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Demystifying the Internal Legal Department Through Social Media

Posted in Value & Innovation

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

Posted in Technology & IP

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

ACC-SoCal Members Teach Law Classes to At-Risk Youths as Part of 2014 Annual Street Law Program

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

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 discrimination and harassment, intellectual property, and sports and entertainment law, to at-risk high school students.

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Meeting Our Members Matters

Posted in ACC Docket

(March 2014)

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to spend some time in the company of ACC’s Board of Directors. You may not think it’s a big deal for staff to meet members — no matter their volunteer role within ACC — but it is. Your feedback always helps us to not only understand more about who you are, but it also gives us insight into how you operate. This helps us to improve the value that we are able to deliver to you.

As the director of surveys, I am particularly interested in the results of the survey work that we conduct. I know that you are busy. I also know that you get a lot of requests. But, your feedback is vital to the mission of ACC. So, when you are chosen to participate in a survey, please do.

And, as always, if you have feedback on anything that ACC offers or does, please share that information with someone on our staff. We really do love hearing from our members and do our best to accommodate your requests.

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