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Panel List and Descriptions

Below is the current list of panels and their descriptions. If you have questions about these panels, please contact Programming Chair Jayasri Ganapathy at panels@sabanorthamerica.com

The Fight Continues: Voting Rights, Citizenship, and Civic Participation

Civil Rights

The right to vote is a fundamental right, yet it is still out of reach for many Americans. Through an examination of history, legal doctrine, and advocacy efforts, this panel will discuss the right to vote and civic participation with a focus on South Asian communities. Topics will include the disenfranchisement of communities of color, including those with criminal convictions, federal government initiatives to undermine voting, voter suppression tactics locally and nationally, immigrant voting, and civic participation. Moderator Niyati Shah, Assistant Director of Legal Advocacy, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Center, will lead the discussion among Rajiv Parikh, Partner at Genova Burns; Sophia Lakin, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union; Jerry Vattamala, Director, Democracy Program, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Global M&A Transactions in an Era of Enhanced Compliance Enforcement

Corporate

The panel will share their own experiences in actual transactions and provide a practical perspective on the issue, including how diligence should be structured to identify potential problems, how to deal with problems identified, how the relevant agreements should be drafted, and what steps should be taken as part of the integration process post-closing. Join moderator Sanjiv Kapur, Partner at Jones Day, as he leads the discussion among Lisa Ware-Alexander, Chief Compliance Officer of Nutrien; Indrani Franchini, Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Laurence Wiener, Partner of Argentine law firm Wiener Soto Caparrós; and Sandip Beri, Partner of Indian law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas.

Tax Reform: Last Year We Debated It, This Year We Analyze the Results

Tax

Experts in various areas of tax law will discuss the recent changes to federal tax laws and provide guidance and advice regarding the consequences of such changes to our clients, our families, and our law practices, in their respective areas of expertise. Attendees will learn how to make sense of the most significant changes to federal tax law since 1986 and leave with concrete planning ideas and tips on how to address, respond to, and hopefully benefit from such changes. Moderated by Rahul Ranadive, Shareholder at Carlton Fields, the panel will also include Rajiv Goel, Principal and Chair of the Estates and Trust Practice, Baltimore Office, Offit Kurman; Raj Malviya, Member, Miller Johnson and Toni Ann Kruse, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery.

The Data Revolution and The Law

Practice Management

Big Data. AI. Machine Learning. Meaningless buzzwords or trends that will forever disrupt the practice and business of the law? Join experts in legal operations and legal data science to discuss the latest in how in-house legal departments are using data to: drive efficiencies in their counsel retention, optimize costs, improve diversity metrics, evaluate relationships, and the like. Join Moderator, Raj Goyle, Co-CEO of Bodhala, as he leads the discussion among Sedesh Doobay, General Counsel, Performance Materials and Technologies, Honeywell International, Inc.; Sona Pancholy, Senior Director, Content Strategy, Bloomberg Next, Bloomberg BNA; Priya Gopinath, Director, Business Transformation, Internal Audit, AIG; Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal, Partner, Levine Lee  LLP;  and Amin Kassam, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel, Legal & Compliance Department, Bloomberg, L.P.

The Challenges of Litigating Cases in the Public Eye

Litigation

It’s difficult enough to litigate a case in the courtroom, and even more so when the court of public opinion becomes a part of the picture. Balancing the competing interests together so that they benefit your client is a challenging task. We bring together several lawyers who’ve walked that line along with a producer at CNN to talk about how to successfully manage what can be a juggling act. Malavika (Molly) Rao, associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP moderates a panel that includes Harmeet Dhillon, Founder of Dhillon Law, Nadeem Bezar, partner at Kline & Specter PC; Samidh Guha, Partner at Jones Day; and Sovy Azhath, Producer at CNN and At-Large Officer, South Asian Journalists Association

The State of South Asian Americans 95 years after United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind

Civil Rights

Join us as we discuss the The United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind and how far the South Asian American community has come since this case was decided 95 years ago. The Supreme Court case, which determined that Bhagat Singh Thind, "a high caste Hindu of full Indian blood, born at Amrit Sar, Punjab, India," was not a "white person," led to the revocation of Thind's naturalization as a U.S. citizen and rendered future naturalization applicants of Indian origin as "aliens ineligible for citizenship." Our distinguished speakers will discuss the case, the progression of the rights of South Asians in the United States since then, and where the community is now. Moh Sharma, senior policy advisor with the U.S. House of Representatives, will moderate a panel including Samip Mallick, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive; Jayesh Rathod, Professor of Law and founding Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law; Juvaria Khan, Staff Attorney, Muslim Advocates; Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director, South Asian Americans Leading Together; and; S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

