ACC National Capital Region

2017 Paralegal Institute


Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, Virginia  


8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
Breakfast and registration

8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
Drafting and Interpreting Contracts

Presented by Alan Fishel and Nick Lawson of Arent Fox LLP and Wendy Sharpe, Paralegal, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions.
Whatever your particular industry or job, you will probably be called upon to draft or interpret contract language at some point. This interactive session will focus on core concepts in contract drafting and interpretation, as well as how to analyze common provisions found in many agreements. We will also examine pitfalls frequently encountered when drafting some of the key provisions. Finally, in a fun, interactive portion of the presentation, we will lead you through issue spotting exercises to help you evaluate problems with provisions you may often see.

10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
Paralegal Ethics

Presented by Paul Howard of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Christiane Lourenco, Senior Paralegal, Alion Science and Technology and Bonnie Lenox, Legal Department Administrator, Harbor Group International, LLC.

11:15 AM  -  12:15 PM
Legal Review with an IP Lens

Presented by Bob Gurwin, Chief Counsel, AOL, Inc. and Dana Cizmadia, Compliance Specialist, Brand Protection and Marketing, Office of the General Counsel, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Working with product teams and negotiating commercial agreements can be challenging due to the myriad of legal and regulatory issues in play.  Remembering to also look at things through an IP lens will ensure that you protect or unlock what can be your company's most valuable assets.  In this session we will explore various issues that arise in the in-house realm that you may not realize are IP issues, or have an IP component.  For example, when the marketing department comes up with a tag line, what steps are needed to clear it prior to use, or to ensure that it can't be used by competitors?  

12:15 PM  -  12:45 PM

12:45 PM  -  1:45 PM
Corporate Governance: Trends and Fundamental Skills for Paralegals

Presented by Alan J. Wilson and Libby Ragan of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Maintaining effective corporate governance practices remain critically important to organizations of all sizes.  Paralegals make significant contributions to the success of a company’s corporate governance efforts.  This session will review recent trends in corporate governance and will discuss the myriad of ways paralegals add value in this regard.  Program topics will include:

What constitutes corporate governance

Trends in corporate governance

Hallmarks of good corporate governance

Key players in an organization’s corporate governance program

Best practices for paralegals involved in corporate governance functions

 2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
The Value of Mentors and Sponsors in Job Growth and Career Development

Panelists include Chanel Bradden, Assistant Corporate Secretary, International Subsidiary Governance,  Lockheed Martin Corporation and Glen Cunningham, Legal Analyst II, Litigation, E-Discovery, Sprint Corporation. Moderated by Susan Borke, Principal, BorkeWorks. 
Whether you want to grow in your current position or advance your career, everyone can benefit from a mentor and/or sponsor. This panel that will explain the difference between Mentors and Sponsors and the importance of each role for your career growth.  We will discuss how to identify and attract mentors and sponsors, and make the most of your relationship with a mentor or a sponsor.  Our panelists will share their secrets to identifying people who would be good mentors or sponsors for you, effective approaches to individuals with whom you want to establish a mentor or sponsor relationship, and how to manage those relationships to the mutual benefit of you and the mentor or sponsor.


Speakers listed with descriptions above in the "Overview" section.


Robin Hayutin
Phone: 703-242-8773


Members: $100 for Paralegals of Companies with ACC Members
Non-members: $150 for Paralegals in Companies with no ACC Members

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