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Professor Omari Simmons gives keynote address at Bridgeway Software’s 17th annual client conference

Professor Omari Simmons presented the keynote address at Bridgeway Software’s 17th annual client conference on Oct. 23 at the Disney Contemporary Hotel and Resort in Orlando.

The address, “Innkeepers: A Unifying Theory of the In-House Counsel Role,” dealt with the emergence of the in-house counsel role as one of the most significant shifts in the legal profession over the past half century.

Simmons discussed in-house counsel’s potential to affect corporate affairs by curbing corporate opportunism, improving  business agility, and increasing shareholder value. Additionally, Simmons talked about how today’s in-house legal department functions transform the delivery of corporate legal services and elevate the strategic role legal departments now play in corporate success.

The presentation was based off of an article Simmons co-authored with James Dinnage entitled “Innkeepers: A Unifying Theory of the In-house Counsel Role,” originally published in the Seton Hall Law Review in 2011.

The comprehensive one-day conference gave governance professionals, law department operations managers and corporate attorneys then opportunity to explore the top-of-mind legal matters of the day, learn best practices and network with peers and industry leaders.

In addition to Simmons’s keynote address, 10 other presenters held sessions at the conference, including Holly J. Gregory, a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, who spoke on “The Evolving Role of the Corporate Secretary,” and Brad Blickstein, Principal at the Blickstein Group, who spoke on “The Era of Prioritization – How Do You Stack Up to the Fifth Annual LDO Survey Findings?”