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Basic Networking Skills Landed Me a Once-in-a Lifetime Job

Posted in Career

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… Continue Reading

Situational Awareness and In-house Counsel Technology

Posted in Technology & IP

Situational awareness is a relatively new term, applied most frequently by the military, emergency services and air traffic control. It is a complex field and has generated much study and many definitions. One that I like simply defines situational awareness as “being aware of one’s surroundings and identifying potential threats and dangerous situations.”

Workplace Violence—Is Your Company At Risk?

Posted in Employment & HR

Violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has reignited ongoing conversations about mental health, gun control and workplace violence. On Nov. 6, 2012, a deadly shooting in Fresno, Cali, claimed the lives of three people when an employee opened fire on his co-workers before taking his own life. Two weeks prior, Foxnews.com reported… Continue Reading

Recognize and Motivate: Nominate a Colleague for ACC’s “Top 10 30-Somethings”

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Emily Jelich is Vice President, Enterprise Optimization, and Associate General Counsel with the Royal Bank of Canada. Ms. Jelich is also a Professional Ambassador for the United Way, and a member of the ACC Value Challenge Steering Committee. As an associate general counsel and vice president of the Royal Bank of Canada, I have a… Continue Reading

Things I Wish I Learned in Law School

Posted in Career

For my “Introduction to the In-House Practice” class at Georgetown University Law School, I like to have experienced in-house counsel speak to my students. This exposes them to ideas they do not generally receive in other courses, with the added benefit that I always learn something as well. Recently, I asked Mike Dillon, a former… Continue Reading

Pro Bono Junkies, Sanctions for Everyone? The Death of the Billable Hour and more…!

Posted in Miscellaneous

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

A Discussion with Paula Boggs: Retired but Not Tired

Posted in Career

For 10 years, Paula Boggs served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to Starbucks Coffee Company. Earlier this year, she bid farewell to the coffee conglomerate and is now retired at the age of 53 — about 14 years ahead of schedule, according to a recent Gallup poll. For Paula Boggs, however,… Continue Reading

ACC – Weekly Review

Posted in Miscellaneous

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

Recognize Your Boss for Outstanding Leadership

Posted in ACC Docket

Guest Blogger: Jennifer R. Deitloff is senior counsel for ConAgra Foods, Inc., where she advises the company on labor, employment and immigration matters.  She also co-chairs the Programs subcommittee for ACC’s Employment and Labor Law Committee. A great boss supports, inspires and pushes those in her department for excellence.  A great boss is direct, enthusiastic… Continue Reading

The New “Brazilian Way”: Doing Business in Brazil

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

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. As… Continue Reading

#ACCAM12 – At A Glance

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

It has been one week since the conclusion of this year’s annual meeting in sunny Orlando, Florida. Take a look back at some of the highlights, including a Tweet-up held in ACC’s 30th anniversary lounge. We look forward to seeing you next year for ACC’s 2013 Annual Meeting! October 27-30, Los Angeles, CA Register today!

Renewing My Vows to ACC

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Joe Aronds is an Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. in New Jersey, President of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, and writer and illustrator of a monthly law-related cartoon, Overruled! When an in-house employment opportunity presented itself to me, the first thing I resolved to do… Continue Reading

Increased Politicization of China’s Legal System

Posted in Cross Borders

Guest Blogger: James Zimmerman is an American lawyer living and working in China since 1998 and the author of the China Law Deskbook (American Bar Association, 3rd Ed. 2010). The opinions expressed herein are his own. Since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, when the legal system all but ceased to exist, China… Continue Reading

Employing Lawyers with Disabilities

Posted in Employment & HR

Last Tuesday, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights hosted its 3rd National Conference of the Employment of Lawyers, which ACC and MCCA cosponsored. The event included seven sessions and a lunch program that offered an update on ADAAA regulations and the status of disability inclusion in the legal profession; best practices for law… Continue Reading

Choice of Counsel As Risk Management

Posted in Value & Innovation

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Solomon was the global general counsel of the Gucci Group, based in London, England, from 2004 to 2011.  She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 and is currently acting as general counsel to Kidlandia Inc., a technology start-up with its own cartoon characters (called Kreechurs) focused on providing deeply… Continue Reading

Advice for Today’s In-house Lawyer

Posted in Career

This semester, I began teaching the course, “Introduction to the In-House Practice,” at Georgetown Law School. In preparing for an upcoming class, I decided to do a little crowd–sourcing. I posed the following to the ACC Group on LinkedIn: “What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone going in-house?“ Not surprisingly,… Continue Reading

Why Alternative Fee Arrangements Aren’t the Answer

Posted in Value & Innovation

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Solomon was the global general counsel of the Gucci Group, based in London, England, from 2004 to 2011.  She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 and is currently acting as general counsel to Kidlandia Inc., a technology start-up with its own cartoon characters (called Kreechurs) focused on providing deeply… Continue Reading

Calling All Good Global Citizens

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting, Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest Blogger: Julia Alanen is project coordinator, global pro bono at the Pro Bono Institute A growing number of legal departments are enhancing their pro bono and corporate social responsibility schemes by adding a global element. Some legal departments use global pro bono to engage their attorneys in offices abroad by offering them coveted pro… Continue Reading

Who’s on First?

Posted in Miscellaneous

The sun was shining at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The sky was blue, and the thermometer read about 75 degrees. It was a perfect day for a great game of baseball — if only it wasn’t late January and the middle of the offseason. On this day, Angel Stadium and the Los Angeles Angels of… Continue Reading

Square One 2.0

Posted in Career

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. On the Importance of Mentoring… Continue Reading

No One Palate, No One Path

Posted in Miscellaneous

Last week, as I walked into Acadiana restaurant for an event celebrating the newly published Courageous Counsel, I felt a twinge of nervousness. The book, written by Allstate Insurance’s GC Michele Coleman Mayes and SNR Denton Partner Kara Baysinger, documents in-depth, candid interviews with 50 current and former women general counsel at Fortune 500 companies…. Continue Reading