December 2016

ACC Research Update
  • The ACC Law Department Management Report published in late November. It is a study of the operations of corporate law departments of nearly 300 CLOs, GC, and legal operations professionals. It builds on the annual CLO survey and other ACC research, examining the qualities that drive high-performing legal operations in top law departments. Or, click HERE.
  • Keep an eye out for the ACC Chief Legal Officers 2017 CLO Survey report that will be available in late Jan., which will look at staffing, budget, and spend, among other things. 
  • We’ve seen great participation in the ACC Research Advisory Panel in the past. But, we are always looking for more insights across all strata of the in-house world. Please click on this link to learn more:

2017 ACC Advocacy Award Nominations Due Jan. 20

Take action today! Help us recognize an individual, chapter, or committee that has successfully advocated for an issue important to in-house counsel. ACC will honor the winner at the 2017 ACC Mid-Year Meeting, April 2-4, in New York. Visit for more information and to submit your nominations.

ACC Value Champions Nominations Due Jan. 31

Have you implemented management practices that drive value for your company? Whether you reduced spending, improved predictability or achieved better legal outcomes, ACC wants to hear from you. Submit your nomination today to get the recognition you deserve. For more information, or to check out the past ACC Value Champions, visit

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Featured Risk Assessment and Management Resources

Click the titles below to login and download the latest ACC resources, highlighting risk assessment and management. To access other resources, visit

New Advice Column for New to In-house Lawyers

“Ask Aliya” is a new ACC Docket column for lawyers who are the first legal hire at their company and need advice from an in-house lawyer who has been there before. Aliya Ramji is the director of legal and business strategy for Figure 1 Inc., a network used by more than one million healthcare professionals to share cases and collaborate. ACC invites you to read the inaugural column by clicking here. To have your legal questions addressed in the column in future issues, email with "Ask Aliya" in the subject line. For questions about the column, email Josh Shields at

Featured Online Educational Committee Events

These calls, unless otherwise specified, are free and exclusive to ACC members. For access to additional webcasts, networking opportunities, and the latest relevant resources, join one (or more) of our practice area-related committees!

Second Tuesday Webcast Series

Join us on the second Tuesday of every month to learn about ACC online resources and how to maximize the value you receive from your membership. We will demonstrate how to identify and act upon vital in-house legal practice trends and emerging law department issues, and access the knowledge and expertise of thousands of in-house counsel through benchmarking data, policy and contract templates, best practices, and other legal materials across key practice areas. Register today at

The ACC Alliance We Did the Work For You

ACC has selected a group of providers to offer quality services with exclusive discounts, saving you both time and money. Here are this month’s featured ACC Alliance partners:

  • Thomson Reuters: Legal solutions from Thomson Reuters deliver best-of-class products and services for your corporate legal department. Their solutions include practice tools as well as software and services to manage team resources. With eligible purchases of the Thomson Reuters legal solutions, members may earn "ACC Dollars" for use towards ACC-related purchases. Learn more here.
  • Chubb: Your organization's management team is allegedly involved in inappropriate spending. Will your corporate management liability insurance policy adequately protect you and your legal services from investigation – or even dismissal – should you not discover their wrongful conduct? Since 1996, Chubb has assisted ACC in addressing malpractice issues unique to in-house counsel. Click here to learn more.

 Find out more about these and all of the other ACC Alliance partners at

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2017 ACC Annual Meeting: Call For Programs Due Jan. 9

Truly by in-house counsel, for in-house counsel, the majority of programming at the ACC Annual Meeting (Oct. 15 –18, Washington) comes directly from ACC committees and individual members. Have a program idea on a trending legal topic? Contribute to the continued success of this event by submitting it for the 2017 meeting. Submissions are due Jan. 9. Learn more and take advantage of early bird registration at

New Year. New Administration. New Regulations

Prepare yourself for the new world at the ACC Mid-Year Meeting April 2–4 in New York. This two-day program offers an intensive educational opportunity on three topics critical to the success of today’s senior in-house counsel: Practical Strategies for Effective Contracts, Employment Law Challenges & Solutions, and Finance Services Regulatory & Technology Pulse. Engage your peers in meaningful conversations and receive practical guidance from faculty in inmate sessions. Register today at

New to In-house? Are you prepared?

