SOURCE: Association of Corporate Counsel

August 28, 2006 09:12 ET

Association of Corporate Counsel Surpasses 20,000 Members

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 28, 2006 -- Earlier this week, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the in-house bar association, signed on its 20,000th member, a milestone for the organization. ACC has experienced continued growth in its membership adding more than 7,000 members since 2001. Its membership now represents all of the Fortune 100 companies among more than 8,500 member companies, and counts members in 58 countries across the globe. ACC promotes the common interests of its members, contributes to their continuing education, seeks to improve understanding of the role of in-house attorneys, and encourages advancements in standards of corporate legal practice.

"ACC's growth reflects the increased importance, sophistication, and influence of the in-house counsel community worldwide," explained Fredrick J. Krebs, president of ACC. "By underscoring the significance of governance, compliance and other key legal issues, ACC has contributed to the recognition that in these challenging times in-house counsel must play a significant role in a successful business enterprise."

The association has 47 chapters, including chapters in Europe and Israel. In addition to membership growth, the association has seen its annual meeting attendance double over the past five years, with attendance expected to reach 3,000 this year when the meeting takes place October 23-25, in San Diego.

ACC has also made strides in the public policy arena, playing a key role in the decision by the US Sentencing Commission earlier this year to alter language in the US Sentencing Guidelines in order to protect attorney-client privilege in the corporate context.

The association was founded in 1982 and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007. For more information about ACC visit: www.acca.com

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