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 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.

The Aspen Institute


Berkeley Law: BCLBE




UN Global Compact


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. 

See detailed agenda here