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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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This collection of forums includes all of the chapter's community outreach and pro bono efforts, as well as special programs for General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers and members located in the Greater Virginia (South of DC and Northern Virginia areas). Please open one of the links below for additional information on:

  • Community Service Forum
  • CLO and General Counsel Club and related Resources
  • Corporate Scholars Program - our diversity pipeline internships for law students
  • Leadership Academy
  • Greater Virginia Forum 
  • Pro Bono Forum
  • Community Service

    The Community Service Forum leads the chapter’s wide range of existing service activities, from its participation in the annual Lawyers Have Heart Run & Walk in D.C. to evenings packing food at Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, MD. It will work to add opportunities of interest to members and collaborate with sponsors to help in our community.

    Key partner organizations include - Lawyers Have Heart Annual Run & Walk in D.C., Manna Food Bank, D.C. Diaper Bank, Rock Creek Park Clean Up, Street Law programs in high schools in both Clarksburg and Oxen Hill, MD and Worth Days for Kids in Foster Care.

    The members of the Community Service Forum are:

    • Denise Gold (Lead), Associate GC, Associated General Contractors of America
    • Kelly Crecco, Corporate Contracts Manager, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
    • Susan Duarte, Sr. Counsel, Sprint
    • Courtney Edmonds, Corporate Counsel, Leidos
    • Sean Fleming, VP and Associate GC, Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (Echo Star)
    • Stefanie Frank, Associate Counsel, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Bob Gans, Associate VP – Labor, NASDAQ, Inc
    • Ilona Levine , GC, Internet Society
    • Adriana Luedke, Associate GC,  Lockheed Martin
    • Lesley Marlin. Sr. Counsel Labor and Employment, Northrup Grumman
    • Tina Rao, Assistant GC, Willis Towers Watson, North America
    • Alyssa Senzel, Deputy GC and Compliance, Blackboard Inc.
    • Jamie Specter, Counsel, Capital One Financial Corporation


    Many volunteer organizations have adapted and are offering virtual opportunities to make a positive impact. We hope you'll take the opportunity to contribute to the health of your community.

    National Diaper Bank - nonprofit organization that provides basic essentials to those in need.

    Smithsonian Digital Volunteers - The Smithsonian benefits from the work of thousands of passionate volunteers who support the organization on-site in our museums, zoo, and other facilities.

    Below is a collection of online resources where you can get started:

    The United Nations Online Volunteering Service - A collection of global online volunteering opportunities.

    All for Good - Volunteer opportunity matching service (with virtual options)

    Volunteer Match - a source for community service opportunities worldwide (with virtual options

    Points of Light - Community Service Database and Global Volunteer Network

    Here are some helpful articles to help broaden your search:


  • Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Club

    CLO and GENERAL COUNSEL CLUB provides opportunities for members serving in the senior legal position in their organizations to gather and discuss topics of interest. For many years, members of the club have taken turns hosting breakfast in their offices once a month. Starting in 2018, the club has expanded those opportunities to include other events.

    The leadership by geographic location is:

    Virginia Co-Chair, Mary C. Chapin, VP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, National Student Clearinghouse

    District of Columbia Co-Chair, Taryn Fielder, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Washington REIT

    Maryland Co-Chair, Paul Mamalian, EVP, General Counsel, HMSHost Corporation

  • Corporate Scholars Program

    ****Applications for the Class of 2021 Corporate Scholars are now open ****



    ACC National Capital Region – the regional chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel – is very pleased to invite students from eligible Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland law schools to apply to participate in the 18th year of our Corporate Scholars Program. This program provides experiential learning opportunities in the local legal departments of prestigious companies and not-for-profit organizations. The Corporate Scholars Program is designed to give students from the law schools in our region meaningful exposure to in-house practice. This popular program is also a “diversity pipeline” program. We hope to get applications from populations that may otherwise lack access to these opportunities. 

    In the summer of 2021, ACC National Capital Region plans to select approximately ten (10) students for the Program. We solicit the internship opportunities from General Counsel who are ACC National Capital Region members, and expect to get a terrific response.  In recent years, the organizations that hosted Scholars included: American Red Cross, Amtrak, Booz Allen Hamilton, Carey International Inc., Cvent, Freddie Mac, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Hilton Worldwide, Lockheed Martin, MAG Aerospace, National Association for the Education of Young Children, NewMarket Services Corporation, Rosetta Stone, Sandy Spring Bank, Special Olympics, Sodexo Inc. and VOX Media.

    These opportunities are open to students who will be enrolled in the fall 2021, including students in joint-degree programs and/or in full-time and part-time law school programs. The internships will last for ten (10) weeks, starting on or about June 1, 2021.  Students will be paid at least $10,000 (less applicable income taxes and other deductions) over the course of the 10 weeks by their host organizations, with funding from the Ilene G. Reid Corporate Scholars Fund administered by the Greater Washington Community Foundation.


    TO APPLY AS A SCHOLAR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021 use this link:

    THE DEADLINE TO APPLY AS A SCHOLAR is Friday, January 8, 2021.



