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Message from Committee Chairs Sabrina Gilman and Linda Sharp New to in-House Committee Co-Chairs

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the New to in-House (NTIH) Committee’s quarterly newsletter!  For both a young attorney in just the third full year of in-house practice, and a seasoned attorney after more than ten years of practice with a firm, the New to In-house Committee has proven to be a go-to resource as both Linda and I navigate the challenges and opportunities provided by in-house practice.  The network of peers that we have developed through the committee membership often provide important insight on legal issues; namely, we all view issues through the unique perspective of a new to in-house attorney during this first stage of in-house legal work.  Our committee eGroup provides an outstanding platform from which members can instantly pose questions to the entire online community of new to in-house attorneys.  Often, the conversations that develop both in our eGroup and during our monthly committee call create a learning experience for committee members—whether in their first few years of practice or otherwise.

Given the exceedingly diverse and impactful resources we have gained from our ACC membership, Linda and I feel very privileged to be leading the NTIH Committee this year. On behalf of the other members of our NTIH leadership team, we want you to know that we are here to assist each and every one of you.  The goal of the NTIH Leadership Team is to provide a wealth of resources—both published and personal in nature—for you to turn to when questions arise during stage of your career.  Indeed, our NTIH Mission includes a commitment to regularly disseminate information through ACC publications, committee publications, the ACC web site, e-mail, conference calls and special programs.

In this first quarterly newsletter, we have provided you with opportunities to reach out to others in the NTIH community, and to identify a few of our excellent online resources. As a New to In-House Committee member this year, you can look forward to the following:

  • Monthly NTIH meetings: This monthly meeting consists of a time to ask and answer questions as well as a 30 minute legal quick hit that focuses on relevant and exciting topics specific to NTIH members. The meeting takes place via teleconferences on the third Wednesday of every month at 3 PM ET (Toll free dial-in: 877.647.3411; Participant Passcode: 319 342 5828).
  • Informative webcasts: You can access both NTIH webcasts and webcasts of other committees that are archived on the ACC website.
  • eGroups: Opportunities to ask and answer questions of other NTIH members via the online forum or e-mail group. The NTIH eGroup is the world’s largest online community of in-house counsel. Sign up for the NTIH eGroup in order receive notifications for the meetings and questions posted to the forum.
  • Access the NTIH InfoPAK: (available on the resources section of the website).
  • Networking: Invitations to join other NTIH members at the ACC Annual Meeting. Opportunities to connect online, over the phone, and in person for training, networking events and professional growth and development.
  • ACC Resources: The ACC also offers a blog, Member-to-Member Community (including eGroups), customizable member profiles, access to a library of legal resources, continuing education opportunities and access to the ACC In-house Jobline℠.

We look forward to connecting with each of you!

Sabrina Gilman and Linda Sharp
New to In-House Committee Co-Chairs

P.S. Please send your comments, suggestions and questions to us at

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Practice Resources

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Upcoming Events

The committee has monthly meetings conducted via teleconference.  The committee’s next monthly meeting is March 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT.  The meeting will feature a Legal Quick Hit titled, “Retaining Outside Counsel - Learn When You Need to Call for Back Up,” presented by Mitchell Rose, the General Counsel of CIC Plus, Inc., Wendy Rubas the General Counsel & Executive Vice President for Northwest Community Healthcare and Sarah Lee, who is Senior Counsel for the McDonald's Corporation. The presentation will be a roundtable presentation featuring three seasoned in-house attorneys discussing how they determine when to work with outside counsel and how they manage that relationship. To register and find out more details, please click here. In order to access the call, dial 1-877-647-3411 and enter access code 3193425828.

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Corporate Counsel University

Join us at ACC Corporate Counsel University

Secure the practice skills and insights that will be the hallmark of your successful in-house career at ACC Corporate Counsel University on May 17 – 19, 2015 in Dallas, TX.
CCU provides the most highly sought practice fundamentals and networking opportunities available to new in-house counsel. The 2015 program has been further refined, offering even more comprehensive and cutting-edge training to help you successfully and proactively address increasingly complex corporate legal challenges.

Included on the agenda are two new skills sessions: Essential Skills for Today’s (and Tomorrow’s) General Counsel and Transitioning to In-house: Practical Tips for New In-house Counsel. There is also an expanded selection of sessions specifically focused on the common in-house practice areas of contracts and employment.

CCB CEUs (CCEP certification) and CPE (CIPP certification) are available upon request.

See the full program schedule and register today to put your in-house career on the path to success.

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Sponsor Corner

As a proud sponsor of ACC’s New to In-House Committee, Saul Ewing is committed to providing our members with timely, relevant information to keep you up-to-date on important legal developments.  Below are recent updates that may be of interest to you.

Labor and Employment

  • In January 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that all workers are presumed to be employees, rather than independent contractors, unless the would-be employer can demonstrate and satisfy three specific factors. Based on this ruling, employers with workers in New Jersey must evaluate whether their classification of workers as "independent contractors" satisfies this new stringent standard.  For more detail, click here.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that warehouse employees were not entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act for time spent waiting to pass through anti-theft security screenings after their shifts ended because the security screens were not "integral and indispensable" to their "principal work activities."  For more detail, click here.


  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 added new section 501(r) to the Internal Revenue Code to provide additional requirements that charitable hospitals must meet to maintain their tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Code. On December 29, 2014, the IRS issued final regulations under new section 501(r), which contain numerous changes and clarifications of the proposed regulations issued in 2012 and 2013.  For more detail, click here.


  • Insurers should be preparing now to comply with significant new annual filing requirement on corporate governance. Understanding the type and scope of information that must be filed is critical to preparing for this new requirement. In addition, adopting and implementing changes to current governance structures and practices may be advisable for some insurers to align more closely with recognized “best practices” principles.  For more detail, click here.

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New Committee Leadership Announced!

Co-Chair: Sabrina Gilman (Counsel, Emerson Process Management)

Co-Chair: Linda Sharp (Associate General Counsel, ZL Technologies)        

Vice Chair: Chris Nowack (Counsel, Geico)        

Secretary: Ryan Evans (Corporate Counsel, Jack in the Box Inc.)        

Chapter Relations Chair: Elisabeth Luff (Independent Legal Counsel, Kimball Electronics, Inc.)

Program Co-Chair:  Teri Robins (Senior Attorney, ACGME)

Program Co-Chair: Brittany Woodard (General Counsel, Native Gardens Food)

AM Program Subcommittee Co-Chair: Michelle Sherman (Senior Corporate Counsel-Litigation, Farmers Group, Inc.)

AM Program Subcommittee Co-Chair: Jane Webb (Corporate Counsel, The Charles Machine Works, Inc.)

Immediate Past Chair: Marissa Frerk (Associate General Counsel, Brookline Bancorp, Inc.)

You can find contact information for New to In-house Committee leadership here.

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