New York Law School Launches Institute for In-House Counsel with Conference, April 8

Senior Legal Officers Will Address Business, Compliance and Ethics Issues at Inaugural Event 

New York, NY (March 26, 2014) – New York Law School announced the launch of the first academic institute in New York devoted exclusively to in-house and corporate counsel.   The Institute for In-House Counsel kicks off on April 8 with a half-day conference focusing on real estate, business, ethics and compliance issues featuring a keynote address by Richard K. DeScherer, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of Bloomberg L.P.   

“New York City is home to the highest concentration of companies and organizations that employ, and depend on, large and effective in-house counsel divisions. There is no better location to establish the Institute for In-House Counsel than at ‘New York’s law school,’” said Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of the Law School.  “We are delighted to launch the Institute with an exciting program that brings together leading corporate counsel from across several of New York’s key business sectors. We thank Bloomberg Law for serving as founding sponsor of the event.”

The Institute will address the emerging legal, economic, and business issues affecting companies from a variety of industries and sectors and will provide the legal community with practical advice on how to successfully navigate the in-house/outside counsel relationship, and to communicate effectively with company leadership.  

“In-house lawyers face a more complex regulatory environment and increased data privacy and security concerns, while continuing to provide high quality legal services amid tightening budgets.  The Institute will provide an important venue for in-house and corporate counsel to interface and learn more broadly from each other about their shared challenges,” said New York Law School Professor Andrew R. Berman, founding Director of the Institute for In-House Counsel.

 In addition to Mr. DeScherer, confirmed speakers include Neil Kessner, Executive Vice President and General Counsel – Real Property, SL Green Realty Corp.;  Joseph Giamboi, General Counsel, The Zucker Organization/Skyline Management Corp.; Justin Xenitelis, General Counsel, Thor Equities LLC; Danielle Medaglia, Former Senior Counsel, Louis Vuitton North America, Inc.; David M. Ruddick, Executive Director, Leasing, Westfield Group, LLC; Eric Ross, Chief Compliance Officer, Avenue Capital Group; Robin Meister, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, BNP Paribas Investment Partners; Patrick Nicholson, Chief Compliance Officer, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services LLC; Joshua Stein, Principal, Joshua Stein PLLC;  Raymond A. Bragar, Partner, Bragar Eagel & Squire, PC; and Noah Shapiro, Partner, Hayes and Boone, LLP.

Inaugural Event Information

Institute for In-House Counsel – Conference 2014
Bloomberg Law – Founding Sponsor


Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (half-day conference)


New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

CLE credits:

4.0 CLE Credits (3.0 in Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics)


$100 general registration; $75 for NYLS alumni; and $50 for public interest and government attorneys.

Information and full program agenda:

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