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Data Breaches: In the News and in the ACC Chief Legal Officers (CLO) 2015 Survey Results

Posted in Inside Health Law

Guest Blogger: K Royal is privacy counsel at Align Technology, Inc. She is also the co-secretary of the ACC Health Law Committee. She can be reached at kroyal@aligntech.com.

If you pay attention to any type of information sharing – news, emails, social media – you have heard something about at least one breach of data in the past six months or so. In January, ACC released the Chief Legal Officers (CLO) 2015 Survey, which revealed that 27 percent of CLOs and general counsel reported experiencing a data breach at their company within the past two years. I wonder what defines a “breach.” In my experience, I have never worked anywhere that did not have a personal breach of some sort. Thus, I am inclined to believe that the nearly 1,300 respondents from 46 countries applied some kind of threshold to the term “breach.” Continue Reading

2nd Annual Diversity Summit – Gaining Comparative Advantage Through Cultural Competency Awareness

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest Blogger: Leslie Paige Wolfson is executive director of ACC New Jersey, which serves more than 1,300 in-house counsel in Northern and Central New Jersey. She can be reached at leslie.wolfson@acc-newjersey.com.

In December 2014, ACC New Jersey held its second annual Diversity Summit, titled “Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Cultural Competency Awareness.” Communications expert Vince Varallo of Varallo International and Luis Diaz, chief diversity officer of Gibbons P.C., were our key speakers at the event. Continue Reading

Beyond Gender: Negotiating for Yourself

Posted in Career, Contracts & Negotiations, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest Blogger: Stephanie A. Scharf is a partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC. She represents clients in complex business disputes, corporate insurance litigation, tort and product liability and class action defense. She can be reached at Sscharf@scharfbanks.com.

When Carnegie-Mellon professor Linda Babcock asked men and women to choose a metaphor to describe how they feel about the prospect of negotiating, the men’s top pick was “winning a ball game.” The women’s top pick? “Going to the dentist.” That feeling is certainly how some women lawyers view the prospect of negotiating for themselves – whether for more compensation, office space, flex-time or a promotion. But like it or not, the more senior you become, the more negotiating for yourself becomes a required skill. Continue Reading

Taking the Time to Build a Cathedral

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Megan Belcher is vice president and chief counsel, employment and compliance, legal and government affairs at ConAgra Foods.

Two years ago, during a time when I was undertaking an examination of who I was as both a lawyer and a leader of a team, I attended two gatherings of female lawyers that set me on a new path for both of those journeys. The first gathering was in Washington, DC, for the inaugural Women, Influence & Power in the Law (WIPL) Conference. The second was a meeting of senior labor and employment lawyers for a women’s employment law conference in California. Both meetings were made up of primarily female lawyers who were not only successful in their technical fields, but who were also looking for a venue to have a meaningful dialogue about how we could move the ball to propel more women into leadership positions, whether they be in-house or at law firms. Continue Reading

Piano Bars and Beignet Brunches: A Recap of #ACCAM14 Health Law Committee Happenings

Posted in Inside Health Law

Guest blogger: Kenny Johnson is senior corporate counsel at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and serves as co-vice chair for the ACC Health Law Committee.

The ACC Health Law Committee is kicking off the “Inside Health Law” series with a recap about the ACC Annual Meeting held last month (October 28-31) in New Orleans. The meeting was another fantastic in-house counsel event and, in particular, a huge success for the Health Law Committee. The meeting began for our committee leaders on Tuesday, October 28th, when ACC hosted their annual Leadership Development Institute (LDI). Six members of the committee leadership team were able to attend and participate in various breakout sessions designed to share knowledge with other committee leaders about best practices and increasing member value. Health Law Committee Immediate Past Chair Todd Borow, Chair Gavin Galimi and myself led sessions on building an effective virtual team, creative committee programing and effectively driving membership growth and engagement. Continue Reading