Past Executive Education Events

Past Events: Corporate Counsel Intensive Institute 2015

Monday - Friday, January 5 - 9, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, Colorado

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Monday, January 5, 2015

A Strategic and Proactive Legal Function

Kim Rivera, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, DaVita Inc.
Laura Stein, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, The Clorox Company

  • Roles of the in-house lawyer,
  • Interacting with the CEO, senior management and the board,
  • The need to understand business and the company’s business,
  • How to use of legal as a strategic asset for the company and the value added,
  • Who you represent and conflict of interest,
  • Challenging internal investigations, and
  • Proactive crisis management.

Reception at St. Julien Hotel, sponsored by MassMutual

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Leadership in the 21st Century

Randy Milch, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Communications Inc.

  • Leadership,
  • The roles of leadership, followership, individual contributor and supervisor,
  • Establishing the department culture,
  • How in-house counsel assembles, directs and leads the high performing teams,
  • The appropriate mix of internal and external resources, and the use of non-lawyer professionals, and
  • The value of diversity within a team.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Efficiently Managing the Legal Needs of an Organization

Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Cisco Systems Inc.

  • How you lead and operate within an in-house legal function,
  • Legal budgeting and cost of in-hose verses external resources,
  • Where and how to perform different legal services,
  • Unbundling legal resources,
  • Setting objectives and measuring and reporting against those objectives,
  • Litigation communication and management,
  • How to effectively communicate legal issues with clients, and
  • How you manage external resources and how to leverage the traditional law firm model to the benefit of the enterprise.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Skills, Attributes and Opportunities for In-House Legal

Susan Blount, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Prudential Financial Inc.

  • The skills a student or a lawyer should obtain to be an effective in-house attorney and how to obtain such skills,
  • Networking,
  • The likely substantive areas of legal growth and evolving nature of the legal practice from an in-house perspective,
  • The benefits and detriments of in-house practice,
  • The role of the in-house lawyer in the company’s controls/culture, i.e., interrelationships with
  • ERM (enterprise risk management), internal audit, compliance and finance, and
  • How you best position yourself for an in-house opportunity.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Final Exam and Closing Lecture on the Future of Law – How to Shape It and Lead It

Fiona Arnold, former, Executive Vice President and General Counsel Vail Resorts Inc.
Mark Roellig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MassMutual Financial Group


CLE Credits are available for this course.

In House Counsel Series: Building a Law Department that Your CFO Will Love

This three-hour workshop sponsored by Colorado Law, Silicon Flatirons, and the ACC is designed to teach in-house counsel how they can build a metrics-driven law department with demonstrated ROI.  The topics covered will include relevant law department metrics, key cost drivers and how to manage them, and the ethical and moral issues associated with employing non-traditional legal service providers. Attendance is limited to 30 participants to allow the program to be conducted as a hands-on workshop.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
2:00-6:00 p.m.
University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, Room 300
CLE: 3 Credits 


2:00 – 2:15         Registration and Networking

2:15 – 3:15         Law Department Metrics & Key Cost Drivers

3:15 – 3:45         Process & Automation in the Legal Practice

3:45 – 4:00         Break

4:00 – 5:00         Ethical and Practical Aspects of Selecting and Managing Traditional and Non-Traditional Legal Service Providers

5:00 – 5:30         Case Studies

5:30 – 6:00         Networking Reception

Instructor:  The workshop  will be led by Bill Mooz, Colorado Law’s director of strategic initiatives and scholar in residence.  Bill has over 25 years’ experience helping law firms, law departments, and the companies they represent develop and implement strategies for driving revenue growth and improving profitability.  Bill began his career at Holland & Hart, LLP, where he co-founded and managed the firm’s Boulder, CO office, helping grow it into one of the firm’s most profitable branches.  Bill left private practice in 1996 to serve as Deputy General Counsel at Sun Microsystems, where he later served in a business role running business development and strategy for the company’s multi-billion dollar support services business and then founded and ran the company’s utility computing services business.  Following Oracle’s acquisition and integration of Sun, Bill moved to VMware, Inc. where he led a number of initiatives to improve business agility, shorten transaction cycle times and reduce legal costs by re-architecting portions of the company’s M&A diligence and integration process, streamlining contract templates, automating large portions of the contracting process, and outsourcing a wide variety of legal activities to India.  Bill currently teaches courses in the future of legal practice and technology transactions at Colorado Law.