The ACC Corporate Counsel University® (June 14–16, New Orleans), combines fundamentals with career building opportunities, which will help you excel in your in-house role. Come to this unique event to gain valuable insights from experienced in-house counsel, earn CLE/CPD credits (including ethics credits) and build relationships and expand your network of peers. Register at

Drive Value and Maximize Efficiency of Legal Services

Join law department and law firm leaders focused on improving the value of legal services at the ACC Legal Service Management Workshop April 19–20 in Dallas. This two-day event offers the unique opportunity for in-house and outside counsel leaders to discuss the issues they face and develop solutions that work to drive value in client/firm relationships. Get advanced training in implementing value-based fees, process improvement, and resource allocation techniques to control costs while achieving better outcomes. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event. Space is limited, and this program will sell out. Secure your seat today at For questions, please contact Catherine J. Moynihan at or +1 202.696.1559.

Business Education for In-house Counsel: 2017 Dates Announced

To become a trusted advisor for business executives, it’s imperative for in-house counsel to understand the business operations of your company. Attend the Mini MBA for In-house Counsel offered by ACC and the Boston University Questrom School of Business to learn critical business disciplines and earn valuable CLE credits. See dates below. Learn more and register at

  • Feb. 27–Mar. 1
  • May 9–11 (Los Angeles)
  • June 5–7
  • Sept. 12–14
  • Nov. 7–9

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News & Announcements
ACC Australia 2016 National Conference Highlights

Australia’s national capital Canberra recently played host to the 2016 ACC Australia National Conference. The event saw over 350 delegates and supporters from the in-house legal profession gather for three days of keynote presentations, workshops, panel discussions and vendor demonstrations.

The Conference is an important event on the ACC Australia calendar and is the only event to attract representatives at all levels of the in-house legal profession from across the country. In a delightful opening, Sabine Chalmers, chief legal and corporate affairs officer at Anheuser-Busch InBev and former ACC chair of the global board of directors, outlined challenges she faced in building a global legal team and delivered an important message of humility and of never taking oneself too seriously. As the conference continued, David Irvine, former director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), provided a topical presentation on cyber risks for organisations in one of many popular sessions. The final and undoubted highlight was the closing presentation from current Australian of the Year and former head of the Australian Defence Force, General David Morrison, AO, where he discussed leadership and the notion of an inclusive society. For a full recap of this year's meeting, check out the most recent issue of The Australian Corporate Lawyer. For information on the 2017 ACC Australia National Conference, click here

In-house Pro Bono Insurance Options

While in-house pro bono has grown dramatically in recent years, obstacles, both real and perceived, still exist, including concerns about professional liability or malpractice insurance. For instance, even though claims related to pro bono legal services are rare, it is a concern to many in-house volunteers and their employers, which, unlike law firms, may not carry such insurance. The good news is that there are several options for legal departments to address the risks associated with professional liability concerns. One option is to engage in pro bono opportunities in coordination with a legal services provider that supplies insurance coverage for those who volunteer with the organization on a sponsored pro bono program. Other options a legal department may choose are to work with its company’s broker to obtain insurance directly from an insurer or to self-insure. A law department may also choose to get coverage from an outside source such as The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), a non-profit member association that offers its members the opportunity to purchase Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance through the NLADA Insurance Program. To learn more about insurance options, please read Professional Liability Insurance for In-house Pro Bono, or contact

Are You Prepared For a Cyber Attack?

Join the ACC Foundation for the Cybersecurity Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at American University Washington College of Law and hear from leading legal professionals who have prepared for and experienced cyber breaches in their places of business. The Summit will focus on key concerns organizations face related to cybersecurity prevention and best practices. Register today, for USD$295, to secure your spot at the event. For additional information and registration, click here. For more information on speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Chen at or +1 202.677.4772.

Good Lawyers To Great Lawyers Retreat Exclusive Opportunity Limited Availability

Please save the date for ACC Foundation’s Good Lawyers to Great Lawyers Retreat, taking place March 15–17 at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA. The Retreat will offer an unprecedented exchange between in-house counsel, outside counsel and business professionals while providing strategic professional development and coaching, delivered by a select group of diverse, high-level business professionals. The two-and-a-half day program will include small, advice-driven, closed-door discussions with leading legal and business professionals who will provide up close and personal career feedback. This is an exclusive opportunity to network with senior level executives in a small, intimate setting. Attendance is limited so register now. For additional information, including sponsorship and registration, please click here. Or, contact Jennifer Chen at or +1 202.677.4772.

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