December 11, 2014
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ACC 2014 Annual Meeting  
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Message from Stephanie Shores Lambert - Law Department Management Committee Chair

Welcome

I have had some time to reflect on the whirlwind of activity at the Annual ACC Meeting this year.  What obviously stands out most in my mind this year is that the hard work of so many volunteers for our committee was recognized at the Committee Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.  The Law Department Management Committee took top honors for Large Committee of the Year for 2014.  I was personally very proud and honored to represent the committee, along with our immediate past chair, Gemma Heckendorf.  I would like to thank Gemma and the Executive Committee for the remarkable achievements this past year and for the opportunity to try to repeat this great accomplishment in 2015 as the incoming chair.  Each year our committee builds upon the great things accomplished in the prior years and hopefully this trend will continue in 2015. 

This achievement is, of course, a team effort supported by committed volunteers.  It truly is a team effort—no one person can do all of this on their own.  I would like to congratulate our new and returning subcommittee chairs for 2015, who have come back to help again, and particularly Steven Mashal, our new vice chair, and Darren Dragovitch, our new secretary.  These are the folks who work so hard to provide valuable services to our members, which is what this is all about.  We always have room for new volunteers, so please reach out to me or Steven Mashal to discuss your interests in the committee’s efforts.

As we kick off a new year for the committee it’s definitely a good time to discuss things like vision and goals.  There is a document entitled “Getting the Most of Committee Memberships,” on our committee page on the ACC website.  It outlines ten ways to get the most from membership in a committee. I used this document to formulate a vision about committee involvement that says:  By each of us getting the most out of our own committee memberships, everyone in the committee benefits.   Yes, I am arguing that by selfishly getting the most out of your own membership you are benefiting other members at the same time. 

Exactly what does this look like in practice? Let me illustrate and tell you a story about one member who stepped up to make the most of her membership recently and thereby benefited us all.  It’s a story that illustrates this vision.

Let’s go back a few months to the committee’s August monthly meeting on “Driving Metrics for Your Legal Team,” which focused attention on technology driving metrics.  Coming out of the discussion during this program, Lucy Bassli, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, volunteered to share with us Microsoft’s use of technology in processing NDAs.  The committee was able to arrange for Lucy to present during the October monthly call. It was one of the most heavily attend and arguably engaging discussions during a committee meeting that I’ve experienced. We had over 100 members listening in to this spirited discussion about how Microsoft transformed its NDA process to an efficient automated operating process.  This is an example where one member, Lucy, spoke up during a monthly call to share her experience improving an NDA process through technology as part of Microsoft’s legal team. 

So how was Lucy making the most of her committee membership?  According to “Getting the Most of Your Committee Membership”, Lucy acted on two of the top ten items by participating in the August call and then sharing her knowledge through the committee call in October. At the end of the day, her contributions benefited us all by showing how a world class legal department tackled a frustrating NDA process and provided tips on how to go about creating one.

In light of this example, I think we should all ask ourselves, how have we gotten the most out of our own committee memberships?  How can we all be like Lucy in 2015 and share ideas that lead to making life better in our law departments?  Consider the pressing issues you face every day managing your departments and how you may have solved one of these pressing issues.  Perhaps others are facing those same issues and could benefit from your solution. And if, like Lucy, you work for a best in class organization, consider sharing those best practices with your fellow in house counsel through this committee.

And so this leads us to the goal for the committee in 2015.  The goal I see is quite frankly the reason I got involved in this committee in the first place:  the work of our committee simply makes life at work better for all of us.  Whether it’s demonstrating an automated contracting process like Microsoft’s or sharing tips on managing others or best practices in managing outside counsel costs, improving the management of a law department ultimately improves the lives of those who work in that department and the lives of those that department serves.  My vision for 2015 is for all of us to make the most of our committee memberships because in doing so we help make life at work better for ourselves, our clients and for our fellow in house counsel.  A year from now I’d like to be writing about more “Lucys” in our committee—more examples of committee members raising issues important to them and sharing their experiences for the greater good. In doing so, we will all have contributed to our goal of making life at work better for all of us.
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Upcoming Events

On January 14, 2015, the Law Department Management Committee will hold its monthly teleconference. There will also be a Legal Quick Hit, the topic of which is still forthcoming. Once the subject matter has been finalized the details will be available on the LDMC webpage.

For a complete listing of upcoming events, as well as past presentations in law department management, please visit the ACC LDMC webpage.
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Awards

The Law Department Management Committee was recognized as “Large Committee of the Year” at the 2014 ACC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, a hard-earned, yet well-deserved honor for committee.  Here is the official announcement from the ACC: 

“In the large category, the ACC Law Department Management Committee has excelled in strategic planning with the development of a long-term goals outline on membership growth and engagement, substantive resources, advocacy involvement and measurement of committee leadership contributions. The committee provided four continuing legal education (CLE)/continuing professional development (CPD) accredited webcasts, two InfoPAKs (packaged articles, forms and sample policies) and many Quick References in 2014. It also increased member involvement in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and collaborated with their sponsor, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, on the creation of a resource inventory for future planning and membership research.”
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New Leadership Announcement


Chair Stephanie S. Lambert
Vice-Chair Steven Mashal
Secretary Darren Dragovich
Advocacy Chair Todd Etzler
Communications Co-Chair Jason Reyes
Communications Co-Chair Robert Taylor
Membership Chair Matthew Nolan
Program Chair Stephen Roth
Program Chair Jason Whiteley
Publications Chair Jeff Brown
Publications Chair Jennifer Nelson
Strategy & Operations Subcommittee Co-Chair Timothy Phillips
Strategy & Operations Subcommittee Co-Chair Nicole Normansell
GC/CLO Subcommittee Chair Larry Parsons
Webcasts Chair Tiffani McCoy
Webcasts Chair Kendrick Royer
Immediate Past Chair Gemma Heckandorf

 
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ACC 2014 Annual Meeting

This year’s ACC Annual Meeting took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, where a good time was had by all attendees. The Annual Meeting kicked off on October 27th with the ACC Foundation Corporate Counsel Classic, a charity golf tournament that took place at the English Turn Golf and Country Club, New Orleans, Louisiana, and a networking reception thereafter at the W Hotel. 

