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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

ACC Gives Back at the 2013 Annual Meeting with Work at a Los Angeles Elementary School

Posted in Annual Meeting 2013

On Sun.,Oct. 27, volunteers from the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), in conjunction with its annual conference in downtown Los Angeles, participated in a day of service.

About 35 in-house counsel, and ACC friends and family members volunteered their people-power and creativity in partnership with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LA Corps). The group planted Crepe Myrtle trees, painted storage bins, and installed water-wise plants within a community garden on the campus of Norwood Elementary School in South Los Angeles. Continue Reading