Hello, and a belated Happy Spring to our members! As the weather warms up, we look forward to giving our members more in-person interactions, learning, and professional growth opportunities.

Keeping with our goal of complying with our Strategic Plan, we are also actively working with our incredible sponsors to deliver engaging content relevant to our members’ real-time needs (a most recent example was our interactive discussion and follow-on social with our friends at Varnum on privacy-related strategies). 

Another essential component of our Strategic Plan is community service. Our colleagues at Miller Canfield delivered a helpful session on ways to create and actively participate in pro bono strategies in our communities. We are also putting a greater emphasis on DE&I in all our activities and initiatives. 

Be on the lookout for emails and LinkedIn updates promoting our latest events for our in-house community members! Always feel free to contact our Executive Director (Nichole Fisher) and me with any questions, comments, or suggestions for improving our efforts to drive meaningful value for our members!

Pervin R. Taleyarkhan



Welcome New ACC Michigan Members

Thomas Berbaum

DXC Technology

Michael Blalock

Yazaki North America, Inc.

Bryan Browning

Whirlpool Corporation

Joseph Bunting

Margaret Christy

Four Winds Casino Resort

Kathleen Cindric

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Jeffrey Clarke

BASF Corporation

Nancy Crosby

Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd.

Amanda English

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Stephanie Farman

Service Express, LLC

Brian Gill

The Body Shop International Limited

Erika Jackson

Workday, Inc.

Mark Johnson

Freudenberg North America

Robert Koback

Stout Risius Ross, LLC

Catherine Kokotovich

Ally Financial Inc.

Maureen Lesko

Melvin Lofton

Jonathan Long


Nathan Maas

Julie Missler

Ford Motor Company

Rachael Moore

Consumers Energy Company

Monica Navarro

Freudenberg North America

Craig Nykiel

Workday, Inc.

Elizabeth Peters

Steelcase, Inc.

Alexandra Rose

DXC Technology

Ravi Sethi

Sarah Simmons

Robert Spencer

Andrea Symbal

Ally Financial Inc.

Nicole Tatro

BAE Systems

John Treangen

The Dow Chemical Company

Emily Tyler

Acrisure, LLC

Jennifer Woods

New Member Spotlight

Liz Peters

Assistant General Counsel


Read more about Liz

Upcoming ACC Global News and Events Update

Upcoming Events

ACC Foundation’s Cybersecurity Summit

May 8-9, 2023 |University of California Los Angeles

Three days of education and networking, tackling today's most pressing concerns.

Learn more and register. 

ACC Foundation’s Global Women in Law & Leadership

June 21, 2023 | New York, NY, USA

Overcoming traditional barriers to success and helping future generations of women do the same.

Learn more and register.

2023 Annual Meeting Registration now open

October 22-25, 2023 | San Antonio Texas, USA

We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio, TX, October 22-25, 2023.

Learn more and register.

Register by April 28, 2023, to take advantage of early bird pricing!

ACC Oregon Chapter Shares Online CLE entitled: "Workplace DEI in Times of Affirmative Action Uncertainty and Backlash" presented by Perkins Coie

Links to copies of the supplemental handouts discussed during the program: 

Please click below to access the recording:

Oregon ACC: Workplace DEI in Times of Affirmative Action Uncertainty and Backlash

Speaker Information

Abdul Kallon

Christopher Wilkinson


Please follow the instructions below to receive CLE credit for this program:

  • To receive CLE credit, attendees must complete the CLE Form for Workplace DEI  within seven days after the program date. Please be sure to record the CLE Code Word provided during the presentation.
  • This program is pending approval for 1 access to justice OR CLE credit, one implicit bias CA CLE credit, and 1 diversity & inclusion NY CLE credit for experienced attorneys. 
  • Perkins Coie will include additional states in their CLE applications for the credit in those jurisdictions.
  • Certificates of attendance will be emailed to the attendees from the CE Manager database once the program has been approved.

If you have any questions regarding CLE credit for this week's program, please feel free to contact Cynthia Nawrocki at Perkins Coie at CNawrocki@perkinscoie.com.

ACC365 - ACC how/where/when you want it.

ACC365: the ACC experience in the palm of your hand. With one tap you are plugged into the people, resources, knowledge that accelerate your career.

Access the following:

  • ACC Newsfeed
  • Membership Directory
  • Discussion Forums
  • ACC Jobline
  • Calendar of Events
  • ACC Twitter

Find download instructions here.

ACC Docket

Did you know that ACC has its own publication? The ACC Docket, features articles authored by your fellow members and our sponsors covering topics relevant to in-house practice areas. These articles range in topics from global substantive legal issues to professional development. If you haven't already, we encourage you to take a look! And if you're ever interested in authoring or co-authoring an article, feel free to let us know!

Upcoming ACC MI Professional Development Education Events and Social Gatherings

Antitrust Trends: M&A and Employer-Employee Relations

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

The Daxton Hotel 298 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham, MI 48009

The program will cover recent developments in government and private antitrust challenges to mergers and employer-employee relationships, including no-poach, non-solicit, and non-compete clauses and practices.

Register here

Sponsored Event by McDonald Hopkins

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 | 3:00 - 7:00 PM

The Community House 380 S. Bates, Birmingham, MI 48009

With data breaches on the rise and increased government enforcement, the stakes have never been higher for in-house counsel on the front lines in managing data privacy risks. The McDonald Hopkins National Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team has assisted companies nationwide through over 12,000 data security incidents and has valuable insights to help in-house counsel manage the organizational risks associated with a data privacy breach. In this program, the McDonald Hopkins team will provide in-house counsel with practical advice and effective strategies to identify and protect against ever-present data privacy risks.

