University of Wisconsin–Madison

"Who's in the House? The Changing Role and Nature of In-House and General Counsel"

Wisconsin Law Review Symposium: Nov. 18-19, 2011


Description: This symposium will bring together leading scholars and attorneys to discuss the under-explored, but growing, role of in-house and corporate general counsel in the rapidly changing market for legal services. It also will launch the UW Law School's new Business Law Initiative.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Cynthia M. Fornelli (Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality Control)
  • Gail A. Lione, (Retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Harley-Davidson, Inc.)
  • David Wilkins (Director of the Program on the Legal Profession and the Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School)

Distinguished panel chairs and commenters include:

Distinguished Symposium Fellows, including David S. Ruder (Northwestern University Law School), will participate as audience commenters.

Wisconsin faculty who will be participating in this event include:

Selected papers emerging from the symposium will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Wisconsin Law Review. For a list of background readings about the symposium topic, please see the Law Review's symposium page).

Hosted by: Program Chair Jonathan Lipson, Foley & Lardner Professor of Law, Wisconsin Law Review Symposium Editors Liz Sanger and Nate Inglis Steinfeld, and Law Review staff.

Sponsored by: the University of Wisconsin Law School, and the new Business Law Initiative; cosponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies, East Asian Legal Studies Center, Global Legal Studies Center, the Wisconsin Law Review and the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

Timeline:  Fri., Nov. 18th from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm; Sat., Nov. 19th from 8:30 am to 2:15 pm.

Location:  Most sessions will take place at The Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, in the central Forum Room. A banquet on Friday and lunch on Saturday, featuring keynote speakers, will take place in the Varsity Room at Union South, across from the Town Center.  Advance registration is required (see below).

Links to Program Information

  • Final Program with Bio Statements
  • Presentation Descriptions
  • Draft Papers (password-protected site; access is limited to Law Review staff and registered symposium participants) Registered participants may request access to papers by emailing after Nov. 12th.

Registration Update: Online registration has ended.

Advance registration is not required to attend the sessions on Saturday.


  • General Questions: Symposium Coordinator/ILS Associate Director Pam Hollenhorst (
  • Program Questions: Program Chair Professor Jonathan Lipson.
  • Publication-related Questions: Law Review Symposium Editors Liz Sanger ( and Nate Inglis Steinfeld (

CLE Approval Update: 12 Credits in Wisconsin; 9.5 credits in Illinois

The symposium has been approved for up to 12 CLE credits for Wisconsin attorneys; 5 of these credits have been approved for Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Illinois MCLE approval is for 9.5 credits, with 4.5 hours of professional responsibility credit. We will provide certification of attendance for attorneys who wish to seek CLE approval in other jurisdictions.

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