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Meritas is the 2015 sponsor for ACC's Small Law Department Committee. Nicolle Schippers, the Past Chair, was awarded 2013 Committee Member of the Year. Meritas was also chosen as the 2013 Committee Sponsor of the Year.

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The Small Law Department Committee develops and explores ways that lawyers in small law departments and generalists in larger departments can best provide legal services to their corporate clients. The committee provides numerous practical resources, including best practices and sample policies.

Special Announcments

A selection of 2015 Annual Meeting sessions will be aired as live webcasts from Boston. Please click here to view a complete list of Annual Meeting live webcasts and to register.

In addition, a summary of the Virtual Roundtable on Contracting Processes that was held on January 29th, 2015 by the Small Law Department Committee is available. Panelists described contract negotiation playbooks, contract management software, personnel vs. volume and many more subjects. 

The summary can be downloaded by clicking here.


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Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM ET, 4:45 PM GMT
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

What DOES FOB Mean? Using INCOTERMS® Effectively In Your Next Domestic or International Contract

,FOBŠ does not mean ,Friends of BillŠ when you are shipping goods and materials. Do you know when the risk of loss passes, who pays for insurance and shipping, who is responsible for customs paperwork, and a myriad of other details? The internationally accepted standardized terms that address these issues are INCOTERMS and were significantly amended in 2010. This presentation will show you:· - How to use INCOTERMS® to your client‰s advantage by simplifying your next domestic or international contract for the sale of goods without compromising precision - How INCOTERMS® interacts with the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the Uniform Commercial Code - How INCOTERMS® can affect your international trade compliance and carrier relationships.More details coming soon! John Dimitry, Of Counsel, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary P.C.


Guide to Handling Contract Negotiations for IT Technology License, Employment Agreements and Commercial Leasing Contracts

Sep 2015 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Arent Fox LLP
Every business routinely executes agreements that cover a broad range of topics. It is often necessary for in-house counsel to assess the opportunities and risks involved in each of those contracts. ...

Fire over Facebook? A Primer on Protected Social Media Activity in the Workplace and Best Practice Guide for Managing Employee Social Media Use

Aug 2013 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
As social media use in the workplace continues to increase, it should come as no surprise that employers are increasingly disciplining employees for their social media activity. Because social media ...

Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Denoting a Law Degree for Non-Legal Department Employees

Jun 2015 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, discusses employees who have legal degrees but are not members of the legal department or otherwise acting ...

Attending a Meeting with a Represented Party

Jun 2015 Wisdom of the Crowd
This Wisdom of the Crowd, compiled from responses posted on the Small Law Departments eGroup, addresses whether lawyers can attend a meeting with their clients, when the opposing party’s counsel ...

Sample Legal Department Communications

Jun 2015 Form & Policy Download doc
The purpose of this policy is to communicate to the Company the general circumstances when an employee should contact the Legal Department.