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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 Virtual Cybersecurity Summit (March 2-4, 2021) is a unique way to educate attendees so they stay ahead of the cyber curve, learn the latest trends and developments in the field and offer solutions for addressing risk and response while providing the opportunity to network with subject matter experts from around the world.  

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ACC Foundation's IDEAL Series

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Courageous Conversations
Black attorneys share their experiences with biases and racial discrimination to spark dialogue on support and action.
People attending the ACC annual meeting.
Disrupting the Silence
A discussion on how those affected by racism and their allies can vocalize their concerns.
ACC members at a networking event.
Stand for Change
Effective approaches for responding to social injustice, spotlighting both individual and organizational efforts.

Learn more about I.D.E.A.L. A collection of carefully curated programs and resources on race, equity, social justice, diversity, and inclusion. 

2020 State of Cybersecurity Report

The ACC Foundation introduces the 2020 State of Cybersecurity Report, An In-house Perspective. Building on the results of the 2015 and 2018 editions of this survey, this report sheds light on the growing role that legal departments are playing in organization-wide cybersecurity policies and practices.

With responses from 586 companies in 20 industries and 36 countries, the data included in this report provides a comprehensive understanding of how legal departments in organizations of different sizes engage in cybersecurity matters.

The report presents key insights in these five areas:

  1. The Legal Department's Role in Cybersecurity
  2. Policies and Practices
  3. Risk Management
  4. Breach and Incident Experience
  5. Working with Government and Law Enforcement

ACC Foundation Announces Its 2020 Pro Bono Jumpstart Fund Awardees

"Across the United States, the 2020 Pro Bono Jumpstart Fund awardees are demonstrating their clear moral commitment to diversity and access to counsel. In-house counsel are eager to contribute their knowledge and time to this important cause, even in a period of shrinking budgets and organizational uncertainty. ACC Foundation is proud to promote them however we can, whatever the challenges.” — Jennifer Chen, Director of the ACC Foundation

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Board of Directors

Veta T. Richardson
Foundation President
President & Chief Executive Officer

Association of Corporate Counsel


Linda Lu
SVP, Deputy General Counsel
Litigation, Enforcement & Strategy



Jim Merklinger
ACC Credentialing Institute


Patricia J. Trudeau
Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Association of Corporate Counsel

Pamela Everhart
SVP, Government Relations
Fidelity Investments


Gregory W. Fortsch
Associate General Counsel & Privacy Officer
The Nature's Bounty Co.

Monica Johnson
General Counsel


Jennifer Chen
ACC Foundation

The ACC Foundation — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization — supports the efforts of the Association of Corporate Counsel, serving the needs of the in-house legal profession through the dissemination of research and surveys, leadership and professional development opportunities, and support of diversity, equity and inclusion, and pro-bono initiatives.

The ACC Foundation partners with corporations, law firms, legal service providers, and bar associations to assist in the furtherance of these goals.


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