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The Many Paths to In-house Practice

Posted in Career

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… Continue Reading

ACC: A Circle of Leadership

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Vincent Gonzales is Senior Environmental Counsel for Southern California Gas Company, in Los Angeles. He was ACC’s Member of the Year in 2007, and was just profiled in November/December 2012 issue of MCCA’s Diversity and the Bar magazine. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a… Continue Reading

ACC – Week in 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

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 next week’s events: Advocacy Actions Massachusetts and Minnesota go… 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

Learning the Business: My First Year In-house

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Rachel Okolski currently serves as assistant general counsel and manager of legal resources at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, DC. Her responsibilities include providing legal counsel to the organization, as well as managing the development of ACC’s legal resources and educational programs on topics related to compliance & ethics, corporate… Continue Reading

Dealing with the Media

Posted in Miscellaneous

We all enjoy those programs that engage the audience and provide practical information that you can use. A recent WMACCA chapter program on dealing with the media did just that. WMACCA Chapter President Michael Finn, who is also vice president & general counsel for General Dynamics Advanced Information System, moderated an outstanding panel that included… Continue Reading

Giving Back and Team ACC

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

There is something fulfilling about working in a team, toward a common goal. In my many interviews with ACC members and at our conferences, I hear this as one of the reasons our members love their jobs. Different from firm work where assignments can be stand-alone and siloed, in house, you are a critical cog… Continue Reading

Know Your Colleagues, Know Your Company, but Don’t Know It All

Posted in Cross Borders

Yesterday marked day one of sessions at ACC’s Corporate Counsel Institute Canada. During the open plenary session, five GCs from top Canadian companies offered new-to-in-house attendees advice on adapting to the corporate environment. The panelists’ experiences, personalities and leadership approaches were wide-ranging, but they offered some common wisdom. As Royal Bank of Canada’s EVP &… 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

Where Have All The Lawsuits Gone? PART 2

Posted in Miscellaneous

Federal Courts have long been the forum of choice for commercial enterprises. Except for rare cases where a particular federal court might result in what you perceive as an unsympathetic jury pool, trial lawyers representing commercial enterprises (I being one of them) typically chose to file a case in federal court or remove it to… Continue Reading

A Tribute to Bob Banks

Posted in Miscellaneous

A short time ago, I blogged about the importance of building a life line before you needed it. In that blog I described the value of the connections you would make with your ACC colleagues as an end in itself. Fred Krebs recently helped me reconnect with Bob Banks, former General Counsel of Zerox, and… Continue Reading

Leadership Development Institute

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

Leadership Development Institute (LDI)  is held every year at Annual Meeting for the incoming leaders of ACC’s Chapters and Committees. Run by our Director of Member Development & Chapters, Tori Payne, and assisted by our  Legal Resources Director, LDI focuses on whatr the new leaders of our chapters and committees need to know to head… Continue Reading