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Diversity Chat at the Attorney General of Ontario

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

 Guest Blogger: Howie Wong is general counsel and corporate secretary at Toronto Community Housing, the largest landlord in Canada. Prior to joining Toronto Community Housing in 2005, Howie was a M&A lawyer for 19 years with Gowlings, a national Canadian law firm. I paused at the hanging goblins and smiling jack-o’-lanterns in the lobby. Did I get… Continue Reading

Square One 2.0

Posted in Miscellaneous

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 Value & Innovation

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 Technology & IP

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 Miscellaneous

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 & Diversity

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

Uncovered: HP’s In-house Counsel Training Program Part 2

Posted in Value & Innovation

Part II. Follow along in this four-part blog series featuring a timely and provocative look inside Hewlett-Packard Company’s innovative new legal talent development program. This blog takes a look at the training program from the perspective of an HP staff member, Susan Goodhue. Susan is Vice President and Associate General Counsel, IP Transactions in HP’s… Continue Reading

Emotional Intelligence and the In-House Lawyer

Posted in Career

I recently attended a workshop at my son’s preschool where we learned some of the principles of Conscious Discipline®. This multifaceted approach to managing conflicts is followed in numerous schools and by many parents, and I won’t attempt to do it justice by summarizing it here. But there were three key takeaways I gleaned from… Continue Reading

From San Antonio, ACC’s 2010 Annual Meeting Helps In-House Counsel Be the Solution

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

Welcome to ACC’s 2010 Annual Meeting in beautiful San Antonio. Our theme this year is Be the Solution. Our meeting will continue to provide practical sessions and realistic solutions that help you navigate the challenges and opportunities faced by corporate legal departments around the world. ACC Committees drive our meeting content. Your peers tell us… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part XII

Posted in Value & Innovation

 Process Mapping Primer  Week 12. Each week via the In-House ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. ACC Value Challenge steering committee member Ken Grady, General Counsel and Secretary of Wolverine World Wide, offered to profile his selection and start-up process of launching a trademark portfolio management engagement… Continue Reading

What does Law Day mean to you?

Posted in Miscellaneous

  May 1 offers lawyers an opportunity to reflect on what the law “means” to each of us, those we serve, and the larger interests of society.  Law Day in the US often includes ceremonial celebrations, recommitment to the highest values of our profession and public service (and yes, even bar association missives on the… Continue Reading

Grounded in London

Posted in Cross Borders

The recent volcano that brought air travel to a standstill erupted just as I was finishing a European General Counsel Roundtable in London that focused on “Managing the Global Legal Function in the Midst of Change.” If you are on Twitter, you can see some of my insights here.  From the Roundtable, it became very clear… Continue Reading

Finding Effective Business Solutions to Complex Legal Challenges

Posted in Career

Last week, I moderated a General Counsel Roundtable at Georgetown University’s Corporate Counsel Institute, an annual gathering attended by both in-house counsel and outside counsel from around the country.  During our panel, top General Counsel from different industries addressed both the challenges they face and elaborated on some of their success stories.  The underlying theme… Continue Reading

Law Firm Access to ACC Value Index

Posted in Value & Innovation

The ACC Value Index (AVI) is a tool meant to inform in-house counsel decisions as part of a larger process of selecting and retaining a law firm. The AVI is a searchable database for in-house counsel to share subjective evaluations of the firms they engage.  It is key to note that this is a process… Continue Reading

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP: I’LL KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

Leadership, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.  Sure there are plenty of definitions and many a book has been written and speech given on the subject, but when you ask people, what leadership means to them, you’ll get an assortment of responses.  A recent quick poll of lawyers and others in the… Continue Reading

ACC President Shares Some Thoughts on the ACC Value Index

Posted in Value & Innovation

The recent launch of the ACC Value Index at ACC’s 2009 Annual Meeting generated significant interest and commentary, including both praise and criticism.  We welcome these comments because they not only further the attention and discussion about value in the delivery of legal services (a primary goal of the ACC Value Challenge), but they will also help… Continue Reading

Random Observations & Indelible Memories

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

 Each year, as ACC’s Annual Meeting concludes, I’m always struck by the interesting and substantive new information I discover.  Inevitably, people say things – or I observe or participate in events – that leave me with much to think about.  This was my 18th annual meeting and it was no different. Throughout our time in Boston,… Continue Reading

ACC’s 2009 Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall – Tchotchkes Overshadowed by Interest in Value & Efficiency

Posted in Value & Innovation

The second day of a two and a half day conference can sometimes wane in attendance and engagement, but Day 2 at ACC’s 2009 Annual Meeting in Boston didn’t show any sign of diminishing interest. Attendees dispersed throughout the exhibit hall for their morning coffee and croissants, while chatting with the 100+ exhibitors and sponsors on… Continue Reading

Positive Vibe Permeates throughout ACC’s 2009 Annual Meeting

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

ACC’s Annual Meeting in Boston might have kicked off on Sunday night, but things really got underway on Monday as thousands of in-house counsel arrived at the Hynes Convention Center to register and begin their immersion into what brought them together: learning, engaging and sharing. Having been involved with past meetings, I was struck today… Continue Reading

ACC’S 2009 Annual Meeting Kicks Off in Boston

Posted in Miscellaneous

In-house counsel and legal industry professional from around the world came together at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center as ACC kicked off its Annual Meeting with a Welcome Reception and networking event in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday evening. Over 100 event sponsors and exhibitors were on hand from international law firms, top litigation support providers and… Continue Reading