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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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We put on more than 80 CLEs each year.  While most of our programs are presented “live and in-person” to provide networking opportunities, many are also available simultaneously by a distance-learning option to allow members to access a program by teleconference or Web seminar. 

We know that last-minute schedule changes are in the nature of the beast, and we are here to serve you.  Here is a quick guide to signing up for ACC National Capital Region programs at the last minute:

  • On-Site Attendance:  If you want to attend a program in person, please e-mail the chapter contact for that program (and you can find that information on the event listing on the chapter's Web page calendar).  We can (almost) always add you to the list.
  • Web Seminars:  If you want to access a program that is being presented by Web seminar, you can get into the Web seminar tool by following these directions:
    • Go to our listing of events at National Capital Region Chapter Events
    • Select the title of the program you want to view.  This action will take you to the full event listing for this program.
    • Under the "Notes" section, you will find the URL for the web seminar tool and the meeting number you will need to access the webcast.  

ACC National Capital Region is certified as an MCLE sponsor by the Virginia State Bar.  Several other Bars (including New York and California) recognize courses accredited by the Virginia Bar.  Others will 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 e-mail Beth McConnell, Program Assistant, at

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 visit the subpage titled "Archived Webcasts and Program Materials"

We archive our Web seminars for one year after presentation so that you can receive the content at a time that works for you.

These groups are designed to provide a higher level of programming to specialists in these practice areas and industries, as well as to provide members with enhanced opportunities to develop a professional network with their colleagues. Each of these groups is described on its own subpage, and contact information is provided for the chairs of the Forum.

FORUM eGROUPS:  ACC National Capital Region has eGroups for the practice-area Forums.  To subscribe to one of these eGroups, go to the ACC Member-to-Member section of the web site, and customize your eGroup participation at

  • Corporate Law Forum

    The Corporate Law Forum offers programs evolving around 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 Forum 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 Forum are:

    • Brent Cotton (Lead), Senior Counsel, CGI Federal
    • Jaye Campbell, Associate General Counsel, CoStar Group
    • Henrique Canarim, Director and Assistant General Counsel, Capital One Financial Corp.
    • Danielle Carter, Director of Compliance, Ethics and SER, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
    • Eun Ah Choi, Associate General Counsel, M&A, Willis Towers Watson
    • Joanne Kelly, Vice President and Chief Counsel, Oath, Inc.
    • Sarah Maguire, Senior Counsel, BAE Systems
    • Joe Turitz, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, EchoStar Corporation
  • Employment & Labor Forum

    The Employment and Labor Forum 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 Forum 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 Forum are:

    • Andrew Sakallaris (Lead), Senior Corporate Counsel, Logistics Management Institute
    • Rebecca Clar, Senior Director and Senior Counsel, Employment and Benefits, Hilton
    • Alex Gordon, Associate General Counsel, Washington Gas Light Company
    • Joel Gulick, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Ares Management LLC
    • Kirsten Keating, Employee Relations, Freddie Mac
    • Lesley Marlin, Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment, Northrop Grumman
    • Amit Patel, Associate General Counsel, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
    • Ellen Rice, Director and Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law, VMware Inc.
    • Susan Tahernia, In Transition
  • Ethics & Compliance Forum

    Each year, ACC NCR hosts multiple programs focused on ethical issues that both satisfy the Virginia MCLE requirement and provide important guidance to members.  In addition, as compliance is an increasing focus for many members, the chapter has begun hosting micro-networking lunches on the topic for shared learning.  

    The members of the Ethics and Compliance Forum are:

    Natalie Walker
    Associate GC, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer
    Washington Gas 

  • Global Issues Forum

    The Global Issues Forum is designed to explore the legal issues faced by companies that operate in the global economy, either through international operations or by having customers or clients outside the United States. These issues may include intellectual property, compliance, employment, etc.

    The members of the Global Issues Forum are:

    • Bruce Henoch (Lead), General Counsel, Hiber
    • Charlotte Bernard, Hilton
    • Todd Braunstein, Head of Legal Investigations, Willis Towers Watson
    • Eric Sidle, Senior Counsel, Cvent
    • Rebecca Rohr, Vice President, Anti-Corruption and Global Trade, Ethics & Compliance Office, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
  • Government Contractors Forum

    The Government Contractors Forum serves attorneys that practice in the area of government contracting by presenting programs that provide helpful information on the ins and outs of government contracting, from general principles to subtle nuances that are unique to that area of law. Many of the Forum's programs feature prominent government officials from agencies such as DoD and GSA.

