New to In-House Committee March Newsletter
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Chair's Message:  
Current Leadership:  
List of Upcoming Events:  
List of Recent Events:  
Guide for New to In-house  
ACC Resource Library  
Sponsor Corner: Saul Ewing LLP  
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Virtual Library
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Chair's Message:

I’ll admit it: I’m a political junkie. Regardless of political inclination, I think most everyone will admit that this past presidential election was one of the most exciting, unpredictable, and unprecedented in recent history. Although I could do without the grandiose promises, the mud-slinging, and the posturing on both sides of the aisle, I am fascinated by the way our political system works and how the most prestigious and enormous power in the world is transferred relatively seamlessly every fourth January, which is why I was glued to my computer (it was a work day, after all) in between contract reviews to catch our new president’s inauguration speech.

As I watched, I was reminded of some of the great quotes from past such speeches: Lincoln’s declaration that “[w]e are all Republicans, we are all Federalists,” FDR’s reminder that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,’’ and Obama’s message that “we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” However, I consider the most inspirational inaugural address to be that given by John F. Kennedy in 1961 where he pleaded with all Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Along similar lines my company recently hosted a Town Hall meeting for all employees where we were told that commitment and leadership isn’t a top-down quality, but rather one that should be prevalent throughout the organization. One of our executives (who has been based in Denver for the last few years) was happy to quote Peyton Manning: “Anyone who waits for someone else to make a change automatically becomes a follower.”

In a similar sense, I ask each of you to help make the New to In-House (“NTIH”) Committee what you want it to be by getting involved in some way. If interested, we welcome official involvement via one of our NTIH leadership committees (feel free to reach out to me to learn more at ryan.evans@jackinthebox.com), but involvement can also take a much simpler form, such as making suggestions on the types of resources you’d like to see or by providing feedback on our monthly Legal Quick Hits. The NTIH Committee is here to serve you and make your lives easier, but to more effectively do that, we would love to receive your input. One of my personal goals as Chair this year is to find ways to provide more relevant content, update the amazing resources we already have, and present existing information in new and more easily digestible ways. That might mean informational videos, a NTIH Twitter account, infographics…or something else entirely. But it’s ultimately your committee, so I would love to hear your voice.

 

Ryan Evans

NTIH Committee Chair
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Current Leadership:

Position

Name

Chair

Ryan Evans
ryan.evans@jackinthebox.com

Vice-Chair

Kimberly Waite
kimberly.waite@onemainfinancial.com

Secretary

Gary Ruckelshaus
gruckelshaus@heritagepharma.com

Chapter Relations Chair 

Christian Ortego
christian.a.ortego@hii-co.com

Chapter Relations Chair 

Mathew Thomas
mathew.thomas@trinet.com

Communications Chair

Lindsey-Shannon Lee
LindseyShannon.Lee@lge.com

Communications Chair

Sara Sweeney
sara.sweeney@fmglobal.com

Membership Chair

VACANT

Program Chair - Legal Quick Hits

Franchesca Fowler
frod@dgs.com

Program Chair - Annual Meeting

Shakara Barnes
shakara.barnes@db.com

Program Chair - Annual Meeting

Tyrone Thomas
tthomas@invenergyllc.com

Immediate Past Chair

Christopher Nowack
Chnowack@geico.com

 

 

 
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List of Upcoming Events:

WEBCAST:

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12 PM ET (5 PM GMT)

“The Next Step in AFAs: Moving from Billable Hour-Based Fees to FTE-Based Arrangements”.

We are pleased to welcome Deborah Spranger, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP, and Josh Beser, General Counsel, Canary, as our speakers. David Antzis, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP will be serving as moderator.

Presented by ACC's New to In-house Committee and Sponsored by Saul Ewing LLP
Most outside counsel alternative fee arrangements are based on the billable hours expected to complete the subject task (perhaps with a discount for a certain volume of work). But what if there was a different way to calculate alternative fee arrangements ("AFAs") – one more in line with the mental calculus most in-house attorneys do with respect with their own internal hiring? This program will discuss alternative ways of pricing AFAs, including retainer arrangements based on the corporate law department's own internal compensation structure.

