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The 2014 Docket Readership Survey: Five Things I Didn’t Know

Posted in ACC Docket

The ACC Docket does well — wins awards every year, tops the list of publications for in-house counsel, and adds great membership benefit. I can’t tell you how many times I was approached by a member at the Annual Meeting last year in LA and told how great the Docket is. While the staff works extremely hard on every issue, it’s fair to say that the publication’s success wouldn’t be possible without the in-house (and firm) counsel who contribute to it. We’d love to take credit, but, really, you make the Docket, the DOCKET.

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Georgetown Law Students Present Legal Help Applications

Posted in Leadership

Guest Blogger: Joshua Shields is assistant editor of ACC’s award-winning journal, ACC Docket. He can be reached at j.shields@acc.com.

The Iron Tech Lawyer competition concluded recently at Georgetown University Law Center. The amicable contest pitted six teams of law students against each other to see who could design and implement the best application for nonprofit legal help.

Each student team presented for eight minutes and were judged by the following: Jane Aiken, associate dean for experiential education and professor of law at Georgetown Law Center; Peter Gronvall, managing director at Huron Consulting Group; Karen Lash, senior counsel for Access to Justice at the Department of Justice (participating in her personal capacity, of course); and Tammy McCutchen, partner at Littler Mendelson. 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 by CSA Group’s in-house legal team, 53 percent of the survey respondents wanted training on the legal services available to them and their respective teams. Employees from other business units stated that they were not fully aware of the legal department’s role, how it could help their business lines and, most importantly, who was on the legal team.

The survey results left us wondering how we can help the business if the business is not clear on who we are and what we can do. So, we set out to demystify the legal department and gave ourselves the mandate of improving our internal customer service. Continue Reading

Spring Has Arrived … Along with a New Issue of the Docket

Posted in ACC Docket

(April 2014)

To many, April represents the beginning of spring, while others associate it with the beginning of harvest season. April was also originally, according to the Roman calendar, the second month of the year, and came from the Latin word “Aprilis,” meaning “to open.” In the United States, people reserve the first day of the month to play tricks on each other, a day otherwise known as April Fools ­­—­­ and an “April Fool” is referred to as an “April Fish” in Italy, France and Belgium. Continue Reading

Department of Defense Launches Online Education Complaint System

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Guest Bloggers: Jonathan Peri, Esq. is the vice president & general counsel of Neumann University and can be reached at PeriJ@neumann.edu. Mark N. Suprenant, Esq. is the former general counsel and secretary of Wawa, Inc. and can be reached at msuprenant@suprenantlaw.com.

For veterans, service members and their families, handling problems with post-secondary educational institutions just got easier. On Feb. 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced the launch of its Postsecondary Education Complaint System (PECS), an online system that service members and their families can use to report problems with colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions. PECS also contains links to similar sites maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and Department of Education (DoE). Continue Reading