March 2012
ACC's 2013-2018 Strategic Plan
ACC Announces Newly Adopted Strategic Plan
Question of the Month
Alternative Staffing Options for Law Departments
Membership
Submit Your Nominations for ACC Value Champions
ACC Passes Canadian Membership Milestone
Resources
This Month’s NEW & Featured Resources
This Month’s Featured ACC Alliance Partner Services
Education
Excel in Your In-house Career
Upcoming Programs – Register Today
ACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting: Early Bird Rate Ends March 23
ACC Europe’s 19th Annual Conference: Early Bird Rate Ends March 31
ACC News & Announcements
Attend MCCA’s 11th Annual CLE Expo – March 20-22
Complimentary Program on Cross-border Arbitration Issues – April 18
ACC in the News



ACC's 2013-2018 Strategic Plan

ACC Announces Newly Adopted Strategic Plan
Last July, when Veta T. Richardson joined ACC as its new President & CEO, developing a strategic plan was one of her top priorities.  Over the past six months, there has been a comprehensive review of the organization to assess member satisfaction, identify opportunities for improvement and ways we can better meet your needs. We received unprecedented feedback during this planning process and are pleased to let you know that ACC’s Strategic Plan has been approved for implementation.  While this Strategic Plan does not represent radical change in focus, it does clarify how ACC will build upon its strong foundation as a global bar association, the directional path ACC chartered more than a decade ago. Member input and feedback has been invaluable during this strategic planning process and your continued feedback is welcomed.  For more information about ACC's 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, visit www.acc.com/aboutacc/missionandvision.
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Question of the Month
Alternative Staffing Options for Law Departments
Question: I am in-house counsel for a company that is interested in alternative and cost-effective hiring arrangements, such as the use of clerks, paralegals and independent contractors.  Does ACC have any resources to guide our utilization of such positions?

Answer
: Yes, ACC has many resources to assist law departments in soliciting and managing various non-employee arrangements.  The following are just a few of our on-point resources:
The resources listed above can all be found at www.acc.com/legalresources (select the “Law Department Management” practice area, or enter the search term “independent contractor”).

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Membership
Submit Your Nominations for ACC Value Champions
ACC Value Champions are law department and law firm leaders who have made strides in improving the value of legal spending by implementing pricing and other management practices. We will celebrate your accomplishments and disseminate your management tactics, enabling others to model your successes and drive value. Nominations are due by March 15 - submit yours today at www.acc.com/valuechampions

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ACC Passes Canadian Membership Milestone
ACC is pleased to announce it has surpassed its 1,000th Canadian member, a landmark event that reflects the association’s commitment to growing and supporting its membership in Canada. Over the past year, ACC has run programs in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver and Ottawa. For details on the announcement and upcoming programs, click here.
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Resources
This Month’s NEW & Featured Resources

Featured QuickCounsels:

Featured Top Tens on Law Department Management:

Featured InfoPAK: Data Protection: The newly released ACC InfoPAK, Data Protection: Multi-Jurisdictional Guide,provides the fundamental principles of data protection law and surveys unique facets of data protection regimes in several major countries such as Canada, France, U.S. and more.



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This Month’s Featured ACC Alliance Partner Services
The ACC Alliance offers exclusive discounts on legal services from a select set of providers, getting you the best solutions at unmatched prices. Here are two of our featured partners for this month:
  • Jordan Lawrence offers Assessment for Records Risks – available for companies of all sizes. This service provides benchmarks, best practices and analysis needed for making cutting all related costs and risks. ACC members receive a 10% discount, expanded privacy data maps and risk reporting, and guaranteed 45-day project completion.
  • Practical Law Company (PLC) offers a wide variety of up-to-date resources across all major practice areas. These include how-to guides, model agreements and cross-border guidance. ACC Members receive extended free trials, a 10% discount on retail pricing for first-year subscriptions, and 5% discounts on renewals to the new PLC Law Department service.

Find out more about these featured ACC Alliance Partners and others at www.acc.com/alliance.
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Education
Excel in Your In-house Career
Jump start your career at ACC’s Corporate Counsel Institute Canada — a two-day training program specially designed for Canadian lawyers with five years or less in-house experience. Starting off with a plenary session of top Canadian General Counsel who will share their practical advice on how to work your way up the legal ladder, the program will then jump into key topics to help you succeed.  Topics include: drafting indemnities and limitations of liability, successful contract negotiations, setting up effective compliance programs and much, much more.  For more information, go to www.acc.com/ccic.

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Upcoming Programs – Register Today

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ACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting: Early Bird Rate Ends March 23
The Early Bird rate for ACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting ends on March 23, so register now to save $200 off regular member rate. Taking place from September 30 to October 3 in Orlando, FL, this meeting presents an unmatched opportunity to network and learn. Interact with your peers at this event and choose from 100+ CLE/CPD programs including topics related to law department management. Learn more and register at am.acc.com.
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ACC Europe’s 19th Annual Conference: Early Bird Rate Ends March 31
Register before March 31 for ACC Europe’s Annual Conference (May 13–15, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and save €100 off regular member rate. Offering a choice of 20 sessions along with two plenaries covering topics such as conflict of laws, employment law, cross-border mergers, and globalisation, this conference is a great one-stop shop for all your legal resource needs. It’s also the perfect place to meet internationally minded peers and share best practices. For more information, visit www.acc.com/amsterdam.

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ACC News & Announcements
Attend MCCA’s 11th Annual CLE Expo – March 20-22
This year’s Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) CLE Expo (March 20-22, Chicago, IL) brings together key players to benchmark tools and resources to enhance skills in an environment committed to inclusiveness. The conference features over 30 programs, and incorporates more internationally focused content, to stay ahead of emerging trends required to manage an ever-growing global practice. ACC members receive discounted pricing. To register or view the schedule, visit www.mcca.com/cleexpo2012. For questions or assistance, email education@mcca.com.

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Complimentary Program on Cross-border Arbitration Issues – April 18
On Wednesday, April 18 in Washington D.C., in-house counsel are invited to attend a free program titled, “Heading East: A Practical Approach to Managing Commercial Realities and Resolving Business Disputes”. This program, which ACC co-sponsors, will address legislative developments in Hong Kong and China, proposed Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Administered Rules and effective strategies for mitigating risks and managing disputes. To register or for more information email events@hkiac.org or click here.

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ACC in the News
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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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