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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 summary of the Virtual Roundtable on Contracting Processes that was held on January 29th, 2015 by the Small Law Department Committee is available now. 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

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Affirmative Action Compliance in the United States: Who's Covered and What's Required?

What do legal counsel in Small Law Departments need to know about Affirmative Action requirements applicable to government contractors and their subcontractors? This presentation will address this subject and provide an overview of hot topics in the area including Affirmative Action regulations regarding protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, the President's Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, and the Executive Order Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. William H. Pickering, Shareholder, Chambliss, Bahner, & Stophel, P.C.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Squeezing Blood From a Turnip: How to Respond to a Data Breach When You Have Limited Resources

It‰s easy for companies to be overwhelmed by the world of big data, and even more overwhelmed by the ins and outs of preventing and responding to a data breach. This program will provide you with the state of the law on data breaches, and practical advice for how legal departments can work with their business partners to mitigate and manage the risks associated with data, especially when the legal department and/or the business partners have limited resources. Tedrick Housh, Lathrop & Gage LLP


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 ...

Employee Wellness Programs: A Federal and State Analysis of the Legal and Practical Implications

Sep 2012 InfoPAK Download pdf
Sponsored by Meritas
This InfoPAK explores corporate employee wellness programs, highlighting the benefits and challenges employers face when developing such programs. It examines both mandatory and voluntary employee ...

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.