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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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The ACC Houston Chapter has the following committees you can get involved with. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Elena Baer at ACCHouston@accglobal.com.

Chapter Meetings (Nicole Moss)

ACC Houston's chapter Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of the month at Maggiano's Restaurant or on Zoom. When in-person, each meeting usually begins with a networking period and announcements followed by lunch and a one hour presentation. The presentation is either delivered from a law firm who is one of our platinum sponsors or another entity, and covers a topic of interest to our membership.

Diversity/Scholarships  (Lauren Haller/Dionne Hamilton)

Leadership Director with responsibility for leading the chapters diversity efforts including awarding scholarships, planning and hosting the Diversity Reception (along with the Golf Spa Chair), organizing mini-internships, and scheduling on campus panels at local law schools.

Financial (David Comeaux)

From time to time, ACC Houston Chapter has money in excess of operating expenses that may need to be directed to longer term investments. This committee will evaluate the current needs of the Chapter and then identify possible short or long term investments. It will also determine an appropriate level for maintaining the flow of money between the checking and money market account. Investment recommendations by this committee will then be presented to the Board of Directors for appropriate approval pursuant to the Delegation of Authority Guidelines.

Golf/Spa (Dean Fisher)

ACC Houston's primary member networking event is our Golf/Spa event. There are 20-25 teams with 4 golfers per team and approximately 150 spa participants. The golf and spa portion of the day is followed by a two-hour CLE presentation that provides ethics credit and is followed by a reception.

Membership Development and Retention (Leonardo Guglielmi/Brian Kentshire)

Leadership Director with responsibility for recruiting new members and maintaining current members.  The membership chair organizes and conducts membership recruitment and retention programs for the chapter.

Pro Bono (Victor Wright/Patrick Byrd)

Chairperson with responsibility for leading the chapter's pro bono and community outreach efforts. Street Law is our primary program for 2021.

Social/Networking (Dionne Hamilton, Leonardo Guglielmi and Joseph Yao)

Leadership Director with responsibility for networking and social events held both in conjunction with monthly meetings and stand alone (i.e. happy hours, Night Court event, holiday party, sporting events, etc.).

Women In-House (Emily Shields)

The Women In-House Committee provides networking and information sharing opportunities for ACC members, with the goal of supporting the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Legal Services Management / Value Challenge (Francisco Balduzzi/Dean Fisher)

This interest group covers strategies for maximizing the value of legal spend. Primary goals: To promote the objectives of the ACC Value Challenge: http://www.acc.com/services-initiatives/value-challenge/ To serve as a key resource for members to exchange valuable information and practical approaches to managing internal and outside counsel resources, negotiating alternative fee / value-based billing arrangements, deploying legal project management strategies, etc.) To foster the professional development of its members through education and networking opportunities.

Veteran Networking Group (Victor Wright)

This networking group was launched in 2020 and focuses on offering networking, transitional and educational opportunities to ACC Houston Chapter members who are military veterans and attorneys.  Open to all members, this group is planning more networking events for 2021 with the goal of further strengthening the connection between the corporate legal community, military veterans and their families.

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