We’re excited to report that the new budget deal restores sequestered funds to the federal court system. Along with a coalition of other legal organizations, we argued for that restoration. Now, let’s see if the federal courts can fix the civil discovery system.
Today, ACC and its Northeast Chapter urged the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to permit foreign in-house counsel to practice within Massachusetts. The letter, available here, argues that our clients have grown increasingly global and need the assistance of in-house counsel from around the world. Back in August, the ABA agreed. We hope Massachusetts does as well.
The New York Court of Appeals has joined the growing national movement in favor of expanded rights for in-house counsel to practice pro bono. ACC applauds New York for recognizing the need for increased access to justice and the availability of in-house lawyers to meet that need. Our letter urging them to do so is available at this link. Who’s next?
After working with Judge Graffeo of the New York Court of Appeals and leaders of our New York Chapters as a part of a working group on in-house counsel issues, ACC and 38 New York CLOs have filed a letter in support of the effort to expand pro bono practice by in-house counsel. That letter, linked here, argues that in-house counsel should not need to associate with a legal services provider or to be supervised … Continue reading
By Kristi Holzer and Henry Marquard. ACC and our Iowa chapter today protested a proposal that could raise fees for in-house lawyers from $25 per year to as much as $140. In a letter to the Iowa Supreme Court, we wrote that “the clients of in-house counsel will never benefit from the Client Security Trust Fund,” which will receive the extra money. The clients of in-house lawyers are their employers, and they are sophisticated. These … Continue reading
Guest blogger: David Stringer is Assistant General Counsel at Progressive and Secretary and Advocacy Liaison for the ACC Northeast Ohio Chapter. Have you ever found yourself stuck in a “Cash Only” tollbooth lane with exact change? And you had to wait patiently in line while the tollbooth operator made change for the drivers in front of you while drivers in the “Exact Change” lanes moved past you? Pretty annoying, right? Well, the Northeast Ohio Chapter … Continue reading
One of the terrific benefits of ACC membership is direct access to decision makers – those who craft the policies and rules in which our members must become experts. On June 6, 2013, ACC Advocacy and the Employment and Labor Law Committee sponsored a meeting for ACC members with Commissioners Victoria Lipnic and Chai Feldblum of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. ACC members met in Washington at EEOC headquarters to discuss background checks, ADA compliance, … Continue reading