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ACC – Weekly Review

Posted in ACC News, In the News

Here at ACC, we meet the needs of global in-house counsel by providing support through information, networking, education opportunities and advocacy. Each week we update our website with resources and information to help support every level of your in-house career. Check out this week’s resources and highlights of ACC in the news: ACC in the… Continue Reading

In-house Access Springs for a New Look

Posted in ACC News

Welcome to the NEW In-house Access blog! Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming; here in Washington D.C., the cherry blossoms have arrived giving the city a fresh face and In-house Access is following suit with a freshly redesign site. With the help of Lexblog, we have recently made a few changes to our… Continue Reading

The Year of the Dragon – A Season of Change

Posted in Leadership

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. –Miriam Beard, business writer This holiday season, I had the good fortune to vacation in China for 15 days, and it was an awesome experience. The highlights of my trip included… Continue Reading

Revenge of the Value Champions

Posted in ACC Value Challenge

Do you remember the end of the iconic movie, Revenge of the Nerds, when Lewis takes the mic from Gilbert and suggests that more of us are nerds than jocks? The pretty cheerleader exclaims she’s a nerd too; most of the crowd joins Lewis, Gilbert and his nerd fraternity brothers in an effort to end… Continue Reading

Justice Kagan’s Life Lessons at ACC’s Co-Sponsored Supreme Court Law Day

Posted in ACC Docket, On the Road

More than 40 local high school seniors stood up with eager attention when Associate Justice Elena Kagan entered the Supreme Court conference room. The Supreme Court Law Day, sponsored by ACC, Just the Beginning Foundation and Reed Smith, was packed with valuable programs for minority students considering pursuing legal degrees. The session with Kagan, though,… Continue Reading

Square One 2.0

Posted in Leadership

Follow along as our new ACC President and CEO, Veta T. Richardson, chronicles her first year at ACC, with this monthly blog series. The voice, views and stories expressed in this series are of the author and are not ACC’s. To read the first installment of this series, click here. Networking the Room While Avoiding… Continue Reading

Vacationing for Two Weeks without My Cell Phone

Posted in ACC Docket

My family spent two weeks this summer in Italy without mobile phones. That’s right, people — a whole 14 days not answering text messages, phone calls or looking at our calendars. No Twitter or Facebook either. That almost killed me. When we were out, there were many times when my instinct was to reach for… Continue Reading

The Key to a Bright Future

Posted in In-House Practice

Guest Blogger: Daniel Harper is vice president, corporate counsel and secretary at Océ North America, Inc. He also serves as president of the ACC Chicago chapter. Mentor: a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; an influential senior sponsor or supporter. The definition of mentor certainly lends itself to my perception of what a good lawyer… Continue Reading

Square One 2.0

Posted in Leadership

Follow along as our new ACC President and CEO, Veta T. Richardson, chronicles her first year at ACC, with this monthly blog series. The voice, views and stories expressed in this series are of the author and are not ACC’s. To read the first installment of this series, click here. Two Ears and One Mouth… Continue Reading

Uncovered: HP’s In-house Counsel Training Program Part 4

Posted in ACC Value Challenge

Guest Blogger: Gail Su is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is currently counsel on the intellectual property transactions team. Prior to joining HP, Su attended Harvard Law where she served as the president of the Harvard Asia Law Society, as well as conference chair for both the Asia and Pacific American Law Students… Continue Reading

Four Trends in the Digital Media Era Illuminate Best Practices for Professional Advisors

Posted in In-House Practice

Jay R. Grant is Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish language media company. Grant also serves as the legal department representative to the Office of the Chief Executive Officer in New York. TREND 1: Platforms that best track and monetize content engagement and target users with advertising,… Continue Reading

Square One 2.0

Posted in Leadership

Follow along as our new ACC President and CEO, Veta T. Richardson, chronicles her first year at ACC, with this monthly blog series. The voice, views and stories expressed in this series are of the author and are not ACC’s. “Week 1: Like trying to sip water from a fire hose.” As I was preparing… Continue Reading

