On behalf of the University of Chicago Alumni Career Programs I regret to inform you that the webinar, Dual Roles of the General Counsel: Business Leaders Who Happen to Be Lawyers, scheduled for Wednesday March 14 at 1:00 pm (Central) has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to presenting a similar webinar at a later date and hope you can join us in the future.

CaNCELLED--Mind Your Career Webinar: Dual Roles of the GEneral Counsel-- CaNCELLED

Business leaders who happen to be Lawyers. The Changing Role of the General Counsel, The Legal Profession & the Practice of Law

Cost: No Cost
Registration Required - CANCELLED

The General Counsel of today is more of a Generalist Counsel – a businessperson who happens to be a lawyer, rather than merely a lawyer who understands the business. This is a non-trivial distinction that, when properly internalized by General Counsel, have catapulted them to a seat at the business strategy table.

The rapid ascent of the General Counsel has also been accompanied by a perfect storm of challenges that have created the need for a completely new set of operational and leadership skills for in-house lawyers. These skills stretch not only the paradigm of in-house lawyering but also have significant implications for the business overall. These challenges fall into three intersecting categories:

• Increasing intensity of regulatory oversight and demands for compliance
• The convergence of risk and the rise of globalization
• The dissipation of corporate profits and the accompanying pressure on operational costs

How have businesses adapted to these challenges? What is an example of a core business process that is being affected (and improved) as a result of a response to these challenges? How can law and business graduates prepare themselves for succeeding in this environment?
Our Presenters:
Prashant Dubey is President & CEO of Sumati, the leading global provider of Augmented Intelligence (AI) based Contract Analytics & Review services. The Sumati AI Contract Analytics and Review platform and over 200 Sumati lawyers expert in contract law have substantively reviewed over 5.5 million contract documents and tens of millions of provisions, resulting in the industry’s most robust contract management machine learning training data set and technology platform. Prashant is the co-author of The Generalist Counsel: How Leading General Counsel Are Shaping Tomorrow’s Companiespublished by Oxford University Press. Prashant received his BA in Economics and MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago. He serves on the University of Chicago Alumni Board with Bjarne Tellmann.

Bjarne Philip Tellmann is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Pearson and a member of its Executive team. A FTSE 100 company with more than 30,000 employees in over 60 countries, Pearson provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments and individual learners. At Pearson, Mr. Tellmann leads a global legal team of more than 160 people, as well as the company’s compliance, security and corporate secretarial functions. 

Prior to Pearson, Bjarne worked across Europe, Asia and the United States in various capacities with The Coca-Cola Company, most recently as Associate General Counsel. He has also held various legal positions at Kimberly-Clark and the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP.

Originally from Norway, Bjarne holds a J.D. (with honors) from The University of Chicago, a M.Sc. (Econ.) from The London School of Economics, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in political science from Boston University. Bjarne is a frequent speaker, panelist and lecturer. His  book, “Building an Outstanding Legal Team: Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel”, was recently published by Globe Law and Business. 


Event Contact
Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger Assistant Director, Career Advancement
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