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What to Expect from ACC's Global Attorney-Client Privilege Session

A ttorney-client privilege is a bumpy road for global in-house counsel. Laws vary between countries; protected information in one jurisdiction might not be protected in another. At the ACC Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas,  four attorney-client privilege experts will lead the "Choose Your Own Adventure: Global Attorney-Client Privilege" session. Inspired by the popular children's book series, the interactive session will provide a chance for attendees to guide the panel discussion on ways international legal teams can stay on top of the ever-evolving laws.

We spoke with panelist and ACC Associate General Counsel and Directory of Advocacy Mary Blatch about what adventures audience members can expect and the lessons they'll learn along the way.

ACC: The session you're leading on global attorney-client privilege will be a "Choose Your Own Adventure" type of panel. What should audience members expect?

Mary Blatch: "Choose Your Own Adventure" means we're going to let the audience choose the privacy topics that we address via polling in the ACC Annual Meeting app. So, they're going to get to hear about what they're most interested in.

ACC: What's the most common obstacle that in-house counsel who work at multinational companies face? And how can they resolve it?

Blatch: When it comes to global privacy, I think that the main obstacle is not being sure how privacy works in other jurisdictions and the tendency to assume that the rules in your jurisdiction will apply in other jurisdictions.

ACC: How can they stay up to date on those laws?

Blatch: That's a tough question. It's very difficult to stay abreast of this area. What I recommend for in-house counsel is to reach out to their international colleagues or outside counsel in those jurisdictions that they're concerned about.

ACC: On that note, what advice do you have for in-house counsel who must work with international counsel?

Blatch: It's important to make sure that your outside counsel understands the flow of information within your company so that they can properly advise you on privilege.

ACC: What's the number one rule that in-house counsel should keep in mind when dealing with attorney-client privilege cases internationally?

Blatch: Expect differences and don't make assumptions.

ACC: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Blatch: We hope that this is as exciting as a privilege presentation can be.

Visit ACC's Annual Meeting page to sign up for the session and register for the meeting.

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