Continuing Legal Education

Pathways to Becoming Corporate General Counsel and the Issues You Will Face

October 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)


Have you thought about becoming a general counsel? Or wondered which skills you need to sharpen in order to qualify for the position? Then don’t miss this half-day seminar that shows you how to become and function as an in-house attorney. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who are interested in this career path will learn:

  • The steps you need to take to becoming a general counsel;
  • What the job as a general counsel entails;
  • How to obtain a position in a corporate legal department and working in a corporate legal department; and
  • How to deal with a Board of Directors.


Program Coordinator:
Bernard G. Peter
, Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC, Chicago

Program Moderator:
R. Stephen Scott
, Scott & Scott P.C., Springfield

Program Speakers:
Kathleen M. Boege
, Executive Vice President/General Counsel, Wintrust Financial Corporation, Chicago
August R. Butera, Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., Chicago
Corri D. Fetman, Corri Fetman & Associates Ltd, Chicago
Ryan D. Gammelgard, State Farm Automobile Insurance Co, Bloomington
Mara S. Georges, Equity Partner, Daley & Georges, Chicago
Deborah A. Golden, Executive Vice President/General Counsel, GATX Corporation, Chicago
Donata Kalnenaite, Agency Attorneys, Chicago
James L. Marvin, Executive Vice President/General Counsel, JBT Corporation, Chicago
Mark Sproat, Executive Vice President/General Counsel, Follett Corporation, Chicago
Michelle M. Warner, Senior Vice President/General Counsel, USG Corporation, Chicago


NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.



8:30 - 8:50 a.m.  Networking Breakfast

8:50 - 9:00 a.m.  Opening Comments
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, ISBA President, Western Springs

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  Your Path to Becoming a General Counsel

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.  Your Work as General Counsel

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  How Do You Get a Job in a Corporate Legal Department?

11:30 – 12:15 a.m.  Dealing with a Board of Directors