ACC Small Law Department Committee March Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE...
Message from the Chair  
Upcoming Programs  
SLD Contributions to The Docket  
Mark Your Calendars!  
Hmm, I wonder if there are other SLD members in my town?  
On the SLD Webpage  
In The Spotlight  
A Great Sponsor Benefit for SLD Members  
Have an Idea?  
Networks
Virtual Library
Renew Your Membership
Update Your Records
Upcoming ACC Programs
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Webcasts
Updates From ACC Committees

Message from the Chair

Hello all –

Welcome to the ACC Small Law Department Committee’s first quarterly newsletter of 2017!

I wanted to share a recent inadvertent discovery – a few weeks ago, I updated my ACC profile with my personal email address, and shortly thereafter, my eGroup digests started to appear there. I’ve had my office email address for 16+ years, and over that time have accumulated a flood of law-related newsletters, digests, and the like. I thought myself rather clever for mastering the filter function to skip the inbox and route directly to a folder where I could then review all of this content at my leisure. Because, you know, that’s one thing we can always count on periodically having in the office – “leisure.”

So, now my SLD eGroup daily digest appears in my Gmail inbox each morning, and I can pore through it on my tablet while having my morning coffee at home, the upshot being that I actually get to read it every day. It feels like rediscovering a long-lost (or long-borrowed; I’m still holding my breath that my friend Meg will return my copy of R.E.M.’s “Reckoning,” with which she absconded from my apartment in the summer of 1994) CD in a way; I think it’s because I’m able to take in all this good content at a moment in the day when my mind’s particularly receptive to it. Your means of accessing work email at home may give you the same opportunity. Mine doesn’t; it’s delivered via one of the increasingly-popular MDM (Mobile Device Management) applications, and it’s not good (and it’s also not Good®, an application that I’m told is not bad).

None of this would be such a delight to me if the questions, answers, and commentary you are posting every day didn’t combine to form such a valuable resource! If you’re a regular reader, you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you aren’t, it really is worth a look. You can skim all the topics in seconds, and when you want to drill down, the conversations are there, in full, down at the other end of the email if you’re not keen to pull up the website.

Thanks to each of you who help make this Committee more valuable to all of us in this and many other ways!

Jeff Wheeler
SLD Committee Chair
sld@accglobal.com
wheelerjw@gmail.com

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Upcoming Programs

Title: Document and Email Retention Strategies—Considerations for the Small Law Department Counsel
Date/Time: April 13, 2017 at 3PM EDT/ 7PM GMT

Description: Faced with ever-expanding email storage and growing piles of other types of documents, small law departments are increasingly confronting compliance, privacy and discovery risks. In this LQH, Mark Diamond from Contoural will discuss what every SLD in-house counsel needs to know about document & email retention and management strategies. Topics include creating retention policies, how technology fits into the picture, becoming litigation ready (even for companies without a lot of litigation), controlling privacy and other types of sensitive information as well as enabling defensible disposition. Special attention will be given to “right sizing” these programs for smaller departments, as well as building support across other stakeholders.  Join us for what is likely to be a lively discussion.

Speaker: Mark Diamond, Founder, President and CEO of Contoural

Dial-in: 1.877.647.3411

Passcode: 5261026875

Click here to register now.
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SLD Contributions to The Docket

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 (ebeidner@bssbank.com). Join these SLD members who had articles published in the December 2016 and January/February 2017 issues of the ACC Docket:

December 2016

Mike Madden, Day in the Life

Whitnie Wiley, Voices:  Enough to Be Dangerous

Maryrose Delahunty, Don’t Stop Believin’

Deborah Silodor, Avoiding Gatekeeper Liability

David Kahng, The Impact of Emerging Models of Data Privacy Laws in Europe and the United States

Gregory Stern, Tech Toolbox:  Writing Workflows

 

To read the articles from the December 2016 ACC Docket click here. (make sure you log in first!)

 

January/February 2017

Whitnie Wiley, Voices:  Dear Boss

Jeff Wheeler, Voices:  The Email Doth Disclaim Too Much Methinks

Nicola-Jane McNeill, Featured in Scratching the Surface: How Nicola-Jane McNeill Helped to Grow a Multinational Parking Giant

Soo Kang, Avoiding the Ethical Perils and Pitfalls of Big Data

Catherine Muldoon, A Logical, Logistical Approach to Oil & Gas Supply Chain Compliance

Gregory Stern, Tech Toolbox: Windows OS Tips and Tricks

To read the articles from the January/February 2017 ACC Docket click here. (make sure you log in first!)



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Mark Your Calendars!


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Hmm, I wonder if there are other SLD members in my town?

As we all know, being an SLD member is a great resource. But, have you ever thought it would be great to know fellow SLD members in your geographic area? That’s the idea behind micro-networking. We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate introductory micro-networking events at the local chapter level. These events could be a breakfast, a lunch, a happy hour, or even an outing to the local ball game. For more information on how you can volunteer, please contact Brian Campbell, Membership Chair, at sld@accglobal.com.
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On the SLD Webpage

If you haven’t checked out the SLD webpage recently, make a note on your calendar to take a peek soon. 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 the same question and other members have sage advice to share), upcoming SLD Legal Quick Hits, and resources developed by and for the SLD committee. This is also where you will find links to archived resources such as Legal Quick Hits and Virtual Roundtables so that you can view them at a place and time convenient to you. You can find the webpage here.
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In The Spotlight

Christina Allyn, general counsel and senior vice president for Quiznos, announced she is leaving the company to join the law firm Moye White LLP. 

Darrah Davis, vice president and general counsel for Petco Animal Supplies, retired at the end of January 2017.

Robert Falk, general counsel of Human Rights Campaign and Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and Lynette Stanley-Maddocks, in transition (formerly, general counsel of Westmoreland Coal Company) both recently joined the ACC Board.

Eric Reicin, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Morgan Franklin, received the ACC National Capital Region Corporate Counsel Outstanding Chief Legal Officer Award for his key role in Morgan Franklin’s conversion to an employee stock ownership plan.

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 sld@accglobal.com so we can share it with other SLD members. 


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A Great Sponsor Benefit for SLD Members

Meritas, a global alliance of more than 175 fully vetted firms serving 235 markets in 75 countries around the world, is pleased to be the long-time sponsor of the Small Law Department Committee. 

With more than 7,000 experiences legal professionals who share a commitment to superior services, Meritas can connect SLD members to the right expertise anywhere in the world.  Its rigorous quality assurance program, which performs 1,100 assessments annually, allows it to provide consistent quality to support its clients’ success.

Meritas’ reputation as one of the world’s leading legal alliances comes from its selection of established independent law firms in key markets, each with years of specialized expertise across key practices areas.  Its service standards for communication, reporting, documentation, and billing ensure efficiency and value for its clients.

SLD members can work with Meritas in a number of ways.  They can contact a firm directly, using Meritas’ capability search or Capabilities Brochure & Roster to locate a lawyer by specific expertise or market; connect with a local Meritas firm to help coordinate work across multiple jurisdictions or for a referral; or reach out to Meritas Headquarters to facilitate an introduction or coordinate several firms to handle deals that cross markets, at no extra cost.

Meritas offers a complimentary 30-minute consultation with a Meritas lawyer as courtesy to SLD members. Contact Kim Heinrich at 612-604-0083 to learn how Meritas can work for you.  Let Us Hear From You!


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Have an Idea?

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. Email sld@accglobal.com; we want to hear from you!
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