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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.

ACC. It’s all right here.

University Trustees Not “Obligated Persons” Under Dodd-Frank

Posted in Uncategorized

Guest Bloggers: Jonathan Peri, Esq. is vice president and general counsel at 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 marknsuprenant@gmail.com.

Trustees and other leaders at not-for-profit colleges and universities can breathe a sigh of relief after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued final regulations on Sept. 18, 2013, clarifying certain requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Continue Reading

Risk Management: Is This a Joke?

Posted in ACC Docket

(December 2013)

The American Heritage College Dictionary defines the following two terms:

  • Risk (n): The possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger.
  • Management (n): The act, manner or practice of managing; handling, supervision or control.

When I put these two terms together, I understand that risk management means controlling the possibility of suffering harm, loss or danger. Whoever coined this business phrase is laughing. Out loud. Continue Reading

Cancel Your Prescription: Proactive Risk Intelligence is Counsel’s Best Sleep Aid

Posted in In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: Mark E. Harrington, general counsel and corporate secretary at Guidance Software, Inc., oversees worldwide legal responsibility for Guidance Software. Before joining Guidance Software, Harrington held senior legal positions at technology companies such as Intel, as well as at the law firm of Munger, Tolles, and Olson.

“What you don’t know can hurt you” has never been truer than in the new age of rising corporate risk, as uncertainty over claim valuation, potential liability, and the increasing array of insider and outsider threats to sensitive data is causing even the best GCs to lose sleep. With legal and information technology (IT) mentalities merging and general counsel now effectively becoming the “barometer for the business,” the best medicine is establishing the ability to make early judgment calls on risk exposure, mitigation and claim valuation. Continue Reading