The second General Counsel Speakers Series event was held on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 4 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. Larry D. Thompson, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary for PepsiCo, Inc. was the featured speaker. He addressed the role of the general counsel in a speech entitled “The Responsible Corporation and Professional Courage.” Audience members included former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, who introduced Thompson, NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms, and members of the law school community. The program was followed by a private reception in the Janice Mills Conference room.
Larry D. Thompson assumed his position in October 2004 and is responsible for PepsiCo’s worldwide legal function, as well as its government affairs organization and the company’s charitable Foundation. He most recently served as a Senior Fellow with The Brookings institute in Washington, D.C., and his government career includes serving in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Attorney General. In 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft named him to lead the National Security Coordination Council. Also in 2002, President Bush named him to head the Corporate Fraud Task Force.
Previously, Thompson was a partner in the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of King & Spalding and served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In 1995, he was appointed Independent Counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Investigation by the Special Panel of U.S. Circuit Court Judges appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In April 2000, he was selected by Congress to chair the bipartisan Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control.
Thompson serves on the Board of Directors of various Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Series Funds, the Southern Company, the United Negro College Fund, Cbeyond and the National Center for State Courts. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Brookings institute, The Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia. Thompson is an elected Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and a member of the O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative as well as the recipient of several professional awards. In 2008, the publication Ethisphere described Thompson as “one of the most respected and admired general counsel in business today.” He holds a B.A. from Culver-Stockton College, an M.A. from Michigan State University, and a law degree from the University of Michigan. In 2004, Thompson added another chapter to his career as a visiting professor of law at the University of Georgia Law School.
Sponsorship of this General Counsel Series was made possible by the law firm of Womble Carlyle Standridge & Rice, PLLC, and the law fraternity of Delta Theta Phi International.