Greetings!

Today, the International Law Section and the International Human Rights Committee celebrates International Human Rights Day. In honor of the Committee’s dedication to educating Texas lawyers about international human rights issues, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is recognizing the Committee by proclamation this afternoon. We invite you to join us!

Proclamations are issued promptly at 1:30 PM before City Council session begins, so please plan to arrive by 1 PM and be seated in council chambers. The Mayor may ask our group to stand and be recognized as well as pose for a picture after the proclamation.

Location: City Hall, 901 Bagby, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers (not in City Hall Annex, if you end up in the annex, the 2 buildings are connected by a tunnel).

Security: You must bring ID and leave enough time to clear security.
Parking: There is metered parking around City Hall, and there are also several theater district parking garages close to City Hall, use this link: https://www.downtownhouston.org/parking/. There is a small lot behind the annex building which can be accessed off of Walker street, if you miss the entrance to this garage which hugs up on the side of the annex building (hobby center to the right), you will end up on I 45.

Following the ceremony, we will host a panel discussion at the Houston offices of Vinson & Elkins, featuring keynote speaker Edie Hofmeister, Former Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel, Tahoe Resources, Inc. and panelists Chris Georgen, CEO & Chief Architect, Topl; Jennifer Hohman, Chief Information Officer and VP, Seadrill Management, Ltd.; Daniel Rey, Senior Vice President, Global Downstream, Nalco Champion; and Marion Werkheiser, Managing Member, Cultural Heritage Partners.

This event has been accredited for 1.5 hours of CLE ethics credit. See below for registration information.
The State Bar of Texas International Law Section and
The International Human Rights Committee Present
International Human Rights Legal Issues:
Impact on Texas Lawyers and Their Clients

December 10, 2019
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Reception Follows)
Vinson & Elkins Law Offices
1001 Fannin Street, 26th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

1.5 Hours of Ethics Credit
Panelists (note new addition) :

  • Keynote Speaker: Edie Hofmeister, Former Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel, Tahoe Resources, Inc.

  • Moderator: Tom Wilson, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

  • Chris Georgen, CEO & Chief Architect, Topl
  • NEW PANELIST: Jennifer Hohman, Chief Information Officer & VP, Seadrill Management, LTD
  • Daniel Rey, Senior Vice President, Global Downstream, Nalco Champion
  • Marion Werkheiser, Managing Member, Cultural Heritage Partners

$30 ILS Members I $55 Non-Members | $15 Action Committee
$50 Government Attorneys, Judges or New Practitioners
$15 Non-Member Students I $0 Council & Member Students

About The Keynote Speaker
Former Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and
General Counsel, Tahoe Resources, Inc.
Edie Hofmeister has worked in the extractive industry for most of her legal career. Most recently she served as EVP Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of Tahoe Resources, a precious metals mining company with operations in the Americas, where she headed the Legal, Sustainability and Government Affairs Departments. Under Edie’s leadership, the company moved from home-grown policies and operationally-focused community efforts, to a formal sustainability program that included the adoption of several human rights instruments including the Voluntary Principals on Business and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Edie will tell the story of Tahoe Resources and how it can instruct lawyers, executives and boards about identifying, managing and mitigating corporate risk in a new era of environmental and social responsibility.
Meet Our Panelists
CEO & Chief Architect
Topl
Chief Information Officer & VP, Seadrill Management, LTD
Senior Vice President, Global Downstream, Nalco Champion
Managing Member, Cultural Heritage Partners
Partner, Employment, Labor & OSHA, Vinson & Elkins LLP
(Moderator)
About The Panel
The panel discussion will address three issues: 1) why is the topic of international human rights important to Texas-based companies of all sizes and therefore important to the Texas lawyers who represent those companies; 2) what issues do these companies face in terms of international human rights; and 3) what can these companies do to address these issues.  
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