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Recognize Your In-house Peers! Now Accepting ACC Advocacy Award Nominations

Posted in Miscellaneous

As the only international legal association comprised soley of in-house attorneys, ACC provides a unique perspective on public policy issues, and recognizes the significance of advocacy by — and for — its membership.

From protecting attorney-client privilege to safeguarding the right of in-house counsel to practice and provide pro bono legal services, it is vital for in-house lawyers to take a stand on public policy issues affecting their daily practice of in-house law. Continue Reading

Are Emojis Protected Intellectual Property?

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

This year’s ACC Annual Meeting was held in San Francisco, where digital news is everyday watercooler conversation — or Twitter feed fodder — for many of the Bay Area techies. That’s why the City by the Bay was a fitting backdrop for one of this year’s most anticipated technology panel: “The New Digital Normal: Managing and Addressing Compliance in an Ever-changing Digital Landscape.” Continue Reading

AM16 Recap: Multijurisdictional Strategy for Attorney-Client Privilege

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

As we enter into a new era of rapid globalization, the need for developing an airtight strategy to maintain attorney-client privilege cannot be underestimated. Although often viewed as a powerful tool in the United States, privilege protections vary considerably in other countries. As such, in-house counsel should become acutely aware of these differences and act accordingly to ensure positive cross-border relations for years to come.

With this in mind, the 2016 ACC Annual Meeting session, “Developing a Multijurisdictional Strategy for Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege,” served as an essential learning opportunity for attendees hoping to gain an in-house perspective on this pressing issue. The expert panel defined differences in disclosure protections on a global scale, and outlined essential tools to help in-house counsel navigate multiple jurisdictions with conflicting privilege standards. Continue Reading

Nomination Period For ACC’s “Top 10 30-Somethings” Awards is Now OPEN!

Posted in Career

ACC’s “Top 10 30-Somethings” awards program recognizes in-house counsel rising stars for their innovation, global perspectives, proactive practice, advocacy efforts, and pro bono and community service work. In-house peers who serve on ACC’s global board of directors and the ACC Docket advisory board will act as judges. The awards will be presented during ACC Corporate Counsel University® at the Loews New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA from June 14-16, 2017. Continue Reading

Cause and Effect: Why Women Leave the Legal Profession

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

There has never been a better time to capitalize on the talents of female in-house counsel yet, women face real barriers to advancement. High-performing female lawyers exiting the legal profession leave a “leaky pipeline” to senior legal positions. It is in these senior positions that women have the greatest effect on the bottom line; hence, efforts to repair this pipeline may be necessary sooner rather than later.

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