International Law

The New Normal of ESG Across Borders: Opportunities and Challenges for In-House Counsel

February 10 - 11, 2021 | 11:00am EDT (Day 1 & 2)

About the Virtual Conference

The state of New York, on December 9, 2020, announced that its pension fund with over $226 billion in assets would divest its oil and gas stocks in companies that, in its view, contribute to global warming. The announcement emphatically highlights how ESG factors (Environmental, Social and Governance) across borders represent business risks but also opportunities for companies, their stockholders, and their other stakeholders. In-house legal departments are the first line of defense to re-orient business operations to address global ESG issues and to identify risks. These challenges, risks and opportunities are creating additional demands on legal departments with constrained resources as they navigate this “New Normal” in addition to their traditional responsibilities to stockholders.  This two-day conference will provide in-depth critical analysis through three tracks that efficiently canvas each of the ‘E’, ‘S’ and ‘G’ elements. Through these three tracks, the conference will identify, explore, and evaluate key areas of relevance to in-house counsel wanting to navigate the numerous complex legal and operational issues raised by ESG in jurisdictions around the globe.

Key Speakers:

  • Craig Glidden, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, General Motors
  • Tim O’Connor, Senior Director, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Olga V. Mack, CEO, Parley Pro
  • Ashley Scott, Senior Counsel, Lime
  • In-House Executives: Several current and former General Counsel, along with numerous senior in-house counsel across various industries, including Google, Nestle, Microsoft, General Motors, Accenture, LexisNexis, Chubb, United Airlines, Liberty Mutual, OPEC, Lazard, Iron Mountain, Willis Towers Watson, Norsk Hydro, and Equinor.ESG leaders: Leading ESG voices from law firms, non-profit organizations, and universities

What to Expect

This two-day cutting-edge conference will provide opportunities for-in-depth analysis of these issues through three tracks of interactive panel discussions that canvas each of the ‘E’, ‘S’ and ‘G’ elements, including how COVID-19 is accelerating ESG trends. Key areas of relevance to in-house counsel wanting to navigate the numerous complex legal and operational issues raised by ESG in jurisdictions around the globe, including NGO and government stakeholder perspectives, will also be examined.

Why Attend

This unique, interactive conference focuses on practical take-aways, providing critical intelligence from thought leaders on legal and policy ESG trends. It offers numerous opportunities to share experiences amongst a mix of in-house and outside counsel experts, all in a compact format for corporate counsel to navigate the legal and business opportunities, risks, and challenges of ESG initiatives. In addition, registrants will receive complimentary access to the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award Ceremony to be presented on February 11.

Who Should Attend?

Professionals (attorneys and non-attorneys) involved or interested in the current state of ESG, including:

  • In-House Counsel seeking to enhance their knowledge about ESG-related risks and opportunities for companies;
  • Law Firm attorneys wanting to learn about the in-house perspective on ESG-related matters; and
  • ABA Members seeking to gain an understanding of ESG and sustainability issues.


Conference Agenda


Register Online

  • Section Member: $50
  • ABA Member: $149
  • Non ABA Member: $249


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CLE Information

The ABA will seek 4.5 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states and 5.4 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.  Please visit for general information on CLE at the ABA.

Scholarship Information

A limited number of registration fee reductions are available for this program upon application. The fee-reductions will be determined on a one-time only, case-by-case, first-come first-serve basis. Requests must be received at least three weeks before the program start date. You will be notified prior to the program if your application is approved.

A minimal fee may be charged on all approved applications to defray expenses. For programs with tuition costs of $500 or more, qualifying attorneys will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fee(s) only.

To apply, send a letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to

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