(1)  Patrick Johnson, J.D., Top Ten Metrics That Your Legal Department Should Be Tracking, Thomson Reuters Business (March 4, 2013).

(2)  American Bar Association, Amendment to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct on Outsourcing (August 2012).

(3)  Bill Mooz, PowerPoint Presentation, Ethical and Practical Aspects of Selecting and Managing Traditional and Non-Traditional Legal Service Providers.

Past Events: The Executive Lawyer 2013

A Toolkit for Navigating the New Normal

The Executive Lawyer, a three-day program taught by international thought leaders on law department leadership and strategy, is an opportunity for general counsel and law department leaders to learn to develop strategy for their departments. At Colorado Law, we believe that you should get the skills that will enable you to make immediate changes to your organizational strategy.  

April 8, 2013 - April 10, 2013
Wolf Law Building - Boulder, Colorado
23 CLE credits, including 6 ethics credits 


What You Will Learn

Companies and their legal departments face a “new normal” that includes big data, expanding regulations, legal process outsourcing, legal automation, shifting staffing needs, and intense global competition and opportunity. Savvy legal departments will transform themselves to turn the new normal into a competitive advantage for their companies—all while doing more with less.

Join a select group of law department leaders to learn what some of the most innovative law departments are doing in a changed global economic environment, and how you can develop and implement a plan to catapult your own law department and company forward. This three-day program will provide not only high-value content, but also hands-on workshops where you can work in small groups with fellow legal department leaders to find solutions to your core challenges. The program will also include regular follow-up sessions with attendees and program leaders to share notes and best practices to translate the discussions into action.

The CEO and the Law Department: From Cost Center to Strategic Asset

The Law Department as a Competitive Advantage: What CEOs Want to See
Tom Ray – CEO CoreSite & former Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Difficult Conversations and Changing the Culture of the Law Department
Scott Peppet – Professor, Colorado Law and Co-Author of Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes

Optimizing Performance in the New Normal

Defining a Law Department's Goals and Measuring Success/Reassessing and Optimizing Performance
Trevor Faure – Global General Counsel and Partner, Ernst & Young Global, and Author of The Smarter Legal Model: More from Less

How I Did It: Six Sigma and The Performance Challenge at Lockheed Martin
Shawn Cheadle – General Counsel, Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Critical Tools for the New Normal

Alternative Staffing Solutions: How Sun Microsystems and VMware Have Made Offshore LPOs a Key Component of the Law Department

Bill Mooz – Associate General Counsel and Manager of LPO Relationship, VMware

The Past, Present, and Future of Legal Automation: How Law Departments Are Leveraging Technology to Scale

Jason Mendelson – Managing Director, The Foundry Group; Board of Directors, Brightleaf (a leading legal document automation provider)

Talent for the New Normal: What Transformed Law Departments Are Doing to Build and Execute Talent Management Strategy

Doug Johnson – Founder, Catapult Growth Partners
Roxanne Jensen – Senior Partner, Catapult Growth Partners; former Managing Partner, Morrison & Foerster (Denver)

Leadership Tools in the New Normal

Making Change Stick: Lessons from the White House
Phil Weiser – Former Senior Advisor on Technology and Innovation, National Economic Council at the White House; Dean, Colorado Law

Transformational Leadership
Kim Rivera – General Counsel, DaVita


Before February 15, 2013 
$3,000 After February 15, 2013 $3,500
*Discount of $500 for Association of Corporate Counsel Members and Colorado Law Alumni
CLE Credits are available for this course.