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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

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

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

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

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

Courting Uncertainty – Often, There’s No Way to Know What Judges Will Do

Posted in ACC News, In the House, Leadership

Guest Blogger: Evan P. Schultz is Senior Counsel and Director of Advocacy at ACC.  He focuses on writing amicus briefs and comment letters to highlight the views of the in-house bar to courts and government agencies.  Evan welcomes messages at e.schultz@acc.com. The Supreme Court surprised a lot of people last month when it upheld the… Continue Reading

Preparing the Next Generation of Lawyers

Posted in ACC News, Leadership

Guest Blogger: David G. Susler. David is associate general counsel for National Material L.P. He is currently the ACC Chicago Chapter’s president-elect and a member of the Chapter’s Diversity Internship Committee. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of Posse Foundation — Posse, Chicago. Many lawyers are interested in and understand the value… Continue Reading

Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion: Embracing Leadership

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

Guest Bloggers: David Allgood is executive vice president and general counsel, Royal Bank of Canada; treasurer of the ACC Board of Directors and a member of the Legal Leaders for Diversity Steering Committee. Kenneth J. Fredeen is general counsel, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Toronto, Ont., Canada and a member of the Legal Leaders for Diversity Steering… Continue Reading

A Look Back on ACC’s First All-Compliance Conference

Posted in ACC News, 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

Giving Back and Team ACC

Posted in ACC News, Leadership, On the Road

There is something fulfilling about working in a team, toward a common goal. In my many interviews with ACC members and at our conferences, I hear this as one of the reasons our members love their jobs. Different from firm work where assignments can be stand-alone and siloed, in house, you are a critical cog… Continue Reading

The Fastest Way to Get Promoted

Posted in ACC Docket, In-House Practice, Leadership

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

Discovering Your Hidden Talents

Posted in In-House Practice, Leadership

Guest Blogger: Joe Aronds is assistant vice president and assistant general counsel at Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. In New Jersey, Joe is the president of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (NJCCA) and writer and illustrator of a monthly law-related cartoon, Overruled! At the inception of my career, it was drummed into me by the… Continue Reading

ACC Embarks on New Strategic Plan, Building Upon Rich History of Success

Posted in Leadership

“This year, I have decided I’m not setting goals. Goals come and go. Instead, I want a plan.” –Jay Goltz, owner of five Chicago small businesses ACC has served the professional and business interests of lawyers who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations around the globe for almost three… Continue Reading