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The Need for a Personal General Counsel

Posted in In-House Practice, Leadership

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

Demystifying the Internal Legal Department Through Social Media

Posted in In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: Aliya Ramji is legal counsel at CSA Group in Canada and focuses on international and intellectual property issues. She is a member of the Aga Khan Education Board for Ontario and a member of the Junior Achievement of Central Ontario’s YGC Board. She can be contacted at aliyaramji@gmail.com. In a 2011 survey conducted… Continue Reading

ACC-SoCal Members Teach Law Classes to At-Risk Youths as Part of 2014 Annual Street Law Program

Posted in In-House Practice, Leadership

Guest Blogger: Christine Milo is a third-year law student at Southwestern Law School. Over the course of five, two-hour sessions throughout February, a diverse, cross-sectional group of attorney volunteers from the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC-SoCal) worked with students at Southwestern Law School to teach basic law classes: contracts, employment… Continue Reading

Cancel Your Prescription: Proactive Risk Intelligence is Counsel’s Best Sleep Aid

Posted in In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: Mark E. Harrington, general counsel and corporate secretary at Guidance Software, Inc., oversees worldwide legal responsibility for Guidance Software. Before joining Guidance Software, Harrington held senior legal positions at technology companies such as Intel, as well as at the law firm of Munger, Tolles, and Olson. “What you don’t know can hurt you”… Continue Reading

First Circuit Decision Emits Sudden Shockwaves to Private Equity Sector

Posted in In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: With 15 years’ experience in the private sector practicing corporate law, leading cross-functional teams and counseling on risk management, Ryan Blum assists and advises Lockton St. Louis/Memphis on business development, and manages operations and client services on a day-to-day basis. He received his J.D. and MBA from Saint Louis University, and his B.S…. Continue Reading

The Many Paths to In-house Practice

Posted in In-House Practice, Leadership

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

Situational Awareness and In-house Counsel Technology

Posted in In-House Practice

Situational awareness is a relatively new term, applied most frequently by the military, emergency services and air traffic control. It is a complex field and has generated much study and many definitions. One that I like simply defines situational awareness as “being aware of one’s surroundings and identifying potential threats and dangerous situations.”

Health Reform: What Is a Retailer to Do?

Posted in In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: With 15 years’ experience in the private sector practicing corporate law, leading cross-functional teams and counseling on risk management, Ryan Blum assists and advises Lockton St. Louis/Memphis on business development, and manages operations and client services on a day-to-day basis. He received his J.D. and MBA from Saint Louis University, and his B.S…. Continue Reading

Significant Amendments Proposed to Canadian Foreign Anti-Corruption Law

Posted in ACC Canada, In the News, In-House Practice

Guest Bloggers: Justin Connor is chair of ACC’s International Legal Affairs Committee for 2012-2013. Lucinda A. Low is partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.  Earlier this month, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced proposed amendments to Canada’s foreign bribery law, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). If enacted, the proposed amendments would… Continue Reading

Merging into Canada: The Risks, Rewards and Reaction of Law Firm Expansion

Posted in ACC Canada, In-House Practice

As pressure mounts on law firms everywhere to stake claim in the global marketplace, Canadian firms continue to merge with large, internationally esteemed counterparts. This poses challenges and opportunities for in-house counsel, who are contemplating the residual impact of such acquisitions and their effect on long-lasting relationships with their outside counsel.

Where Have All the Lawyers Gone? Attracting the Next Generation

Posted in In the House, In-House Practice, Pro Bono

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

Doing Business in the GCC: A Region of Competing and Contrasting Opportunities

Posted in ACC Europe, In the House, In-House Practice, On the Road

Guest Blogger: Alex Morrall is a consultant to ACC based in London. He has worked in the international legal services market for 15 years, mostly in publishing and events. The business opportunities opening up to international companies in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) are fast increasing, but the six… Continue Reading

The 2013 CLO Survey Highlights ACC’s 30th Anniversary

Posted in ACC News, In the News, In-House Practice, Leadership

As I’m sure you’ve heard, ACC is celebrating its 30th year. It’s hard to believe that a shared lunch between distinguished members of our profession yielded an idea that has evolved into the leading, global association for in-house counsel. Well, it’s really not that hard to believe — after all, we have more than 30,000… Continue Reading

Global Compliance Concerns Carry Over Into the New Year

Posted in Around the World, In the House, In the News, In-House Practice

Last fall, the US Department of Justice and Security and Exchange Commission released new guidelines to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office unveiled revisions to the UK Bribery Act policies, giving corporate lawyers plenty to mull over within their departments. These two documents provide guidance and regulation for issues… Continue Reading

The Value Champions Strike Back

Posted in ACC News, ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value, In the House, In-House Practice

Sequels are quite underrated, particularly the second one in the series.  Think about it. We all remember the first iterations of blockbuster movies, as if they were the gold standards, while most sequels are forgettable. Still, sometimes, the sequel outdoes the original. Lists of good sequels abound, but any such list has to include “The… Continue Reading

A [Value] Challenge for 2013: Throw Your Hat Over the Wall

Posted in Client-Firm Value, In-House Practice

We have all seen the articles, attended the conferences or engaged in conversations that express dissatisfaction with law firm billing, the continued growth of legal costs generally, and the disconnect between cost and value received. I have heard these complaints since I first became involved with ACC over 21 years ago. Unfortunately, I think it… Continue Reading

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

Posted in In the House, In-House Practice, Leadership

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

Posted in In-House Practice, Leadership

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”

Posted in ACC Docket, In-House Practice, Leadership

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

Practical Tips for New GCs: Learn. Listen. Lead.

Posted in In the House, In-House Practice

Last Tuesday, ACC’s Law Department Management Committee hosted a webcast, “Practical Tips for the New General Counsel.” During the online presentation, moderators Kevin Blodgett, senior vice president and general counsel, Rockwater Energy Solutions, Inc., and Robin Snasdell, managing director, Huron Legal, outlined 10 practical tips for new GCs. “Begin with the End in Mind” was… Continue Reading

Attorney Client Privilege—Does Subject Matter Waiver Apply?

Posted in ACC News, In the House, In the News, In-House Practice

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court answered the question of whether subject matter waivers should apply to attorney-client privilege, and subsequently, calmed the concerns of ACC and others by rejecting forced disclosure of attorney-client communications. Each day, companies and individuals seek the advice and counsel of lawyers through conversations and communications they assume are confidential… Continue Reading