Corporate Governance & Beyond was the theme of a full-day DELVACCA CLE Symposium for In-House Counsel co-sponsored by DuPont Legal and its Primary Law Firms and Service Providers on Friday, April 16 at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Included in six informative sessions were presentations and panels that addressed corporate governance accountability requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; corporate investigations in the post-Enron era; handling high profile litigation; preservation of attorney-client privilege in an acquisition environment; high profile class actions and compliance issues related to the US Office of Homeland Security.
Welcoming over 90 attendees were Don C. Brown, DELVACCA president and Julie S. Mazza, corporate counsel and manager of law firm partnering for DuPont. Kelly Law Registry, Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, and IKON Office Solutions sponsored networking events throughout the day.
The keynote speaker was Pennsylvania Attorney General Gerald J. Pappert whose remarks focused on the multi-state process that the National Association of Attorneys General use in their coordinated effort to monitor various issues on behalf of the public interest.
Session moderators, speakers and panelists included David S. Williams, Deloitte; Gail P. Granoff, chief compliance and governance officer, Rohm and Haas Co.; Richard Blumenthal, executive vice president and general counsel, Systems & Computer Technology Corporation; Joan Weinman Schwartz, associate general counsel and assistant secretary, Teleflex Inc.; Stephanie Franklin-Suber, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll; Roy T. Van Brunt, senior managing director, FTI/Ten Eyck Associates; Richard H. Walker, Jr., vice president, corporate counsel and corporate secretary, South Jersey Industries, Inc.; Kathleen Fury McDonough, Potter Anderson & Corroon; Michael Clarke, corporate counsel, DuPont; Niall A. Paul, Spilman Thomas & Battle; EvelynBrantley, corporate counsel, DuPont; John C. Wyman, Murtha Cullina; Lauren P. Alterman, associate general counsel, Saint-Gobain Corporation; Randall D. Fisher, consultant, MLRF Ventures, and former general counsel, Adelphia Communications Corp; Nancy Luque, Gray Carey; George Diaz Arrastia, Shirrmeister Diaz-Arrastia; Kimberly L. Rhodes, vice president and general counsel, Primavera Systems; Eugene Fitzmaurice, of counsel, Towers & Perrin; Bryant J. Spann, Allen Guthrie McHugh & Thomas; Brent R. Austin, Wildman Harrold; Steve Sokolow, Novartis; James J. McNasby, assistant general counsel, Altria Group, Inc.; Stephen N. Zack, Boies, Shiller & Flexner; Joseph P. Markoski, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, and William Donohue, associate general counsel, Exelon Business Services Corp.