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Taking the Time to Build a Cathedral

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Megan Belcher is vice president and chief counsel, employment and compliance, legal and government affairs at ConAgra Foods. Two years ago, during a time when I was undertaking an examination of who I was as both a lawyer and a leader of a team, I attended two gatherings of female lawyers that set… Continue Reading

In-house Lawyers Volunteer at Advance Planning Clinic at St. Barnabas Senior Services

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

On Friday, September 19, 2014, more than thirty lawyers and law students volunteered their time at a clinic to help draft advance healthcare directive forms and statutory wills for senior citizens at St. Barnabas Senior Services (SBSS). The clinic was hosted by the ACC Health Law Committee, ACC Southern California Chapter (ACC-SoCal), Bet Tzedek Legal… Continue Reading

The Need for a Personal General Counsel

Posted in Career

Guest Blogger: Anthony Palazzo is in-house litigation counsel for a private company in Durham, N.C. Palazzo is also a member of the ACC Research Triangle Area Chapter. Governor Christie appointed his long-time friend and legal counsel David Samson as chairman of the Port Authority. David Samson is also a Partner at Wolff & Samson—legal counsel… Continue Reading

Demystifying the Internal Legal Department Through Social Media

Posted in Value & Innovation

Guest Blogger: Aliya Ramji is legal counsel at CSA Group in Canada and focuses on international and intellectual property issues. She is a member of the Aga Khan Education Board for Ontario and a member of the Junior Achievement of Central Ontario’s YGC Board. She can be contacted at aliyaramji@gmail.com. In a 2011 survey conducted… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

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

You Cannot Do It Alone!*

Posted in ACC Annual Meeting

Last month, I closed my post Great Leaders Need Great Followers with a comment about the importance of “developing your own network of people whose judgment and discretion you can rely on.” Let’s expand on that thought. You should develop your own network because it is crucial to your success. You cannot do it alone!… 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

Great Leaders Need Great Followers *

Posted in Career

ACC’s celebration of 30 years of service to the in-house legal community gave me an opportunity to reflect about reasons for its success. I believe the essential factor was the many outstanding leaders and members willing to share their knowledge so others could learn from their experience. One such person was Bill Lytton, the 2002… 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

Making the Move In-House

Posted in Career

This is a revised version of an article originally posted July 16, 2012, in Canadian Lawyer Inhouse A recent survey by The Lawyer and an article in the Financial Post provide continuing evidence of the global attraction of practicing in-house. My 20 years as president of ACC provide me with a unique perspective on the… Continue Reading

How to Better Serve Your Client

Posted in Miscellaneous

I continue to be amazed by the ACC network and the willingness of members to share the insights gained through their experience. The recent WMACCA annual CLO panel provides a good example. Panelists Jim Bramson (LivingSocial), Angela Ciccolo (Special Olympics), Karen Litsinger (Mirixa Corp.), Brian Miller (The AES Corporation) and moderator Rob Falk (Human Rights… Continue Reading

Looking Back at Amsterdam and Forward to Barcelona

Posted in Cross Borders

Guest Blogger: Julien Valliorgues is an assistant general counsel at ACC, handling both transactional and resource development matters. He is A French attorney admitted to practice in France and New York. Prior to joining the ACC, he worked for six years with the Law Firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in both its Paris and Shanghai offices…. Continue Reading

Personal and Professional Skills for Building a Successful Legal Department

Posted in ACC Docket

Guest Blogger: Simon Zinger is group general counsel at Aegis Group plc. The ability to deliver accurate and technically sound legal advice has been the foundation of in-house legal departments ever since lawyers joined company ranks. While legal know- how continues to represent a primary deliverable for in-house counsel, the growing opportunities for in-house lawyers… Continue Reading

Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion: Embracing Leadership

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest Bloggers: David Allgood is executive vice president and general counsel, Royal Bank of Canada; treasurer of the ACC Board of Directors and a member of the Legal Leaders for Diversity Steering Committee. Kenneth J. Fredeen is general counsel, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Toronto, Ont., Canada and a member of the Legal Leaders for Diversity Steering… 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

A Look Back on ACC’s First All-Compliance Conference

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

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

The Fastest Way to Get Promoted

Posted in ACC Docket, Career

Guest Blogger: Bill Mordan is senior vice president and general counsel for Reckett Benckiser Group plc. It won’t be your awesome intellect. Your inspiring presentations are not enough. Even your striking good looks won’t push you over the top. If you want to get promoted fast, there is only one method for certain success: Save… Continue Reading

Collaborate, Plan, Work Smart and Get Noticed

Posted in Career

We’ve all heard the advice given to in-house counsel: Learn the business; create value; earn a seat at the table. It’s tried and true, but nothing new. What other suggestions exist for making positive differences in your businesses? In a unique session at ACC’s first Corporate Counsel Institute Canada, Ken Fredeen, GC of Deloitte Canada,… Continue Reading

The 2011 ACC Census: It’s All About You

Posted in Miscellaneous

The in-house profession is constantly evolving and adding value. You sit alongside CEOs, vice presidents and the like –– and you are being listened to. You already know your value, even if you have to prove it to your companies every once in a while. You don’t necessarily need a census, or a survey for… Continue Reading