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
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
On Friday, September 19, 2014, more than thirty lawyers and law students volunteered their time at a clinic to help draft advance healthcare directive forms and statutory wills for senior citizens at St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS). The clinic was hosted by the ACC Health Law Committee, ACC Southern California Chapter (ACC-SoCal), Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Squire Patton Boggs.
After training from experts at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the lawyers and law students devoted the rest of the afternoon grouping into teams of two or three and meeting with clients at tables set up throughout SBSS. Continue Reading
Guest Blogger: Dave Sampsell has been a lawyer for 20 years and is general counsel of Digi International Inc. (NASDAQ: DGII). He is also founder and principal of BanyanRFP.com.
It’s been strongly suggested the legal department’s costs for outside counsel need to be contained. Perhaps you’ve been told the price for professional services in the last decade has risen 20 percent while the cost of outside counsel has risen 75 percent. Perhaps more likely, the finance department just can’t believe the bills they are asked to process, reminding you and your colleagues that “legal” is a cost center.
When embracing a competitive counsel selection process for your next big engagement, here are some key things in-house counsel should keep in mind: Continue Reading