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How to Grow Your Network and Enjoy Doing It: Q&A With Mary Winter of Firm Advice

Posted in Career

Guest blogger: Ilona Korzha is counsel at Sprint Corporation. She is also co-chair of the ACC Career Development Committee. She can be reached at ilona.korzha@sprint.com or ilonakorzha@yahoo.com. The materials contained herein represent the opinions of the author and should not be construed to be the views or opinions of Sprint Corporation.

If networking does not come naturally to you, you will find this month’s blog post full of very valuable information. Mary Winter of Firm Advice (mwinter@firmadvice.com) shared her strategies on how to develop networking skills, grow your network, and even enjoy doing it. Continue Reading

Big Law Implicit Bias – How Can it be Fixed?

Posted in Miscellaneous

Guest blogger: Dan Harper is a member of the ACC board of directors and an experienced legal and compliance professional.

Never judge someone by the way he looks, or a book by the way it’s covered; For inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.” – Steven Cosgrove

As a member of the ACC board of directors, I am privileged to have the opportunity to participate in a fair share of ACC sponsored events. I recently attended the ACC Foundation GC Dinner in Chicago where twenty-four in-house counsel and law firm lawyers, gathered together in an intimate and “safe” environment to discuss how to improve the relationship between in-house lawyers and their law firm counter-parts. Assembled in the room were some of the best and brightest private practitioners in the country and their in-house counterparts. Continue Reading

ACC Middle East, Legal Week Present Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

Posted in Miscellaneous

Last week, ACC Middle East and Legal Week presented the fifth annual Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards in Dubai. ACC Middle East President Elias Hayek, vice president, legal, EAME Division, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, led the panel of judges.

Al Ansari & Associates, a law firm based in Doha, Qatar, was named winner of the ACC Middle East Achievement Award for an extensive pro bono program. Continue Reading

Compliance via Smartphone – Stop Fighting It!

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

Guest bloggers: Andy Hinton is vice president, ethics and compliance at Google, Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. Ted Banks is partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and former chief counsel, global compliance at Kraft Foods.

It wasn’t too many years ago that people would have scoffed at the idea of spending most of your waking hours looking at a small device in your hand. But that is our reality today. The significance for compliance professionals should be obvious: the smartphone may be a great way to communicate with their employee base. Continue Reading

How Working In-house Differs From Private Practice

Posted in Career

Guest bloggers: Jay Atkinson is corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Leidos Inc. Danielle Carter is associate general counsel, ethics and compliance at Smiths Group. Sharla Toller is managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa.

The transition in-house offers surprising differences that you may not always be prepared for after years of working in private practice. In the beginning, your job as a new in-house counsel is to learn the business — from the products and terminology to how things work and who to consult with on issues. Amidst all you are learning, you should also be aware of several differences. Continue Reading