Young Associates Round Table - Competing & Succeeding as a New Lawyer

Career Development

A panel of young associates (practicing 7 years or fewer) discussing common issues they face as young associates in their careers. Topics include how to be meaningfully involved in Bar Associations without your billable hour suffering, how to ask for substantive work, what to do when you are stuck with remedial tasks, how to get into new practice areas, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and how to ask for what you want from your career without sounding entitled (the millennial issue). This will be an open forum with audience questions welcome on how to deal with situations that commonly arise for young associates, including, but not limited to how various pay schemes work, the keys to staying on a partnership track, work/life balance, among others. Moderator Isheeta Patel, Patent Attorney for Brooks Kushman, will lead the discussion among panelists Shaziah Singh, Associate at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, & Aronoff LLP; Dinesh Kumar, Assistant Chief Counsel for Drugs at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Samir Patel, Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (on Secondment at PriceWaterhouseCoopers); Bharath Venkat, Senior Legal Counsel at Wrike, Inc; and Sonia Lakhany, Trademark Attorney, Founder & President at Lakhany Law, P.C.

3 Patent Law Game Changers – Have Alice, Akamai and the AIA Really Changed the Game?

Intellectual Property

Recent Supreme Court decisions related to patentable subject matter (Alice v. CLS Bank) and joint/divided direct infringement (Akamai v. Limelight) and the enactment of the post-grant review procedures in the America Invents Act were widely predicted to usher in a wave of change in how patents are obtained, enforced and challenged. This panel of experienced in-house counsel and litigators will examine whether those predictions have come true, how the technology, life sciences and other industries have been impacted and whether more changes in these areas are around the corner. Moderator Charanjit Brahma, Partner at Troutman Sanders LLP will lead this conversation among, Dana Rao, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Litigation, Adobe; and Sid Venkatesan, Executive Counsel & Chief IP Counsel, GE Digital.

South Asians Carrying the Torch

Diversity & Inclusion

South Asians have been gaining increasing prominence in our public sphere and today there are very few places where you won’t be able to find us in positions of leadership. We have asked a few of those leaders to join us and share what they’ve learned, the challenges they’ve faced and continue to face and advice for others who hope to join their ranks. Moderator Sayu Bhojwani, President, New American Leaders  Project, will lead this discussion among Sudha Setty, Dean Designate, Western New England School of Law; Ravi Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey; Faiz Shakir, National Political Director, American Civil Liberties Union; and Amit Agarwal, Solicitor General, State of Florida.

Shattered Glass: Female GCs Share Advice on Breaking Through

Diversity & Inclusion

It takes skill, perseverance, and moxie to become the General Counsel of a corporation. The panelists will reflect on the paths they chose to achieve where they are today. They will discuss the challenges they faced and lessons they learned along the journey, as well as what made them stand out from the crowd. The panel will also take a candid look at issues like work-life balance and unconscious bias in the legal profession, and each panelist will offer her best business tip or piece of advice to accompany you along your career path. Come engage in this lively and timely discussion, led by ModeratorJennifer Nowlin, Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment for Walmart, Inc., and panelists Mahrukh Hussein, Vice President and U.S. General Counsel for McDonald’s Corporation; Sandra Leung, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Anne Madden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Honeywell; Suemyra Shah, Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Whistle Sports; and Teresa Downs, Acting General Counsel at U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., an Altria Company.

Ok Legal, Does Connected Equal Exposed?: Consumers, Regulators, and Connected Devices

Privacy

Emerging technologies present complex legal issues, particularly with respect to how consumer data is collected and packaged through Internet activity and connected devices. This panel offers a discussion of the considerations companies developing or using emerging technologies should keep in mind, including privacy and IP issues related to connected devices, AI, AR, and VR, and cross-device tracking. Moderator Arsalan Nayani, Associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, will lead the discussion among Monique Bhargava, Partner at Loeb & Loeb; Mona Thakkar, Assistant General Counsel (of Sales and Marketing) for Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.; Khurram Nasir Gore, Director, Associate General Counsel for Verizon and; Viji Sritharan, (Staff Attorney) Privacy and Consumer Lending Attorney for Santander Bank, N.A..

