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The Information Governance Committee’s Insider Guide to San Francisco Food, Fun & Entertainment

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

Guest blogger: Matthew D. Nelson is the membership chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee. Matthew can be reached at matthewdnelson@hotmail.com.

Thousands of corporate attorneys from around the world are set to converge in San Francisco on October 16 for this year’s ACC Annual Meeting. Take it from me (a San Francisco insider) and the famous rock band Journey, there is no place on earth quite like the beautiful City by the Bay when the lights go down in The City.

Although there is something for everyone to enjoy in San Francisco before and after the lights go down, a plethora of CLE/CPD sessions and networking events leave little time for personal adventure. Continue Reading

Basic Accounting Concepts Every In-house Lawyer Should Grasp

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.

Recently, I spoke with Michele Cross, Deloitte Advisory principal, and Caroline Lee, Deloitte Advisory senior manager, who are both part of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, about why it is paramount for in-house counsel to understand the key drivers of their companies’ overall financial performance in order to avoid being “commercially naïve.” Continue Reading

Spotlight a Member: Mary Jo Schrade on Her Meaningful Pro Bono Experience

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Mary Jo Schrade is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation.

Representing children who came into the United States without their parents through Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) has been the most meaningful, fulfilling pro bono experience I have ever had. I became involved when Microsoft Corporation, my employer and a co-founder of KIND, was seeking volunteer attorneys to handle immigration matters for a backlog of children who had crossed the border into the United States without proper documentation, either alone or without their parents. I was hesitant to volunteer because I did not have experience in handling immigration matters. Continue Reading

What In-house Counsel Can Learn From the Fantasy Sports Industry

Posted in ACC Docket, Miscellaneous

(Originally appeared on ACCDocket.com)

Fantasy sports might be a fan favorite, but they’ve faced tough opponents in the legal world. In ACC Docket’s upcoming September issue, Joy R. Butler and Ellen M. Zavian discuss the legal odds stacked against the fantasy sports businesses, from company promotions to rightful uses of players’ images. Continue Reading

A Pro Bono Counsel’s Reflection on Representing Clients of Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Posted in Litigation Shorts, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest blogger: Jennifer E. Constantinou is Vice President – Litigation & Government Relations at Wyndham Hotel Group. She can be reached at Jennifer.Constantinou@wyn.com.

In August 2011, a pro bono coordinator for Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) came to Wyndham Worldwide’s campus in Parsippany, New Jersey and gave a presentation on the surge of children fleeing their homelands alone and on foot. These children were journeying to the United States to seek safety, asylum, and a better life. The presentation was startling and the facts seemed too disturbing to be true. Continue Reading