The current legal environment is experiencing great uncertainty, giving rise to the potential for significant changes in many areas of existing law, regulation, and policy. Please join us in exploring four hot areas with some of Ballard Spahr's leading attorneys. If your company provides employee benefits, owns or uses intellectual property, handles sensitive data or personal information, or faces sustainability issues, this program will help you plan for and respond to the latest legal developments. In these changing times, we've chosen the following fast-moving legal areas to update:

  • Intellectual Property, including the impact of the United States' withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on IP, patent subject matter eligibility and its impact on software and life sciences, and patent value;
  • Privacy/data security in blockchain, artificial intelligence and big data, including the key attributes behind these technologies as the future of marketing, job recruitment, management, and the unique privacy and data security concerns they raise;
  • Health benefits and health care reform, including the contrast between the views of employers that sponsor employee group health plans and the proposals in Congress for health care reform that are pushing the market toward individual insurance coverage; and
  • Sustainability, including how to report and disclose corporate sustainability matters and how an organization can sustain itself in a world of limited resources.

Participants may attend the program in person at Ballard Spahr's Philadelphia office or via webinar.

Date & Time

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET | Registration (in Philadelphia)
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET | Program
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ET | Reception (in Philadelphia)


Mary J. Mullany, Partner, Health Care Group


Wendy A. Choi, Partner, Intellectual Property

Jean C. Hemphill, Partner, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group

Katayun I. Jaffari, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Group

Odia Kagan, Of Counsel, Privacy and Data Security Group

Laura P. Heacock, Associate, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group



Ballard Spahr
1735 Market St., 48th Floor


For anyone unable to attend the live presentation, the program also will be broadcast as a live webinar. For more information, contact Lisa Cheresnowsky at

This program offers 1.5 PA and NY CLE credits. Please note that only PA and NY CLE credits, as well as Uniform Certificates of Attendance, are available for the webinar.