ACC chapter CLO network initiatives help promote closer professional relationships and leadership discussions among CLOs in their local areas. Highlights of these initiatives appear below.
Central Ohio chapter
ACC's Central Ohio chapter facilitates a quarterly CLO Forum, usually held over breakfast; forum members take turns hosting. While some meetings have themes, the Forum exists primarily to provide CLOs with opportunities to discuss openly the issues most important to them. The event is open to member and non-member CLOs.
GC Brown Bag Lunch
The Central Ohio Chapter also holds GC Brown Bag Lunches that permit one area GC to meet and talk intimately with a small group of invited Central Ohio ACC members.
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General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer Roundtable Dinners
The Charlotte Chapter's Annual General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer Roundtable features after-dinner roundtable discussions on such topics as combining compliance and risk management in the legal department and recruiting and retaining in-house counsel.
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The CLO Group
The CLO Group was formed by a former Board member in 2012 to fill a void in the in-house counsel networking resources for Chief Legal Officers and General Counsels in the Denver metro area. The CLO Group has proven to be a supportive forum for members to hear about legal trends and hot topics through guest speakers on a bi-monthly basis, and share and exchange information to help address issues challenging CLO's and GC's today. With the support of the Colorado Chapter of the ACC, the CLO Group has flourished from 51 members at inception in 2012 to more than 75 members and counting. The CLO Group is invitation only and not limited to ACC membership; however, it provides a good venue to (i) share the work being done by the Colorado Chapter with a cross-section of influential and engaged CLO's and GC's and (ii) encourage non-members to join the ACC. This year, in conjunction with the Emerging Leaders Group, the CLO Group has launched a mentoring program that matches volunteer members from the CLO Group with volunteer mentors from the ELG Group. The Colorado Chapter is also assisting a faculty member at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver with the development of a new course entitled "Law & Practice of In-House Counsel", which course will include members of the CLO Group as guest speakers and participants in a first of its kind study of the practice of in-house counsel in the Denver metro area.
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dallas/fort worth chapter
Dallas/Fort Worth CLO Forum
The Dallas/Fort Worth CLO Forum meets quarterly to discuss topics of interest for CLOs. Topics have included outside counsel relationships, alternative fee structures and contract review process, to name a few. Guest speakers have presented on various subjects including crisis management and a criminal law primer.
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greater philadelphia delaware valley chapter
GC/CLO Lunch Club
The Greater Philadelphia Delaware Valley's GC/CLO Lunch Club luncheons are informal get-togethers designed to bring together general counsel in a casual and friendly setting to share insights on important issues and to develop valuable relationships with peers. The meeting location rotates among regions within the chapter area.
Corporate Counsel Excellence Awards
In 2010, the Greater Philadelphia Delaware Valley started its chapter Corporate Counsel Excellence Awards, which include Outstanding CLO of the Year, given to the top legal officer of a legal department in the chapter region.
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Greater New York chapter
CLO Practice Group
The CLO practice group for the Greater New York Chapter is composed exclusively of chief legal officers and general counsel in various industries and organizations. The group meets quarterly, usually for an informal breakfast in one of the members' offices. Because of the "serial specialist" duties expected of the CLO at any organization, each meeting's discussion covers many different topics. Periodically, the group invites a guest speaker to join in the discussion.
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utah, idaho, montana, & wyoming
The Mountain West Chapter's Annual General Counsel Roundtable is intended to provide a forum for discussion and sharing of best practices for Chief Legal Officers. The program begins with a continental breakfast and is followed by three or four CLE sessions. As the attendees rotate among the sessions, the makeup of their group changes to allow maximum networking in a short period of time. The event concludes with a guest speaker and luncheon.
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San Diego chapter
CLO Quarterly Meetings
ACC's San Diego Chapter hosts a Large Law Department CLO Club (5+ attorneys in the legal department) and a Small Law Department CLO Club. Meetings rotate among CLOs' corporate offices and are typically luncheon meetings. The agenda varies; some meetings are designed to focus on a substantive topic while others are primarily to facilitate networking.
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WESTCHESTER county NY/SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT chapter
CLO Quarterly Dinners
The Westchester NY/Southern Connecticut Chapter's Small Law Department CLOs meet quarterly for dinner and a topic discussion. The Westchester NY/Southern Connecticut Chapter's board and the CLOs collaborate on possible discussion topics. All GCs are welcome to attend the dinners as well.
CLO/Sponsor Annual Workshop
CLOs and representatives from the Westchester NY/Southern Connecticut Chapter's sponsors participate in an annual workshop focusing on strategy and effective communication skills to enable law firms and in-house counsel to work best together.
Annual GC Dinner
As a counterpart to the CLO/Sponsor Workshop, the Westchester NY/Southern Connecticut Chapter's sponsors and GC hold an annual dinner. The dinner provides further opportunity for GC and the sponsors to interact and form stronger working relationships.
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National capital region
General Counsel Breakfast Club
The National Capital Region's General Counsel Breakfast Club provides its CLO members with an opportunity to meet informally with their peers for a free-flowing discussion centered around a pre-announced topic of practical interest. Breakfast Club sessions are "PowerPoint-free zones," and all discussions are confidential, with no marketing or other agenda, other than to share experiences and best practices. The National Capital Region rotates sessions among the jurisdictions that the chapter serves to ensure that all CLO members will have a convenient opportunity to participate several times a year. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend as many sessions as their schedules permit.
General Counsel eGroup
The National Capital Region has a General Counsel eGroup to allow its CLO members to discuss and share their ideas, concerns and best practices with their peers.
General Counsel Forum Luncheon
The National Capital Region holds a General Counsel Forum Luncheon every June that features a panel discussion among five top local GCs from different types and sized organizations; it attracts at least 150 attendees each year.
Outstanding CLO Award
As part of the National Capital Region's Corporate Counsel Awards, the chapter gives an annual award for Outstanding CLO, which honors the top legal officer of an in-house corporate department in the chapter's region.
In addition to these scheduled events and awards, the chapter caters to the general counsel in its regular programming, holding CLE programs such as "What's Keeping the General Counsel Awake at Night?" and "Tone from the Top."
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