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In-house Lawyers Volunteer at Conservatorship Clinic at Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

On Thursday, November 12th, 23 lawyers who work at corporate law departments across Southern California volunteered their time at a clinic, providing basic assistance to individuals who wish to file for a probate conservatorship without a lawyer in order to help an adult who cannot care for himself or herself. The clinic was hosted by ACC Health Law Committee, ACC Southern California and Bet Tzedek Legal Services (Bet Tzedek). After receiving training from Diego Cartagena, associate vice president, pro bono at Bet Tzedek, the lawyer and law student volunteers devoted the rest of the afternoon meeting with clients at tables setup throughout Bet Tzedek. Continue Reading

Document Discovery and Data Privacy Laws

Posted in Litigation Committee

Guest blogger: Evan Slavitt is general counsel at AVX Corporation. He is also the publications chair and cybersecurity subcommittee chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at evan.slavitt@avx.com.

Courts in the United States permit very broad discovery. Although there has been some movement toward restricting that discovery — especially for electronic discovery — the rules generally require litigants to produce large amounts of discovery. Further, because the rules don’t focus on corporate formalities, but instead on “control,” parents are generally required to produce documents held by all subsidiaries even if located outside the United States. This can result in direct conflict with data privacy laws outside the United States, as well as blocking statutes (laws specifically aimed at US discovery). Continue Reading

Enforcing Your Company’s Brand Takes Center Stage at ACC Baltimore and Maryland State Bar Association Joint Program

Posted in Litigation Committee

Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com.

ACC Baltimore and the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) Business Law Section combined forces with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law on November 4th to present “Brand Management: Hot Topics in Protecting and Enforcing Your Companies Most Valuable Asset” to an audience of students, in-house counsel and members of the MSBA. The program also offered an opportunity for students, in-house counsel and law firm attorneys to network both before and after the event. Continue Reading

Nomination Period for the ACC Advocacy Award is Open – Recognize Your In-house Peers Today!

Posted in Miscellaneous

From protecting attorney-client privilege globally 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 in-house practice of law.

As the only international legal association comprised solely of in-house attorneys, ACC provides a unique perspective on public policy issues, and recognizes the significance of advocacy by — and for — its membership. Continue Reading

Don’t Sleep on Your Company’s Constitutional Rights

Posted in Litigation Committee

Guest blogger: Michelle Sherman is senior corporate counsel at Farmers Insurance, and is also an adjunct professor at University of Southern California. Michelle is a frequent writer and speaker on social media and Internet legal issues, and is in the process of finalizing a book for NITA on the use of social media in litigation and trial. She can be reached at michelle.sherman@farmersinsurance.com

If your company is being sued in a consumer class action with the plaintiff individually and as a class representative seeking statutory damages — not actual damages — then the time for you to act is now. You may have legal grounds to file a motion to stay the action until the US Supreme Court has decided an important constitutional — division of powers — issue before it. Continue Reading