ACC Supports Proposed Rule on Privilege Between Clients and Patent Practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

On December 19th, ACC and its Intellectual Property Committee filed comments with the U.S. Patent and Trade Office in support of its proposed rule recognizing privileged communications between clients and patent practitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). … Continue reading

Practice rules for foreign attorneys are shaping up nicely in Virginia

Guest blogger: David Kessler is a Senior Director in the Legal Department of McAfee, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, where he manages a team that oversees all of McAfee’s public sector business transactions and compliance obligations.

For in-house counsel who could one day be interested in waiving into membership in the Virginia State Bar, we have good news: The Virginia Supreme Court appears to be responding favorably to arguments made by the WMACCA Chapter and ACC to modernize and expand the current reciprocal admission rules.
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It’s a Buyers’ Market — Let’s Treat It that Way in the Courts

ACC filed an amicus letter with a federal court in Manhattan on Friday, March 15, joining a protest against the plaintiffs’ lawyers inappropriately marking up fees for temp lawyers (also known as contract lawyers). Just as in a real estate … Continue reading

Minnesota allows in-house counsel barred outside Minnesota to serve pro-bono

Reflecting a national movement that has gained increased momentum in recent years, the Minnesota Supreme Court, on January 17, 2013, authorized in-house counsel who are barred outside of Minnesota to practice pro bono. Under Minnesota’s newly amended Rules for Admission to … Continue reading

WMACCA & ACC TEAM UP ON VIRGINIA PRACTICE RULES – And WMACCA Offers Tips to ACC Chapters Ready to Have an Impact

On December 1, 2012, the WMACCA Chapter and ACC filed comments with the Supreme Court of Virginia on proposed changes to the rules on admission without examination. The comment letter underscored WMACCA and ACC’s commitment to ensure that state practice … Continue reading

Massachusetts and Minnesota go together like pro and bono

So what do Massachusetts and Minnesota have in common?  Both start with M.  Sure.  Four syllables per name, check.  But most important? Both are considering proposals to allow in-house counsel to volunteer for pro bono cases. Earlier this week, ACC … Continue reading

ACC European Chapter advocates against proposal excluding in-house counsel from “legal auditor” status

ACC’s European Chapter recently advocated against a proposal from the Head of the Paris Bar to create a new cadre of lawyers who would be responsible for ensuring corporate compliance.  The problem is that the new status (in French, “commissariat au Droit”, translated “Legal Auditors”), … Continue reading