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General Counsel and Regulators to Address Cross-Border Business Challenges at Largest Worldwide Gathering of Corporate Counsel
Bestselling Author and Award-winning Journalist Geoff Colvin to Deliver Keynote Address; SEC and NLRB Officials to Discuss Key Securities and Employment Trends

Posted: Sep 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (September 9, 2014) — The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar association representing more than 35,000 in-house counsel in over 85 countries, will highlight compliance, cross-border data protection, international negotiations and attorney-client privilege, among other business and legal issues at the 2014 ACC Annual Meeting October 28-31 in New Orleans.

More than 2,200 attendees from 35 countries will hear from faculty at corporate leaders such as Halliburton, Home Depot and Best Buy (discussing internal investigations); Wells Fargo, Wal-Mart and Groupon (discussing data use and protection) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (discussing healthcare reform in 2015). Attendees can also participate in the first-ever legal "contractathon," where in-house lawyers will form teams to design hypothetical contract and negotiations processes, led by faculty from NIKE, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Toyota.


Geoff Colvin, senior editor at large at FORTUNE and broadcaster on CBS Radio, will deliver the Meeting's keynote address. Colvin is the author of Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. In his speech, Colvin will address how in-house counsel can use passion, honesty and learning rather than hours, IQ and "native ability" to overcome the challenges of today's global economy and ever-rising standards in order to keep themselves and their companies competitive.

"In-house counsel attend the ACC Annual Meeting to understand topics that will affect their companies in the year ahead," said Veta T. Richardson, ACC president and CEO. "This year, our members are especially interested in topics that were frequently discussed in the courts and among regulators: attorney-client privilege issues, data security and compliance investigations that affect both the legal department and the board of directors. We expect these topics to stay top of mind with corporate lawyers into 2015."

The ACC Annual Meeting features 110 sessions across 12 "tracks," educational programs arranged by topic and practice area. Highlights include:

  • Attorney-Client Privilege for the Compliance Officer: Who Has It? When Do You Have It? How Do You Keep It?
  • Cutting-Edge Issues in Anti-Corruption and Compliance in Latin America
  • A Global Perspective on Preventing Employee Data Theft and Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • What Makes Smart Lawyers Fail? How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence — and Your Impact
  • Bet the Company Litigation

Kicking off the ACC Annual Meeting is the ACC Leadership Dinner, where ACC will recognize individual, law department and chapter and committee winners for their accomplishments and contributions over the past year. Awards include Excellence in Corporate Practice, Member of the Year, Corporate Diversity, Pro Bono, Chapter of the Year and Committee of the Year. At the meeting, ACC will also announce a new Board of Directors and Board Chair.

The 2014 ACC Annual Meeting will be held October 28-31 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. For more information on the 2014 ACC Annual Meeting, visit www.acc.com/am14 or search #ACCAM14 on Twitter. To apply for press credentials, please email Marthea Davis at davis@acc.com.

About ACC: The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 35,000 members in more than 85 countries employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit www.acc.com and follow ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.

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