Like the many before it, this year's InsideCounsel SuperConference was a success. The 2009 show kicked off with a lively keynote from Robert Bauer, general counsel for Obama for America, who discussed lobbying and legal ethics. David Boies served as the keynote for Day Two, focusing his discussion on alternative fee arrangements.
The conference attendees also were treated to breakout sessions covering a variety of relevant topics. One well-attended session, "The Future of Fees," allowed in-house and outside counsel to hash out the dos and don'ts surrounding alternative fee arrangements. "The Changing Face of Green Business" offered insight into the legal responsibilities of a company going green. And two "Ethics Boot Camp" sessions provided a review of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and best practices for conducting internal investigations. The conference closed with a chat among judges about the challenges of e-discovery and a GC panel discussion about the role of senior legal executives in restoring confidence in business.
The EFCA Debate
The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was stalled in Congress, but that didn't impede a lively SuperConference debate on the bill between advocates for business and organized labor--with impassioned comments from the audience thrown in.
Minding the Gap
For better or worse, Generation Y--generally defined as those born in the late '70s to early '90s--is growing up and entering the workforce. And like Gen-X and the Boomers before it, this group of young people is shaking things up. But in the SuperConference session "Dealing With Gen-Y at Work," the generation gap in the room wasn't so apparent as the in-house-outside counsel gap. If the reaction of both panel- and audience-members is any indication, the in-house bar is more ready and willing to adapt to the needs of Gen-Yers.