Pivot to Offense: Agile Counseling in Regulated Spaces

Regulatory

 A deep dive into issues facing agile counselors which play in regulated industries, including how in-house counsel, outside counsel, and regulators must alter decision-making based on regulatory shifts and associated client demands. Moderator Sumeet Chugani, Senior Legal Counsel, Vice President at Citizens Bank, will lead this discussion among Aparna Dave, Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel at Wells Fargo; Kenneth Anand, Head of Business Development and Vice President of Legal Affairs at YEEZY Apparel LLC; Nguyen Vu, Senior Legal Counsel at Apple; and Maria Earley, Partner at Reed Smith and CFPB Practice Group Co-Chair.

Fostering Greater Inclusion in the #MeToo Era

Diversity & Inclusion

A panel discussion related to the #MeToo movement, the fallout and tips for becoming a more inclusive organization and addressing the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated profession. Moderated by Rekha Chiruvolu, Diversity & Inclusion Director for Nixon Peabody, and including Emilie Ninan, Partner and Public Finance Department Chair for Ballard Spahr LLP; Malini Moorthy, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Head of Global Litigation at Bayer Corporation; Nicky Jatana, Principal for Jackson Lewis P.C. and; Kendall Turner, Associate, Jenner & Block and former United States Supreme Court Law Clerk.

Judge Advocate General Corps: Breaking Down Barriers to Serve Our Country

Diversity & Inclusion

Currently, Asians make up just 4% of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and South Asians are at an even smaller percentage. Panelists will discuss what it means a South Asian lawyer on active duty, including substantive issues they face in their roles. Moderator Major Shessy Davis, Litigation Attorney, Military Personnel Law Branch, U.S. Army Litigation Division will lead the discussion among Lieutenant Commander Sara R. De Groot, CDR, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Officer in Charge, Assistant Senior Trial Counsel; and Lieutenant Commander Jaspreet K. Saini, LCDR, JAGC, U.S. Navy. 

When a Small Case Becomes a Big Case: Keeping E-Discovery Cost in Check

Practice Management

The panel will discuss current best practices and trends in e-discovery that can be implemented by small firms who compete with big firms, or those practitioners who are presented with the task of creating realistic budgets for small cases with large volumes of ESI. We will review guidelines and checklists that will allow practitioners to achieve greater control and a tightly-managed approach to e-discovery tasks. Moderator Neha Dagley, President at Dagley Law, P.A., will lead this discussion among Eric Su, Office Managing Partner at Ford Harrison LLP; Anand DaHarry, Senior Director, Discovery Solutions – eDiscovery & Forensics at Precision Discovery, Inc.; and Afsheen Shah, Partner at Garfunkel Wild, P.C.

Banking and Finance Law Developments

Corporate

The panel will consist of a discussion about current regulatory, legal and social issues impacting various banking and capital markets activities and institutions as well the impact of the current administration in various practice areas. Moderator Tejal Wadhwani, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel for Goldman Sachs, will be joined by Prabhat K. Mehta, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP; Lona Nallengara, Partner for Shearman & Sterling LLP (and former SEC acting head of Corporate Finance); Rajani Gupta, Partner at Allen & Overy LLP and; Sandy Qusba, Head of Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Things I Wish I Had Known

Career Development

This is a panel of experienced attorneys in dynamic practices, who have been hand-picked to provide young attorneys and law students insight into how to approach and shape their careers. It covers an assortment of topics ranging from how to network and get the job of your dreams to how to succeed and survive long-term in the field of law. Moderator Avni Mehta, Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, will ask our panelists Sujata Ajmera, member at Clark HIll, LLP; Sunil Harjani, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chicago, Illinois; Kamaljit Lehal of the Lehal Law Office; and Jana Anandarangam, Special Assistant, Diversity and Equity Compliance about the advice they would give her as she starts out on her career.