    TO APPLY TO HOST A SCHOLAR this summer use this link:

    THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO HOST is Friday, January 29, 2021.


    Thank you for your interest.  If you have any questions about the program or issues completing our applications, please contact Frost Telegadas, Director of Greater Virginia of ACC National Capital Region, at either 804-347-1548 or   

    The Members of the Corporate Scholars Forum are:

    • Brandon Fitzgerald, Associate General Counsel & Asst. Secretary, United Negro College Fund
    • Kindra Kirkeby, Assistant Counsel, NewMarket Services Corporation
    • Won Lee, Associate General Counsel, General Dynamics Mission Systems

  • Leadership Academy

    Click below to visit the Leadership Academy web site
    for information and the application:

    Leadership Academy

  • Greater Virginia Forum

    Greater Virginia Forum

    ACC NCR’s service area includes all of the Commonwealth of Virginia and there are many members who live or work in the Richmond and Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads areas.  We organize programs and other activities for members outside of the D.C. metro area through our Greater Virginia Forum.

    The Forum Members are:

    The members of the Greater Virginia Forum are:

    • Frost Telegadas (Lead), Director of Greater Virginia, ACC NCR
    • 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
    • Erin Kelly, Counsel, Aetna
    • Kindra Kirkeby, Assistant Counsel, NewMarket Services Corporation
    • Lusanna Ro, Vice President, AECOM
    • Javier Rodriguez, former General Counsel, Indivior PLC
  • Pro Bono

    In-House Pro Bono in the Time of Covid-19

    On September 23, 2020, ACC NCR co-hosted the program In-House Pro Bono in the Time of Covid-19, featuring representatives of legal services organizations and in-house volunteers sharing information about pro bono opportunities involving transactional work, litigation, wills, voting rights, immigration, and more – all of which are currently seeking volunteers for remote work during the pandemic.  For more information, click on the links below:


    Pro Bono Forum & Resources

    The Pro Bono Forum co-hosts a number of pro bono clinics each year, including several in collaboration with Legal Services of Northern Virginia and Freddie Mac in Tysons, VA and one or more with Whitman-Walker Legal Services in Rockville, MS and other locations.  In addition, the Forum is developing materials and hosting events to educate members about opportunities and Solutions to challenges, as well as sharing information about pro bono projects hosted by others that are a good fit for in-house counsel and their colleagues. 

    The members of the Pro Bono Forum are:

    Kathi Westcott (Co-lead) Senior Director, Legal Affairs & Senior Counsel, The Pew Charitable Trust 

    Robert Wilson, (Co-lead), Corporate Counsel, VeriSign, Inc.

    Michael Howson, Associate General Counsel, Oath Inc.

    Kirsten Keating, Employee Relations Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac

    Chi Lam, General Counsel, Guardian

    John Marzullo, Director, Assistant General Counsel, Capital One Financial Corporation

    Kevin Minsky, Associate General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

    Veronique Staco, General Counsel, MPR Associates, Inc.

    Stephanie Suitt, Senior Manager, Office of the General Counsel, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

    At this time, we are working with the following organizations:

    • Legal Services of Northern Virginia (“LSNV”).  We hold quarterly pro bono clinics where our members provide legal services to LSNV clients.  The current focus of the clinics is on consumer law issues, as those issues are easier for in-house counsel to handle without extensive training.  LSNV provides onsite training the day of the clinic, and LSNV attorneys are available at the clinic for consultation on specific legal issues.  To learn more about LSNV, please visit their web site at
    • Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services Program.  Members participate in special legal clinics organized by the Whitman-Walker Clinic, a community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.  Thus far, our members have participated in clinics providing advice to clients applying for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans and those seeking assistance with the name and gender change processes. We anticipate that Whitman-Walker will seek our participation in future clinics. For information about Whitman-Walker's pro bono program, please visit
    • D.C. Bar Small Business Assistance Clinics.  We urge our members to participate in Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinics provided through the D.C. Bar Pro BonoProgram. These clinics provide legal information to small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs who operate in economically disadvantaged areas or who have limited financial resources.  For more information on these clinics, please visit  When training sessions and volunteering opportunities arise, we will post the information here and in our e-newsletter.
    • Children’s Law Center. We are partnering with the Children's Law Center (CLC) and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to serve some of the most vulnerable members of the Washington, D.C. community. CLC is the largest legal services organization in the District of Columbia and the only such organization with a dedicated focus on children. Our project involves providing pro bono services to at-risk children in the District who are at the center of custody disputes, and serving as their custody guardians ad litemto assist the D.C. Superior Court in resolving these disputes.
    • Family Services Inc. Family Services Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD, promotes the resilience, recovery and independence of individuals and families across the life span through integrated mental and physical health, social service, and education programs, thereby strengthening communities. We are collaborating with Venable LLP to provide clinics for the organization's clients about wills, probate, power of attorney, health care directives, and guardianships.

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