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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

Lavender Law Inspires “Aha” Moments

Posted in ACC News, On the Road

Last week, I represented ACC as a sponsor of the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2012 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair. The event exposed me to difficult realities that I often unintentionally overlook as a straight woman. The military uniforms seated around me took on new, even heavier significance, for example, during Attorney General Eric… Continue Reading

How to Better Serve Your Client

Posted in ACC News, On the Road

I continue to be amazed by the ACC network and the willingness of members to share the insights gained through their experience. The recent WMACCA annual CLO panel provides a good example. Panelists Jim Bramson (LivingSocial), Angela Ciccolo (Special Olympics), Karen Litsinger (Mirixa Corp.), Brian Miller (The AES Corporation) and moderator Rob Falk (Human Rights… Continue Reading

Looking Back at Amsterdam and Forward to Barcelona

Posted in ACC Europe, ACC News, In the House, On the Road

Guest Blogger: Julien Valliorgues is an assistant general counsel at ACC, handling both transactional and resource development matters. He is A French attorney admitted to practice in France and New York. Prior to joining the ACC, he worked for six years with the Law Firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in both its Paris and Shanghai offices…. Continue Reading

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

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

Originally from the archetype of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, these words have resonated with many visionaries ever since. Perhaps most notably, Steve Jobs adopted this quote as Apple’s design mantra. It was Jobs whom this year’s Corporate Counsel University presenter Samuel Gasowski was talking about when he dropped the line in Session 100,… 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

Employing Lawyers with Disabilities

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

Last Tuesday, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights hosted its 3rd National Conference of the Employment of Lawyers, which ACC and MCCA cosponsored. The event included seven sessions and a lunch program that offered an update on ADAAA regulations and the status of disability inclusion in the legal profession; best practices for law… Continue Reading

Know Your Colleagues, Know Your Company, but Don’t Know It All

Posted in On the Road

Yesterday marked day one of sessions at ACC’s Corporate Counsel Institute Canada. During the open plenary session, five GCs from top Canadian companies offered new-to-in-house attendees advice on adapting to the corporate environment. The panelists’ experiences, personalities and leadership approaches were wide-ranging, but they offered some common wisdom. As Royal Bank of Canada’s EVP &… Continue Reading

Who’s on First?

Posted in On the Road

The sun was shining at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The sky was blue, and the thermometer read about 75 degrees. It was a perfect day for a great game of baseball — if only it wasn’t late January and the middle of the offseason. On this day, Angel Stadium and the Los Angeles Angels of… Continue Reading

Lessons from Elementary School

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On Monday, Jan. 16, seven ACC staff members volunteered at Bruce Monroe Elementary in Washington, DC, for MLK Jr. Service Day. Some of us, myself included, learned more than we expected. Bruce Monroe’s student population is predominantly Latino, and it is known for its dual-language program. The school leadership’s vision is to make its multicultural… Continue Reading

No One Palate, No One Path

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Last week, as I walked into Acadiana restaurant for an event celebrating the newly published Courageous Counsel, I felt a twinge of nervousness. The book, written by Allstate Insurance’s GC Michele Coleman Mayes and SNR Denton Partner Kara Baysinger, documents in-depth, candid interviews with 50 current and former women general counsel at Fortune 500 companies…. Continue Reading

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

Posted in ACC Docket, On the Road

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

Diversity Chat at the Attorney General of Ontario

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 Guest Blogger: Howie Wong is general counsel and corporate secretary at Toronto Community Housing, the largest landlord in Canada. Prior to joining Toronto Community Housing in 2005, Howie was a M&A lawyer for 19 years with Gowlings, a national Canadian law firm. I paused at the hanging goblins and smiling jack-o’-lanterns in the lobby. Did I get… Continue Reading

Diversity at Royal Bank of Canada Law: No Flash, Just Pure Substance

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Guest Blogger: Howie Wong is general counsel and corporate secretary at Toronto Community Housing, which is the largest landlord in Canada. Prior to joining Toronto Community Housing in 2005, Howie was an M&A lawyer for 19 years with Gowlings, a national Canadian law firm. David Allgood’s office is surprisingly spartan. Search as you will, but… Continue Reading

A Table for More: Rediscovering Diversity

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Guest Blogger: Howie Wong is general counsel and corporate secretary at Toronto Community Housing which is  the largest landlord in Canada. Prior to joining Toronto Community Housing in 2005, Howie was a M&A lawyer for 19 years with Gowlings, a national Canadian law firm. “Diversity refers to human qualities that are different from our own and… Continue Reading

Postcard from Germany

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  By J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita the Executive Vice-President & General Counsel of HCP, Inc., headquartered in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Gonzalez-Pita is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel.  I recently had the great pleasure of attending the ACC Europe Annual Conference in Berlin. For three days, I attended… Continue Reading

Guten Tag! Greetings from Berlin–ACC Europe’s 18th Annual Conference

Posted in ACC Europe, ACC News, On the Road

 by Sabine Brumme ACC Europe, Vice President Chair of the Advisory Board to the Annual Conference The theme for this year’s ACC Europe 18th Annual Conference was How the in-house lawyer can drive the changing legal landscape. Over the past three days, in-house counsel from across Europe came together and participated in sessions and realistic solutions… Continue Reading

Grounded in London

Posted in Leadership, On the Road

The recent volcano that brought air travel to a standstill erupted just as I was finishing a European General Counsel Roundtable in London that focused on “Managing the Global Legal Function in the Midst of Change.” If you are on Twitter, you can see some of my insights here.  From the Roundtable, it became very clear… Continue Reading

Random Observations & Indelible Memories

Posted in Leadership, On the Road

 Each year, as ACC’s Annual Meeting concludes, I’m always struck by the interesting and substantive new information I discover.  Inevitably, people say things – or I observe or participate in events – that leave me with much to think about.  This was my 18th annual meeting and it was no different. Throughout our time in Boston,… Continue Reading