Immigration in the Age of “America First,” “Buy American Hire American,” and “Extreme Vetting”

Immigration

This panel covers the most recent and pressing issue faced by the Indian community is proposed changes to H1B visa laws. Indians file the maximum number of H1B visa applications. Therefore, any change in law impacts Indians the most. This also takes away from contributions made by Indians in America’s progress. Also, they are tax paying, legally staying individuals, they deserve respect not uncertainty re their status in the States. Moderator Neena Dutta, Principal Attorney at the Dutta Law Firm will be joined by panelists including Tejas Shah, Partner at Franczek Radelet P.C.; Dhenu Savla, Principal and Immigration Attorney at SwagatUSA LLC: and Abhinav Lohia, Vice President, India & The Middle East at CanAm Enterprises, LLC.

Hot Topics in International Arbitration

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arbitration has cemented its position as the preferred method of international dispute resolution for businesses and states. This panel will highlight current hot topics in the field of international arbitration, including the current debate about using international arbitration to settle investor-state disputes, including under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the use of international arbitration (versus litigation) to resolve class or consumer disputes. In discussing these topics, the panelists will discuss the skills, tools, and traits needed to succeed in international arbitration. Moderator Rekha RangachariExecutive Director at New York International Arbitration Center, will be joined by Viren MascarenhasPartner at King & Spalding LLP; Preeti Bhagnani, Senior Associate for White & Case LLP; Ankita Ritwik, Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and; Rahim Moloo, Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School.

Doing Business in India

Corporate

The Indian government has made improving the ease of doing business a top priority to attract investment and grow jobs. In his first four years in office, Prime Minister Modi embarked on reforms to improve business conditions, reduce red tape, skill workers, and secure record foreign investment. Some Indian states are racing forward to attract companies, but others are stuck. Businesses still encounter the vestiges of the “license raj,” experience delays in receiving permits and regulatory approvals, and face tax concerns. The country remains closed in key respects to international trade.

Yet, despite the challenges, if India is able to manage underemployment and educate its youth, many observers believe that its economic future will remain bright. Our panelists will separate the rhetoric from reality on doing business in India, offering advice to lawyers and company representatives about India’s commercial policy and regulatory environment; related trends, opportunities, and challenges; progress on key legal policy developments; prospects for renewed commercial reforms after 2019 parliamentary elections; and India’s overall business prospects in a globalized world. Moderator Atman Trivedi, Managing Director at Hills & Company, International Consultants, will be joined by panelists Amy Hariani, Vice President, Head of Policy and Legal Policy Counsel, US Chamber of Commerce, US-India Business Council; Kirtan Patel, Partner at KPPB Law; Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and Business and Neil Bjorkman, Vice- President of Legislative Affairs at the US- India Strategic Partnership Forum. 

Clerkships, Diversity, and Judicial Decision Making

Diversity & Inclusion

Join an Article III judge and several former Supreme Court clerks for a candid conversation about the role of clerks and why diversity in clerkship hiring matters. We’ll start by talking about why judges hire clerks and what clerks do. And then we’ll shift gears to think about the need for more diversity among clerks, focusing on several recent reports regarding the homogeneity of the federal clerk pool. Why are 85 percent of Supreme Court clerks white, why are there twice as many women as men clerking at the Court, and how does that affect the institution’s decision making? What can judges and lawyers do about the problems of diversity in the clerk pool? And how might altering the demographic makeup of clerkship hires have ripple effects throughout the profession? Moderator Easha Anandformer Clerk to Justice Sonia Sotomayor and current Managing Associate at Orrick will join the Hon. Cathy Bissoon, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Dina Mishraformer clerk to Justices John Paul Stevens (retired) and Anthony M. Kennedy and current member of the SEC’s Appellate Group; Priya Aiyarformer Clerk to Justice Stephen G. Breyer and current partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; and Thiru Vignarajahformer clerk to Stephen G. Breyer and current partner at DLA Piper.

Lawyering Meets International Activism

Public Interest

Panelists from various NGOs will discuss their efforts to protect human rights and strengthen vulnerable communities in various countries. They will share how legal and non-legal volunteer services are needed to maximize the impact. Specifically, the panelists will describe the tools used to address injustice and will equip the audience with resources to participate in global activism. Moderator Sara Bergamaschi, Head of Growth & Co-Founder, Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights, will lead the discussion among Vivek Trivedi, Digital Communications Manager at Namati; Komala Ramachandra, Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch; Praveen Madhiraju, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Center for American Progress, Enough Project & The Sentry; Akhila Kolisetty, Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights. 