In-house Practice Rules: States Must Remove the Restrictions on Pro Bono Efforts

Posted in Pro Bono

By Corporate Pro Bono   ACC has long championed the fight against onerous in-house counsel registration requirements. As a result, many jurisdictions now permit non-locally barred in-house attorneys to practice law for their employer-client as long as they are in good standing in another state. Unfortunately, this exception does not always extend to providing pro bono… Continue Reading

Back to the Future

Posted in Leadership

  As I approach my final days with the Association of Corporate Counsel, I have been going through old files, reviewing notes from past speeches and remembering the hundreds of legal industry events I have attended around the world. While much has changed over the past 20 years, there exists an undeniable continuity in the… Continue Reading

5 Ways to Better Manage Internal Expectations in High Stakes Litigation

Posted in In-House Practice

By John DeGroote and Alan Dabdoub  John DeGroote is the President and Chief Legal Officer at BearingPoint, Inc. and member of the ACC Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. Alan Dabdoub is Special Counsel at Lynn Tillotson Pinker and Cox, LLP in Dallas, Texas and former Chief Litigation Counsel of a large subsidiary of a Fortune 100 Company.  As we all… Continue Reading

Legal Off Shoring Is Not Just for Documents Anymore

Posted in In-House Practice

By Kwarma Vanderpuye, senior vice president and general counsel of the India-based legal outsourcing company, SDD Global Solutions. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Chapter of the ACC, and is chairperson of the general counsel/chief legal officer practice group.  With the possible exception of people who’ve spent the… Continue Reading

Guten Tag! Greetings from Berlin–ACC Europe’s 18th Annual Conference

Posted in ACC Europe, ACC News, On the Road

 by Sabine Brumme ACC Europe, Vice President Chair of the Advisory Board to the Annual Conference The theme for this year’s ACC Europe 18th Annual Conference was How the in-house lawyer can drive the changing legal landscape. Over the past three days, in-house counsel from across Europe came together and participated in sessions and realistic solutions… Continue Reading

Congress and ACC Tackle SEC Whistleblower Bounty Program

Posted in Advocacy

  Today, the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony regarding its draft legislation rejecting the SEC and CFTC’s proposals to bypass internal compliance and reporting systems when rewarding prospective whistleblowers.  ACC filed a letter with the Committee, approving of the draft legislation (read the letter here).  In-house counsel who supervise internal compliance and reporting systems… Continue Reading

Luck – It Depends on How You Look at It

Posted in Leadership

An old Chinese folktale is told in my family: Lieh Tzu tells a little story of a Farmer who lives with his son on a mountain. They owned a horse. One day, the horse ran away. They neighbors came to show their sympathy because of the loss. “Why do you think this is bad luck?”… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-Firm Relationship: Part VII

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value

 Post 7 Making Time for Value Week 7. Each week via the In-house ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. This blog pairing explores how to improve the value returned using a different approach to managing litigation work.  As General Counsel of Kayak, Karen Klein provides legal counsel… Continue Reading

A Capitol Time Had in Ottawa

Posted in In-House Practice

About two dozen in-house counsel from Ottawa-area corporations, Crown corporation and associations gathered at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt’s offices March 2 for the Ontario Chapter’s first program and social in the national capital. The topic was corporate whistleblowers – who don’t pose a potential threat to just the company, but also present potential pitfalls for… Continue Reading

Why Can’t We Just Own Up?

Posted in ACC Docket

(ACC Docket — January/February) Recent news headlines indicate that our society seems to be at its worst when accepting responsibility for our actions. Politicians like Sen. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Maxine Walters (D-IL) and former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex) cry “politics” when they are charged with ethics violations or criminal behavior. Sports figures like Washington… Continue Reading

Learning From the Past to Prepare For Tomorrow

Posted in In-House Practice

Throughout 2010, ACC continued to take the pulse of the legal industry through its annual surveys. From the changing role of the CLO, to the evolving relationship with outside counsel, including the increased use of alternative billing arrangements, our surveys provided data to our members so they could have reliable benchmarks for their own law… Continue Reading