ACC author and member Rich Cohen discusses how in-house counsel can refocus their energy and efforts at the midpoint of their careers, to provide the best opportunity for a successful finish. In this Top Ten, Rich discusses how every career needs a periodic re-evaluation of things to do to ensure success, but the definition of success can change mid-career. Doing the same things in the same way will not get you any different result. It is never too late to change your career trajectory.
This study looks at the fundamentally different experiences of law students when it comes to racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and provides information about how these differences may impact their professional opportunities.
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Due to the global pandemic, employees are reorganizing what it means to connect and work from home. In this article, learn tips on how to craft your communication style to find the right balance of structure.
During a webcast on 12 May 2020, former General Counsel Rich Cohen shared his personal career development tips, including how he leveraged his ACC membership. ACC has compiled Rich's advice into this Top Ten resource to assist in-house counsel in their personal and professional journey.
As in-house counsel help lead companies and departments through this challenging time, it is important to keep in mind that as leaders, we have a responsibility to support our employees. What can corporate leaders do to help ease the burdens of this new way of working and avoid burnout for themselves and their employees? Here are ten ideas to help.
As Chief Legal Officer, how can you help your organization build trust, especially during a time of crisis? In this article, learn more about how you can increase focus on social good, support the safety of your employees and stakeholders, and engage in proactive policies that will support staff while working remotely.
For better or worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the way in-house counsel work. While managing childcare, elder care, and self-care, lawyers have been forced to work from home while living through a global pandemic. The five tips in this resource can help you organize your time more efficiently.
ACC Australia's profiles of women in-house counsel celebrates and showcases their extraordinary journeys. In this article, our members share their personal and professional growth, challenges they faced, and "advice to their younger self", learning from growing.
In a time where social justice issues are attracting greater awareness, it is important to recognise how in-house counsel area uniquely positioned to guide their organisations in supporting these important issues.
Have you ever thought about what advice you’d offer your younger self? The ACC Australia: Women in the House publication profiled ten equally impressive in-house counsel from the Australia and Asia-Pacific region, to understand their career paths and the decisions that led them to their current in-house roles.
For those in the United States, the days are becoming shorter, and holiday stress hovers around the corner for some. Check out the list below to see some aspects of your wellbeing to keep an eye on through the next few months.
The advent of new technology, staffing models, and legal operations strategy is driving profound change and disruption in the way in-house teams are delivering legal services for their organisations. Just as the global in-house sector is rapidly evolving, the Japanese in-house sector too is experiencing immense change.
In this Quick Overview, learn more about how Japanese Chief Legal Officers (CLOs) and their companies are dealing with these changes.
Positive team meetings are not an oxymoron. In this article, learn how small and consistent practices can help you and your team thrive.
Legal knowledge isn't everything when you're in-house counsel. In this article, learn how the development of non-legal skills can really boost your career.
When you take your year in stock, it feels like it's time answer some fundamental questions about your life, career, relationships and finances. How long should I continue to work? What things should I be thinking about for my “post” career years and what is my professional legacy? These questions should not wait to be answered. Take control of your gray years and turn them into great years.
Conflict, which is a positive by-product of diversity, must be expected and welcomed in today’s innovative, diverse workplace. Diversity of thought is increased in the more diverse workplace, and while most Australian companies look for ways to increase diversity, they may struggle if the inherent conflicts get out of hand.
This article appears in the Australian Corporate Lawyer, Volume 30, Issue 1 - Autumn 2020
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is an important aspect to being a successful in-house counsel. Being aware of yours and others emotions, especially within your team, will allow for better communication and teamwork.
This article appears in the Australian Corporate Lawyer Volume 30, Issue 1 - Autumn 2020
In this Top Ten, find tips to unleash leadership potential and transform yourself and others into an inspirational legal leader.
There has been significant growth in the number of in-house lawyers in Australia over the past decade, with the in-house profession now representing the fastest growing segment of the Australian legal sector. The ACC Australia Graduate Profile Handbook traces the legal careers of several young ACC Australia members, details how they arrived at their first in-house counsel role, and offers key lessons learnt in these roles. Based on excerpts from the handbook, this article outlines tips and lessons from these graduates’ in-house journey.
This publication includes a series of profiles of in-house lawyers in Australia, tracing their career pathways since graduation and highlighting the career decisions that have led to their in-house career. By highlighting these individuals, ACC aims to showcase the dynamic career opportunities offered by an in-house legal career.
There are countless articles outlining the best ways to evaluate outside counsel. Many of them leave out an important factor: the personalities of the lawyers and companies they represent. This article addresses the role of personality in outside counsel selection.
As we all navigate the new ‘normal’ in the post-COVID-19 world, one major adjustment has been the ‘new’ workplace, aka our homes. This article profiles four in-house counsel and shares their experiences of working from home and their tips for getting through this challenging time.
Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting health, social, business and economic impacts have tested the metal of many organisations worldwide. This article explores the role of the General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer (GC/CLO) in guiding an organisation through times of crisis or turmoil.
Increasing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment and forging social sector partnerships in a post-COVID-19 recessionary world isn’t just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do for in-house counsel and their companies.
When in-house counsel think of negotiations, they generally think of a small room with professionals huddled around a table late, arguing their point. This article explains that it's more about negotiation than battling till the end.
In this article, in-house counsel speak about their experiences during the current crisis, and many lay out a range of useful steps they can take if they are currently looking for work or anticipating that they may soon need to be looking for new opportunities.
If you are reading this Top 10 article, then you are probably considering or are curious about living and working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and about international mobility. Learn more on how to secure a move of your own and enjoy a smooth transition into the UAE – the tips are relevant for international transitions in general, and can help you acclimatize to an in-house role in a numerous countries.
For in-house counsel, executive presence is best described as creating a consistent long-lasting impression over time by the manner in which a lawyer expresses him or herself and engages others. This article will explain how to make your presence known at the executive level.
Teamwork and lawyering don’t usually go hand in hand, but they really need to. This article explains how to progress from focusing on your individual achievements and integrating your processes with your team and boosting your skills as a leader.
The way to get the most out of your team members is to develop each person into a leader. In this member written Top 10, learn how to connect with your colleagues and build a team of leaders.