The Legal Ethics of My Cousin Vinny

Ethics

Join us for this engaging legal ethics program involving the popular film My Cousin Vinny. Is it acceptable to put your girlfriend on the stand? Can a strong accent affect your case? Is there really such a thing as a “yewt”? Is New York “foreign” to Alabama? These questions and more will be answered during a riveting conversation led by Neel Chatterjee, Partner at Goodwin Proctor LLP and Sachin Bansal, Director & Senior In-House Litigator at Royal Bank of Canada.

It’s Happening: The Legal Implications of Ride Share, Driverless Car and Drone Technology

 IP/Bankruptcy/Regulatory

New technological advances, including those in the transportation industry, have impacted the legal landscape drastically. From the exponential growth of rideshare to the arrival of drone and driverless car technology, these technologies have and are bound to create limitless legal issues. This panel will cover aspects of these changes. For example, we will discuss the current effect of Lyft/Uber on consumers and legacy industries, the expected conflict between large technology companies with respect to driverless car and drone technology, and regulatory/policy implications of these technology advances. Join Moderator Laxmi Sarathy, Principal Attorney at Laxmi P. Sarathy and panelists Anne Gwal, Associate General Counsel at Pepco Holdings Inc.; Atul Trivedi, Patent Examiner at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; and Prashanthi Raman, Director of Public Policy at Lyft.

Supreme Court Review

SCOTUS

Come for the food; stay for brilliant Supreme Court commentary! The Court is concluding a blockbuster term, hearing cases about the travel ban, Internet sales taxes, cell phone privacy, gerrymandering, sports betting, and the politics of cake! Our panel of Supreme Court litigators will discuss these and other cases, give a look ahead to next term, and answer your burning questions. Please join our witty and insightful panelists Pratik A. Shah, Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Kannon Shanmugam, Partner at Williams & Connolly LLP; Rakesh Kilaru, Partner at Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz; Loren Alikhan, Solicitor General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia; and Tejinder Singh, Partner at Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

Marijuana Legalization: Civil Rights and States’ Rights

Civil Rights

Eight states and DC have created legalized cannabis markets, but it has not come without controversy. Several states, including NY and NJ, are considering legalization, but the federal government is encouraging heavy handed prosecution of marijuana possession and distribution. In the US, Black individuals are 4 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. Marijuana may be legal in two adjacent states, but transporting it over the state border is a federal crime. Medicinal marijuana is legal in 29 states and has proven health benefits but most insurance companies are reluctant to cover it. Recreational marijuana dispensaries are big business in the states that have them, but owners can't open bank accounts in traditional banks. Considering social, criminal and racial justice, business/entrepreneurship, medicine, and states' rights, this panel will discuss the legal and policy approaches to marijuana legalization from multiple angles. Moderator, Amol Sinha, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union – New Jersey, will lead this discussion among Shaleen Title, Commissioner at Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission; Kristin Jordan, Minority Cannabis Business Alliance; and Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director of Canadian Civil Liberties Union.

Where the Case is Won – Picking the Perfect Jury

Litigation

A panel discussion about what litigators look for in potential jurors, focusing on overt and subconscious biases potential jurors may have against South Asian attorneys and litigants. Our panelists will discuss how trial attorneys draw out those biases and lead jurors to look beyond the stereotypes. We will have a potential jury pool made up of SABA volunteers. Join Moderator Ryan Budhu, Judicial Law Clerk at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, as he leads the discussions among panelists Vinoo Varghese, Principal, Varghese & Associates, P.C.; Parag Bhosale, Attorney at Law at Gardi & Haught LTD; Lavanya Pisupati, New York City Law Department, Head of Tort Trial Strategy; and Sanjeev Bhasker, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina.

It’s A Crypto World: Evolving Legal Regulations and Cryptocurrency

Criminal

As with many emerging technologies, existing laws and regulations are tested in new settings with the rise of cryptocurrency. As a result, blockchain companies, token issuers, and digital currency companies, are finding themselves in the cross-hairs of government regulators and plaintiffs' lawyers. Recently, the SEC, CFTC, FinCEN and some state regulators have issued new guidance and have increased the regulatory scrutiny. Our panelists will take the audience through the basics of cryptocurrency (such as bitcoin), emerging legal risks, and potential liabilities associated with the industry, including a discussion of legal regulations affecting the issuance and use of cryptocurrency. Moderator Puneet Kakkar, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, will be joined by panelists Vijay Rathi, Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Devi Shanmugham Regulatory and Compliance Counsel at Bloomberg, L.P.; and Amita Singh, Assistant Attorney General in the Investor Protection Bureau at the Office of the New York State Attorney General.

