Monday is a half day, so after dutifully filling up with "The General Counsel As Trusted Advisor" and a bit more PPP, some caffeination and then a talk on the relationship between General Counsel and other risk managers, we headed into the city for lunch and Art,
|Legal Seafood - "If it's not fresh, it's not Legal"|
The Smithsonian is huge and has departments all over the place so we started with the National Portrait Gallery in the old Patents Office building. Too little time to make a dent in the collection, so we took the Docents' Tour of a few of the more interesting historical portraits and some explanation about the building and continued presence of prototype inventions next to portraits of the inventors - Isaac Singer, Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse et al.
The courtyard is covered by a fascinating modern canopy which contrasts with the Grecian Revival architecture.
Inside, the restored interior is gorgeous and a great setting for the portraits.
Tuesday was a full day, so Lynda went out in search of More Art (spoiler - there was some) while I filled up with technical topics like "Selecting and Working with Special Counsel as Investigators" , "Supporting Institutional Resiliency" , "Preparing for Cyber-Attacks", "High Profile Matters" and one called "So Sue Me - When In-House Counsel is Named as a Defendant". There was also the customary ice-cream break which is always hilarious as sober-minded and sober-dressed counsel gobble ice-creams like kids.
In the evening I ate with Lynda at the Hot n Juicy Crawfish restaurant where the specialite de la maison is a bucket of shellfish in spicy sauce, I tried the crawfish - small and fiddly like marron and a bit unrewarding for the effort. The fare is hearty enough, and the plastic bib and gloves remove any pretensions of dignity.