The General Counsel Institute: Going Beyond Legal, co-hosted by Berkeley Law Executive Education and Peer 150, is designed for mid-career, in-house attorneys who want to gain insight into the skills, techniques, and disciplines of the general counsel role, as well as network with other up-and-coming legal executives.

The multi-day, online program brings together a wide range of executives from the C-suite and beyond to discuss how they work with in-house legal professionals. Sessions include fireside chats between CEOs and GCs, presentations by seasoned executives from a range of industries, and talks by other leaders who will share their experiences working cross-functionally to achieve organizational goals.

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Location & Start Date


Live Sessions

Program Schedule

April 18, 19, and 20, 2023

Time Commitment: Approx. 12 hours (4 hours per day over 3 days)

Who Should Participate

Practicing in-house attorneys who want to better understand how the legal department can more effectively support other functions within the corporate environment and the challenges associated with working in complex organizations. Lawyers working for law firms, governmental agencies, and non-profits who are considering a move in-house are also welcome and will benefit from the program.

Participants who successfully complete the program will earn a certificate of completion from Berkeley Law Executive Education.

Program Structure

The interactive program is designed to maximize opportunities for discussion and learning.

  • Each day is comprised of three sessions, which begin at 8:30 AM and end around 12:30 PM Pacific Time.
  • Sessions consists of a 30-40 minute presentation followed by 20-minute breakout discussions focused on the speaker’s topic.
  • Breaks are scheduled throughout the morning.


Day 1

Tuesday | April 18, 2023

All times are Pacific Daylight Time

9:05 – 9:40 AM Session GCs as Business Strategists and Catalysts | Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe (Duke Energy)
10:15 to 10:50 AM Session Supreme Court Roundup | Erwin Chemerinsky (Berkeley Law)
11:30 AM – 12:05 PM Session Moving From a Functional Cost Center to a Strategic, Business Facing Partner | Marta Ronquillo Newhart (Westinghouse Electric Company)

Day 2

Wednesday | April 19, 2023

All times are Pacific Daylight Time

8:40 – 9:10 AM Session Rethinking Governance and Shareholder Engagement | KT Rabin (Columbia Law School Millstein Center) and Nichol Garzon (Glass Lewis)
9:40 to 10:10 AM Session Commercial Transactions: Lessons from the Classroom | Patrick Hammon (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP) and Jose Lopez (Zeplin)
10:40 – 11:10 AM Session How to be Successful in Times of Uncertainty and Change | Sterling Miller (Hilgers Graben)
11:40 AM – 12:10 PM Session Developing and Managing your IP Strategy and Budget | Lee Van Pelt (Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP)

Day 3

Thursday | April 20, 2023

All times are Pacific Daylight Time

8:40 – 9:10 AM Session Communicating with Impact | Anya Grossmann (Berkeley Law)
9:40 to 10:10 AM Session Creating Value Through Corporate Purpose | Duane Hughes (UBS) and Claudette Pulido (Morgan Stanley)
10:40 – 11:10 AM Session Fireside Chat with Jeff Shell (NBCUniversal) and Jim Gilbert (Berkeley Law Executive Education)
11:40 AM – 12:10 PM Session ESG and the Role of the In-House Lawyer | Silvia Garrigo (UC Berkeley School of Law, Business and Society Institute)

Tuition & Discounts

Full Program Pass | General Public Rate


  • Access to livestream of all presentations;
  • Private Q & A with speakers;
  • CLE credit;
  • Certificate of completion;
  • Access to session recordings for up to one week after the program ends; and
  • Discounted tuition at the in-person GC Institute, scheduled for August 3-4, 2023.


Full Program Pass | Alumni/LL.M Student Rate

For past GC Institute participants; Berkeley Law alumni; and current Berkeley Law LL.M students.

Includes all of the same benefits as the General Public Rate Full Program Pass.

Please email [email protected] for instructions to access this rate.


Session Observer Pass


Access to livestream of all presentations.


Group Rates

If you represent a group, please email [email protected] for more information.



10 hours

This program has been approved for up to 10 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Attorneys from other states will need to contact their local bar to verify their own certification requirements.

2023 Speakers: (Partial List)

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Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law

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Silvia M. Garrigó

Faculty at University of Miami Herbert Business School

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Nichol Garzon

CLO & SVP Corporate Development at Glass Lewis

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Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe

EVP & Chief Legal Officer at Duke Energy

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Jim Gilbert

Executive Director at Berkeley Law Executive Education

Headshot of Anya Grossmann

Anya Grossmann

Director of Global Outreach and Professional Engagement at Berkeley Law

Headshot of Patrick Hammon

Patrick Hammon

Lecturer at Berkeley Law

Headshot of Duane Hughes

Duane Hughes

Managing Director and Chair, Americas Advisory Council at UBS

Headshot of Irene Liu

Irene Liu

Executive in Residence at Berkeley Law Executive Education and Founder of Hypergrowth GC

Headshot of Jose Lopez

Jose Lopez

General Counsel at Zeplin

Headshot of Sterling Miller

Sterling Miller

CEO and Senior Counsel at Hilgers Graben

Headshot of Marta Ronquillo Newhart

Marta Ronquillo Newhart

Former Chief Communications & Brand Officer at Westinghouse Electric Co.

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Claudette Pulido

Executive Director at Morgan Stanley – Legal and Compliance

Headshot of KT Rabin

KT Rabin

Advisory Board Member at Columbia Law School Millstein Center

Headshot of Jeff Shell

Jeff Shell

CEO at NBCUniversal

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Lee Van Pelt

Lecturer at Berkeley Law


For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Lily Yang at [email protected]. Please attempt to make your service request with as much advance notice as possible.

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