On July 9, 2019, ACC and Consilio LLC hosted the ACC Legal Operations Europe virtual roundtable featuring “ops” leaders based in Europe. Read on for key takeaways from the discussion, as well as the leaders’ advice for in-house counsel looking to drive change within their law department.
OnRamp In-House, a joint effort between the ACC Foundation and the OnRamp Fellowship program, assists experienced women lawyers reentering the legal profession after an extended hiatus from law practice. OnRamp works with top law firms and corporate legal departments to place these talented women in one-year, paid fellowships with top legal departments.
Having worked with law students in a similar program in an in-house position at Sunoco, Laura Grossi-Tyson understands firsthand how much students — and the organization — can gain through the implementation of such a program. Here she discusses the program and offers advice for others who may be interested in starting something similar at their organization.
In this last part of the series, ACC talks to Independence Blue Cross LLC’s (Independence) Laura Grossi-Tyson, senior director, Benefits, Employee Relations and HR; and Joel Stern, CEO of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) to get their thoughts on hiring recent law school grads.
Tara Rosnell, associate general counsel, IP at Procter & Gamble (P&G), has a unique story as an attorney who not only started her career in-house, but works for an organization that has supported hiring directly from law schools in the past (herself included). Here, she discusses her career path to P&G, as well as how the company attracted and integrated new in-house lawyers into the legal department and organization as a whole.
In this Q&A, Karen shares a little about her path to Walmart, the importance of embracing the opportunities presented by change, and how using technology can help manage those changes (and the legal department), the work the company is doing to promote diversity and inclusion in the profession, and more.
Rose Marie Glazer, vice president, deputy general counsel, and corporate secretary of American International Group (AIG), has some advice for in-house counsel who may not always be invited to executive table: invite yourself. And for those who aspire to advanced roles within (or outside of) the legal department, she says to have a plan, but to also embrace the twists and turns that life will undoubtedly throw your way.
David Zapolsky talks about what’s changed — and what hasn’t — during his almost 20 years with Amazon, how the in-house profession and role of the legal department has evolved, the biggest challenges (and opportunities) facing corporate counsel today, and more.
Raj Barot has studied, worked, and lived all over the world. Currently managing director and general counsel at Agile Counsel, Barot has spent the majority of the last 10 years working and living in Singapore, Bangkok, and Mumbai. However, if you ask him where he's from, the lawyer/entrepreneur will claim the San Francisco Bay Area as home.
Cherie Blair was gracious enough to speak with ACC about her career, the current state of the legal profession and the women working within it and in the business arena as whole — and offered advice for those entering the field.