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Financial Incentive for Arbitrators to Make Timely Decisions

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Theresa A. Coetzee is vice president & assistant general counsel at Marriott International, Inc. She is also a publication chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. She can be reached at theresa.coetzee@marriott.com.

In January, I wrote a blog post about resolutions, highlighting US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s request that we heed the intent of the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to “engineer a change in our legal culture.” It appears, however, that US litigation isn’t the only dispute resolution process looking to improve in 2016. On January 5, 2016 the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration announced new policies to foster transparency and efficiency in ICC arbitration. Both policies were unanimously adopted and announced at the Bureau of the Court at its session on December 17, 2015. Continue Reading

ACC Chief Legal Officers 2016 Survey is Out!

Posted in Miscellaneous

Taking the pulse of 1,302 general counsel (GC) and chief legal officers (CLO) in 41 countries, the ACC Chief Legal Officers 2016 Survey revealed that corporate law departments are spending more on internal budgets than on law firms or other external legal service providers, and the percentage of general counsel stating that their companies have designated legal operations staff has more than doubled. Continue Reading

Let’s Stark the New Year Right – Updates to Stark Law

Posted in Inside Health Law

Guest blogger: Laurie E. Weinstein is managing counsel at The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. She is also the hospitals/providers subcommittee co-chair of the ACC Health Law Committee. She can be reached at laurie.e.weinstein@kp.org.

On November 16, 2015, as part of the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule update, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final revisions to Section 1877 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395nn), also known as the physician self-referral law and commonly referred to as the “Stark Law.” These are arguably, the biggest changes in the Stark Law since 2009. Continue Reading

What It Means to Advance Your In-house Career: A Discussion With Deborah Ben-Canaan of Major, Lindsey & Africa

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.

Is your New Year’s resolution career related? Have you decided that 2016 is the year you become better at your job, advance in your career or change jobs? If so, then keep reading. This Q&A is the first of many in which I will interview an expert on a variety of topics relating to your in-house career and how you can excel in whatever you choose to do.

This month, I spoke with Deborah Ben-Canaan, partner and head of the Washington, DC in-house practice for Major, Lindsey & Africa, a leading global legal search firm. She provided great insight into determining career goals and what it means to advance your career in-house. Continue Reading

New Year, New Resolutions — Engineering a Change in Our Legal Culture

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Theresa A. Coetzee is vice president & assistant general counsel at Marriott International, Inc. She is also a publication chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. She can be reached at theresa.coetzee@marriott.com.

As we embark on 2016, it feels like a year that is both marred by chaos and hostility (e.g., terrorism and the spate of acrimonious presidential candidates) and hopeful in infinite possibilities. So we press forward into the New Year and make resolutions. Perhaps to be an active listener, lose weight, or take on pro bono work. All are commendable resolutions. Continue Reading