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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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Upcoming Educational Events:
To see a list of all upcoming ACC NCR educational events, please click HERE.

ACC NCR hosts about 70 educational sessions, both CLE programs and educational roundtables, each year.  

VA MCLE Information:
ACC NCR is certified as an MCLE sponsor by the Virginia State Bar.  Several other Bars (including New York and California) have historically recognized courses accredited by the Virginia Bar.  Others may grant credit for our programs after you go through a brief application process for the course. Please check the rules for the Bar for which you need credit.  If you need us to provide supporting documentation, please email Beth McConnell, Program Assistant, at

Past Program Recordings and Materials:
For a list of programs we have presented thus far this MCLE year, as well as links from which you can download the program materials, please the Archived Webcasts and Program Materials.

CLE Committees:

Our CLE programs are planned in collaboration with one or more of the following committees.  Click on the plus sign to the right to read about each committee and to access a list of the applicable volunteer leaders.

  • Corporate Law Committee

    The Corporate Law & Securities Committee offers programs on cutting-edge legal and regulatory developments affecting both public and private companies. Topics include: issues facing audit committees and other board committees with oversight responsibilities; securities and disclosure developments; and general corporate practice and compliance strategies. It is the intent of the Corporate Law Committee to better enable in-house counsel to successfully address issues facing their respective companies and broaden their knowledge base to provide accurate, ethical, and prudent legal counsel.

    The members of the Corporate Law Committee are:

    • Henrique Canarim (Chair), Vice President, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Leidos
    • Todd Aman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, FiscalNote
    • Joe Androski, Managing Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
    • Brent Cotton, Senior Counsel, inc.
    • Bruce Henoch, General Counsel, Hiber
    • Ray Sczudlo, General Counsel, b.well Connected Health Inc.
    • Maria Votsch, Chief Counsel, Business & Finance Law, U.S. Postal Service
  • Employment & Labor Committee

    The Employment and Labor Committee provides programming that addresses the hot topics and particularly thorny issues that arise in dealing with employees and the rules, regulations and practices that come into play in the workplace. The Committee has been particularly successful bringing in speakers from the regulatory agencies that oversee employment and labor matters, including EEOC, OFCCP, the Department of Labor, and the NLRB.

    The members of the Employment and Labor Committee are:

    • Alex Gordon (Co-Chair), Senior Counsel, Employment Affairs, The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation
    • Lesley Marlin, (Co-Chair) Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment, FINRA
    • Hannah Breshin, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, CACI International Inc. 
    • Kathy Cheung, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Marriott International
    • Rebecca Clar, Assistant General Counsel, Mars
    • Tammy Daub, Vice President and Senior Counsel - Employment Law, Marriott International
    • Kirsten Keating, Employee Relations Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac
    • Luisa Lopez, Vice President/Senior Associate General Counsel for Labor, Employment & Ethics, National Geographic Society
    • Linda Okoukoni, Corporate Counsel - Labor & Employment, HMSHost
    • Amit Patel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Principal Compliance Officer, Senior Counsel, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
    • Andrew Sakallaris, Vice President, General Counsel, LMI
    • Susan Tahernia, Director and Legal Counsel, Kastle Systems
  • Ethics & Compliance Committee

    Each year, ACC NCR hosts multiple programs focused on issues relevant to ethics rules that both satisfy the Virginia ethics MCLE requirement and provide important guidance to members. In addition, because so many in-house counsel perform compliance functions in their companies, the Chapter has begun hosting micro-networking lunches on relevant topics for shared learning. 


    The members of the Ethics and Compliance Committee are:

    Mara Senn (Co-Chair), Executive Global Compliance Lead, Investigations, Monitoring & Transparency (IMT), GE Healthcare
    Karina Vollmer (Co-Chair), Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Amentum
    Abigail Bortnick, Assistant General Counsel, International Regulatory Compliance, Leidos

  • Government Contractors Committee

    The Government Contractors Committee serves attorneys that practice in or are entering the area of government contracting by presenting programs that provide helpful information on the ins and outs of the highly regulated government contracts industry. Committee programs span the gamut from entry-level sessions covering general principles and refreshers to more focused sessions on subtle nuances that are unique to government contracting. Many of the Committee’s programs also feature prominent officials from agencies such as DoD and GSA, as well as seasoned practitioners with in-house and outside counsel experience.

    The members of the Government Contractors Committee are:

    • Annejanette Pickens (Chair), Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Mitchell Bashur, Associate General Counsel, Verizon
    • Matthew Dost, General Counsel, Redhorse
    • Kevin Joyce, Head of Global Public Sector Compliance, ServiceNow Inc.
    • Hollie Kapos, Director, Legal Counsel, immixGroup Inc.
    • Sandeep Kathuria, Assistant General Counsel, L3Harris
    • Joelle Laszlo, Corporate Counsel, Accenture LLP
    • Won Lee, Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Sarah Maguire, Senior Counsel, BAE Systems
    • Elizabeth Roman Jones, Compliance Director, Cambridge International Systems, Inc.
    • Christian Scott, Corporate Counsel, Amazon
    • Jim Winner, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Peraton
  • Greater Virginia Advisory Committee

    ACC NCR’s service area includes all of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Greater Virginia Advisory Committee organizes programs and other activities for the many members who live and work in the Richmond, Roanoke, and Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads areas.

