January 2012
Question of the Month
Risk Assessments and Risk Management Programs
Membership
Are You a Value Champion?
Renew Your ACC Membership
Resources
This Month’s NEW & Featured Resources
ACC’s 2011 CLO Survey: Download the Results for Free
This Month’s Featured ACC Alliance Partner Services
Education
Upcoming Programs
Learn to Drive Value at ACC’s Legal Service Management Workshop
Business Education for In-house Counsel
ACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting: Call for Programs Now Open
News & Announcements
Calling All Contracts: Submit and Win
Save the Date for the 2012 Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference
ACC in the News



Question of the Month

Risk Assessments and Risk Management Programs

Question: I am new to in-house practice and my boss, the company’s general counsel, has asked me to develop a plan for a risk assessment of our company, which is a medium-sized multinational organization. The GC said the company has never conducted a risk assessment and that this will be part of a larger risk management plan that we will need to devise for the company. Does ACC have any resources to help me get started on this?

Answer: Yes, ACC has many resources addressing risk management and more specifically, risk assessments and best practices for corporate counsel in evaluating their company’s risk levels and approaches to mitigating risk. To get you started, try the following resources:

For more legal resources, go to www.acc.com/legalresources.
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Membership
Are You a Value Champion?

If you’ve made great strides in improving the value of legal spending, you could be recognized as an ACC Value Champion. This program identifies, acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments of law department and law firm leaders who have implemented pricing and other management practices advocated as part of the ACC Value Challenge. Nominations are due by March 15, 2012. To submit your story, or for more information visit www.acc.com/valuechampions.
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Renew Your ACC Membership

It's the beginning of the year, so if you haven't renewed your ACC membership, do so online at www.acc.com/renew to stay connected.
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Resources
This Month’s NEW & Featured Resources

Featured QuickCounsels:


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ACC’s 2011 CLO Survey: Download the Results for Free

With over 1,100 CLOs responding, ACC’s 2011 Chief Legal Officer Survey offers useful benchmarking information on demographics, staffing, managing expenses, outside counsel spending, the changing role of the CLO, expectations for the coming year and more. Survey results are available for members to download for free. Download the report here.
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This Month’s Featured ACC Alliance Partner Services

The ACC Alliance brings you exclusive discounts on legal services from a select set of providers. Here are three featured partners for this month:

  • Copyright Clearance Center offers a simple, easy-to-use copyright solution, CCC’s Annual Copyright License, which makes it easy for employees to share content internally throughout the organization while respecting the rights of content creators. ACC Members can take advantage of a first-time customer discount on CCC annual licenses, RightSphere® Premium and ReadyImages services.
  • Jordan Lawrence offers Assessment for Records Risks services that provide any sized company with the benchmarks, best practices and analysis needed for making cutting all related costs and risks. ACC members can get guaranteed a 45-day project completion, a 10% discount and expanded privacy datamaps and risk reporting.
  • Intralinks offers corporate legal departments a better way to manage the exchange and storage of their company’s confidential and sensitive information. ACC members receive a 20 percent discount on all new subscription contracts.

Find out more about these featured ACC Alliance Partners and others at www.acc.com/alliance.
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Education
Upcoming Programs
  • **NEW: ACC's Corporate Counsel Institute Canada (CCIC):  a new opportunity for new to in-house counsel to learn directly from some of Canada's most accomplished general counsel and CLOs how to build a successful in-house career.  Visit www.acc.com/ccic for more information.
  • Knowledge Management and Collaboration – January 18
  • ACC Webcasts: Earn CLE/CPD from the comfort of your home or office with desktop learning from ACC. For a complete list of our upcoming webcasts, click here.  For more information and a complete list of educational programs, please visit www.acc.com/education.

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Learn to Drive Value at ACC’s Legal Service Management Workshop

Looking for ways to drive value in client/firm relationships? Don’t miss out on ACC’s Legal Service Management Workshop (February 28–29, 2012, Dallas, TX; or May 2–3, 2012, Minneapolis, MN). This two-day, intensive executive workshop brings together law department and law firm leaders who have begun to implement value-based fee structures, and equips them with the management skills and tools needed to support these fee structures. Past participants have reported making real progress in improving value in client/firm relationships.  Learn more and register at www.acc.com/legalservicemanagement.
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Business Education for In-house Counsel
Enhance your business management skills and learn MBA essentials at the programs offered by ACC and the Boston University School of Management. Upcoming Business Education programs include:

Mini MBA for In-house Counsel

  • March 5–7
  • April 25–27 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • June 4–6
  • June 6–8

Advanced Mini MBA for In-house Counsel

  • March 6–8

Seats are filling up quickly. Secure your spot now before they are sold out. All programs take place in Boston, MA unless otherwise specified. For more information, visit www.acc.com/businessedu.
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ACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting: Call for Programs Now Open

ACC is now accepting program ideas for its 2012 Annual Meeting to be held on September 30 – October 3, 2012 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL. New this year: All program ideas must be submitted through ACC’s committees. The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by 11:59 PM PST. To learn more, go to www.acc.com/am12.
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News & Announcements
Calling All Contracts: Submit and Win
ACC is developing an automated contract system that creates and updates contract templates. To make this system as comprehensive as possible, we need contracts you use in your own practice. Now through January 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EST, submit your contracts and you could win a variety of prizes including a free registration to ACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Orlando! Learn more at www.acc.com/contractsubmission.

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Save the Date for the 2012 Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference
Join Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), a joint venture of ACC and the Pro Bono Institute, at the 2012 Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., from March 28 - 30.  The meeting offers programming on in-house pro bono, and is the only national and global gathering designed to address the interests and issues of in-house leaders seeking to participate in innovative and meaningful pro bono work. For more information, please contact Eve Runyon at erunyon@probonoinst.org or visit www.cpbo.org.

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ACC in the News

Learn more about media coverage of ACC when you visit ACC in the News, including:

If you have any questions, or wish to receive additional information about items included in this month's newsletter, please contact the Legal Resources Department at legalresources@acc.com or the Membership Department at membership@acc.com.
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