There were many seminars to choose from throughout the next few days, including a few presented by our Law Department Management Committee (LDMC): “Exposing Legal Project Management Myths: The Truth Behind What Works and What Doesn’t”, “Surviving the Jungle: Management Skills for the Chief Legal Officer”, “What Makes Smart Lawyers Fail?  How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence-and Your Impact”, “Now that Our Law Office is Paperless, What’s Next? How Your Office Can Become More Modern”, “Extending the Law Department Into the Legal Ecosystem: Going Beyond Outside Counsel, Legal Staffing Providers and LPOs”, “Sailing the Seven Seas: Successfully Managing the International Law Department through Rough Waters”, “Taming Floodwaters to Become Useful Streams: Getting Data Analytics to Work for You”, “There is No ‘I’ in Team, but There Is in Win: Working Across Silos and Boundaries to Achieve Results”, “Is it a Lost Cause or Can Attorneys Become Good Managers?”

Additionally, LDMC’s 2014 Sponsor, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, held its own networking event on October 29th at Muriel’s, an institution in architectural dining in Jackson Square (see photo), featuring a fun-filled night for LDMC members of “Witch-Crafted Cocktails”, “Dangerously Delicious Hors d’oeuvres” and palm and tarot card readings.



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Sponsor Highlights

Once again, we want to thank those who were able to attend the ACC Annual Meeting, participate in the Contractathon, the evening event at Muriel’s, and/or stop by the Seyfarth booth. In addition to having a great time with all of you, we collected a tremendous amount of information. At the Meeting, we asked as many of you and other participants as we could to complete a survey. We asked about interest in several topics, whether members would rather get the information through a webinar, article, or both, and we asked for new topic ideas. We collected a phenomenal amount of cards, so now we have to go through them and organize the information. With that database, and the database we compiled this past year, we will have a great starting point to develop programs for 2015.

As you may know, as soon as you finish one ACC Annual Meeting it is time to start planning for the next one. We are beginning to brainstorm ideas for next year and look forward to working with the LDMC leadership team on those suggestions. We hope to tie those ideas with the information we get from the survey so that we have a well-rounded program for 2015, and one that is responded to what you want in content.

We were very excited to see LDMC win its award at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and another goal for 2015 is to help the Committee achieve a “two-peat.” Beyond all the great information you already have provided, please feel free to reach out to us through the LDMC leadership team or directly (Ken Grady, Joe Spratt) and let us know your ideas. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Committee and to a very successful 2015.
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Resources

LDMC’s 2014 sponsor, Seyfarth Shaw, has put together an inventory of all resources that our committee has helped develop over the recent years, including, Annual Meeting Programs, ACC Docket articles, InfoPAKs, Legal Quick Hits, Webcasts, QuickCounsels, and Top Tens.  It is anticipated that this “Resource Source” will be available on the LDMC webpage as of January 1, 2015.  Be sure to check it out when it arrives on the scene!
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ACC Annual Meeting 2015 Programs Ideas and The Challenge of the Repeat

Message from Steve Roth, Co-Chair, LDMC Programs Committee

I don’t have much in common with Michael Jordan.  My jump shots bounce off the rim.  I don’t glide on the basketball court.  I don’t have a Nike shoe line.  But I can now relate—at least a little—to how he felt after winning his first NBA championship.  The challenge was to do it again.

That’s where we find ourselves.  Last month, we won the award for ACC’s Large Committee of the Year.  One reason was the quality of the programs we presented at the annual meeting.

Our task is to repeat as the best large committee.  And a key part of that effort will be presenting high quality programming at next year’s annual meeting.

The planning process for the 2015 annual meeting is already underway.  Our committee is tasked with submitting eight program topics for consideration by the ACC. 

That’s where you come in.  We need your ideas.   The scope of our committee is broad, ranging from leadership and strategy to technology and management.  In other words, we are in a unique position to offer a wide variety of programs to the ACC membership.

If there is an annual meeting program that you’ve always wanted to see on the agenda, now is your chance.  Please let us hear from you.  

Or in other words, help us repeat!

Editor’s Note:  The 2015 ACC Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on October 18 – 21st. The deadline for submission of LDMC suggestions to the ACC is January 2, 2015; therefore, please make sure to submit your suggestions to Stephen as soon as possible!  Stephen’s contact information is:

Stephen E. Roth | Vice-President & General Counsel

9600 Parkside Dr.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37922

865.692.2820 (Phone)

865.692.6020(Fax)

Stephen.roth@jtv.com
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ACC Resource Library - Law Department Management Committee

Did you know that a search of “law department management” in the ACC Resource Library will yield the following new results?

Leading Practice Profiles

ACC Docket Articles

Webcasts

Top Tens

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