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Highlights from ACC’s 2019 Annual Meeting: Leadership Awards

Volume 37 , Number 10
Photo: ACC Board Chair Anneliese Reinhold presenting the Leadership Awards at ACC’s 2019 Annual Meeting.

 

Each year at the Annual Meeting, ACC honors its networks, chapters, members, and sponsors that go above and beyond what’s required and demonstrate exceptional effort and success in service to our members. 

Outstanding Large Network of the Year  

The ACC Employment & Labor Law Network accepts the Outstanding Large Network of the Year award.

Photo: The ACC Employment & Labor Law Network accepts the Outstanding Large Network of the Year award.  

The 2019 Outstanding Large Network of the Year award winner is the Employment & Labor Law Network. This year the network developed 20 webinars and 21 written resources for ACC members in collaboration with their sponsor Jackson Lewis PC.  

The network also has proven a commitment to diversity. More than half of its leadership team is made up of women, and the network has increased its minority composition to include African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and LGBTQIA representation.  

Additionally, the Employment & Labor Law Network has increased member connections by continuing its tradition of developing collaborative, cross-practice area programming with other ACC networks, resulting in the second most active virtual networking forum across all 19 practice area networks.  

Outstanding Small Network of the Year  

The ACC Financial Services Network accepts the Outstanding Small Network of the Year award from ACC President Veta T. Richardson.

Photo: The ACC Financial Services Network accepts the Outstanding Small Network of the Year award from ACC President Veta T. Richardson.  

The 2019 Outstanding Small Network of the Year is the Financial Services Network. The Financial Services Network began the year by developing a roadmap to success by updating its strategic plan. This led to the network presenting its first global webcast entitled “Brexit — A Financial Services Update.”  

It also led to the establishment of the Financial Services LinkedIn group. The group serves as an additional tool to engage its members and to increase the visibility of the network (and ACC) within the industry. Created in March 2019, it already boasts just over 400 members.  

Jonathan S. Silber Outstanding Network Member of the Year  

David Cohen accepts the Johnathan S. Silber Outstanding Network Member of the Year award.

Photo: David Cohen accepts the Johnathan S. Silber Outstanding Network Member of the Year award.  

The Jonathan S. Silber Outstanding Network Member of the Year is David Cohen. Cohen was one the founding board members of the ACC Sports and Entertainment Network, and over the past nine years has served in nearly all of the network’s leadership roles. This includes serving two terms as its chair, as faculty on webcasts and in-person panels, planning collaborative programs with other networks and chapters, and currently serving as the ACC’s Sports & Entertainment Network’s program chair.  

Cohen is not only a leader of the network, he is also a leader within ACC broadly. Recently, he was selected to participate in ACC’s Leadership Excellence Council and was designated an ACC Ambassador. He is the current president of the ACC Tampa Bay Chapter and a former vice president of the ACC SoCal Chapter. Cohen has also hosted an ACC Foundation dinner and participated in the foundation’s “Good to Great Lawyers” program.  

Outstanding Network Sponsors of the Year

Seyfarth Shaw accepts one of the Outstanding Network Sponsor of the Year awards.

Photo: Seyfarth Shaw accepts one of the Outstanding Network Sponsor of the Year awards.  

Both Seyfarth Shaw and the International Society of Primerus Law Firms have earned the Outstanding Network Sponsors of the Year award. The relationship between Seyfarth Shaw and the Law Department Management Network has modeled the ideal collaborative partnership between a network and a sponsor. Serving more as an extension of the network’s leadership team, Senior Legal Project Manager Jenny Lee and Partner Lisa Damon work with the network to develop creative member engagement experiences that extend beyond the standard network offerings.  

They have served as both co-founders and content contributors to the network’s “In the Lead” YouTube channel. There they combine humor and practical tools to engage members and promote network activities. This year Seyfarth developed a Resource Roundup game, incentivizing members to take advantage of written resources, participate on network calls, and attend the Annual Meeting. 

The International Society of Primerus Law Firms accepts ones of the Outstanding Network Sponsor of the Year awards.

Photo: The International Society of Primerus Law Firms accepts ones of the Outstanding Network Sponsor of the Year awards.

Similarly, the International Society of Primerus Law Firms has worked with the leadership of the International Legal Affairs Network to become a resource-producing powerhouse. In addition to submitting a staggering 45 resources this award period for network members, Primerus has worked with the network over the last two years to produce a monthly webinar to serve members in the Asia-Pacific region at more convenient times and on relevant topics. Recent programs include “Cybersecurity and the GDPR,” “Developing a Cross-border Compliance Plan,” and “Employment: Hiring and Transferring Employees Internationally.”  

Both organizations boast sponsorship portfolios with ACC that span the breadth of its many products and services. Whether it’s Annual Meeting, Xchange, additional webcasts and resources, or ACC chapters globally, Seyfarth Shaw and Primerus are always eager to support ACC activities and members.  

