AC2024 Agenda

WEDNESDAY, September 4, 2023 – FRIDAY, September 6, 2024

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Sessions with a ‍⭐ after the title require pre-selection and/or pre-registration.


12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Latina Leadership Academy ⭐
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Law Student Volunteer Orientation ⭐
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PODER25™ Welcome Reception & Power Dinner ⭐


8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
PODER25™ Elevar Showcase
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
AC2024 Check-In
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
AC2024 Welcome Reception
9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Young Lawyers and Law Students Reception


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
AC2024 Check-In
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Friends of Bill W. Meeting
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Opening Plenary
Nuestro Voto: Protecting our Vote and Countering Threats to our Democracy

During this election year, more than ever, we are seeing the salient threats to our democracy: Voter suppression efforts, false claims of election fraud, intentional discrimination, misinformation, and legislation seeking to suppress the vote. The experts will not only discuss these challenges to our democracy but also focus on ways to overcome these threats and how we can collectively use our power to steer Democracy in the right direction.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
AC2024 Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Exhibitor Showcase Networking Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
CLE Track Panels #1
Track 1 - Panel #1
The Dangers of a Congressional Investigation: How Civil and Criminal Investigations Can Follow

Congressional Investigations are among the most challenging and dangerous inquiries a lawyer can face. The risks to a client's reputation are enormous- one mistake before a national audience can result in a client losing prestige, share price, or expose them to civil lawsuits and criminal prosecution. We will discuss strategies and skills that can be successful in defending clients before Congress, and in other legislative inquiries. We will analyze privilege issues, immunity, how to navigate law makers and their staff, and how to prepare clients for the biggest show of their careers.

Samuel Romero Ramer, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Washington, DC

Track 2 - Panel #1
PIVOT! - Strategizing Your Next Steps between Law Firm, In-House, and Government

Hear insights from a diverse panel of speakers, that have worked in various sectors in the law, on how to decide when it is time to look for your next career opportunity, how to identify available jobs, and how to successfully make the transition. Panelists have a broad range of experience in law firms, in-house, and government. We will also analyze the changing nature of private practice, including corporate counsel practice, to help lawyers determine whether, and how, to move between legal worlds.

Wandaly Fernandez Garcia, Corporate Counsel, Amazon, Arlington, VA

Samuel Romero Ramer, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Washington, DC
DNatalie Bennett, Partner, Morgan Lewis, Washington, DC

Track 3 - Panel #1
The War on Noncompetes: What the FTC's Noncompete Ban Means for Employers and Workers

In April 2024, the FTC announced a final rule to promote competition by banning noncompetes nationwide. Join a panel of experienced advisors and litigators to examine what the FTC's final rule banning noncompetes means for businesses, an update on the national maze of restrictive covenant enforcement limitations, and an in-depth discussion of what steps employers should take in 2024 and beyond to protect their confidential information and key business relationships.

Kimberly Lopez, Partner, Akerman, Orlando, FL

Melissa Muro LaMere, Partner, Snell & Wilmer, Los Angeles, CA
David Jaffe, VP Head of Employment Law, Elevance Health (FKA Anthem), Providence, RI

Track 4 - Panel #1
The Role of Federal Agencies in Serving the Latino Community

This proposal seeks to analyze the impact that three national agency’s regulations have or may have on issues affecting consumer rights of Hispanics in the United States. The FDA, the FTC and the SEC have all dealt with cases having a significant impact on Hispanics.

WAura Guerrero, Global Legal Advisor, Global Health Advocacy Incubators, Washington, DC

Shirley Diaz, Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Washington, DC