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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

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

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

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

New Leadership for ACC Europe, Things You Didn’t Learn in Law School and more!

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

Here at ACC, we meet the needs of global in-house counsel by providing support through information, networking, education opportunities and advocacy. Each week we update our website with resources and information to help support every level of your in-house career. Check out this week’s resources and highlights of ACC in the news: ACC in the… Continue Reading

ACC – Weekly Review

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

Here at ACC, we meet the needs of global in-house counsel by providing support through information, networking, education opportunities and advocacy. Each week we update our website with resources and information to help support every level of your in-house career. Check out this week’s resources and highlights of ACC in the news: ACC In the… Continue Reading

ACC – Weekly Review

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

Here at ACC, we meet the needs of global in-house counsel by providing support through information, networking, education opportunities and advocacy. Each week we update our website with resources and information to help support every level of your in-house career. Check out this week’s resources and next week’s events: Advocacy Actions Massachusetts and Minnesota go… Continue Reading

The New “Brazilian Way”: Doing Business in Brazil

Posted in Annual Meeting 2012, Around the World, In the House, In-House Practice

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. As… Continue Reading

#ACCAM12 – At A Glance

Posted in Annual Meeting 2012, In the House

It has been one week since the conclusion of this year’s annual meeting in sunny Orlando, Florida. Take a look back at some of the highlights, including a Tweet-up held in ACC’s 30th anniversary lounge. We look forward to seeing you next year for ACC’s 2013 Annual Meeting! October 27-30, Los Angeles, CA Register today!

Managed Justice: Why the Trial of Gu Kailai Matters to Foreign Corporations in China

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

Guest Blogger: James Zimmerman is an American lawyer living and working in China since 1998, and the author of the China Law Deskbook (American Bar Association, 3rd Ed. 2010). It came as no surprise when, on Aug. 20, 2012, Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Communist Party official Bo Xilai was found guilty of murdering… Continue Reading

Renewing My Vows to ACC

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

Guest Blogger: Joe Aronds is an Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. in New Jersey, President of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, and writer and illustrator of a monthly law-related cartoon, Overruled! When an in-house employment opportunity presented itself to me, the first thing I resolved to do… Continue Reading

Learning the Business: My First Year In-house

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

Guest Blogger: Rachel Okolski currently serves as assistant general counsel and manager of legal resources at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, DC. Her responsibilities include providing legal counsel to the organization, as well as managing the development of ACC’s legal resources and educational programs on topics related to compliance & ethics, corporate… Continue Reading

Redefining the International Legal Department

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

Guest Blogger: Gian-Reto Schulthess is the author of the German Blog The Business of Law. Until 2011, he was employed with Adecco, where he was head of the Corporate Law Department within its Group Legal function in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an ACC Country Rep for Switzerland. ACC and Laurence Simons have recently released the… Continue Reading

The Strategic Advisor & New Enterprise Development … Voilà!

Posted in In the House, In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: Jay R. Grant is SVP & assistant general counsel at Univision Communications, Inc. He serves as the legal department representative to the Office of the Chief Executive Officer in New York, and provides integrated legal and business solutions for Univision’s current and new enterprises. One, two, three … Voilà! This is the speed… Continue Reading

We Are the (Small Law) Champions (of Value-Based Fees)

Posted in ACC News, In the House

Guest blogger: Russ Dempsey is vice president and chief legal officer for United Retirement Plan Consultants. Russ has been recognized as a 2012 ACC Value Champion. He is the immediate past president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the ACC. Russ holds both a JD and an LL.M. in taxation from Capital University Law School…. Continue Reading