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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. 

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Upcoming Meetings

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM ET, 2:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

EMEA: Challenges and New Opportunities Arising from the Recent Greek Crisis ? Exposure, Protection and Perspectives for Foreign Corporations and Investors

Presented by the ACC Small Law Department Committee and Tsibanoulis & Partners Greece has recently entered into a new chapter in the financial crisis it is facing for the last 6 years, which brought about, amongst other, capital controls, complicated new processes of dealing with the banks, additional financial challenges for the local corporations as well as changes in various fields of the economy and the regulatory framework. Foreign corporations that have Greek assets or deal with Greek partners and counterparties come up with ways to realise their plans within this new challenging environment and be protected from such risks and exposure. At the same time, the need for immediate new recapitalisation of the Greek banks, restructuring and refinancing of business entities, completion of already initiated privatisation projects and the launching of new ones in all sectors, including real estate and infrastructure, present new investing opportunities for foreign companies and international players. The governing party, that was negative to privatisations, has accepted the need for realizing such projects, reducing thus seriously the existing, until recently, legal risk for foreign investors, given the fact that at this point all major parties in parliament are in favour of privatisations. The presentation will focus on the interesting possibilities for investment that emerge from bank recapitalisation and privatisation needs, but also on protection mechanisms against the aforementioned new challenges. Dr. Dimitris Tsibanoulis, Managing Partner Evy Kyttari, Partner

Upcoming Webcast

Finding Common Ground: Comparing Corporate, Contract & Employment Practices in Australia and the United States

Sep 22 2015 7:00 PM ET On-Line CLE/CPD Program
On Demand 75 Minutes
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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
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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
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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.