Responding to a Crisis: Trips and Traps

White Collar

Wells Fargo, Uber, Equifax, United Airlines, Equifax. Even though stock markets have been calm in recent times, there has been no shortage of bad actors and public relations snafus amongst the country's largest companies. This panel of in-house counsel and external practitioners will discuss the pressures and stakes involved when companies undergo a crisis and discover problematic conduct. The panelists will explore companies' reactions depending on the scope of the problem, including their approach to conducting internal investigations, engaging outside counsel, dealing with governmental agencies, handling conflicts, managing various internal committees. Moderator Tejal Mehta, Senior Counsel, U.S. Regulatory Investigations Hub, TD Bank, will lead the discussion among Tawfiq Rangwala, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Arunabha Bhoumik, Director, Dispute Resolution at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Anirudh Bansal, Partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

Diversity in the Law: Perspectives  

Diversity & Inclusion

Our panelists will provide perspectives on breaking boundaries as they have all been “firsts” as South Asians and/or a South Asian woman. They will discuss the unique issues facing the South-Asian legal community, the importance of diversity on the bench and in the legal community as a whole and what can be done to promote diversity in the legal community. Moderator P. Anthony Sammi, Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP will lead this discussion among Hon. Sri Srinvasan, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit; Hon. Raja Rajeswari, Criminal Court Judge, N.Y. Criminal Court; Hon. Raj Chatterjee, Judge of the California Superior Court, Alameda County; and Hon. Sanket Bulsara, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.

The Path(s) to Going In-House

Diversity & Inclusion

This panel will focus on pathways to moving to an in-house position and highlight different paths to going in-house based on each speaker's level of experience. Senior attorneys will discuss their hiring practices including the qualities and skills they find vital, while junior lawyers will focus on positioning and tools they found to be effective in their search. The panelists will also discuss the differences in hiring practices across industries and regions. Finally, they will highlight effective paths to pursue including those through law firms, networking, internships, and secondments. In doing so, the panelists will highlight best practices for connecting with in-house counsel when looking for a job based on each panelists' individual experiences and expectations. Led by Moderator Anant Pradhan, Legal Counsel – Hardware Products & Machine Learning at Apple, and joined by panelists Vijay Bondada, Vice President, Chief Litigation Officer, Duke Energy Corporation; Noopur Garg, Counsel at Dominion Energy Services, Inc.; Madhu Goel Southworth, Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, AMC Entertainment Inc. and Sundance TV at AMC Networks Inc.; Abiman Rajadurai, Senior Counsel, Global Labor & Employment Law at McDonald’s Corporation.

Legal, Policy, and Public Health Approaches to Addressing North America’s Opioids Epidemic

Healthcare

In recent years, trends that began in the 1990’s of increased use of both prescription and illegal opioids medications in North America have exploded into a full-blown epidemic. States and the federal government have attempted to address the problem through a range of policy initiatives. Medical professionals have looked to curb the over-prescribing of opioids and address medical training in pain management. And finally, courts are front and center in the crisis, with almost 400 lawsuits having been filed over the past several years against the manufacturers of these drugs, the doctors who prescribe them, and the intermediary companies that distribute them. Local and federal attorneys have also prioritized the prosecution of heroin distributors, counterfeiters, and “pill mills” in recent years. Come hear from a unique panel of attorneys, policy, and clinical professionals to discuss new developments in this multifaceted problem and what it will take to solve it. Moderator Vinita Ollapally, Regulatory Affairs Manager for the American College of Surgeons will join panelists including Anju Malhotra, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York; Jay Bhatt, MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Hospital Association; Soumya Dayananda, Acting Chief, International Narcotics and Money Laundering, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York; and Rebecca Goldberg, Opioid Program Manager at the New York State Department of Health.

IP in Fashion and Wearable Technology

Intellectual Property

This panel will examine current topics in intellectual property from the perspective of the fashion industry. The panelists will discuss best practices for protecting innovations in the fashion industry, highlight recent IP case law impacting the fashion industry, and discuss IP protection for wearables. Sheila Swaroop, Partner at Knobbe Martens will lead a discussion with panelists Vishal Gupta, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP; and Yehua Yang, founder of Pivotte.