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ACC – Week in Review

Posted in ACC 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

Giving Back and Team ACC

Posted in ACC News, Leadership, On the Road

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

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

Diversity at Royal Bank of Canada Law: No Flash, Just Pure Substance

Posted in On the Road

Guest Blogger: Howie Wong is general counsel and corporate secretary at Toronto Community Housing, which is the largest landlord in Canada. Prior to joining Toronto Community Housing in 2005, Howie was an M&A lawyer for 19 years with Gowlings, a national Canadian law firm. David Allgood’s office is surprisingly spartan. Search as you will, but… Continue Reading

In-house Pro Bono: Smaller Legal Departments and Remote Offices Can Participate Too

Posted in Pro Bono

Guest Blogger: Corporate Pro Bono is the global partnership project of the Pro Bono Institute (PBI) and ACC. We all know that lawyers have a professional responsibility, if not a professional or personal interest, to provide pro bono legal services. However, for some in-house counsel — those in smaller legal departments or remote offices — finding pro… 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

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

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

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

Posted in ACC Value Challenge

  The latest addition to our “value practice” blog series features a timely and provocative four-part discussion on training legal talent, all focusing on different aspects of Hewlett-Packard Company’s innovative new legal talent development project. This series will provide an in-depth look into HP’s post-law school training for new lawyers, with entries on how HP… 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 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

What My Time in Your House Has Taught Me

Posted in ACC Docket

(ACC Docket — December) Read this 2011 Communicator Award-winning blog post! I learn a lot about our members when I attend a gathering. I am writing this blog post on the heels of our 2010 Annual Meeting in San Antonio –– my fifth meeting since I’ve been with ACC. Here’s what the meetings have taught me,… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Annual Meeting 2010, Leadership

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

The Skills I Needed for My Career I Learned Working Retail

Posted in ACC Docket

(ACC Docket — November) Everyone should work retail or food service before embarking on a career path. I worked my way through college on the floor of an international retailer. As a part-time cashier, I was on the front lines, eventually getting promoted to customer service manager before I graduated. This job provided excellent training… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part XII

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value

 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

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part XI

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value

 The grocery-strategy connection  Week 11. 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

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part IX

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value

Translating value and metrics into fees   Week 9. 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… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part VIII

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value

Balancing strategic roles and tactical delivery Week 8. 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… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part V

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value

Linking metrics, fees and value Week 5. 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… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part IV

Posted in ACC Value Challenge, Client-Firm Value, Leadership

Picking the metrics that matter Week 4. 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… Continue Reading