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ACC Docket Editorial Calendar 2018

•    Indicates priority articles within the overall issue topic.


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Ethics & Compliance

•    Health records disclosures / variations globally
•    Ethical considerations: for major corporate takeovers/mergers (e.g., Verizon acquiring Yahoo/Amazon acquiring Whole Foods) / for working with nonprofits
•    Ethics-based employee training / whistleblower policy
•    The Regulator / General Counsel relationship
•    Compliance risk assessments /enterprise-wide risk assessments (third party assessments)
•    Global content compliance
•    Corporate values (e.g., companies pulling sponsorships, etc., per morality clauses)

Special Supplement:
Canadian BriefingsOct 17, 2017

MARCHOct 13, 2017

Law Department Management

•    Spend (controlling costs, doing more with less)
•    Restructuring after a merger
•    Dynamics of managing legal teams of multinational organizations
•    The legal operations function
•    Adoption of the CISG in international contracts: pros and cons
•    Top 10 things a CLO of a small law department should keep in mind
•    Technology and innovation
•    Best workflow allocations
•    Implementation of data privacy officer – GRD
•    E-billing practices – auto enforcement

Special Supplement: Asian Briefings Nov 28, 2017

APRILNov 14, 2017

Employment & HR    

•    Talent grooming and retention / onboarding / nurturing new talent and appreciating core staff, fostering collaboration / preparing for Generation Z
•    Noncompetes and trade secrets
•    Managing at will employment and termination standards (area of focus: the APAC region)
•    Healthcare (changes on the horizon, denial of benefits, what employers can legally ask, implementing mental health policies)
•    Standardizing benefits in a global business environment / implicit biases
•    Can emotional intelligence be taught?
•    Duty of care
•    EEOC/OFCC/ILO compliance / anti-discrimination laws and policies / gender issues in the workplace
•    Managing a digitally connected workforce / the 24-hour workday

Special Supplement:
Latin American BriefingsJan 5, 2018

MAYJan 12, 2018

Litigation Management

•    Keeping your client out of court
•    Global M&A
•    What to send to outside counsel, what to manage in-house
•    The best places / countries to litigate verses the worse, and why (determining jurisdiction)
•    New technologies: trends in technology tools that might change litigation proceedings
•    Managing multinational litigation
•    Obstacles to e-discovery (bring your own device, etc.)
•    IP trolls and litigation
•    What impact could a changing US Supreme Court bring?

Special Supplement:
Canadian BriefingsFeb 13, 2018

JUNEFeb 15, 2018

Cross Borders

•    Market access: How do companies gain access to government-controlled market segments?
•    Attorney-client privilege: global right to practice coverage
•    New and expanding opportunities in emerging nations (e.g., trends, increased regulations, vendor relationships)
•    The impact of trade deals (an updated look at Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) / Germany and Japan trade deal, etc.)
•    The recognition and acceptance of foreign official documents in different jurisdictions – practical notions
•    In-house practice particular to region/country (trends, growth, etc.) – focus on India, Africa, South America, and trading block in APAC region
    o    Investing in countries, such as Spain, Nigeria, Turkey, etc.
•    Global business after Brexit
•    Hacking – a look at ransom ware in different jurisdiction/globally

Special Supplement: European BriefingsMarch 14, 2018

JULY/AUGUSTApril 11, 2018


•    Mentorship within the legal department and across business units / rotation
•    Joining a nonprofit board
•    Leadership
•    Increasing and demonstrating value in the workplace / professional development
•    Demographics shifts in the legal department / addressing the gender and pay gap
•    How to change careers / why lawyers are open to lateral moves
•    Emotional intelligence and awareness: Using body language as a legal tools
•    Straight to in-house practice

Special Supplement: Top 10 30-Somethings; Latin American BriefingsApril 25, 2018

SEPTEMBERMay 17, 2018

Technology & IP

•    Information governance – ROI
•    Advances in technology (trends / cloud use in legal departments, etc.)
•    Legality of facial recognition – investing in new technology, etc.
•    Sustainable business – “green” technology
•    Patent / copyright protection and trolls
•    Updates on international cybersecurity and privacy laws / policies / data breach
    o    Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – Fintech, hacking, etc., creating a preparedness plan
•    Oversight liability, litigation, reliance
•    Update on EU Privacy Shield / data protection

Special Supplement: Canadian BriefingsJune 13, 2018

OCTOBERJun 13, 2018

Leading Practices

•    Vendor management
•    Legal specialties – pros and cons
•    Corporate / BOD governance
•    Data management and protection / net neutrality
•    Tax law
•    Guidance on online identities (e.g., rights of employees / freedom of speech)
•    The business side: advance/continuing education outside of an MBA? (e.g., value in obtaining IT degrees / certifications, etc.)

Special Supplement: Canadian BriefingsJuly 11, 2018

NOVEMBERJuly 11, 2018

Environment & Energy

•    Climate change policies / working in global energy
•    Developing and implementing an environmental / energy saving program for your law department
•    International environmental reporting requirements
•    The growth of NewLaw in Asia Pacific / utilizing alternative providers
•    Genetically modified foods (e.g. regulations surrounding GMOs)
•    Energy by region (best practices, policies, etc.)
•    Environmental concerns when breaking ground outside your jurisdiction / globally
•    Update: Paris Agreement on Climate Change (trends, consequences of US pulling out)
•    Sustainability and “green” finance

Special Supplement: Asian BriefingsAug 15, 2018

DECEMBERAug 15, 2018

Risk Assessment & Management

•    Economic change and protecting the enterprise
•    Risk-based framework for contract negotiation and approval
•    Planning for disasters / attacks (man-made, terror, environmental):
    o    Cross border protections following a terrorist attack / employee well-being
•    Big data risk management (breaches, employee privacy concerns, etc.)
•    Gatekeeper / executive liability
•    Preparing for government investigations
•    “People” risk management (managing employee exits, lawsuits, etc., employee morale)
•    Antitrust regulations (e.g., the large fines for Google following EU violation)

Special Supplement: European BriefingsSep 12, 2018