Thursday, November 9, 2023
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Chris De Santis
Chris De Santis is a speaker, author, consultant, and most recently podcaster specializing in Management and Organizational Development issues and interventions. He specializes in assisting individuals or groups in identifying and overcoming obstacles to effectiveness. He brings with him thirty-eight years of experience in training and development. He has an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Notre Dame, a graduate degree in Organizational Development from Loyola University in Chicago, an MBA from the University of Denver, and previous work experience in manufacturing, professional services, and not-for-profit environments. His book “Why I Find you Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work” has been recently published but in the meantime, you can listen to his advice podcast, “Cubicle Confidential” along with his cohost, Mary Abbajay. He resides in a quiet corner of Lincoln Park in Chicago.
Kick-Off Welcome Luncheon: Embracing Generational Diversity
2:05 PM – 2:25 PM
Robert (Bobby) Chesney is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law, where he also holds the James A. Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs.
He is known internationally for his scholarship relating both to cybersecurity and national security. He founded and continues to guide the Integrated Cybersecurity Studies program at UT, and is the author of a popular eCasebook on the legal and policy aspects of that topic. His scholarship on issues such as military detention, the use of lethal force, freedom of speech, covert action, and military cyber activities has been published in an array of leading law reviews.
He is a co-founder of Lawfare, the nation’s leading online source for analysis of national security legal issues, and he co-hosts the popular show The National Security Law Podcast with Steve Vladeck. He has been a member of an array of federal government advisory bodies, including the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, the Advanced Technology Board, the Detention Policy Task Force, and the Intelligence Science Board. He has testified before Congress on many occasions.
Dean Chesney attended Harvard Law School and Texas Christian University, graduating both magna cum laude. He clerked on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and practiced law in the litigation department of David Polk & Wardwell. Before joining UT in 2008, he was a member of the faculty of Wake Forest University School of Law, where he won multiple teaching awards. He is from San Antonio. For tacos in Austin, he recommends Veracruz All-Natural, of course.
TALK 01: Legal Education and Leadership Challenges: A View From the Trenches
2:25 PM – 2:45 PM
Jason has over 25 years of experience as a practicing attorney and legal technology consultant. Prior to joining Conga, he co-founded a successful legal technology startup, served as a legal technology consultant, was in-house counsel for a software company, launched a Contract Management consulting practice and served as AVP, Risk and Financial Advisory for a Big Four firm.
He focuses on law department transformations, emerging technology trends and innovation in the legal profession and has received the Award of Merit from the State Bar of Texas for service to the legal technology community. He has led a number of global contract lifecycle management projects for some of the world’s largest companies.
He is the Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section (having served two terms) and was the Chair of the SBOT’s Computer & Technology Section from 2012-2013. Under his leadership, the Computer & Technology Section was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award by the Texas Access to Justice Commission. In 2018, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
A member of the Fastcase50 Class of 2017, which “recognizes the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders,” he has also been a finalist for the ILTA Leadership Awards four times and was recognized as a Global Leader and Influencer in Legal Business by the Association of International Law Firm Networks. He was twice named one of Houston’s Top Lawyers for Technology by HTexas Magazine, was elected to the prestigious Texas Bar Foundation and was also inducted into the College of the State Bar of Texas.
Jason earned his B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from Southwest Texas State University and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston.
He has authored numerous articles on legal technology and is a sought-after speaker on legal technology topics including Contract Management, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy globally.
TALK 02: AI and the Coming Age of the Superhuman Lawyer
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM | Networking Break w/ Snacks
3:20 PM – 3:40 PM
James P. Sullivan
James P. Sullivan currently serves as General Counsel to Governor Greg Abbott in the Office of the Governor of Texas. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor, as Assistant Solicitor General of Texas, as a law clerk to Judge Thomas B. Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and as an adjunct professor of Federal Courts at George Mason University. He has also worked as an appellate litigator in private practice at Covington & Burling LLP and at King & Spalding LLP.
James is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and of Rice University, where a back injury transformed him from a walk-on football player into a parliamentary debater. He lives in his hometown of Austin with Conan, his eleven-year-old son, and Alithea, his wife of sixteen years and a litigator at Ewell Brown Blanke & Knight LLP. His interests include chess, rock-climbing, and classic cars.
TALK 03: C-Suite in the Capitol: Counseling the Chief Executive Officer of Texas
3:40 PM – 4:00 PM
Linh San Truong, MBA, CPA, CIA, CISA, has extensive experience encompassing 30 years of corporate governance, risk and control frameworks in public accounting as well as leadership roles in multiple industries including financial services, oil/gas, and healthcare. She has an MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and the Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CIA) designations.
Ms. Truong’s experience includes positions with KPMG, Credit Suisse Group, Alon USA, Kosmos Energy, and Orthofix Medical. As the former Chief Audit Executive at three of her former employers, she established the enterprise risk management and fraud risk assessment initiatives as well as launched their respective internal audit functions from ground zero. She has also built first-year Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) frameworks and brought these efforts in-house from third-party service providers. Her audit career provided her with the opportunity to travel to West and North Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Yemen, and many countries in Europe as well as spent four years in Germany and Switzerland as an expatriate.
She is currently the CAE of NTTA (North Texas Tollway Authority) and is responsible for transforming the Internal Audit department as well as launching an Enterprise Risk Management initiative. In this role, she is a member of the executive leadership team reporting administratively to the CEO and functionally to the Board. Prior to joining NTTA, she was an executive consultant and professional speaker who has been invited to speak on the topic of corporate culture at multiple Institute of Internal Audit events and conferences, including the General Audit Management Conference in 2019 and the International Conference in 2020. The topics of her speaking engagements also include Corporate Governance, Fraud/ Anti-corruption, Agile Auditing, and Enterprise Risk Management. Her consulting experience includes designing and delivering internal audit and risk management training content as well as advising the internal audit team at a Fortune 20 multinational energy company in their efforts to implement agile auditing.
Ms. Truong has written several articles (including Assessing Corporate Culture for the Business Transformation and Operational Excellence Insights Report and Agile Auditing: More Value, Less Resources and Building an Audit Function for the EDP Audit, Control, and Security Newsletter) and, most recently, became a published author with her new book “The Seven Deadly Sins of Organizational Culture”.