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In-House Counsel Institute – February 2016

February 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - February 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

In-House Counsel Institute

Santa Clara University
January 23 – 24, and February 20 – 21, 2016

Intensive training for experienced lawyers to better serve the in-house legal needs of high tech companies in today’s fast-paced global environment.

The In-House Counsel Institute offers four full days, over the course of two weekends, of in-depth training with opportunities for interactive hands-on practice.  The In-House Counsel Institute, Directed by Tom Lavelle, features a faculty of legal thought leaders from several prominent tech companies and law firms to teach the course.

Tom LavelleTom Lavelle served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Rambus Inc., VP and General Counsel at Xilinx, Inc., and VP and General Counsel at Next Computer, Inc. for Steve Jobs. He also spent sixteen years in senior legal positions at Intel Corporation. A 1976 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Tom is a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors and the High Tech Law Advisory Board.

In-House Counsel Institute Faculty

Key faculty members who have so far confirmed their participation include Mark Chandler, from Cisco Systems, Dorian Daley, from Oracle, Mike Dillon, from Adobe, Ed Medlin, from Maxim, Suzan Miller, from Intel, Larry Sonsini, of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Bob Van Nest, of Keker & Van Nest.

The course is aimed at attorneys transitioning from law firms or public agencies to in-house positions, and to those attorneys wishing to enhance the quality of their service to in-house counsel.

The In-House Counsel Institute at Santa Clara Law is geared to be especially helpful to:

  1. Experienced firm lawyers transitioning to in-house
  2. Government and institutional lawyers transitioning to in-house
  3. Firm lawyers seeking to better understand and serve their in-house clients
  4. In-house lawyers seeking to enhance their skills

MCLE Credit
Up to 20 hours of CLE credit is available, including 1.0 hour of Legal Ethics. Santa Clara Law is a California State Bar approved provider.

Valued at more than $2,500, the In-House Counsel Institute program for 2016 is a pilot program offered to qualified candidates free of charge, including tuition, course materials and meals.


Day 1, Saturday, Jan. 23rd
Time Topic
8:00am–9:15am Breakfast/Registration/Opening Remarks
9:15am–10:45am Laying the Foundation: What Does it Mean to Have the Mindset of an In-House Lawyer?
10:45am–11:00am Break
11:00am–12:00pm Basic Needs of a Corporation – What You Need to Know to Support Operations
12:00pm–1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm–3:00pm Compliance as a Key Responsibility
3:00pm–3:15pm Break
3:15pm–4:45pm Interactive Hands-on Session – Group Exercises of “Yes, and…” skills


Day 2, Sunday, Jan. 24th
Time Topic
9:00am–10:15am Lecture-Corporate Overview: Basics of Corp Transactions and Role in the Process
10:15am–10:30am Break
10:30am–12:00am Lecture: Monetizing the Business – Commercial Transactions
12:00pm–1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm–3:00pm Intellectual Property and Corporate Strategy
3:00pm–3:15pm Break
3:15pm–4:45pm Interactive Session
4:45pm–5:00pm Feedback from Participants


Day 3, Saturday, Feb. 20th
Time Topic
9:00am – 10:15am Ethical Issues In-House
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 12:00pm Employment Issues
12:00pm – 1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Interactive Session: Ethics and Employment
3:15pm – 3:30pm Break
3:15pm – 4:45pm Lecture: Technical Basics – Open Source, Privacy, Data Security, Data Transfers


Day 4, Sunday, Feb. 21st
Time Topic
9:00am – 10:30am Managing Litigation – In-house Issues
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:00pm Data Analytics and its Impact on the Practice of Law
12:00pm – 1:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm – 3:30pm Interactive Session: Pulling it all Together with Creative Problem Solving – "Inbox Exercise"
3:30pm – 4:00pm Group Feedback on Institute
4:00pm – 5:00pm Wine & Cheese Reception


Application Process
Admission is selective and based on the fit between your experience and responsibilities and individuals to whom the course is targeted. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and qualified candidates are admitted on a  space-available basis.

The In-House Institute is at capacity. We invite you to join the waitlist. We will notify you if a space becomes available.

Join the Waitlist

Sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara Law

High Tech Law Institute

Santa Clara Law has one of the nation’s highest-ranked intellectual property and high tech law programs, and has for years placed its alumni in key positions in both law firms and corporate legal departments focused on high tech.  Our location in Silicon Valley enables us to be an integral part of one of the most dynamic and innovative economies in the world.

About Our Silicon Valley Location

  1. South of San Francisco and north of San Jose
  2. Home to world-class tech companies, such as Apple, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, Yahoo!, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Genentech, and Facebook
  3. A hotbed of thousands of start-up companies working to develop disruptive new technologies in the telecommunications, computing, and biotech industries
  4. Mediterranean climate with sunshine 300 days a year




PARKING IS FREE as it will be a weekend.

Recommended parking locations for In-House Counsel Institute:
Main Parking Structure – Enter campus via Palm Drive, go past the Parking Kiosk, and turn left into the structure.
North Parking Garage, 734 Benton St at Alviso St.
Street Parking on Franklin St, east of Lafayette St.


170 South Market Street, San Jose, California 95113
1 866 540 4493 (Reservations) 1 408 998 1900 (Front Desk)
Advertised rate: 239.00 

Friday, Jan 22: limited availability, guest may ask for “SCU rate” but no guarantees
Saturday, Jan 23: very limited availability, should book right away

Candlewood Suites
481 El Camino Real , Santa Clara, CA 95050
1-800-229-9812 (Reservations) 1-408-241-9305 (Front Desk)
Advertised rate: $125.99

Under SCU’s discount, the rate for Jan 22-24 is $114.95 per night plus tax. The rate for Feb 19-21 is $124.45.



February 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am
February 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Lucas Hall, Forbes Family Conference Center
500 el camino real
santa clara, 95053
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    In-House Counsel Institute – February 2016

  • February 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - February 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
  • Lucas Hall, Forbes Family Conference Center