My daughter and I recently had a girls’ getaway to the beach for three days. It was a wonderful way to end the summer with my almost-teen daughter. I learn so much more about my children when I get the chance to spend one-on-one time with them.
After breakfast each morning, we rode six miles up and down the boardwalk. The weather was perfect, even chilly for August. It was a good reminder that even in the dog days of a DC-area summer, you should always bring something long-sleeved — a light jacket or a sweatshirt — when you travel. Continue Reading
My first job out of law school was a judicial clerkship for a life tenure federal judge.
Clerking is one of the most rewarding, intellectually-challenging experiences in a lawyer’s career. Although I possessed the right credentials, so did other top graduates at the other Top-15 law schools around the country. It almost didn’t happen for me. I was able to land the job in part because I instinctively put into practice some very basic networking skills. Continue Reading
When my neighbors, a husband and wife, moved in about two years ago, they came with their dog, two kids and parents in tow. Soon, we became friends and I became particularly fond of my friend’s father, Mr. Ernest. He and his wife grew up in our area well before suburban sprawl took over, when “Northern Virginia” didn’t exist. Now home to one-third of the state’s residents, our part of Virginia was simply farmland when Mr. Ernest was young. In fact, where I live now was so far away that DC locals used to consider it a day-trip destination. Now, people who live further out than me commute regularly to Washington, DC. Continue Reading
Guest Blogger: Tiffani Alexander is managing editor of the ACC Docket, the award-winning journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). She earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has a MA in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago. Tiffani can be contacted at Alexander@acc.com.
On Thursday, July 11, ACC hosted 25 students currently enrolled in JD programs in the DC area at its national office. The students gathered for a panel discussion, moderated by ACC President and CEO Veta T. Richardson, titled “Inside Access to In-house Counsel,” where they were exposed to the not-so-typical role of in-house counsel.
Students were treated to an open dialogue about what to expect as an in-house counsel, as well as advice on how to go about “planning” their legal career path. Continue Reading
Guest Blogger: Catherine J. Moynihan is Director of Legal Management Services at ACC, where she helps inside and outside counsel advance skills in managing the legal function. @CathJMoyn
The ACC Value Champions are managing the heck out of legal spending — analyzing cost drivers, converging law firms, in-sourcing, targeting key goals, resourcing flexibly — in short, reengineering the legal function. And the cool thing is, rather than becoming factory-like shops (as these B-school-ish terms may connote), the champs, both inside and outside the corporations, are clearly enjoying a more satisfying way to practice law. Continue Reading