Corporate communicators, corporate attorneys: Let’s get together to clear our heads and compare notes.

Now far more frequently than ever before, CEOs and other corporate leaders face major dilemmas on what to say, how to say it, and when to say nothing at all—on every issue under the sun (and some issues under a rock).

And who are the advisors leaders lean on? In-house counsel on the one hand, and corporate communicators on the other. Only to the extent that both parties can cooperate constructively, will the communications they co-create serve their organizations well.

Corporate communicator, bring your favorite corporate attorney, gratis; corporate attorney, bring your favorite communicator—for a crucial conversation with our faculty of brilliant communication and legal minds, that will change the way you work together, forever.


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12:00 p.m.-12:10 p.m. • Opening Remarks, by David Murray, Executive Director, Executive Communication Council

12:10 p.m.-12:50 p.m. • Keynote Conversation: “Legal Communications”: It’s Not an Oxymoron, Anymore

Used to be, there was legal; and then there was communications. And when occasional corporate crisis arose, the two functions could fight it out. With as many issues as corporate leaders face now, they need more cohesive counsel from collaborative communicators and attorneys, who both understand the concept of “legal communications,” pioneered by Angela D. Minor, Associate Professor at the Howard University’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications. In this session, you will learn:

  • How to get on the same page. What corporate attorneys must know about communications, and what communicators must know about the law.
  • What does that mean? You’ll come away with a shared legal communications vocabulary that will aid in your conversations.
  • Two perspectives, one legal communication philosophy. How to build more than rapport: How to become one mind.

12:50 p.m.-1:00 p.m. • Independent Discussion: How to Adopt a Cooperative “Legal Communications” Approach in Your Organization

1:00 p.m.- 1:40 p.m. • Working Together To Balance Legal and Reputational Risk—in Order to Minimize Business Risk

In a conversation with one of the world’s most experienced crisis communication experts, you will learn:

  • How to balance the risk of legal liability with the risk of losing trust with key constituents. “Between self-defeating silence and self-destructive blabbering, there’s a lot of room to maneuver,” explains Helio Fred Garcia, who has been advising corporate CEOs (and working with corporate attorneys) in crises for more than three decades.
  • How to communicate, safely: How to acknowledge awareness of an issue, express empathy toward those affected, declare values and lay out the organization’s response—all without admitting blame or making promises you can’t keep.
  • And how communicators and attorneys can come to a clear, rigorous criteria ahead of time“of what to do and say, of when to do and say it; of whom to say it to; of who should do the talking,” as Garcia puts it.

1:40 p.m.-1:50 p.m. • Independent Discussion: How to Change the Way You Counsel Your Leaders

1:50 p.m.-2:20 p.m. • Urgent Issue Brief: On the Three Hottest Issues Companies Will Have to Deal With.

Abortion benefits. LGBTQ marriage. Trans policy. Corporate leaders can neither duck these interrelated issues nor tackle them without extreme caution—and so the corporate attorneys and communicators who support them must be utterly spot-on in their counsel and execution. Robin Fretwell Wilson is director of the Institute of Government of Public Affairs at Illinois University College of Law, and she’ll deliver the bad news, the good news—and some practical advice—about how companies and their leaders must handle the hottest issues of this moment.

2:20 p.m.-2:30 p.m. • Closing Remarks, by David Murray, Executive Director, Executive Communication Council


Helio Fred Garcia

Helio Fred Garcia

For more than 40 years Helio Fred Garcia has helped leaders build trust, inspire loyalty, and lead effectively. He is the president of the crisis management firm Logos Consulting Group. Fred is in his 34th year on the New York University faculty, where he has been named Executive MBA Great Professor. He teaches crisis management in the Executive MBA and MS in Risk Management programs, and crisis communication in the MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program. He is also on the graduate faculty of Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he teaches ethics, leadership, and crisis management. He has written five books on crisis, leadership, and communication.

Angela D. Minor

Angela D. Minor

Professor Angela D. Minor is an Associate Professor at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications in the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications. Prof. Minor serves as the Department’s Legal Sequence Coordinator. Additionally, she is the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Forensics Program consisting of two award-winning teams: the Howard University Mock Trial Team and the Speech and Debate Team. When Prof. Minor is not teaching, she is practicing law in the state of Maryland, and the District of Columbia as the co-founder of the Law Offices of MINOR & WILLCOX, LLC.

David Murray

David Murray

David Murray is executive director of the Executive Communication Council and the Professional Speechwriters Association. He’s also editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, and author of the communicator’s manifesto, An Effort to Understand: Hearing One Another (and Ourselves) in a Nation Cracked in Half (Disruption Books, 2021).

Robin Fretwell Wilson

Robin Fretwell Wilson

Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs for the University of Illinois System, as well as the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Wilson co-directs the College of Law’s Epstein Health Law and Policy Program and co-directs and founded its Family Law and Policy Program. She specializes in family law and health law, and her research and teaching interests also include biomedical ethics, law and religion, children and violence, and law and science. Professor Wilson is the author of eighteen books, including her most recent book, Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground, with Yale University Professor William Eskridge, Jr. Professor Wilson’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other major media outlets.


“Communicators & Lawyers Summit 2022” is conducted via Zoom Webinar.

Before the session, we’ll email simple directions to join the webinar. And after the session, we’ll email a link to the webinar recording.

Please email Benjamine Knight, PSA operations director, with any questions.
Or call 312-585-6383.


Cancellations Policy
No refunds on cancellations less than 30 days before the event. Within 30 days, your payment will be credited toward a future Executive Communication Council or Professional Speechwriters Association event.

$995.00 for two people to attend the virtual event, "Communicators & Lawyers Summit 2022" , on December 1 at 12:00pm Eastern.

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