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February 08, 2021

ABA conference explores in-house counsels’ role in global matters, honors GM lawyer

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2021 — A two-day virtual conference this week sponsored by the American Bar Association International Law Section will explore from the perspective of a corporate general counsel the environmental, social and governance cross-border issues that represent business risks and opportunities for companies, stockholders and other stakeholders.

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

sponsored by the ABA International Law Section

When:              Wednesday, Thursday, Feb. 10-11, 10:50 a.m. ET start (both days)

Where:             Online

During the conference, the section will present its Outstanding International Corporate Counsel Award to Craig Glidden, executive vice president and general counsel of General Motors Co. for his legal department’s commitment to the section. This effort included its winning the 2020 Outstanding Annual Meeting Program Award for a continuing legal education program concerning GM’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.  Glidden is also being honored for leading GM’s legal department, which spans globally as the company navigates the disruption in the automotive sector as GM shifts towards electrification and reducing its carbon footprint.

Glidden will receive the award on Thursday in a program from 12:05 -12:20 p.m., ET and he will also deliver a keynote address at the conference on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.

Individual programs will identify, explore, and evaluate key areas of relevance to in-house counsel wanting to navigate the numerous complex legal and operational issues related to environmental, social and governance matters in jurisdictions around the globe. Topics include privacy; implications for the general counsel of the U.S. rejoining the Paris Climate Change Agreement; and social justice and its impact on corporate behavior.

The full schedule can be found here. Media interested in attending one or more of the programs must register in advance and should email [email protected].

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