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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

ACC Litigation Committee Teams Up With Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Coleman T. Lechner is Senior Counsel – Litigation at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. Coleman is also the secretary and the pro bono chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at Coleman.Lechner@wyn.com.

The ACC Litigation Committee is pleased to announce a pro bono collaboration with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a nonprofit organization that assists unaccompanied immigrant minors in legal/deportation proceedings. A typical scenario may involve an unaccompanied minor who is picked up at the border entering the country as part of a group or alone. The children have no right to be appointed counsel, and thus, they have to rely on pro bono attorneys to assist. Continue Reading

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