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August 18, 2020 | 10:00 AM - August 20, 2020 | 1:00 PM CDT


Each session will have an individual link on Zoom and you will receive an email with all links prior to the CLE.


Members: FREE
Non-members: $450 with an early bird discount of $50 before August 14, 2020. Any non-member may put the registration fee towards a new ACC membership. All applicants must meet membership requirement through ACC HQ.

Overview (Program Summary)

A program hosted by:

ACC Houston

ACC Houston Annual Symposium Webinar 2020
August 18-20, 2020 | 7.00 hours CLE (includes 1.25 hours Ethics credits) - TX

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Session 1: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Cross Border Energy Markets in a Time of COVID-19 and USMCA

Join Borden Ladner Gervais as we explore how cross-border businesses and markets are being affected by global and regional developments, including the latest developments relating to COVID-19 and the changes and opportunities resulting from the USMCA coming into force on July 1st. In this session, we’ll provide an update on the most relevant cross-border trade issues, considerations for insolvency and credit, and share perspectives on the future of the Canadian and American energy market over the next several months and beyond. 1.00 Hours CLE (TX)

Jesse Goldman, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais | Alan Ross, Regional Managing Partner and Head of US Initiative, Borden Ladner Gervais | Jessica Cameron, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais | In-House panelist TBC

Session 2: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Data Privacy Survival Guide

A surge of new data privacy regulations is igniting a sea change for corporate counsel. With more regulations on the horizon, compliance efforts must be agile and iterative and provide the greatest level of diligence and defensibility. Get real insights, practical guidance, and lessons learned from panelists as they share tactics to mitigate the legal and financial consequences of data privacy regulations. 1.00 Hours CLE (TX)

Bart Huffman, Partner, ReedSmith | Jarrett Kolthoff, CEO, SpearTip | Rebecca Perry, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Exterro

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Session 3: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Facilities Management & Landlord Tenant Relationships in the Pandemic Era

Join us as our speakers from Houston RE boutique firm, Wilson Cribbs + Goren discuss social distancing and the 6-foot office trends, and how it relates to commercial landlord-tenant relations.  Our speakers will also explain the items to consider when negotiating lease agreements in a post COVID environment. 1.00 Hours CLE (TX)

Anthony Marre, Managing Shareholder, Wilson Cribbs + Goren | Leann Karim, Shareholder, Wilson Cribbs + Goren

Session 4: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law

“First you automate low-level decisions, then high-level ones. Then you automate decisions about when to automate decisions.” Artificial intelligence wrote that sentence, and it is increasingly pervasive in our daily lives – from search engines, to legal research, to the very texts we read and write. In the world of contracts, litigation, and compliance, it is impossible to ignore these developments. This presentation will explore the promises, perils, and pitfalls of artificial intelligence and will give you the tools to understand the impact artificial intelligence is having on the practice of law. 1.00 Hours CLE - includes 1.00 hours Ethics CLE (TX)

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Henal Patel, CEO, DocJuris | Sammy Ford, Partner, AZA Law

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Session 5: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Employment Law Concerns During COVID-19

This presentation will focus on key employment law considerations that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss furloughs and layoffs, return to work issues, the duty to provide a safe workplace, statutory compliance, ESG disclosures, and recent employment-related COVID-19 litigation. 1.00 Hours CLE (TX)

Carter Crow, Partner-in-Charge - Houston, Norton Rose Fulbright | Carolyn Webb, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

Session 6: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Commercial Disputes: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Legal Fees

Litigation counsel's perspective on best practices for proactively managing commercial disputes in anticipation of litigation. Topics will include contract drafting tips, early involvement of in-house counsel, preserving information and your privilege, and insurance and indemnity considerations. 1.00 Hours CLE - includes 0.25 hours Ethics CLE (TX)

John Deis
, Partner, Hicks Thomas LLP | Courtney Ervin, Partner, Hicks Thomas LLP |
Ben Sweet, Counsel, Chevron North America Litigation Management

Session 7: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Trends in Trade Secret Litigation

The panel will explore the latest developments in trade secret law, including trends in trade secret litigation, the impact of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and protecting trade secrets in a remote work environment. 1.00 Hours CLE (TX)

Ashley Brown, IP Enforcement Counsel, Schlumberger | Natalie Gonzales, IP Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P. | Paul Morico, Sector Chair - Energy IP (Firmwide) Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.


Each session will have an individual link on Zoom and you will receive an email with all links prior to the CLE.

Event Pricing - FREE for members:
Make a Difference – Help Us Invest in the Future: In lieu of our traditional Symposium registration fee, we invite you to consider donating to the Teachers Aid Program at the Houston Food Bank. Any amount is appreciated and helps the Teachers Aid Program in service to teachers in low income schools. Click here to donate.

The Teachers Aid Program:

Kids need the right tools in order to succeed in school, but many families can’t afford basic school supplies. Many compassionate teachers pay for school supplies from their own pockets so their students aren’t at a disadvantage.

The Teachers Aid program provides supplies to teachers in schools that meet the following criteria:

– Teachers Aid Agreement must be submitted.
– 60% of students are on free or reduced price lunch
– Participate in the Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program or School Market.

How it works:

– School supplies are distributed on posted shopping days by reservation only.
– Teachers select from donated items based on their grade levels, curriculum needs and current inventory.
– Teachers can “shop” twice every three months by appointment only.

The program is an affiliate of the Kids in Need Foundation’s Kids in Need National Network sponsored by Target.


Credits: 7.00 hours CLE (TX) Includes 1.25 hours Ethics Credits
State: Texas

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Baker Botts
BLG | Borden Ladner Gervais
DocJuris/AZA Law
Hicks Thomas LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright

Wilson Cribbs + Goren


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