CO-ACC has many opportunities to be involved through the following Committees and/or Networks. Each meets quarterly, at a minimum, to work towards pre-set goals. The Chair is invited to attend the quarterly CO-ACC Board meetings to provide an opportunity to network with the full Board of Directors and to enable their involvement with the broader CO-ACC goals. If you are interested, please send an email to any one of the chairs listed below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marketing Committee promotes CO-ACC’s events and offerings. The Committee is tasked with finding better ways to distribute CO-ACC materials and reach targeted audiences.
Chairs – Patty Castro and Lewis Dolezal
The Membership Committee is focused on member engagement, serving the needs of the in-house bar, and fostering the development of Networks within the Chapter.
Chair – Bobby Morgan
Public Interest (includes Pro-Bono, Diversity, Advocacy and Community Service)
The Public Interest Committee works to provide meaningful pro bono and community service opportunities to our members. The Committee also promotes diversity of the in-house bar, and advocates positions within the larger legal community, which are relevant to in-house practitioners of the law.
Chair - Eric Henricks
Select Committee of Board Representatives
Chair - Lois Bingham
Signature Event/Annual Meeting (Sub-Committee of Sponsorship/Program)
The Signature Event/Annual Meeting subcommittee, under the leadership of the Chapter Vice President, is responsible for planning the Chapter’s Signature Event/Annual Meeting. The progam helps to connect our Chapter Mission with professional development and leadership skills education for our members.
Chair - Meganne Thaxton
Sponsorship and Program
The Sponsorship and Programming Committee is responsible for engaging potential and current sponsors (including law firms and non-law firms) to partner with the Chapter. The Committee serves as liaisons to its sponsors and will assign and oversee specific assignments of Board members as liaisons. The Committee is responsible for planning and arranging for CLE programming for the Chapter. The programming may include programming provided by sponsors or arranged by the Chapter, such as the Signature Event/Annual Meeting.
The CLO network brings together the most senior legal executives from our member companies to discuss the issues and challenges they face regardless of the industries they support.
Chair – Lewis Dolezal
Compliance & Ethics
Chair – Jack Radke
The Contracts/Commercial Law network offers a forum for members to discuss best practices with respect to contract templates and contract processes.
Chairs – Patty Castro and Katie Russell
Corporate & Securities
Chair - Brian Harstine
The Digital network is focused on technology/privacy issues in the law and your practice. The network sponsors programming featuring trending legal technology/privacy issues and new technologies that are shaping legal practice.
Chairs – Lewis Dolezal and Nick Gilchrist
Financial Services & Insurance
The Financial Services & Insurance network brings members together across the spectrum of financial services and insurance practices to discuss the latest legal issues and trends.
Chair – Erin Gapinski
The Health Law network provides a forum for in-house professionals to discuss, review, and analyze the latest case law, legislative, and regulatory actions that affect their clients. The network also liaises with other specialty organizations that also focus on various aspects of health law and the healthcare industry.
Chair – Jessica Bilius
Chair - Mark Engle
Labor & Employment
The Labor & Employment (L&E) network is focused on bringing together labor and employment attorneys for networking, benchmarking and brainstorming on labor and employment law issues in their practice. The L&E network activities will include providing sponsored programming and regular discussion about trending legal labor and employment issues that are shaping the practice area and a forum for information sharing on best practices. On a regular basis, the network will designate part of its events as a time for members to network among themselves.
Chairs – Danielle Linert and Leigh Anne Williams
New to In-House
Chair - Bailey Wilson
Real Estate & Environment
Chair - Beth Drietler
Solo/Small Law Department
The Solo/Small Law network offers a forum for attorneys in single/small legal departments (3 or fewer attorneys) to meet periodically to network and exchange ideas, experiences and best practices on legal issues and law department management.
Chair – Holly Saigo