Innovative Programming  

ACC New Jersey accepts the Innovative Programming award.

Photo: ACC New Jersey accepts the Innovative Programming award.  

ACC New Jersey won the Innovative Programming award for its “A Few Good Men” program.  

ACC New Jersey highlighted a special diversity group that has a unique perspective to share — veterans. This program featured two ACC New Jersey in-house counsel members who are also an Army JAG officer and a Marine judge advocate. The speakers shared insights on what they learned during their military experiences and how those experiences were powerful lessons for their in-house positions. 

This program was created around a man who had a remarkable story: a JAG officer who risked his life to defend his country. His experiences brought him to serve in the Army as a reserve command judge advocate and to teach soldiers in Iraq. 

In addition to being full of educational value, this CLE program influenced and inspired attendees.  

Best Membership Strategy  

ACC Michigan accepts the Best Membership Strategy award.

Photo: ACC Michigan accepts the Best Membership Strategy award.  

ACC Michigan won Best Membership Strategy for establishing the West Michigan Committee.  

ACC Michigan has a membership that is unequally distributed throughout the state, with most members residing around the greater Detroit area of southeast Michigan. However, a sizeable minority resides on the west side of the state. For many years, ACC members from western Michigan were unengaged with chapter programming due to accessibility. 

In response, the ACC Michigan Chapter launched a West Michigan Committee to engage the local membership and develop programming. Since the establishment of the committee, the chapter has seen a higher percentage of membership from west Michigan attend events.

Best Partnership Program 

ACC Louisiana accepts the Best Partnership Program award.

Photo: ACC Louisiana accepts the Best Partnership Program award.  

ACC Louisiana was awarded Best Partnership Program for their Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) Community Service Project.  

ACC Louisiana partnered with the BTNEP to participate in community service activities designed to help save Louisiana’s coastline. One of the most significant issues facing Louisiana is coastal erosion and the loss of land. Louisiana loses an average of one football field every hour. ACC Louisiana and BTNEP worked together and planned two community service projects. 

In September, ACC members and their families potted trees and marsh grasses used in BTNEP’s coastal restoration program. In May, ACC members and their families planted more than 800 marsh grasses and received an interesting lesson on coastal restoration and the flora and fauna indigenous to Louisiana’s coast. ACC Louisiana plans to continue this partnership with BTNEP as an ongoing community service project. 

Best Diversity Initiative Program  

ACC San Francisco was awarded Best Diversity Initiative Program for its First Annual Women’s GC Readiness Review program. The Women’s GC Readiness Review was the first event of its kind in Silicon Valley. While there are frequent women in-house counsel events featuring substantive areas of law, the unique design of this program’s agenda purposefully included underappreciated or lesser known components of the modern GC’s job. 

This full-day, women’s only event for GCs and future GCs featured a combination of substantive legal updates, professional development, coaching, and peer-to-peer networking. This event was held in Palo Alto and was attended by 120 women.

Robert I. Townsend, Jr. Member of the Year award 

Jennifer Mailander accepts the ACC Robert T. Townsend, Jr Member of the Year award from ACC President Veta T. Richardson and ACC Board Chair Anneliese Reinhold.

Photo: Jennifer Mailander accepts the ACC Robert T. Townsend, Jr Member of the Year award from ACC President Veta T. Richardson and ACC Board Chair Anneliese Reinhold.  

The ACC Robert I. Townsend, Jr. Member of the Year award recipient is Jennifer Mailander. Mailander has consistently been an eager and generous volunteer for ACC Education, as an advisor and speaker, for a number of ACC’s meetings over the past few years, including the new ACC Xchange program and Network Leadership Development Institute programs. She provides thoughtful, practical feedback that takes into account needs beyond her own and prepares engaging, highly substantive presentations that are well reviewed by her peers.  

In addition to her number of years serving as a speaker for various ACC meetings, Mailander has spoken at local chapter events and on Legal Quick Hit presentations and webcasts via the ACC Litigation Network, where she also served on the leadership team. Her contributions to ACC’s publications span several years, including publishing several ACC Docket articles, program materials from ACC meetings, a Top Ten, and co-authoring the Law Firm Cybersecurity Questionnaire and Guide, which was also later included in the ACC Vendor Risk Service, powered by Jordan Lawrence.  

Mailander’s leadership contributions include serving as chair on the Litigation Network and the Network Leadership Council. She is credited with co-founding the Women-in-the-house (WITH) Network, where she currently serves as chair.  

In addition to her traditional leadership contributions, she is always the first to volunteer to help ACC achieve its goals. She participated in a test group to provide ACC with feedback on a new potential program offering and has served on the nominating committee for ACC’s board of directors.



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