One of the principal activities of the Association of Corporate Counsel is advocacy on public policy matters affecting its members. As the only international bar association comprised solely of in-house attorneys, ACC provides a unique and important perspective on public policy issues. From its inception, ACC recognized the importance of advocacy by — and for — its membership. Advocacy may occur in court, before legislative bodies and regulatory agencies, as well as in appropriate media and professional journals.
ACC’s advocacy activities focus on issues that directly affect the practice of law by its members in their capacity as in-house attorneys. Generally, this may include issues affecting the professional role and status of in-house attorneys, attorney-client privilege, and practice and licensing matters. Additionally, it may include substantive legal issues, where a unique in-house counsel perspective exists, such as the interplay between internal compliance and reporting systems and government enforcement efforts.