Small Law Department February Newsletter
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> Upcoming Programs  
> So, You Want To See Your Name In Print???  
> Mark Your Calendars!  
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Message from the Chair

Hello again SLD colleagues! 

Spring has sprung! I hear that Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow and has predicted an early spring. Here in Southern California we are having a couple weeks of 80+ degree weather but it’s still expected to be followed by cold and deluges of rain as part of El Nino. So I think that Phil might have been just a little confused.  (For our members outside the US, Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania that comes out of his burrow on 2 February each year (known as Groundhog Day) to predict if winter will continue or if spring is in the air. If it’s sunny and Phil sees his shadow, Phil scoots back into his burrow because winter will continue for another 6 weeks; if it’s cloudy and there’s no shadow, spring is on the way. The tradition has been around in the US since the 1880s. According to this interesting article Phil is accurate only about 40% of the time, which some think is pretty similar to professional meteorologists!)

Like many SLDers, I recently started a new job, so I’m working my way through new processes and new ways of doing business. Luckily, I have my SLD resources to help ease my way into the new role. I’ve already talked to a number of ACC colleagues for input on various issues, checked eGroups for help on a couple of thorny problems, and looked at various resources in the ACC resource library to get some ideas.  The Member-to-Member program (ACC members sharing their expertise on specific topics with fellow members) has been especially helpful to me. Thanks to the many members over the years who have shared their expertise with me.  Whether you’re new to a job or have been there for a long time, ACC’s resources are great tools to get you through the day. I urge you to take advantage of as many of them as you can. 

We’ve noticed that there are a lot of recent eGroups postings about contract management software, digital signatures, and demonstrating the value of having the GC report to the CEO. Since these are hot topics for our members, we’re putting together a series of round tables on these topics over the next few months to talk about member experiences, options and best practices. Stay tuned. 

Since it’s beautifully sunny and warm out today, I’m off to enjoy the day. Happy Spring! 

Melissa Alexander

Small Law Department Committee Chair
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Upcoming Programs

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 3 p.m. ET

Monthly Meeting and Legal Quick Hit:  Social Media Marketing—US Advertising Laws and Other Considerations

Description:  Whether you're a Business to Consumer company or a Business to Business company, if your company engages consumers through social media platforms, this Legal Quick Hit is for you. The program will focus on general regulatory considerations surrounding social media, and advertising and marketing laws that all businesses ought to consider, directly or by analogy. Topics to be covered will include advertising basics, the FTC's dot com disclosures, FTC rules, social network background contracts, dealing with ad agency contracts, and concerns with publishing user-generated content.  Presented by K & L Gates

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 3 p.m. ET: Monthly Meeting and Legal Quick Hit (watch the SLD webpage for details)

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 3 p.m. ET:  Monthly Meeting and Legal Quick Hit (watch the SDL webpage for details)
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So, You Want To See Your Name In Print???

Are you a subject matter expert?  Then why not share your expertise with your fellow SLD members?   ACC staffers make it easy to be an author.  For more information, please contact Elyse Beidner. Join these SLD members who have recently been published in the ACC Docket:

Maryrose Delahunty, Small Law column, "Thank Your Mrs. Erlandson" (Dec 2015)

Whitnie Wiley, Lead The Way column: “Better Follower, Better Leader” (Dec 2015)

Danielle Ducre Rawls, profiled in Day In the Life (Jan/Feb 2016)

C. Ernest Edgar IV: “Tone at the Top, Culture of Compliance, and the Yates Memo” (Jan/Feb 2016)

Catherine Hilton:  “Enterprise Risk Management & Assessments Add to Legal Department Arsenal” (Jan/Feb 2016)

Josh Torres:  “The Bring Your Own Device Workforce is Upon Us All:  Leverage It!” (Jan/Feb 2016)

Jeff Wheeler, Voices:  “Sometimes a Bright Line Isn’t” (Jan/Feb 2016)

Whitnie Wiley, Lead the Way column:  “Adopting a Development Approach” (Jan/Feb 2016)
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Mark Your Calendars!

ACC Mid-Year Meeting, April 10-12 in NYC: of interest will be the Small & Medium Law Department CLO Roundtable, with a focus on risk and insurance issues facing GCs.   

2016 Legal Services Management Workshop, April 26-27 in Minneapolis: Law department and law firm leaders will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work in small teams to apply tools and techniques in real-world situations, gaining a deeper appreciation of the motivations and challenges in crafting win-win solutions and building stronger relationships.

ACC Annual Meeting, October 16-19 in San Francisco:   be looking for a Call for Speakers in the next month; as soon as we have information on the SLD offerings at Annual Meeting we will send out the Call.  Also, planning for the famous (infamous?) Hob Nob is underway!
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On the SLD Webpage

Have you  visited the SLD webpage recently? If not, you’re missing out!  The webpage is a great resource for you, with information about recent eGroup threads (if you have a question about how to do something, chances are someone else has already asked and answered, Counselor!), upcoming SLD Legal Quick Hits, and resources developed by and for the SLD committee.  The newest addition is “Top Ten Cases Involving Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel”. Check it out and let us know what you think at
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In The Spotlight

Have you recently been promoted or changed jobs?  Have you been honored by a professional or civic organization?  Do you have a blog that other members would find interesting?  Then let us know about it—this is your time to be in the spotlight!  Contact us at so we can share it with other SLD members.

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EXCLUSIVE SLD Member Benefit Reminder

Don’t forget that our sponsor, Meritas, offers 30 Minutes of FREE courtesy advice EACH YEAR by a Meritas law firm ONLY to SLD Members. Don’t wait, take advantage of this offer today.
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Let Us Hear From You!

Let us know what topics you’d like to see in our webcasts, Quick Hits and resources, tell us how we’re doing, and let us know if YOU want to become more active on the Committee.
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