What’s on the Docket for ACC Houston Members in 2020? Print

Welcome New Members

Congratulations to all!! 

ACC Houston is proud to announce that we have been recognized as a Chapter of Distinction - Gold Level Award Winner for 2019.

March is Global Membership Month with ACC.  If you have ever wanted to join ACC, now is the time to become part of this amazing chapter!  Members who bring a potential new member to the March Chapter Meeting will be entered into our door prize raffle.  Bring your colleagues and other in-house counsel to find out what great benefits and networking will complement their practice.  Once they join, new members will be able to attend all of our upcoming events!

Watch the March Chapter Meeting invitations for more detials!

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Social Media Connections

Based on feedback from you, the membership, the ACC Houston Chapter is working to gain a higher profile on LinkedIn to highlight our upcoming events, offer chapter announcements and to give great recognition and acknowledgment to our generous sponsors.  If you are not a follower of our LinkedIn page, please join us by using the link below to request to join the group.  We are counting on you!

ACC Houston LinkedIN

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Annual Ethics Seminar and Golf/Spa Event

Save the date on your calendar to attend the 21st Annual Ethics Seminar and Golf/Spa Event on March 31, 2020 at Hotel ZaZa, ZaSpa and Wildcat Golf Club.  ACC Houston is thrilled to announce that, Talmage Boston, our presenter will offer two (2) hours of Ethics CLE.

ACC Houston hosted its 20th Annual Golf/Spa Event on February 26, 2019, with complementary golf at Champions Golf Club for all ACC Members who wanted to play a scramble format, Spa appointments that included massages, facials, makeup, yoga, meditation rooms and tennis lessons, plus at the end of the day, two hours of Ethics Continuing Legal Education provided by the dynamic Stuart Teicher followed by a cocktail reception and raffle prizes.

In addition to ACC Members playing golf, there were a number of our Sponsors who fielded teams to participate. In all, over 75 people enjoyed a fantastic day on the course.

The Spa portion of the activities was held at the legendary Trellis Spa at The Houstonian.  Over 150 people participated in the wide range of Spa activities available.

All participants in both the Golf and Spa received a computer backpack with a special 20th Anniversary Logo to commemorate the event.  The backpack was filled with a number of Sponsor gift items, and was equipped with a special compartment to hold your computer while passing through TSA inspections, and included a phone charging adapter that allows you to connect to your phone without having to open your bag.

The Ethics CLE was centered around ethical issues that modern technology presents to in-house counsel.  Stuart Teicher kept an audience of over 250 attorneys involved and entertained while at the same time reviewing ethical rules and ethical considerations in the context of the impact of today’s technology on the practice of law.

The reception was held immediately following the CLE, allowing our Members to mix and mingle and meet other in-house counsel and some of our Sponsors, all while being given a chance to win prizes in our raffle.

Please make plans to attend this year’s Members Only Ethics Seminar and Golf/Spa Event, which will be held on March 31, 2020.  The Spa and CLE Events will be held at the Hotel Zsa Zsa in the Museum District, and Golf will be at the Wildcat Golf Club.  We hope to see you there.

Registration opens in early March so make sure your membership is current and watch your emails for more information to come.

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Diversity Committee Update

Diversity Scholarship – In 2019, ACC Houston increased the value of the diversity scholarships awarded to law students attending the three Houston area law schools from $4000 to $5000 for each of the twelve recipients.  For the first time, we invited a previous winner to share their experience after graduation.  It was a hit and we plan on doing it again this year. 

Join ACC Global CEO and President, Veta Richardson, and ACC Houston members at Brennan's of Houston on April 9, 2020 to meet our new scholarship recipients, hear from our sponsors and meet and mingle with other in-house counsel. Space is limited so make sure to register early.  Registration will open soon!

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Annual Symposium

We are making all of the preparations so that you can join us at The Annual Symposium.  This event is a day-long diverse CLE program with six or seven law firms presenting. We recently included a school supply drive in support of underserved schools and students.  Last year the school supply drive raised $2300 and 345 pounds in supplies.  We had a terrific key note luncheon speaker, Amy Morin who presented on the 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do.  Join us this year at the Houstonian Hotel on August 20, 2020.

We have added more CLE and are making plans for another amazing day of unique CLE that will keep you up to date on hot topics for your practice.  Join over 100 other in-house counsel for a day of learning and networking! Registration opens in June.

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Houston Corporate Counsel Awards

Co-hosted by The Texas Lawbook, the 2020 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards is scheduled for April 30, 2020 at The Four Seasons Hotel - downtown.

In 2019, we co-hosted with the Texas Lawbook the Houston Corporate Counsel Awards.  We received more than 100 nominations for 15 awards.  More than 300 were in attendance at the event, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 25.  Rob Voyles was honored at Outstanding General Counsel of the Year, and David Houck and Lawrence Dreyfuss received Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

The 2020 Houston Corporate Counsel Awards will be held April 30, 2020.

Nominations are open now.

Click THIS LINK to submit a nomination.

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Community Service

In 2019, ACC Houston started a Street Law Program and what a success it was!

Members of the ACC Houston Board of Directors and key in-house counsel volunteers launched our local Street Law Program in 2019.  Offering classroom sessions at Early College High School in Contracts, Immigration (Asylum Cases) and Harassment in the Workplace (Investigations) and a final Capstone Conference held at the ExxonMobil Campus, our volunteers felt a huge impact working with the students from Alief's Early College High School. Thank you to ExxonMobil for the support and the breathtaking facilities to host our Capstone Conference. Special thank you to Shiney Abraham and the students at Early College High School in Alief ISD for such a great kick-off year.

ACC Houston is already making plans for Street Law in 2020.  This year we will be opening up the program to the members who would like to help us make a difference to these young people.

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