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Sunday, November 12

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Monday, November 13
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 

A Legal Perspective on Cyberrisk

Allen O’Rourke, Attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson 

With countless examples from recent years, the risks associated with cyberattacks are a major concern for any company, but especially for internet service providers. In planning ahead to prevent and respond to potential attacks, a telco's legal team plays a vital and primary role. Learn about the legal considerations for advising clients on employee cyberrisk policies and incident response plans.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Cybersecurity Insurance: Protecting More Than the Network

Peter Elliott, President and Treasurer, TIG
Carri Bennet, CEO & Managing Principal, Bennet & Bennet, PLLC

Cyberattacks are more than just a technical concern—they also can become a financial burden. This session will cover the options available for cybersecurity insurance and the legal considerations for drafting and evaluating any policy to effectively protect you and your clients’ assets.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. BREAK
11:00 a.m. - Noon

Standard Legal Language for Forms, Policies and Disclaimers

Don Richards, General Counsel, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Daniel Gibson, Partner, Richards, Elder & Gibson, LLP

This how-to session will explore standard legal language used in a variety of common customer-facing business documents and the questions your telco clients should be asking when creating or reviewing them.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Employment Law Update

Jonathan Yarbrough, Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith, & Prophete LLP

In the ever-changing world of employment law, it’s important for you to help keep your clients current with the latest rules and standards. This review of recent developments in human resources and employment law will tell you what you need to know, with a particular eye to the specific challenges faced by rural employers. 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Modern Employee Policy Manual

Robert Martin, Attorney, Meridian Law PLLC

A company policy manual is an indispensable tool to establish rules and guidelines for every internal business activity. Learn about the best practices for advising your clients to ensure that their policies are as effective as possible.

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

How to Remain ADA Compliant

Jerry Hall, ADA Coordinator, City of Nashville

Staying in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be challenging for any company. Learn how to address common challenges and how to avoid mistakes so that your clients meet their obligations. 

Tuesday, November 14
7:30 a.m. - Noon REGISTRATION
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 A.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Your Face is Not a Testimonial Act: Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Legal Implications of an IoT World

Josh Seidemann, Vice President of Policy, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

This session will provide an update of Federal broadband regulatory activity ‎and legal implications of an evolving IoT environment, including privacy and law enforcement considerations. Find out about the latest legal issues in IoT privacy concerns and what could be in store for the future as these technologies become even more ubiquitous.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Legal Obligations in Telemedicine

Tara Kepler, Of Counsel, Healthcare Attorney, Bryan Cave, LLP

Telemedicine services present an incredible opportunity for rural telcos to both open up new revenue possibilities and to directly enhance the quality of life in their communities. But when a company becomes involved in customer health care, what kinds of new legal obligations arise? Learn what you need to know about HIPAA and other legal concerns when clients offer telemedicine services.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - Noon

Federal Regulatory Update

Jill Canfield, Vice President of Legal and Industry and Assistant General Counsel, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Brian Ford, Regulatory Counsel, NTCA̅–The Rural Broadband Association

NTCA legal and policy staff will provide the latest on judicial developments and the status of pending rulemaking proceedings related to the telecommunications industry.

Noon - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Electronic Record-Keeping: Preserving, Protecting, Producing & Destroying Digital Files

J. Gregory Grisham, Partner, FordHarrison, LLP

New federal and state regulations carry strict rules on electronic records – and hefty penalties for non-compliance. In fact, one mistake can result in painful audits and seven-figure fines. Could your organization survive a multi-million-dollar penalty for electronic record mismanagement? Today, more than 70 percent of company records are stored electronically, and those e-records can be your best legal friend … or your worst enemy. Are you 100% confident that your organization is retaining email, text messages, personnel info and other electronic records in full compliance with the law? 

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Legal Ethics

Diane Di Ianni, Adjunct Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

Using elements of the ABA Model Rules, this discussion will address a wide variety of topics relevant to the ethical questions and challenges faced in modern legal practice.

5:00 p.m.