Joshua Briones, partner, DLA Piper LLP; Pamela Corrie, sr counsel, GE; Mauricio F. Paez, partner, Jones Day; Michael Himmel, partner, Lowenstein Sandler PC; Hon Jose Linares, USDJ (inv), U.S. Dist Court for the Dist of NJ
The Hispanic National Bar Association has planned its Annual Midyear Corporate Counsel Competition and the annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in Jersey City New Jersey, the gateway to America.
The four days are packed with CLE panel discussions, the annual Moot Court competition (which is being held at the Historic Courthouse, Hudson County Vicinage), hosted receptions, dining across the Hudson in New York, salsa dancing, a general counsel roundtable, a tour of Ellis Island and a reception at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum with remarks by Senator Robert Menendez, open downtime on Sunday (including shopping and matinee Broadway shows in New York City), and a closing gala dinner with a keynote address by Governor Chris Christie.
Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the networking opportunities built in to the four-day event. On Friday afternoon, the program includes the HNBA Corporate Speed Networking/ Corporate Connection Pilot Program, an HNBA initiative. The Pilot Program is designed to develop business opportunities for HNBA members by facilitating focused networking opportunities that afford senior in-house counsel responsible for hiring outside counsel the opportunity to identify and meet with HNBA members who are law firm partners and leaders in their practice areas. The Moot Court enables law students to hone their brief-writing and oral advocacy skills while exploring a complex legal issue and to form relationships with judges and practitioners.
CLE tracks include panel discussions about dealing with the Dodd-Frank Act, employment law and executive compensation, international insolvency, trademarks and the Internet (including cyber squatting, brand jacking, and gTLDs -- all new dangers in cyber space), white collar crimes (recent cases and internal investigations), handling the ethical minefield created by the FCPA, preparing and defending product liability cases, effectively managing outside counsel fees, creating synergies between in-house and outside counsel in real estate and commercial transactions, and the art and science of becoming a rainmaker.
On Saturday morning, the HNBA and HBA-NJ Women’s Leadership Conference will jointly offer two sessions –Using Your Latino Heritage to Develop Your Brand moderated by Cristina Benitez, founder and president, Lazos Latinos, and Latinas in the House . . . and in the Senate, moderated by Zulima Farber, partner, Lowenstein Sandler PC.