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  •  General Session
  • Other Activities

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Renew friendships and meet new colleagues at the opening reception.


7:00 AM - 4:30 PM


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Industry Trends


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Consumer Advisories: The Rules are Changing

With two high profile and market crippling consumer advisories last year from the FDA and CDC for romaine lettuce, the industry was faced with removing product from the market with no notice and no reimbursement.  We will talk through what happened with the foodborne illness outbreak and why it fell outside of a typical recall.  We will also discuss best practices in supply chain agreements to prepare for such events in the future. 

  • Hilary Thesmar - Chief Food & Product Safety Officer & VP, Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Food Labeling: The Times They are a Changing

Because the food label remains the single most dynamic means by which marketers communicate with consumers prior to purchase, the regulatory environment matters more than ever.  Go beyond the long-awaited roll-out of the revamped Nutrition Facts panel to hear about practical issues many will face, and how FDA and USDA will (or will not) harmonize their respective Nutrition Facts panels.  Consumer interest in healthy foods, natural foods, the content of foods and readable ingredient statements parallel regulatory developments.  What will happen to natural?  How will FDA’s commitment to redefine “healthy” impact this and other nutrient content claims?  What will FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy mean in the next one to three years?  This value-added program will give you plenty to think about and even more to take back to your company. 


11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Food litigation: Responding to Demand Letters, Litigation Updates, and Mitigating Risks

12:35 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Employment and Labor Law Update: The Future is CHANGING, Are You Ready?

The latest employment and labor law challenges will be presented in this fun and interactive section that will prepare you for the changes and challenges that lie ahead.  This program will identify areas that may be targeted or changed and offer compliance strategies and thoughtful approaches to alternatives available to employers.  We will discuss things such as how to navigate the independent contractor business relationship, how to mitigate the risk of liability, and the latest legal trends and developments related to the gig economy. We will also provide you the latest happenings from the NLRB because whether you have a union or not, the NLRB doesn’t care . . . your companies are all subject to its jurisdiction. Finally, we will offer practical guidance to help you navigate these issues.

  • Mark Schneider - Shareholder, Co-Chair, Traditional Labor Practice Group, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Sara Kalis - Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

2:35 PM - 3:35 PM



3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Can and Cannot of Cannabis

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


7:30 AM - 11:30 AM


7:30 AM - 8:25 AM


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

At the Intersection of Digital Innovation and Privacy: The Impact of State Privacy Regulations

Ground breaking digital innovation in the retail industry usually involves the use of personal data—geofencing to deliver targeted ads and coupons, AI to drive dynamic pricing, and even old-school consumer reward cards.  Yet, as demand for personal data is growing, consumers are demanding more control over their personal data and holding companies that violate their trust accountable.  Regulations—at the International, Federal and State level—are giving consumer’s the control they have requested. In the US, several states have adopted or are considering legislation that imposes restrictions on how a business can use personal data – including for marketing purposes and biometric data in AI.  Join us to discuss recent state regulations, including the California Consumer Privacy Act, and pending legislation, such as the Washington Privacy Act, that may require a fundamental shift in how you use personal data for marketing purposes. 


8:50 AM - 9:50 AM

Managing Risk in Your Stores

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Responding to a Media Crisis

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

"Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel: Technical Competency, e-Discovery, and Privilege Protection"

Acting as in-house counsel has become more complex over the years in light of advances in technology and discovery related electronic storage.  This presentation will focus on the competencies required of an in-house attorney in the areas of technology, discovery, and privilege protection.  The session will explore each topic and highlight areas in which in-house counsel needs to be focusing.

11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Closing Remarks

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Legal Affairs Committee Lunch