Click here for more information about the webcast, CLE/CPD credits, and to register.

 

LEGAL QUICK HIT:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 3 PM ET

Employment Law Three-part Series: Dealing with Employees In a Trump Administration-- Changes and Challenges to Obama's "Employment Law Legacy." Part 3: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Speaker: Ruth Rauls, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP

Description: We will review EEOC cases and policy-making under President Obama with expansions to protected classes (transgender issues, sexual orientation claims, pregnancy accommodations, etc.); increased class-based litigation; and what changes we expect in the coming years.

Click here for more information about the webcast, CLE/CPD credits, and to register.
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List of Recent Events:

WEBCAST:

"Cybersecurity: Changing Landscape and Opportunities" 
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LEGAL QUICK HITS:

"Negotiating Legal Disputes in a Pre-Litigation Environment"
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Employment Law Three-part Series: Dealing with Employees In a Trump Administration-- Changes and Challenges to Obama's "Employment Law Legacy." Part 1: Wage and Hour/the Department of Labor
[Access Archived Presentation]

Employment Law Three-part Series: Dealing with Employees In a Trump Administration-- Changes and Challenges to Obama's "Employment Law Legacy." Part 2: The National Labor Relations Board
[Access Archived Presentation]

 

Click here to see a full list of recently presented programs.
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Guide for New to In-house

Presented by ACC's New to In-house Committee and Sponsored by Saul Ewing LLP.

We invite you to get the most use out of your ACC membership and committee involvement by exploring the many ACC resources available to you. If you are brand to in-house work, check out our recently updated “Guide for New to In-House”.

 

 
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ACC Resource Library

Don’t forget to browse the ACC’s Resource Library which hosts a variety of types of resources, from forms to podcasts, covering a host of practice areas such as Compliance and Ethics, IP, Employment and Labor and everything in between.

 

 
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Sponsor Corner: Saul Ewing LLP

Cybersecurity and Higher Education

Cyberattacker Offers Access to Private Data From 60 Universities and Agencies

In February 2017, a private threat intelligence firm alerted more than 60 organizations – institutions of higher education and governmental entities – that their internal databases had been breached by a Russian-speaking cybercriminal. The alleged cyberattacker (nicknamed “Rasputin”) has been the suspected culprit in several high-profile incidents, most notably, the recently reported hack and subsequent database sale of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in November 2016. In this latest series of attacks, Rasputin is not directly selling data stolen from these systems; instead, he is offering to sell access to the systems that have been exploited.  That access would allow his purchasers to access and exploit information they find through the malware that he has installed.

Click here to read more.

 

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Delaying A Bankruptcy For Shareholder Benefit May Benefit The Creditors After All

Equity holders and sponsors be wary - a new arrow may now be available in the quiver of potential causes of action that creditors and trustees can use to maximize their recovery in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In a recent decision in the bankruptcy case of Xtreme Power Inc., (Case No. 14-1096-HCM, Adversary No. 16-01004-HCM, Docket No. 70), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court”) permitted the board to be sued because it delayed a chapter 11 bankruptcy filing to increase the value of the investment portfolio of the company’s controlling shareholder while creditor positions deteriorated.

Click here to read more.

  

Environmental Law

Nationwide Permits Issued and Reissued by the United States Army Corps of Engineers

In a final rulemaking issued on January 12, 2017, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) reissued 50 existing nationwide permits (NWPs), general conditions, and definitions, with some modifications. Simultaneously, the Corps issued two new NWPs and one new general condition. The effective date of the rule is March 19, 2017. The expiration date is March 18, 2022.

 Click here to read more.

 

Food and Beverage

USDA Proposes Overhaul of Nutrition Facts Panel for Meat and Poultry Products

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a proposed rule to overhaul the nutrition facts panel for meat and poultry products.  FSIS issued its proposal in part to parallel the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA or the Agency) final rule that the Agency issued earlier this year to revise the nutrition facts panel for packaged foods.  The proposed rule, if finalized, would pose significant compliance challenges. 

Click here to read more.
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