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Nomination Period For ACC’s “Top 10 30-Somethings” Awards is Now OPEN!

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ACC’s “Top 10 30-Somethings” awards program recognizes in-house counsel rising stars for their innovation, global perspectives, proactive practice, advocacy efforts, and pro bono and community service work. In-house peers who serve on ACC’s global board of directors and the ACC Docket advisory board will act as judges. The awards will be presented during ACC Corporate… Continue Reading

Basic Accounting Concepts Every In-house Lawyer Should Grasp

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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. Recently, I spoke with… Continue Reading

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

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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… Continue Reading

How Working In-house Differs From Private Practice

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Guest bloggers: Jay Atkinson is corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Leidos Inc. Danielle Carter is associate general counsel, ethics and compliance at Smiths Group. Sharla Toller is managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa. The transition in-house offers surprising differences that you may not always be prepared for after years of working in… Continue Reading

Propel Your Career Forward; Make Your Vision a Reality

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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. This month, I wanted… Continue Reading

Learning How to Communicate Effectively: A Discussion With Wendy Swire of Swire Solutions

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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. Good communication skills are… Continue Reading

Opportunities and Challenges to Board Membership: A Discussion with Mary Chapin at National Student Clearinghouse

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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. Probably one of the… Continue Reading

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

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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… Continue Reading

The Unusual “Shape” of a Great Legal Training Presentation

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Guest blogger: Joel Smith is corporate counsel at Generac Power Systems, Inc. and also frequently writes on legal training for InHouseOwl. He can be reached at joel@inhouseowl.com. You’ve probably stood up in front of a conference room and given a PowerPoint-based training presentation at some point in your in-house career. How would you say your… Continue Reading

Combining Professional Career and Personal Passions: Q&A With Sam Shapiro of Vail Resorts Management Company

Posted in Career, Litigation Shorts

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. The ACC Litigation Committee recently caught up with Sam Shapiro, Litigation Counsel with Vail Resorts Management Company, to discuss his career path in-house, recent… Continue Reading

In-house Counsel Are Striving for Balance Just Like Everyone Else – Why Does it Matter So Much?

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Guest blogger: Robin Myers is director of research at ACC. She can be reached at r.myers@acc.com. A recent Washington Post poll found that more than 75 percent of mothers and half of fathers in the United States are scaling back on work opportunities, switching jobs or quitting their positions altogether to tend to their children… Continue Reading

Networking – How to Influence by Doing the Things You Love

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Guest blogger: Betty Francisco is the former general counsel for Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC and a member of ACC Northeast. She is also founder and president of FitNation Ventures. She can be contacted at betty.francisco@comcast.net. The power of an influential network cannot be underscored enough. Your network is the ultimate springboard to develop… Continue Reading

Please Read ASAP: The Four-Letter Phrase Lives on In-house

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Guest blogger: James Benes is Director of Legal Affairs at ACTIVE Network. He is also one of the 10 recipients of the 2015 ACC “Top 10 30-Somethings” awards, which were presented at the ACC Corporate Counsel University® (CCU) in Dallas, Texas in May 2015. He can be reached at mjbenes@yahoo.com. If you made it through… Continue Reading

In-house Job Things to Think About

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Guest bloggers: Kathryn Hartrick is vice president and general counsel at Robertson Lowstuter. Ted Banks is partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and former chief counsel, global compliance at Kraft Foods. You have just received a job offer for a great in-house position. You are an experienced law firm lawyer and you may be figuring… Continue Reading

New to Health Law In-house? Some Tips from the Trenches

Posted in Career, Inside Health Law

Guest blogger: Jane A. Orenstein is Director of Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Services at Delta Dental of Washington. She is also co-secretary of the ACC Health Law Committee. She can be reached at jorenstein@DeltaDentalWA.com. In April 2013, in my 33rd year of legal practice, I received a very welcome job offer from a healthcare company…. Continue Reading

Beyond Gender: Negotiating for Yourself

Posted in Career, Contracts & Negotiations, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest Blogger: Stephanie A. Scharf is a partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC. She represents clients in complex business disputes, corporate insurance litigation, tort and product liability and class action defense. She can be reached at Sscharf@scharfbanks.com. When Carnegie-Mellon professor Linda Babcock asked men and women to choose a metaphor to describe how they feel… Continue Reading

Taking the Time to Build a Cathedral

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Guest Blogger: Megan Belcher is vice president and chief counsel, employment and compliance, legal and government affairs at ConAgra Foods. Two years ago, during a time when I was undertaking an examination of who I was as both a lawyer and a leader of a team, I attended two gatherings of female lawyers that set… Continue Reading

The Need for a Personal General Counsel

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Guest Blogger: Anthony Palazzo is in-house litigation counsel for a private company in Durham, N.C. Palazzo is also a member of the ACC Research Triangle Area Chapter. Governor Christie appointed his long-time friend and legal counsel David Samson as chairman of the Port Authority. David Samson is also a Partner at Wolff & Samson—legal counsel… Continue Reading

Basic Networking Skills Landed Me a Once-in-a Lifetime Job

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My first job out of law school was a judicial clerkship for a life tenure federal judge. Clerking is one of the most rewarding, intellectually-challenging experiences in a lawyer’s career. Although I possessed the right credentials, so did other top graduates at the other Top-15 law schools around the country. It almost didn’t happen for… Continue Reading

The Many Paths to In-house Practice

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Guest Blogger: Tiffani Alexander is managing editor of the ACC Docket, the award-winning journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). She earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has a MA in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago. Tiffani can be contacted at Alexander@acc.com. On… Continue Reading

Where Have All the Lawyers Gone? Attracting the Next Generation

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As law school applications decline, organizations seek alternative ways to attract the next generation of lawyers. Among the deterrents to the potential applicant pool are financial concerns and job opportunity. A recent New York Times article notes that “the number of law school applicants has decreased 20% within the past year,” based on a study… Continue Reading

Part II – A Discussion with Paula Boggs: Retired but Not Tired

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After retiring from Starbucks at the age of 53, Paula Boggs journeyed to her vacation home in Santa Fe, where she suddenly found herself free of the obligations that had shaped her professional life. The phone calls, email notifications and meeting reminders were basically nonexistent. She was living the dream, so to speak, but soon… Continue Reading

ACC: A Circle of Leadership

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Guest Blogger: Vincent Gonzales is Senior Environmental Counsel for Southern California Gas Company, in Los Angeles. He was ACC’s Member of the Year in 2007, and was just profiled in November/December 2012 issue of MCCA’s Diversity and the Bar magazine. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a… Continue Reading

Recognize and Motivate: Nominate a Colleague for ACC’s “Top 10 30-Somethings”

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Guest Blogger: Emily Jelich is Vice President, Enterprise Optimization, and Associate General Counsel with the Royal Bank of Canada. Ms. Jelich is also a Professional Ambassador for the United Way, and a member of the ACC Value Challenge Steering Committee. As an associate general counsel and vice president of the Royal Bank of Canada, I have a… Continue Reading