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2018 ACC Award Winners

Robert I. Townsend, Jr. Member of the Year Award

Stephen Roth is vice president and general counsel at Jewelry Television, and recently served as chair of the ACC Law Department Management Network. He is a regular speaker and advisor for many ACC education programs. He consistently provides practical and timely guidance on ACC programming, as well as continuously develops creative solutions to increasing member engagement. Additionally, Stephen was profiled in the March 2018 issue of ACC Docket on innovation in the area of law department management.

Jonathan S. Silber Network Member of the Year Award

Sherie Edwards, vice president of corporate and legal for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, has been part of the Small Law Department Network's leadership team since 2012, as well as an active member of the Network Leadership Council and ACC Tennessee board of directors. With the publication of The Path to Layer Wellbeing, Sherie focused on the theme of attorney wellness during her year as chair of Small Law Department Network. Thus, members received information on various wellness topics through monthly emails, quarterly newsletters, and legal quick hits.

In addition to her work with ACC, Sherie serves on the attorney wellness committees for the Tennessee Bar Association and Nashville Bar Association, as well as a mentor to young in-house attorneys through the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, the Tennessee Bar Association's mentoring program, and the American Bar Association's corporate counsel mentoring program.

Outstanding Small/Large Network of the Year Award

The Sports and Entertainment Network is the winner in the small category. During this award period, the network achieved eight percent membership growth, and produced 12 written resources and 13 virtual presentations. The Sports and Entertainment Network further advanced ACC's strategic initiatives by building and nurturing partnerships with other ACC networks and chapters, as well as outside organizations. Further, the network continues its efforts through social media. On Twitter, @ACCSELC has nearly 600 followers and a steady flow of fresh, relevant content.

The Law Department Management Network (large category winner) developed 17 virtual educational programs and 25 written resources in collaboration with Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Leveraging its Membership Subcommittee, the network also developed a comprehensive plan to increase its membership, including a new member sweepstakes sponsored by Jewelry Television. Additionally, the network established a social media subcommittee, which launched a YouTube channel, "In The Lead," to share legal tips from their sponsor and market their monthly calls with creative video "sneak peeks." The network also hosted a series of educational calls with renowned published authors, such as Bob Rosen, author of Grounded and Conscious, and Andy Molinsky, who penned Global Dexterity. These efforts resulted in a 73 percent increase in virtual programming attendance over the last year

Outstanding Network Sponsor of the Year Award

As the sponsor of the Employment and Labor Law Network, Jackson Lewis P.C. developed 17 virtual presentations and 21 written resources this year. Additionally, the firm actively supported ACC and its members through sponsorship of ACC Corporate Counsel University® (June, 2018) and the ACC Foundation Care & Feeding of In-House Counsel Dinner (April and May 2018). Jackson Lewis is also sponsoring ACC's Compliance Portal for ADA and union avoidance topics for the next three years.

Outstanding Chapter Achievement Awards

Innovative Programming

ACC kentucky (Super Lawyers)

Best Membership strategy implemented

ACC st. louis (membership recruitment/engagement three-step initiative)

Best Partnership Program

ACC Charlotte (advanced management program)

Best Diversity Initiative

ACC greater philadelphia (diversity corporate summer internship program)

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