29th Annual SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium


This year's Symposium will be held on October 22, 2021, in the Mack Ballroom on the SMU campus. For those wishing to attend virtually, we will also offer the full program in an online format. Per SMU requirements, masks are required at the in-person program. We are closely monitoring the state of the pandemic. We will send an update in the event the in-person event is postponed, canceled, or changed. Additional Details can be found here.

We are pleased to welcome as our keynote speaker Tony West, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Uber. In addition to Uber, Mr. West has had extensive experience in business, law, and government, including serving as Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, as Associate Attorney General of the United States, and as a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Additional topics include:

  • Cyber and privacy
  • Digital transformation risk
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ethical considerations for in-house counsel
  • ESG
  • Exports to the cloud
  • General counsel and the board
  • Securities enforcement priorities
  • SPACs

We have applied for 7.5 hours of CLE including 1 hour of ethics, for this program, approval pending in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Baker Botts Panel:

  • 11:30-12:15 pm | Role of GC in the Boardroom - Van Beckwith, Executive Vice President, Secretary & Chief Legal Officer, Halliburton & Samantha Crispin, Partner, Baker Botts, L.L.P.

Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice throughout a network of offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Since 1840, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit

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