellBasel)
Panelist: Stephanie Accuosti (Weatherford)
Panelist: David Searle (Bristow Group)
Panelist: Joy Dowdle (Paul Hastings LLP)

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.             Luncheon Keynote Speaker  

Thought Leader on National Security, Ethics and Compliance Today, To be announced

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.               BREAK

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.              Managing Cross Border Internal Investigations 

Roundtable discussing best practices in managing cross-border internal compliance investigations today whether concerning trade or anti-bribery and corruption allegations, how to manage legal privilege cross border and data privacy obligations and how compliance programs are evolving to meet these challenges, hear career path stories of our panelists practicing in the investigative space, and discussion of corporate industry needs of investigative lawyers of the future.

Moderator: Nina Martin (Bechtel Corporation)
Panelist: Thuy Tran (SNC Lavalin)
Panelist: Marla Moore (Marla Moore PLLC)

 3:30 – 3:45 p.m.              BREAK

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.               Present and Future Data Privacy Outlook 

Roundtable discussing the present and outlook of data privacy, the competing expectations of this rapidly changing field, and relevant roles and responsibilities in managing cross-border data privacy compliance in an enterprise today, hear career path stories of our panelists practicing in this space and how entered the data privacy practice, and discussion of corporate industry needs in data privacy lawyers of the future.

Moderator: Wendell Bartnick (Reed Smith)
Panelist: Mary Isenee (PROS)
Panelist: Alexandra Chughtai-Harvey (Service Corporation International)
Panelist: Shenna Bradshaw (Motiva)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.             Cocktail Reception for speakers, students and attendees