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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

Teams, Superchickens, and Saturday Night Live: Part 1

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.

Welcome to the inaugural post of The Next Level: QuickTakes on LDM, a blog series by the ACC Law Department Management Committee. Every month, we’ll cover a timely topic about leading and running law departments.

We’re going to kick off by talking about team dynamics. Since businesses and legal departments increasingly get their day-to-day work done in teams, an understanding about how these groups function is a fundamental part of being effective. Continue Reading

ACC Chief Legal Officers 2017 Survey Finds GCs Advise on New Business Risks, Duty of Care in Time of Geopolitical Change

Posted in Miscellaneous

More than one-in-three chief legal officers (CLOs) and general counsel (GCs) say their companies adjusted plans to enter new markets following geopolitical events in the last year, and nearly half said they plan to terminate a law firm for underperformance in the year ahead, the ACC CLO 2017 Survey, released yesterday, reported. Continue Reading

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