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The Fastest Way to Get Promoted

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Guest Blogger: Bill Mordan is senior vice president and general counsel for Reckett Benckiser Group plc. It won’t be your awesome intellect. Your inspiring presentations are not enough. Even your striking good looks won’t push you over the top. If you want to get promoted fast, there is only one method for certain success: Save… Continue Reading

When Managing Litigation, Be Sure to Wash Your Hands

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(May 2012) Many of you know that I have two children: a 14-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. They share a bathroom. And, unless you are blessed to live with someone exactly like you, arguments about bathroom neatness are bound to occur. After all the reminders, threats and punishments, my son is still your average… Continue Reading

So I Married a Micromanager

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(April 2012) Some of you may know that my husband runs a business — one that I worked full time in for three years before ACC hired me in 2006. As with most small businesses, I was the jack-of-all-trades: marketing and communications, proofreader, bookkeeper, administration, and yes, human resources. I even got the boss coffee…. Continue Reading

Tell Me More About Yourself

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(March 2012) Most of the managers I know do not enjoy interviewing job candidates. It’s not that we don’t want you to have the job; however, it is often difficult to dig deep enough during an interview. Old school interview questions aren’t much help, and I admit that I have asked more than one candidate… Continue Reading

Predicting the Future

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(January/February 2012) In the past, I’ve been asked to serve on panels to discuss upcoming trends in the publishing industry for the following year. I always turn them down. Why? Because I dislike it when people try to predict the future. The audience wants facts, and I cannot provide them since I honestly don’t know… Continue Reading

When No One Is Perfect, What Does Practice Make?

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(December 2011) Read this 2012 Apex Award-winning blog post! I am embarrassed to admit that I had an author approach me at our Annual Meeting and her article never rang a bell. This wasn’t because the article was boring or that she was worth forgetting; it was because I have become more removed from the… Continue Reading

Justice Kagan’s Life Lessons at ACC’s Co-Sponsored Supreme Court Law Day

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More than 40 local high school seniors stood up with eager attention when Associate Justice Elena Kagan entered the Supreme Court conference room. The Supreme Court Law Day, sponsored by ACC, Just the Beginning Foundation and Reed Smith, was packed with valuable programs for minority students considering pursuing legal degrees. The session with Kagan, though,… Continue Reading

Thanks for the Compliment

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(November — 2011) I am writing this blog post two weeks before ACC’s largest meeting of in-house counsel — our Annual Meeting. Let me clarify: Not only is this the largest meeting ACC has ever hosted, but it is also the largest meeting of in-house counsel anywhere. Anywhere, people … as in, the world. We… Continue Reading

Do You Feel Like the Weatherman?

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(October — 2011) I am writing this blog post the week after an extremely busy news cycle in Washington, DC. Not only was the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial supposed to open on Aug. 26, but three days prior, the area was rocked by a 5.8 earthquake — something we aren’t exactly known for. As… Continue Reading

Vacationing for Two Weeks without My Cell Phone

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My family spent two weeks this summer in Italy without mobile phones. That’s right, people — a whole 14 days not answering text messages, phone calls or looking at our calendars. No Twitter or Facebook either. That almost killed me. When we were out, there were many times when my instinct was to reach for… Continue Reading

Changing the “Welcome to the Club” Mentality

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(July/August — 2011) As we publish our annual career issue, the authors and ACC Docket staff offer a variety of excellent articles for you. But I often wonder about the next generation of in-house counsel. How will they get here and will they be prepared? The career path of a lawyer is not the easiest… Continue Reading

Legal Off Shoring Is Not Just for Documents Anymore

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By Kwarma Vanderpuye, senior vice president and general counsel of the India-based legal outsourcing company, SDD Global Solutions. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Chapter of the ACC, and is chairperson of the general counsel/chief legal officer practice group.  With the possible exception of people who’ve spent the… Continue Reading

The Last Word

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(June — 2011) The staff has approved the blueline for the June ACC Docket. The chair’s message, written by Al Gonzalez-Pita, saying goodbye to ACC’s 20-year CEO, is finalized. The tribute video showcased at the 2010 Annual Meeting has long been saved to the server. My blog post really is the last public goodbye to… Continue Reading

Editors Procrastinate Too

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(May — 2011) I admit it: I am a planner. When my staff creates the yearly production schedule for the Docket, it provides a framework for what our weeks will be like for the next 12-18 months. It is crucial that we keep an eye on key dates and deadlines. For example, when we are at ACC’s 2011… Continue Reading

Mind Your Ps and Qs … And Your 1099s and W2s

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(April — 2011) Several years ago, I did a consulting gig at a large DC nonprofit. I was hired to replace the director of publications who had been fired for his inability to get anything produced on time, within budget and without major mistakes. When I walked into my predecessor’s office, I almost turned around… Continue Reading

Colleagues Are Often Our Best Resources

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(March — 2011) The Concise Oxford American Dictionary defines management, a noun, as: “The process of dealing with or controlling things or people.” Lawyers are, for better or worse, generally known to not like surprises; they are people who like control but who analyze most everything before making a move. Marrying lawyering with management principles… Continue Reading

Why Can’t We Just Own Up?

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(ACC Docket — January/February) Recent news headlines indicate that our society seems to be at its worst when accepting responsibility for our actions. Politicians like Sen. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Walters (D-IL) and former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex) cry “politics” when they are charged with ethics violations or criminal behavior. Sports figures like Washington… Continue Reading

Risk Management: Sir Richard’s Foray into iPad-only Publishing

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As a publishing professional, I am always interested in what is happening in the industry. There has been significant change since I started my career almost 20 years ago. That makes me sound middle-aged, doesn’t it? Whether Amazon launches the Kindle or Apple launches the iPad, everyone in and around the industry offers their opinion:… Continue Reading

What My Time in Your House Has Taught Me

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(ACC Docket — December) Read this 2011 Communicator Award-winning blog post! I learn a lot about our members when I attend a gathering. I am writing this blog post on the heels of our 2010 Annual Meeting in San Antonio –– my fifth meeting since I’ve been with ACC. Here’s what the meetings have taught me,… Continue Reading

The Skills I Needed for My Career I Learned Working Retail

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(ACC Docket — November) Everyone should work retail or food service before embarking on a career path. I worked my way through college on the floor of an international retailer. As a part-time cashier, I was on the front lines, eventually getting promoted to customer service manager before I graduated. This job provided excellent training… Continue Reading

Summer Sidewalk Conversations Are Best When Short

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(ACC Docket — October) This month’s blog post was particularly difficult to write. Maybe it’s because I am writing this as Washington, DC winds down a particularly long, hot and humid summer season. Perhaps I spend too much time editing other writers’ work and have forgotten how to create my own. It also could be that… Continue Reading

A Creature of Habit Gets Out of Her Comfort Zone

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(ACC Docket — September) Much to the chagrin of those who know me well, I am a creature of habit. I sit on the same side in church; the same car and even seat on the commuter train. It upsets me if someone sits in “my seat.” Yes, I know it’s not really mine, but… Continue Reading

War Movies and Leadership

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(ACC Docket — July/August) I grew up a military brat and spent the majority of my life on U.S. Army bases. Uniforms, crew cuts and polished boots were a way of life. My dad’s boots were so shiny that you could see your reflection: To this day, I am still not sure how he performed helicopter… Continue Reading

What a Home Grown Girl Can Say about Global Legal Issues

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(ACC Docket — June) I admit it: my global travel experience is limited. I have only traveled out of the United States to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. You guessed it: two out of the three trips were for vacation. I am not the candidate of choice for anything international. And, to top it off, I… Continue Reading