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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 National Capital Region chapter places great emphasis on assisting its members with career development -- whether it's managing an in-transition period, finding that next great job, or improving or broadening your skill set.  In addition to our incomparable continuing education offerings, our chapter also provides programming and other services to help members have the best possible in-house career and life.

The main facets of our career development services are:

  • The Career Development Forum:  For more information about the Forum, and contact information for its chairs, please visit the forum page. The Forum regularly presents substantive programs on a variety of career topics.
  • Clearinghouse eGroup: Our very own "matchmaking" service. Members who are seeking temporary fill-ins for attorneys who are out on medical or family leave, sabbatical, etc., or who need a short-term ramp-up in staffing, can join the Clearinghouse eGroup and post their needs.  Members who are in-transition and are subscribed to the eGroup would get that information and be able "apply" to fill them. To join the eGroup:
    1. Go to the ACC website at and LOG IN.
    2. Hover over My Network in the top toolbar and click on MY COMMITTEES & EGROUPS.
    3. Click on JOIN/MANAGE COMMITTEES. It opens a new window. Click "yes" for to join the Clearinghouse. Click SUBMIT to put the change into effect. Then click at top to close the window.
    4. Click on VISIT MY EGROUPS to view the eGroups to which you are subscribed. When you click on MANAGE SUBSCRIPTIONS, you will be able to change how you receive communications from the eGroups.
  • LinkedIn:  ACC National Capital Region has a very well-subscribed LinkedIn Group for chapter members on that popular professional networking Web site. If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can join our group.  (If you don't have a profile yet, you can create one now - they are free - and then join our group.)  Simply go to and search for ACC National Capital Region.  Then click on "Join This Group." We can use this site to host discussions and enhance networking among our members.

Job search tips:  Simple - but important - steps to take to maximize the benefits of your membership in ACC and the National Capital Region chapter as you go through a job search:

  • Keep your contact information up to date – you want to continue to get communications from ACC and our chapter.

  • If you are in-transition, you can continue your membership at no cost for one year (write [email protected]).

  • Register and regularly check the In House Jobline at for new postings.

  • Don't hesitate to use the annual Membership Directory or the online directory to reach out to other members and see what or who they know, or may have heard. 

  • Network, network, network……


  • Keep your resume up to date, let others critique it.  Develop numerous versions.  If you are sending it in response to a particular opening, make sure it aligns with what the position is seeking.

  • Develop a catchy “elevator speech” (one to two minutes) that explains what you have done and what you are looking for.

  • Structure your days.  Designate times for job-hunting, and times for other activities (to keep you fresh, since job hunting can be draining).

  • Don’t be shy – let all your friends, family and other contacts know you are searching and what you are searching for.

  • Make a list of career websites that you want to check regularly.

  • Be seen – attend CLEs, attend other bar association functions, attend social functions – you never know who you may meet.

  • Pro Bono/Volunteer – people are needed to feed the hungry, clean up schools, counsel people on mortgage problems – it will lift your spirit!

  • Network, network, network……


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