|Question of the Month
Expanding the Law Department Across Borders: Guidance for the General Counsel?
Question: I am the general counsel for a
company that is expanding its operations to a number of new countries, and the
CEO has indicated that we need to develop an international law department. I have been asked to lead our
development/expansion of the law department, but since this is my first
experience with expanding a law department, I was wondering if ACC has any
resources to help me with certain aspects such as forming a department vision,
team management and career development, and the use of technology that could
help me manage my growing department?
Answer: Yes, ACC has extensive resources on growing a
global law department. To get you
started, try the following resources:
For more legal resources, go to www.acc.com/legalresources.
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This Month’s NEW & Featured Resources
This Month’s Featured ACC Alliance Partner Services
The ACC Alliance brings you
exclusive discounts on legal services from a select set of providers. Here are
two featured partners for this month:
- Robert Half
Legal is ACC’s exclusive staffing partner offering
important industry information useful in managing their business and career. As
an ACC member, you can receive exclusive discounts when hiring attorneys,
paralegals and project teams.
Discovery brings an exclusive
e-discovery offer to ACC members. As part of the Applied Discovery® Leverage™
suite of services, Applied Discovery developed an optional module called Review
Analytics, which provides an automated dashboard to monitor reviewer accuracy
rates and review progress. It is free to ACC members for the first use.
Find out more at www.acc.com/alliance.
Join the Conversation at Member-to-Member
ACC’s Member-to-Member connects you with your peers and allows you to get
ACC updates, search resources contributed by members, and join eGroups
discussions to benchmark your operations and connect with other members. To
make the most of this peer-to-peer network, you can customize your profile,
preferences, and subscription settings, post a message in eGroup forums, and find and
connect with another eGroup member.
For more information, visit www.acc.com/m2m.
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Business Education Programs: Risk Management & Leading Innovation & Change
Secure your seat
at two business management programs this fall — Risk Management & In-house
Counsel (September 14–16), featuring expert speakers such as a former
Massachusetts Attorney General; and Leading Innovation & Change (September
26–28). Co-sponsored by ACC and the
Boston University School of Management, these two programs are designed to help
you become versed in controlling risk and creating cultures of innovation in
your organization. Learn more at www.acc.com/businessedu.
ACC’s Annual Meeting
- Chair’s Choice Announced: “Corporate Counsel Under Scrutiny: Liability for
Corporate Misconduct” Join us on
Monday, October 24 at ACC’s
Annual Meeting for the
Chair’s Choice session moderated by ACC
Board Chair and former Executive Vice President & General Counsel, HCP, Inc.J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita.The panel will address the proactive strategies corporate counsel should
consider when their company is under scrutiny. Participants include: Sven Erik Holmes,
Vice Chair, Legal and Compliance for KPMG LLP; John K. Villa, Partner at Williams and
Connelly LLP; Anne K. Small,
Deputy General Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Anastasia Kelly, partner, DLA
Piper and former General Counsel at AIG, Inc. and MCI/WorldCom. Book your hotel before September
12 to take advantage of the special discounts. Register for the meeting
before September 14 to save $100 on
registration and for a chance to win a complimentary room upgrade. Register now
- NEW Session: Exploring an Innovative Legal Engagement
Tool: Global Pro Bono. Corporate Pro
Bono (CPBO) ACC’s partner project with the Pro Bono Institute, will host this
interactive session which will explore the
intersection of global corporate citizenship and engagement within a legal
department, paying particular attention to how global pro bono can be used as a
tool to stimulate and engage experienced and knowledgeable legal staff. To
register for the annual meeting go to am.acc.com. For
more about global pro bono opportunities for in-house legal departments,
contact Eve Runyon,
director of CPBO.
Executive Workshop on Driving Value in Firm/Client Relationships
Mark your calendar for two
upcoming Legal Service Management Workshops (February 2012, Dallas; May 2–3,
2012, Minneapolis). This interactive and practical workshop provides you with a
great opportunity to learn value-based fee structures and the management skills
and tools to support them. For more information, visit www.acc.com/legalservicemanagement, or contact Catherine J. Moynihan at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 202.293.4103 x398.
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ACC Advocacy Wants to Hear From You
Members of ACC recently participated in a
productive roundtable organized by the government regarding FCPA compliance and
enforcement issues. ACC Advocacy is currently weighing various options to
address the growing concerns surrounding anti-corruption regulation around the
world and would appreciate your insights as to the unique challenges faced by in-house
counsel when they try to comply with the FCPA, so that we can share it with
Congress and the Administration. Please contact Amar Sarwal at email@example.com or JD White at firstname.lastname@example.org with
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