Thursday, August 02, 2007

ACC Board Chairman, Richard T. White, on Bloomberg

Tune in to at your desk or a nearby television to watch ACC Chair Richard T. White live on Bloomberg TV. White will be on Bloomberg’s In Focus television program this Thursday, August 2, at 1:30 PM to discuss legal issues that effect in-house counsel.

In Focus is Bloomberg’s business program that provides viewers with exclusive interviews and in-depth coverage of the top stories of the day. The show also provides viewers with inside tips on the market, arts and sports.

Launch the Bloomberg Video Player to hear Richard White.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Bonuses paid out for good verdicts? is reporting how some big firms are looking to alternative fees deals to retain the business of their corporate clients. Read Zusha Elinson's article Are Big Firms Warming Up to Alternative Fee Deals?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The shift in necessity

Check out Mike Dillon's blog entry regarding the role of in-house counsel and the future of big law firms. Instead of rushing off to the mega firm every time you encounter an issue you're not familiar with, try a different approach. His point: lean on fellow corporate counsel for advice and use the ACC resources readily available to you at ACC Online. These two simple solutions can save you time and money.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Billboard Draws Negative Attention

It's bad enough that the divorce rate in this country is over 50%, now we're joking about it? Check out this article which discusses the billboard that proclaimed, "Life's short. Get a Divorce," hung by a law firm in Chicago. The billboard drew many complaints and was ripped down. Stay tuned for the pending legal action against the city workers who did so.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Associate Salary Increases Still an Issue

I was glad to see this article on today. The author, Zusha Elinson of The Recorder, mentions our very own Susan Hackett and her concerns about these salary increases and their lack of consideration for the corporate client.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The First Seminole GC

Great article by Sue Reisinger at titled How the Seminoles' GC Helped Land $965 Million Hard Rock Deal.
Seminole GC, Jim Shore, was the first Seminole to ever graduate from law school. Take a minute to read a little about him and the great negotiating he did to win his tribe the Hard Rock corporation.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Fire a paintball gun, keep your job

Who knew that there's no public policy reason against rehiring a Garden State Parkway toll-taker who fired a paintball gun at a vehicle in a fit of road rage. Read the New Jersey Law Journal's article for all of the details on the NJ's Supreme Court's decision that was upheld by an appellate court. Personally, I feel we should all leave our paintball guns at home.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hot Legal Blogs and the Like

Take a look at Kelly Talcott's article about the freshest legal news on the blogosphere. She pulls together some good places you need visit on the web to keep up with your legal news. Of course, we love for great legal updates and news as well.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

New eDiscovery Software on the Block

Exterro has come to the table with it's flagship product Fusion, which combines BPM with collaboration capabilities and centralized management in an intergrated environment.

Read's piece Exterro Gets E-Discovery Down to Business

Monday, April 09, 2007

Update: GCs Operating Without Licenses

As promised, I tried to track down the "survey" mentioned by Corporate Counsel in their recent story about GCs operating in states where they are not licensed. The story said "...past surveys by ACC of its membership suggest that [the number of in-house counsel in this situation] could be in the hundreds or even thousands."

As it turns out, there is no such survey (ha!). In a conversation with the reporter an ACC staff member [identity protected] said that we have seen anecdotal evidence that at least some of our members are in this situation, and suggested that it could be "hundreds or thousands," but "we just don't know."

Certainly, it's more exciting the way Corporate Counsel wrote it, but is it accurate? I'll let you be the judge. Here's a link to the story again.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

In the News: GCs Operating Without Licenses

According to Corporate Counsel magazine, they've found 8 GCs from Fortune 250 companies who are not licensed in the states in which they are practicing...and they name names. They also spoke to some of the folks on the list, including ArvinMeritor's Vernon Baker who said "you got me" (as a joke, apparently). The story also references an unnamed ACC survey that "suggests" that the number of unlicensed attorneys could be in the "hundreds or thousands." Read the full story here.

In the meantime, I'm going to try to track down the mystery survey.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

New York Moves on MJP Rules

The New York State Bar Association House of Delegates proposed important amendments to the rules of professional conduct in New York, and specifically proposed a new Rule 5.5, which was formerly the state's Unauthorized Practice of Law rule, but would be amended to include new multijurisdictional practice (MJP) reforms. New York's proposed Rule 5.5 would permit a lawyer who is not admitted in New York the ability to provide legal services “on a temporary basis” if their services “arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice” in a lawyer’s home jurisdiction. See the full article on this development.

In completely unrelated, but welcome news to all you Zamboni drivers out there, a Superior Court judge has ruled that:

a) Zamboni machines are not motor vehicles
b) therefore, an inebriated Zamboni driver cannot be convicted of drunk driving

See the full story on (where else?!)

Friday, March 30, 2007

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission comes to ACC

Today ACC hosted a meeting with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission .
The parties met to explore the formation of a beneficial relationship; extending CIETAC's valuable information and resources to ACC members. Check out CIETAC's Arbitration Rules.
Pace University also has a great database of arbitration proceedings by country.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Is technology fueling firms to move to a flat-rate fee?

David Ambrose, of Ambrose Law Group (Portland, OR), tells The National Law Journal that since his firm has switched from the billable hour to a flat-rate fee, they have seen a 90% increase in profits. 90%! Hard to believe? His theory behind the increase: "Technology is fueling the drive for flat fees . . . something that [used to] take two house, we can now do in 10 minutes."
Would your company benefit from working with a firm who charges a flat-rate?

Read the article

Monday, March 26, 2007

Coke Punks it's In-house Attorneys

Have you seen the ads? Coca-Cola has released several commercials where two actors, posing as Coke brand managers, inquire as to whether they can sue Coke Zero for 'taste infringement.' Check out this article with links to the commercials.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Who's Paying for Associate Pay Hikes?

Susan Hackett, ACC General Counsel, wonders why in-house aren't staging a revolt against associate pay hikes. "I've heard disgusted buzzing about this among corporate counsel at private luncheon meetings. But that's all. There's been no hint of the revolution that I was sure would erupt. In-house counsel of the world: What are you waiting for? Who's managing your company's legal spending: you, or the firms?"

See Susan's complete column on Let us know what you think.

ACC's 25th Year

2007 marks ACC's 25th Anniversary and we are looking forward to reminiscing about all of the great strides ACC has made through the years. From the growth of the membership (to over 20,000 members!) to the services we provide, ACC is proud to be The In-house Bar Association.

Check out what we're all about!