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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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This collection of committees includes all of the chapter's community outreach and pro bono efforts, as well as special programs for General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers and members located in the Greater Virginia (South of DC and Northern Virginia areas). Please open one of the links below for additional information on:

  • Community Service Committee
  • CLO and General Counsel Club and related Resources
  • Corporate Scholars Program - our diversity pipeline internships for law students
  • Leadership Academy
  • Greater Virginia Advisory Committee 
  • Community Service

    The Community Service Forum leads the chapter’s wide range of existing service activities, from its participation in the annual Lawyers Have Heart Run & Walk in D.C. to evenings packing food at Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, MD. It will work to add opportunities of interest to members and collaborate with sponsors to help in our community.

    Key partner organizations include - Lawyers Have Heart Annual Run & Walk in D.C., Manna Food Bank, D.C. Diaper Bank, Rock Creek Park Clean Up, Street Law programs in high schools in both Clarksburg and Oxen Hill, MD and Worth Days for Kids in Foster Care.

    The members of the Community Service Forum are:

    • Denise Gold (Lead), Associate GC, Associated General Contractors of America
    • Courtney Edmonds, Corporate Counsel, Leidos
    • Stefanie Frank, Associate Counsel, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Robert Gans, Associate VP - Employment Law – Labor, NASDAQ, Inc. 
    • Elizabeth Gant, SVP, Legal, National PACE Association
    • Alex Gordon, Associate GC, Washington Gas Light Company
    • William Kinner, Deputy General Counsel, HJF
    • Tina Rao, Assistant GC, Willis Towers Watson, North America
    • Jamie Specter, Counsel, Capital One Financial Corporation
    • Anjanette Stinson, Associate GC, National Student Clearinghouse


    Many volunteer organizations have adapted and are offering virtual opportunities to make a positive impact. We hope you'll take the opportunity to contribute to the health of your community.

    National Diaper Bank - nonprofit organization that provides basic essentials to those in need.

    Smithsonian Digital Volunteers - The Smithsonian benefits from the work of thousands of passionate volunteers who support the organization on-site in our museums, zoo, and other facilities.

    Below is a collection of online resources where you can get started:

    The United Nations Online Volunteering Service - A collection of global online volunteering opportunities.

    All for Good - Volunteer opportunity matching service (with virtual options)

    Volunteer Match - a source for community service opportunities worldwide (with virtual options

    Points of Light - Community Service Database and Global Volunteer Network

    Here are some helpful articles to help broaden your search:


  • Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Club

    CLO and GENERAL COUNSEL CLUB provides opportunities for members serving in the senior legal position in their organizations to gather and discuss topics of interest. For many years, members of the club have taken turns hosting breakfast in their offices once a month. Starting in 2018, the club has expanded those opportunities to include other events.

    The leadership by geographic location is:

    District of Columbia Co-Chair, Taryn Fielder, SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Washington REIT

    Greater Virginia Co-Chair, Javier Rodriguez, former General Counsel, Indivior

    Maryland Co-Chair, Paul Mamalian, EVP, General Counsel, HMSHost Corporation

    Northern Virginia Co-Chair, Mary C. Chapin, VP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, National Student Clearinghouse

  • Corporate Scholars Program

    ****Applications for the Class of 2022 Corporate Scholars are now open ****



    ACC National Capital Region – the regional chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel – is very pleased to invite students from eligible Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland law schools to apply to participate in the 19th year of our Corporate Scholars Program. This program provides experiential learning opportunities in the local legal departments of prestigious companies and not-for-profit organizations. The Corporate Scholars Program is designed to give students from the law schools in our region meaningful exposure to in-house practice. This popular program is also a “diversity pipeline” program. We hope to get applications from populations that may otherwise lack access to these opportunities. 

    In the summer of 2022, ACC National Capital Region plans to select approximately ten (10) students for the Program. We solicit the internship opportunities from General Counsel who are ACC National Capital Region members, and expect to get a terrific response.  In recent years, the organizations that hosted Scholars included: American Red Cross, Amtrak, Booz Allen Hamilton, Carey International Inc., Cvent, Freddie Mac, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Hilton Worldwide, Lockheed Martin, MAG Aerospace, National Association for the Education of Young Children, NewMarket Services Corporation, Rosetta Stone, Sandy Spring Bank, Special Olympics, Sodexo Inc., Tesla and VOX Media.

    These opportunities are open to students who will be enrolled in the fall 2022, including students in joint-degree programs and/or in full-time and part-time law school programs. The internships will last for ten (10) weeks, starting on or about June 1, 2022.  Students will be paid at least $10,000 (less applicable income taxes and other deductions) over the course of the 10 weeks by their host organizations, with funding from the Ilene G. Reid Corporate Scholars Fund administered by the Greater Washington Community Foundation.


    TO APPLY AS A SCHOLAR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021 use this link:

    THE DEADLINE TO APPLY AS A SCHOLAR is Friday, January 7, 2022.



    TO APPLY TO HOST A SCHOLAR this summer use this link:

    THE DEADLINE TO APPLY TO HOST is Monday, January 31, 2022.


    Thank you for your interest.  If you have any questions about the program or issues completing our applications, please contact Frost Telegadas, Director of Greater Virginia of ACC National Capital Region, at either 804-347-1548 or   

    The Members of the Corporate Scholars Forum are:

    • Brandon Fitzgerald, Associate General Counsel & Asst. Secretary, United Negro College Fund
    • Lusanna Ro, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, AECOM
    • Rich Spitalnik, Senior Counsel, American Red Cross

  • Leadership Academy

    Click below to visit the Leadership Academy web site
    for information and the application:

    Leadership Academy

  • Greater Virginia Advisory Committee

    Greater Virginia Forum

    ACC NCR’s service area includes all of the Commonwealth of Virginia and there are many members who live or work in the Richmond and Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads areas.  We organize programs and other activities for members outside of the D.C. metro area through our Greater Virginia Advisory Committee.

    The members of the Greater Virginia Advisory Committee are:

    • Frost Telegadas (Chair), Director of Greater Virginia, ACC NCR
    • Sean Beard, Altria Group Inc.
    • Stephanie Gillard, Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel -  Peninsula Pacific Entertainment (P2E)
    • Sakina Paige, Sr. Manager, Sr. Counsel, Capital One
    • Christian Ortego, Senior Counsel, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
    • John Oakey, General Counsel, Essex Bank
    • Erin Kapler Kelly, Chief Compliance Officer, SVP at Signify Health
    • Kindra Kirkeby, in Transition
    • Lusanna Ro, Vice President, AECOM
    • Javier Rodriguez, SVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at BioXcel Therapeutics, Inc.

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