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October 2, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The challenge of global climate change to the governance of American corporations, recent developments in tax law, and ethical and malpractice pitfalls in business deals are some of the topics to be discussed at SMU’s Dedman School of Law’s 9th annual Corporate Council Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at the Dallas Marriott Quorum, 14901 Dallas Parkway.

Organized and presented by the SMU Law Review Association, consisting of second and third-year law students, the Corporate Council Symposium is a special forum that brings together law firm attorneys with in-house corporate counselors to hear the latest developments in legal business management. More than 100 attorneys are expected to attend this year’s symposium.

Preregistration before Oct. 12 costs $250. Late and on-site registration is $275. Participants will be provided with lunch and program materials, and may receive up to six hours of continuing legal education credits, including one-and-a-half hours of ethics. For more information, contact SMU’s Dedman School of Law 2001 Corporate Counsel Symposium at 214-768-3246 or

This year’s keynote speaker is Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey. He will speak at the noon luncheon on the topic, “The Multiple and Sometimes Conflicting Professional Responsibilities of Corporate Counselors.”

Eleven topics of interest to corporate counselors will be presented this year, including a panel discussion from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., “Regulation FD, Interactions between Corporations and Auditors, and SAB 99.” Appearing on the panel will be Charles Lotter, executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of J.C. Penney; Guy Kerr, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Belo Corp.; and David Sudbury, vice president and general counsel of Commercial Metals Company. Gil Friedlander, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of EDS, will moderate the panel.

The sponsor’s of the 9th annual Corporate Counsel Symposium are Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.; Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P.; Baker Botts, L.L.P.; Bracewell & Patterson, L.L.P.; Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P.; Gardere, Wynne, Sewell, L.L.P.; Haynes and Boone, L.L.P.; Hughes & Luce, L.L.P.; Jackson Walker, L.L.P.; Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C.; Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue; Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, P.C.; Locke, Liddell & Sapp, L.L.P.; Strasburger & Price, L.L.P.; Thompson & Knight, L.L.P.; Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.; Weil, Gotshal & Manges, L.L.P.; Winstead, Sechrest & Minick, P.C.; and Worsham, Forsythe, Wooldridge, L.L.P.