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Spotlight a Member: Mary Jo Schrade on Her Meaningful Pro Bono Experience

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Mary Jo Schrade is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation.

Representing children who came into the United States without their parents through Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) has been the most meaningful, fulfilling pro bono experience I have ever had. I became involved when Microsoft Corporation, my employer and a co-founder of KIND, was seeking volunteer attorneys to handle immigration matters for a backlog of children who had crossed the border into the United States without proper documentation, either alone or without their parents. I was hesitant to volunteer because I did not have experience in handling immigration matters. Continue Reading

What In-house Counsel Can Learn From the Fantasy Sports Industry

Posted in ACC Docket, Miscellaneous

(Originally appeared on ACCDocket.com)

Fantasy sports might be a fan favorite, but they’ve faced tough opponents in the legal world. In ACC Docket’s upcoming September issue, Joy R. Butler and Ellen M. Zavian discuss the legal odds stacked against the fantasy sports businesses, from company promotions to rightful uses of players’ images. Continue Reading

A Pro Bono Counsel’s Reflection on Representing Clients of Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Posted in Litigation Shorts, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest blogger: Jennifer E. Constantinou is Vice President – Litigation & Government Relations at Wyndham Hotel Group. She can be reached at Jennifer.Constantinou@wyn.com.

In August 2011, a pro bono coordinator for Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) came to Wyndham Worldwide’s campus in Parsippany, New Jersey and gave a presentation on the surge of children fleeing their homelands alone and on foot. These children were journeying to the United States to seek safety, asylum, and a better life. The presentation was startling and the facts seemed too disturbing to be true. Continue Reading

ACC Litigation Committee Teams Up With Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Coleman T. Lechner is Senior Counsel – Litigation at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. Coleman is also the secretary and the pro bono chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at Coleman.Lechner@wyn.com.

The ACC Litigation Committee is pleased to announce a pro bono collaboration with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a nonprofit organization that assists unaccompanied immigrant minors in legal/deportation proceedings. A typical scenario may involve an unaccompanied minor who is picked up at the border entering the country as part of a group or alone. The children have no right to be appointed counsel, and thus, they have to rely on pro bono attorneys to assist. Continue Reading

How to Grow Your Network and Enjoy Doing It: Q&A With Mary Winter of Firm Advice

Posted in Career

Guest blogger: Ilona Korzha is counsel at Sprint Corporation. She is also co-chair of the ACC Career Development Committee. She can be reached at ilona.korzha@sprint.com or ilonakorzha@yahoo.com. The materials contained herein represent the opinions of the author and should not be construed to be the views or opinions of Sprint Corporation.

If networking does not come naturally to you, you will find this month’s blog post full of very valuable information. Mary Winter of Firm Advice (mwinter@firmadvice.com) shared her strategies on how to develop networking skills, grow your network, and even enjoy doing it. Continue Reading