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Law department management, technology implementation and effective management of outside counsel were the central themes of the 30th Annual General Counsel Conference held September 25–26 at Marriot Marquis in New York City.

Morae Global’s Director, Jon Gross, along with in-house counsel and legal operations professionals, gathered at the interactive conference that featured focused keynotes, roundtable sessions and panel discussions offering real-world information and a peer-to-peer experience.

“The majority of topics centered around the concept of the evolving role of the general counsel,” says Gross. “Much of the conversation emphasized how the role of the GC has changed into that of a multi-tasking executive with a role in both the legal aspects of the company as well as the business aspects.”

More than 25 moderated panel discussions and roundtable sessions discussed issues including: the use of AI in contract review; legal outsourcing; GDPR; and cybersecurity. Another prominent theme was how to effectively implement business strategies that meet the expectations of critical stakeholders—all with a shrinking budget. Solutions discussed involved leveraging technology, effective management of outside counsel and the retention and training of top talent.

In the standout session, How to Make Your Relationship with Outside Counsel More Efficient & Strategic, Hanson Bridgett’s Jonathan Storper and Michael Donner explored how law departments can improve their working relationships with outside counsel by focusing on tangible solutions that reduce expense and build long-lasting strategic relationships. “We discussed how better communications between in-house and outside counsel can pave the way to operational efficiency and cost effectiveness that results in a mutually beneficial relationship for all,” adds Gross.

In its 30th year, the annual General Counsel Conference, a Corporate Counsel event, addresses the issues of the modern legal business and provides in-house counsel and legal executives with real-world examples and usable takeaways from best-in-class speakers and general counsel peers.

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