Header graphic for print

In-house Access

Insight & Commentary for In-House Counsel Worldwide

Partnering For a Good, KIND Cause

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Adriana Dulic is vice president of regulatory affairs at Epoch Payment Solutions in Santa Monica, Calif., and chair of ACC Southern California pro bono committee. She can be reached at adulic@epoch.com.

As an immigrant from a war-torn country that has come full circle from being a student on a student visa to becoming an American citizen, I have a deep sense of appreciation for the life that I get to live today and a passion to give back so as to ensure that others get the same opportunity. This is one of the reasons why I not only volunteer every chance I get, but I am also the chair of a very active pro bono committee for ACC Southern California. Continue Reading

Leadership Takeaways for Law Department Leaders From Hamilton

Posted in The Next Level: QuickTakes on LDM

Guest blogger: Stephen Roth is vice president & general counsel of Jewelry Television, a national jewelry retailer. The views in this post are his and do not reflect the views of ACC or Jewelry Television. He is also vice-chair of the ACC Law Department Management Committee.

In my last post, we discussed the runaway Broadway hit, “Hamilton: An American Musical,” and we enjoyed both its groundbreaking music and its leadership lessons for law departments. We’re now raising the curtain on the second act, and we’ll cover five more leadership takeaways for law department leaders. Continue Reading

Lessons for the Corporate Law Department From Hamilton

Posted in The Next Level: QuickTakes on LDM

Guest blogger: Stephen Roth is vice president & general counsel of Jewelry Television, a national jewelry retailer. The views in this post are his and do not reflect the views of ACC or Jewelry Television. He is also vice-chair of the ACC Law Department Management Committee.

A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter came home from tennis practice, where her doubles partner had introduced her to the soundtrack of the Broadway smash, “Hamilton: An American Musical.” She downloaded it from Spotify, and the music began echoing through our house. I had heard about the Tony Award-winning musical, of course, but until then, I had never listened to the music.

It didn’t take me long to understand what all the fuss was about — and to see that Hamilton is replete not only with original, inspiring music, but also numerous lessons on leadership for law department leaders. Continue Reading

Random Acts of KINDness

Posted in Litigation Shorts, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest blogger: Jeri P. Wechsler is general counsel at ZeoGas, LLC in Houston, TX. She can be reached at jwechsler@zeogas.com.

My recent experience representing two refugee children, a brother and sister fleeing Guatemala, has given me a constructive outlet for my passion for helping refugees, and the confidence to speak for voiceless children. I can’t right all of the wrongs or change the bad things that happen in the world, but in large part because of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), I can provide pro bono legal services and support to innocent children who have nothing but hope for a better life. Continue Reading

Teams, Superchickens & Saturday Night Live: Part 2

Posted in The Next Level: QuickTakes on LDM

Guest blogger: Stephen Roth is vice president & general counsel of Jewelry Television, a national jewelry retailer. The views in this post are his and do not reflect the views of the ACC or Jewelry Television. He is also vice-chair of the ACC Law Department Management Committee.

In my last post, we began considering the art of building teams (both inside and outside of our legal departments) and creating the environment where they will outperform. We started a road trip that began in the lab of biologist William Muir, whose research showed that a flock of everyday hens could run circles around a group of superchickens.

We also listened to Margaret Heffernan’s TED Talk. She told us that groups populated with superstars tilt toward dysfunction. I ended my last post by asking whether this meant that teams brimming with deeply talented lawyers are doomed to fail. Continue Reading