    The members of the Government Contractors Forum are:

    • Matthew Dost (Lead), General Counsel and Director of Contracts, Allied Associates International Inc.
    • Mitchell Bashur, Public Sector Counsel, Verizon Media
    • Kevin Joyce, Senior Manager, Corporate Counsel, ServiceNow Inc.
    • Hollie Kapos, Corporate Counsel, immixGroup Inc.
    • Joelle Laszlo, Counsel, Accenture LLP
    • Won Lee, Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Ogechi Muotoh, Senior Associate General Counsel, VMware, Inc.
    • Annejanette Pickens, Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Jim Winner, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary, Peraton
  • Greater Virginia Forum

    ACC NCR's service area includes all of the Commonwealth of Virginia. We organize continuing education programs and other community and social activities for members outside of the D.C. metro area through our Greater Virginia Forum.

    The members of the Greater Virginia Forum are:

    • Frost Telegadas (Lead), Director of Greater Virginia, ACC NCR
    • Collin Hite, Associate General Counsel, Markel Corp.
    • Sean Beard, Altria Group Inc.
    • Stephanie Gillard, Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel - Virginia Colonial Downs Group LLP
    • Sakina Paige, Sr. Manager, Sr. Counsel, Capital One
    • Christian Ortego, Senior Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
    • John Oakey, General Counsel, Essex Bank
    • Kindra Kirkeby, Assistant Counsel, NewMarket Services Corporation
    • Lusanna Ro, Vice President, AECOM
  • Litigation Forum

    The Litigation Forum 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 Forum are:

    • Scott Walker (Lead), Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac
    • Rich Coel, Senior Counsel, WMATA
    • Pete Patterson, Managing Counsel, Toyota
    • Syeda Raza, Senior Counsel, Bechtel
    • Virginia Robinson, Deputy General Counsel, DynCorp International
  • Nonprofits & Associations Forum

    The Non-Profits and Associations Forum presents programs for counsel who work in all of the various kinds of non-profit entities. Topics include: corporate governance, antitrust, employment law, contracting issues (i.e., hotel contracts, convention contracts), etc.

    The members of the Non-Profits and Associations Forum are:

    • Jesse Raben (Lead), General Counsel, The Common Application 
    • Thomas Cluderay, Associate General Counsel, The Aspen Institute
    • Laura Farley, General Counsel, Virginia Association of Realtors
    • Denise Gold, Associate General Counsel, Associated General Contractors of America
    • Katherine Karl, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, The Humane Society of the United States
    • Rhonda Lees, Senior Counsel, American Bankers Association
    • Erum Mirza, Assistant General Counsel, Certified Financial Planner Board
    • Steve Swartz, Senior Associate General Counsel, The Humane Society
  • Privacy & Data Security Forum

    Recognizing that many aspects of an organization's privacy and data security practices are often managed by in-house legal, the Privacy and Data Security Forum 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 Forum are:

    • Jessica Geller (Lead), Counsel, Blackboard Inc.
    • Cecilia Boudreau, Corporate Counsel, Association of American Medical Colleges
    • Maureen Boyle, Attorney, Internet 2
    • Mary Chapin, Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, National Student Clearinghouse
    • Audrey Jean, Associate General Counsel, AARP
    • Laura Jones, Corporate Counsel, Avaya
    • Michael Kallens, Associate General Counsel, Nasdaz
    • Ilona Levine, Senior Counsel, OVH US L
    • Jennifer Mailander, Deputy General Counsel, Fannie Mae
    • Henry Thaggert, Senior Counsel, Antitrust, Northrop Grumman
    • Gang Xu, Legal Director, Verisign
  • Small Law Department Forum

    The chapter's Small Law Department Forum 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 is defined to refer to those with 1-5 attorneys. This group is not restricted to CLOs.  

    The members of the Small Law Department Forum are:

    • Troy Cahill, (Co-Lead), General Counsel, Lasership Inc.
    • Patrick Samsel, Corporate Counsel, Contracts Manager, Fors Marsh Group LLC
    • Chris Barker, Vice President, Contract Administration, CRAssociates Inc.
    • Amanda Dupree, Associate General Counsel, EPLUS
    • Chi Lam, General Counsel, Guardiar
    • Lauren Mooney, Associate General Counsel, Ratner Co.
  • Technology & IP Forum

    The Technology and IP Forum hosts formal presentations on current technology and intellectual property issues, as well as informal roundtable discussions among members. The Forum's programming touches on all the different technology sectors -- including computer hardware and software issues, telecom, biotechnology, nanotechnology, etc.

    The members of the Technology and IP Forum are:

    • David Beck (Lead), Director of Intellectual Property, Viavi Solutions Inc.
    • Beverly Chang, Counsel, BSA / The Software Alliance
    • Robert "Bob" Gurwin, Chief Counsel, Oath Inc.
    • Joseph McNamara, Intellectual Property Counsel, Nasdaq Inc.
    • Kevin Minsky, Associate General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
    • Bob Paskow, Vice President, Legal, Symantec Corporation
    • Vineetha Pillai, Commercial Counsel, Bloomberg Industry Group
    • Zoe Sharp, Deputy General Counsel, Optoro Inc.
    • Anjanette Stinson, Associate General Counsel, National Student Clearinghouse
    • Edwin Szeto, Associate General Counsel, Commercial & IP, Cvent

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