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Beyond Gender: Negotiating for Yourself

Posted in Career, Contracts & Negotiations, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest Blogger: Stephanie A. Scharf is a partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC. She represents clients in complex business disputes, corporate insurance litigation, tort and product liability and class action defense. She can be reached at Sscharf@scharfbanks.com.

When Carnegie-Mellon professor Linda Babcock asked men and women to choose a metaphor to describe how they feel about the prospect of negotiating, the men’s top pick was “winning a ball game.” The women’s top pick? “Going to the dentist.” That feeling is certainly how some women lawyers view the prospect of negotiating for themselves – whether for more compensation, office space, flex-time or a promotion. But like it or not, the more senior you become, the more negotiating for yourself becomes a required skill. Continue Reading

Taking the Time to Build a Cathedral

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Megan Belcher is vice president and chief counsel, employment and compliance, legal and government affairs at ConAgra Foods.

Two years ago, during a time when I was undertaking an examination of who I was as both a lawyer and a leader of a team, I attended two gatherings of female lawyers that set me on a new path for both of those journeys. The first gathering was in Washington, DC, for the inaugural Women, Influence & Power in the Law (WIPL) Conference. The second was a meeting of senior labor and employment lawyers for a women’s employment law conference in California. Both meetings were made up of primarily female lawyers who were not only successful in their technical fields, but who were also looking for a venue to have a meaningful dialogue about how we could move the ball to propel more women into leadership positions, whether they be in-house or at law firms. Continue Reading

Piano Bars and Beignet Brunches: A Recap of #ACCAM14 Health Law Committee Happenings

Posted in Inside Health Law

Guest blogger: Kenny Johnson is senior corporate counsel at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and serves as co-vice chair for the ACC Health Law Committee.

The ACC Health Law Committee is kicking off the “Inside Health Law” series with a recap about the ACC Annual Meeting held last month (October 28-31) in New Orleans. The meeting was another fantastic in-house counsel event and, in particular, a huge success for the Health Law Committee. The meeting began for our committee leaders on Tuesday, October 28th, when ACC hosted their annual Leadership Development Institute (LDI). Six members of the committee leadership team were able to attend and participate in various breakout sessions designed to share knowledge with other committee leaders about best practices and increasing member value. Health Law Committee Immediate Past Chair Todd Borow, Chair Gavin Galimi and myself led sessions on building an effective virtual team, creative committee programing and effectively driving membership growth and engagement. Continue Reading

A Man Among In-house Counsel

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting
Guest Blogger: Michael Schmidt is vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, and office managing partner, vice chair, of the New York Midtown office, where he is resident. For more than two decades, Mike has concentrated his practice on representing companies and management in all facets of employment law, as well as day-to-day counseling and in-house training on issues from hiring to firing, and other questions unique to his client’s industries and business.

I will be attending the 2014 ACC Annual Meeting in New Orleans from October 28th through October 31st, as my firm is again proud to be a sponsor of ACC’s annual conference. For those interested, you can follow the events and panels at @ACCinhouse, and tweet using #ACCAM14. For those willing and able to register for the annual meeting (there’s still time), here is a link to do so. Continue Reading

In-house Lawyers Volunteer at Advance Planning Clinic at St. Barnabas Senior Services

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

On Friday, September 19, 2014, more than thirty lawyers and law students volunteered their time at a clinic to help draft advance healthcare directive forms and statutory wills for senior citizens at St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS). The clinic was hosted by the ACC Health Law Committee, ACC Southern California Chapter (ACC-SoCal), Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Squire Patton Boggs.

After training from experts at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the lawyers and law students devoted the rest of the afternoon grouping into teams of two or three and meeting with clients at tables set up throughout SBSS. Continue Reading