ACC Chicago has a robust calendar full of opportunities for Chapter members to become involved! Below is a brief description of the committees that lead the chapter in our efforts to serve the membership. Committees provide members with the chance to work side-by-side with colleagues and develop not only leadership skills, but beneficial professional relationships. Submit the volunteer form and we will make every effort to get you connected.
The Program Committee, under the leadership of the Vice President of Programs, develops, recommends, and implements programs for the benefit of in-house attorney members of the Organization. This committee works on the following types of programs throughout the year:
- Sponsored MCLE Programs - Developed through the invaluable partnership with our Chapter sponsors
- Career Development Programs
- CLO Programs
- Social Events
- General Counsel Panel Program
The Community Outreach and Diversity Committee conducts activities designed to encourage and promote diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession. Specific programs include:
- Street Law Programs (Northwest Suburbs and CPS High Schools) - This program – developed by ACC in collaboration with the Street Law organization creates partnerships between lawyers, paralegals and others in our legal departments and nearby high school law classes serving youth from diverse backgrounds. The ACC Chicago Chapter Street Law Program has both a Chicago and a Northwest Suburban component, and volunteers can select which component (city or suburbs) is most geographically convenient for them. During the second semester of each year, ACC volunteers visit the participating classes, and ACC Chicago brings all of the students and volunteers to a one day conference (one for each geographic component) in April and/or May. Volunteers find it to be a fun and gratifying way to give back to the community and, at the same time, form meaningful relationships with their in-house colleagues. The time commitment involved is fairly flexible, probably averaging 10-15 hours over the course of three to four months – a small commitment to perhaps change the life of a deserving student.
- Diversity Summer Internship Program - The Diversity Summer Internship Program places first year law students with diverse backgrounds attending Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments. Selected law students work in the legal department of a Chicagoland company for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer. The students have a "real-life" experience and complete at least one assignment that can be used as a writing sample. Furthermore, what sets this program apart from and above others is its extensive focus on mentoring and networking. Selected students are assigned a mentor in the company who is responsible for directing their workload and ensuring that the students have a positive learning experience. In addition to their day-to-day work, the interns are also assigned a mentor from the ACC Chicago Chapter and attend seminars and networking events hosted by the Chicago Chapter and participating legal departments. These seminars offer the students helpful tips on topics such as networking, interviewing and resume writing.
- Pro Bono Committee - The ACC Chicago Pro Bono Committee provides opportunities and information related to Chicago area pro bono involvement for in-house counsel. Researching and connecting the Chapter with a variety of organizations and events is the work of this committee.
- Community Outreach Programs - an ongoing focus of the Chapter and often developed in cooperation with our sponsors. We try to reach a variety of worthwhile organizations and causes that are valued by our Chapter members.
The Membership Committee engages in activities designed to facilitate the recruitment and retention of in-house attorney members of the Organization. This includes several networking events.
The Publicity/Marketing Committee endeavors to increase awareness of and promote membership in the ACC, and the Chicago Chapter, through a variety of vehicles.
The Finance Committee, under the leadership of the Treasurer, and direction from ACC HQ, oversees the budget and finances of the Chapter.
The Annual In-House Counsel Celebration Dinner Committee, under the leadership of the President-Elect, develops, recommends and oversees the annual dinner event.
The Newsletter Committee works to keep the publication on the cutting edge as a source of information for our Chapter members. Photographers are highly valued!