Whether you are the general counsel of a Fortune 500 company or the only employee with a legal background at a tech start-up, involvement in a bar association is an excellent way to share ideas, get practice pointers and network with other inhouse counsel. The Association of Corporate Counsel is the inhouse bar association – it’s membership consists of over 17,500 lawyers who practice law as employees in corporations and other private sector organizations. Founded in 1982, the ACC has 45 chapters and has already started branching outside of the United States with outposts in Europe and Israel.
The benefits of ACC membership are many, including the award-winning ACC Docket, a monthly journal featuring articles written by corporate counsel for corporate counsel on current issues. The ACC’s MemberToMember(sm) network will let you tap into the expertise of ACC peers through a network of inhouse volunteers who provide advice about legal issues. The ACC’s InfoPaks(sm) and Virtual Library(sm) will make you more efficient by providing forms, checklists and articles on issues that inhouse counsel face on a daily basis. The ACC also has numerous educational offerings.
The ACC is involved in advocacy projects, and speaks out on topics that affect inhouse practice, from the attorney-client privilege to multi-jurisdictional practice. If you are looking to make a move, the ACC’s INHOUSE JOBLINE(sm) is used by 500+ employers and 4000+ jobseekers every day.
With annual dues of just $225, joining the ACC is a no-brainer. Even if you use just one of its resources per year, your membership will more than pay for itself.
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