    The members of the Greater Virginia Committee are:

    • Jay Oakey (Chair), Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Legal Officer, TowneBank
    • Angela Ciccolo, General Counsel, Humane Society USA
    • Robyn Davis, Senior Legal Counsel, Tredegar
    • Stephanie Frank, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Thriveworks
    • Stephanie Gilliard, Philanthropy Legal Counsel, Intuitive, Inc.
    • Kindra Kirkeby, Senior Corporate Counsel, Schott North America, Inc.
    • Christine Mehfoud, Associate General Counsel, Legal - Corporate Enterprise, Anthem Inc. 
    • Santiago Montalvo, Staff Counsel, Virginia Association of REALTORS
    • Christian Ortego, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
    • Sakina Paige, Senior Manager, Senior Counsel, Capital One Financial Corporation
    • Javier Rodriguez, SVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, BioXcel Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Litigation Committee

    The Litigation Committee provides useful programs for in-house litigators, as well as non-litigators who manage litigation. It also helps develop a working group of in-house litigators who can share ideas about and approaches to various litigation topics.

    The members of the Litigation Committee are:

    • Virginia Robinson (Chair), General Counsel | Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Kira/the Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corporation 

    • Patrick Chaing, Associate General Counsel, Sallie Mae Bank

    • Myomi Coad, Director, Litigation & Operations Counsel, AvalonBay

    • Kelly Fisher, Assistant General Counsel, DC Water and Sewer Authority

    • Caroline Keller, Managing Counsel, L3Harris Technologies

    • Kristin Meister, Senior Counsel, IDEMIA

  • Nonprofits & Associations Committee

    The Nonprofits and Associations Committee organizes programs and creates networking opportunities for in-house counsel who work at the various kinds of nonprofit entities, including, but not limited to, 501(c)(3)s, (c)(4)s, trade associations, and private foundations. The Committee hosts programs that offer practical take-aways for our nonprofit members, on topics such as general compliance and risk management, corporate governance, nonprofit tax, advocacy, fundraising, antitrust, employment law, volunteer management, and associated contracting issues (i.e., gift agreements).

    The members of the Nonprofits and Associations Committee are:

    • Joe Kakesh (Co-Chair), General Counsel, Growth Energy
    • Rhonda Lees (Co-Chair), Vice President and Senior Counsel, American Bankers Association
    • Davina Biddle, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Strada Education Foundation
    • Katie Cole, Chief Legal Officer, Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation
    • Cathy Livingston, CLO, American Institutes of Research
    • Mondi Kumbula-Fraser, Vice President of Government Relations & General Counsel, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
    • Sara Marshman, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Humane Society USA
    • Lara Neumark, Vice President and Associate General Counsel-Corporate Responsibility, JP Morgan Chase
    • Jesse Raben, Chief Legal and Risk Officer, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    • Whitney Silverman, Assistant Legal Counsel and Director of Government Relations, National Association of Independent Schools
  • Privacy & Data Security Committee

    Recognizing that many aspects of an organization's privacy and data security practices are often managed by in-house legal, the Privacy and Cybersecurity Committee provides continuing education for members who are responsible for these matters.  The group holds roundtable discussions on current issues and organizes high-level CLE programs.

    The members of the Privacy and Data Security Committee are:

    • Mary Blatch (Co-Chair), Associate General Counsel, CFA Institute
    • Jessica Geller (Co-Chair), Assistant General Counsel - Privacy & Technology, Amplify
    • Kaye Cyrus, Corporate Counsel, Health Edge
    • Michael Ginsberg, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, CACI International
    • Michael Kallens, Senior Associate General Counsel - Ethics and Compliance, Nasdaq
    • Rebecca Knight, Principal Corporate Counsel, Cisco
    • Tracy Locklin, Chief Privacy Officer, National Student Clearinghouse
    • Jennifer Mailander, Deputy General Counsel, Fannie Mae
    • Devi Mehta, Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Joe Omurchadha, Attorney, SAP
  • Small Law Department Committee

    The Small Law Department Committee addresses the issues of resource allocation and operational management faced by members who (a) practice in, or are concerned with issues relating to, small corporate law departments or (b) practice in larger departments either as a legal “generalist” or at a remote location with few lawyers. While there is no specific limit, “small department” generally refers to those with one to five attorneys. This group is not restricted to CLOs.

    The members of the Small Law Department Committee are:

    • Troy Cahill (Co-Chair), General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Lasership Inc.
    • Patrick Samsel (Co-Chair), General Counsel, Fors Marsh Group
    • Chris Barker, General Counsel, Valor Healthcare.
    • Amanda Dupree, Associate General Counsel, ePlus
    • Lauren Mooney, Senior Counsel, National Restaurant Association
  • Technology & IP Committee


    The Technology and IP Committee hosts formal presentations on current technology and intellectual property (IP) issues, as well as informal roundtable discussions among members. The Committee’s programming relates to various technology sectors – including computer hardware and software issues, telecom, biotechnology, and nanotechnology – as well as all the different types of IP.

    The members of the Technology and IP Committee are:

    • Vineetha Pillai Shah (Co-Chair), Commercial Counsel, Bloomberg Industry Group
    • Anjanette Stinson (Co-Chair), Associate General Counsel, National Student Clearinghouse
    • Beverly Chang, Senior Counsel, BSA / The Software Alliance
    • Joseph McNamara, Associate Vice President - Principal Associate General Counsel (Intellectual Property), Nasdaq Inc.
    • Bob Paskow, Vice President, Global Commercial Legal, Elastic
    • Edwin Szeto, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel - Commercial, Cvent
    • Steve Tibbets, Lead Commercial Counsel Public Sector, Elastic