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From the Co-Chairs, October 2021

Thursday 21 October 2021

Dear members,

Greetings to all our North American Regional Forum members.  We hope that you are all safe and well during these challenging times. We are also hopeful that the worst of Covid-19 is behind us and we will soon be able to meet again in person.

Our Forum has had a productive year so far despite the challenges, and we are looking forward to several upcoming events. On October 29, we will host an IBA Global Showcase session entitled GC Jitters: What is Keeping Your Global Client Up in 2021? This session will focus on the increasing roles heads of corporate legal departments are playing as company advisor, risk manager, business builder and talent manager. Key topics include trade, Covid-19, privacy and procuring law firm resources.

We are also planning an in-person conference in Miami for December 6-9, 2021.This will be a joint conference with the Latin American Regional Forum. Details will be published soon. Then, in April 2022, we are planning to host our Fifth Silicon Beach conference in Santa Monica, California, focusing on start-up businesses, technology, financing, IPO’s and exit strategies.

Other ongoing projects include our involvement with the IBA Rule of Law Forum’s project on the Independence of the Legal Profession and a report on Technology Competence Standards for Law Firms.

This is Lynda’s last year as Senior Co-Chair, and Kelli Sager will be moving into the Senior Co-Chair role as of 1 January 2022.

We have an active Committee and value input from our members. Please feel free to contact any of us with your ideas for session topics and tell us how you would like to get involved.

We look forward to meeting you in person soon.

Kind regards,

Kelli Sager

Co-Chair, IBA North American Regional Forum

kellisager@dwt.com

Lynda J Zadra-Symes

Co-Chair, IBA North American Regional Forum

lynda.zadrasymes@knobbe.com