Inside Counsel “Think Tank” on Corporate Social Responsibility

April 28-30, 2017

Location: Greentree Foundation, 220 Community Dr, Manhasset, NY 11030. Green tree is located about 1 hour (with traffic) from both JFK and Laguardia airports. 

Time:  Friday, April 28th 4pm to Sunday, April 30th 1:30pm. (Please note that Greentree opens at 3pm and will not be able to check guests in prior to that.)

Please see here (PDF available here) for detailed agenda and program information 


The fee for this event is reduced to $1600 per participant given a generous contribution from Linklaters LLP. The fee covers two nights of lodging at Greentree Resort, and all meals and conference materials and instruction costs.





A strong business case has been made for companies to act responsibly and embrace corporate citizenship, human rights, and sustainability. In a growing number of companies, lawyers are starting to play meaningful roles in advancing corporate responsibility. In too many others, the “siloing” of the legal function from this key corporate strategy prevents companies from advancing corporate responsibility initiatives.

In light of this growing need in the legal profession, Berkeley Law has started an initiative to create curriculum and programs on the role of the lawyer in corporate responsibility. We have partnered with the United Nations Global Compact and Linklaters to build upon The Guide to General Counsel on Sustainability.

Developing curriculum in this emerging area requires the expertise of inside counsel whose roles increasingly intersect with corporate responsibility. Therefore, we are inviting inside counsel who have leveraged their role to advance corporate responsibility to be Berkeley Law Fellows. This group will function as a “think-tank” on the role of the lawyer in corporate responsibility. 

Berkeley Law is working with the the Aspen Institute to launch this “think-tank” during a weekend retreat from April 28-30th at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset New York (on Long Island). 

This fellowship program will include:

  • Recognition on Berkeley Law’s website as a thought-leader in corporate responsibility.
  • The ability to work with Berkeley Law to develop curriculum in this growing area of law. This curriculum will be comprised of business school type “case studies” that will feature examples where your legal team has led corporate responsibility initiatives. Berkeley Law will publish and promote these case studies, and use them to create shorter articles and “practitioner” guides for practicing lawyers around the world.
  • The ability to participate in presenting at courses at Berkeley Law so that students can benefit from your expertise.
  • The ability to participate in a roundtable of this inside counsel “think-tank”.

Ben Heineman, the former GC of GE and author of The Inside Counsel Revolution is advising Berkeley Law on this project and will lead a discussion on Friday, April 28th. In the first year, we are limiting this group to 20 inside counsel. 

Suggested Readings:



Friday, April 28th

3pm – Greentree Foundation Opens (Please note that Greentree Foundation cannot accept the arrival of guests prior to this time. All lodging costs are included in the registration fee).

4-4:10pm – Welcome – Adam Sterling, BCLBE Executive Director & Amelia Miazad, Director of Berkeley Law’s Initiative on Corporate Responsibility

4:10-5:30pm – Role of General Counsel in Addressing Business-in-Society Issues – Ben Heineman, Former General Counsel of General Electric and Author of The Inside Counsel Revolution – Suggested Reading

5:30-5:45PM – Break

5:45-6:30pm – Welcome Reception – Meryl Chertoff, Executive Director of The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program

6:30pm – Dinner

Saturday, April 29th

8-8:30am – Breakfast

8:30-8:45am – Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Day – Amelia Miazad

8:45-10am – The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program – Framing the Conversation – Judge Elizabeth Strong, Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and Co-chair of the New York Fellows of the ABA – Suggested Reading 1 & Suggested Reading 2

10-10:15am – Coffee Break

10:15-10:35am – The Inside Counsel’s Role in Managing Human Rights – John Sherman, General Counsel of Shift and Chair of IBA Taskforce on Business and Human Rights

10:35am-12pm – How Inside Counsel Can Accelerate Supply Chain Management Innovation – Dan Viederman, Managing Director of Humanity United

12-1pm – Lunch

1-2:30pm – Data Privacy as a CSR Risk and Opportunity – Justin Erlich, Data Privacy Expert and Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Information & Olga Mack, General Counsel of Clearside

2:30-2:45pmCoffee Break

2:45-4pm – CSR and Mergers and Acquisitions – Vanessa Havard-Williams, Partner at Linklaters

4-4:30pm – Spotlight on Reporting and Disclosure  Amelia Miazad

4:30-4:45pm – Break

4:45-6pm – Spotlight on Managing Human Rights – John Sherman – Suggested Reading

6:30-7:30pm – Reception and Optional Tour of Greentree Estate

7:30-9pm – Dinner

Sunday, April 30th

8:30-9am – Breakfast Reception

9-9:10am – Welcome and Overview – Amelia Miazad

9:10-10:30am – The Evolution of Soft Law to Hard Law and Why the Legal Function Must be Embedded in CSR Strategy – Professor Stavros Gadinis, Berkeley Law

10:30-10:40am – Break

10:40-11:40am – Going Beyond Compliance in Addressing Corruption – Ulysses Smith, Senior Associate at Linklaters

11:40-12:30pm – Governance of Sustainability and Nexus With Legal – Amelia Miazad & Silvia Garrigo, Senior Fellow at Berkeley Law

12:30pm-1:30pm – Lunch Reception