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Corporate Counsel

Corporate CounselTHE American Corporate Counsel Association Annual Meeting will be held Oct. 2-4 at the Grand Hyatt. (202) 582-1234.

Washington, D.C.


Meet corporate representatives of leading legal product and service providers from around the country and learn about the latest innovations and areas of expertise that can help you be more knowledgeable and work more efficiently.

Exhibit Hours

Monday, October 2 - 7:00 am-7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 3 - 7:00 am-7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 4 - 7:00 am-noon



Monday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Evolution of the In-house Practice

In-house counsel are increasingly sophisticated corporate contributors charged with financial accountability and taking a proactive approach to protecting the corporation from constantly evolving areas of corporate exposure. This session will provide a historical perspective of the evolution of the in-house counsel's role, examine improved uses of technology (by both plaintiffs' and defense counsel), including use of internet resources to conduct early case assessments and valuation decisions.

FACULTY: Stephen W. Crawford, General Counsel and Member of the Executive Board, Houston Cellular Telephone Company; Michele M. Hedges, General Counsel, Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

Monday, October 2, 8:30am - 10:00 a.m.

The Power of One Click: ACCA Online

If you are not among the thousands of members who regularly turn to ACCA Online for in-house targeted information, then you are doing yourself a huge disservice.

Your in-house colleagues have told us the hundreds of ways they use ACCA Online to save their most valuable resource -- their time! Now it's your turn.

This presentation will be given by ACCA's very own Answerman, who develops the substantive information to help you work smarter, and the Webmistress who makes ACCA Online more than just a Web site!

FACULTY: James Merklinger, Managing Attorney, American Corporate Counsel Association; Karima Selehdar, Director of Information Services, American Corporate Counsel Association

Monday, October 2, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Defining the IP Attorney's Role in the E-Commerce Revolution

The fast-paced net economy is bursting with innovation and never-before-imagined concepts are fueling an e-commerce revolution that many expect to have a greater impact on today's society than the Industrial Revolution.

With ever-evolving technologies come increased opportunities and challenges to safeguard the fruits of the inventors. For IP counsel, this presents an opportune time to reexamine how the unique expertise you possess is critically important to the development of the e-conomy.

ACCA has gathered an impressive group of leaders whose views regarding the new e-conomy will have an impact on its development for years to come and thereby influence how the role of intellectual property counsel may be redefined.

Faculty: Q. Todd Dickinson, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office; Eric M. Lee, Associate Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Becton, Dickinson and Company; Roslyn A. Mazer, Special Counsel for Intellectual Property, Department of Justice, Criminal Division; Bruce F. Metge, General Counsel, Digex, Inc.; S. Jay Plager, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Carl L. Silverman, Group General Counsel, Intel Corporation

Interactive Web site

You don't have to wait until October to start reaping the rewards of attending the meeting. Visit us online at to take advantage of all there is to see and do at the Annual Meeting.

Are you an Annual Meeting veteran? Post your thoughts as to why you think other in-house counsel should attend the meeting.

Are you a chief legal officer? You have your own page this year where you can request an invitation to the CLO Club and learn more about activities planned just for you.


Need to check your email back at the office? Want to explore those newly discovered legal websites mentioned in class or learn how to surf the web?

Do all this and more at ACCA's CyberCafé, equipped with state-of-the-art desktop computers, laserjet printers, and internet connectivity, all in a relaxed environment to work, learn, or just browse.

Stop by its convenient location in the exhibit hall between classes, after lunch, or anytime you need to take a break.


The ExpoCard returns. After its overwhelming debut at the 1999 meeting, who could resist bringing it back?

Once again, this card will be used to track your attendance at program sessions; plus use it as a compliment to your business cards in the exhibit hall.

Simply scan your card as you enter each session and at any of the sponsor booths and your information is automatically stored on the specially designed reader. (Note: you must scan your card to be recorded as an attendee at every CLE session. No paper backup will be available.)

CLE Online

Online CLE filing is back. Simply walk up to a designated CLE station, type in your name, select the sessions you attended, and complete the short form-that's it! You have now applied for CLE credit. What could be easier?

The computer even calculates your credits on the spot; no more waiting to learn your credit awards. (Don't forget to bring your bar identification with you; you will be asked to provide your bar number(s) on the electronic CLE request form.)

If you forget to complete your electronic CLE forms onsite, visit ACCA Online after the meeting.

The electronic form will be online until the November 1, 2000 filing deadline. Visit this same site before the meeting for advance notice of credits awarded by state. CLE questions may be directed to Keijon Waters, legal resources manager: 202/293-4103, ext. 314.

Electronic Course Material Delivery

You will receive a CD-ROM that includes program materials for all program sessions. In addition, you will be given a personalized coursebook with program materials for the sessions you have requested. (Don't forget to complete Section 4 of the registration form.)

For a printout of course material outlines for sessions other than those included in your personalized coursebook, simply head to one of our touch screen course materials kiosks and let your fingers do the walking.

It's that easy! Further information regarding electronic course materials delivery will be sent in your registration confirmation packet and available onsite.

Unable to attend?

Consider purchasing the virtual meeting on CD-ROM. Contact Carlei Mizell, meetings manager: 202/293-4103, ext. 310.

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