Registration coming soon

Save The Date! Professional Development and Summer Social sponsored event by Zausmer

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Details TBA

Annual Golf Outing

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Indianwood Golf & Country Club, 1081 Indianwood Rd, Lake Orion, MI, US, 48362

Held annually, the ACC MI golf outing is an opportunity for fellowship and fun competition among members, guests, clients, and friends. Enjoy a day of fresh air and sunshine while supporting the scholarship fund for Michigan's best and brightest future in-house counsel. Golfers enjoy a noon shotgun start with lunch, raffle prizes, and an awards banquet to close out a fun-filled day on the golf course.

ACC MI Bragging Rights 

LinkedIn Series is an Absolute Success 

ACC members and guests enjoyed a two-part career development series to leverage LinkedIn to Advance their careers. Chris Batz (link to LinkedIn), President of The Lion Group, shared his principles and format that best-showcased experiences on LinkedIn for in‐house attorneys. 



Miller Canfield Shares Pro Bono Expertise

A wonderful evening was spent listening and learning from our panel of experts regarding the numerous pro bono opportunities for in-house counsel and how to have a successful pro bono program for your organization. 



Varnum Presents on Current Legal Landscapes

At ACC's first event on the west side of the state, Varnum partners Jeff Stefan and Adam Brody presented about the current legal landscape, lessons learned from recent litigation and regulatory activity, and corresponding risk mitigation strategies for privacy best practices. Attendees enjoyed an intimate networking social with a gorgeous view of the Grand Rapids skyline. 


Pro Bono Opportunities

Legal Aid and Defender Assn. is seeking volunteer Attorneys to meet with residents at an upcoming Expungement Fair scheduled in Inkster

Legal Aid and Defender Assn. is seeking volunteer Attorneys to meet with residents at an upcoming Expungement Fair scheduled in Inkster

April 22, 2023 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm  

The pro bono attorney will meet with individuals to evaluate them for expungement eligibility and if they have all of the required documents with them, prepare the application to set aside conviction, which the individual will file and proceed pro se.

Volunteer attorneys will have a 3-hour block of time at minimum. LADA will provide training on how to evaluate expungement eligibility and how to complete the application.

LADA is partnering with a number of other organizations, and expects to have a law enforcement agency on site to provide free fingerprints for participants at the fair. 

To volunteer contact: Michelle L. Johnson, Esq., Interim President & CEO, Legal Aid and Defender Assn., Inc. at (313)967-5646 or mjohnson@ladadetroit.org

Friend of the Court and William Booth Legal Aid Child Support Clinic

Friend of the Court and William Booth Legal Aid Child Support Clinic

 April 22, 2023 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Wayne County Community College District Northwest Campus

8200 West Outer Drive Detroit 48219

The Friend of Court along with the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic puts on a Free Child Support Help Event to connect those with child support issues with lawyers who can provide a free 10-20 minute consultation.

To volunteer contact: Erin Lincoln,

Wayne County Friend of the Court

A Call to Pro Bono Service From Hon. Patricia Perez Fresard 

As I begin my tenure as Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court, I am encouraging each and every member of the Detroit Bar Association to commit to the Pro Bono/Access to Justice One Hour Challenge. 

  • Volunteer just one hour of your time to perform a Pro Bono Virtual Client consultation, which is advice and counsel only, to be entered into a drawing to win lunch with Judge Fresard. The more hours you volunteer, the more entries you may be able to have. To volunteer for the Pro Bono Virtual Legal Services Clinic, email pcopeland@detroitlawyer.org.
  • Volunteer at one of several legal clinics scheduled throughout the Metro Detroit area. Check out the Pro Bono Gateway at https://www.detroitlawyer.org/probono/ for available opportunities.

To those attorneys who currently volunteer for the Virtual Legal Services Clinic or otherwise provide pro bono service, thank you. Pro bono service makes a difference in the lives of individual litigants and society as a whole – it is vital to maintaining accessible and equal justice, which is the core mission of the Third Circuit Court.

To sign up as a volunteer attorney for the Detroit Legal Services Clinic, click here.

News & Articles

Supply Chain Disruption Survival Guide by Foley & Lardner LLP 

Foley & Lardner LLP has compiled a Supply Chain Disruption Survival Guide to help buyers and sellers in the supply chain navigate new legal challenges when purchasing, selling, and contracting for goods and services around the world. The guide also suggests ways to mitigate risks posed by existing and emerging supply chain hurdles. With the help of this Guide, your company can turn these challenges into opportunities to gain advantages over your competition by increasing the resilience of your supply chain.

Contact Vanessa Miller at vmiller@foley.com or Kate Wegrzyn at kwegrzyn@foley.com with any questions.

Get Linked

LinkedIn is the largest business-oriented networking website explicitly geared toward professionals. Follow ACC MI on LinkedIn, and you will be the first to know of industry insights, new trends, and thought leadership. In addition, it allows you to build your virtual network while being connected to an information hub for in-house counsel. ACC MI has gone from 120 follwers to almost 200 followers in 2023. 

Member Mondays are a Hit!

Every Monday, we highlight an ACC Michigan member, board, or committee leader. and the newest members of the ACC family on LinkedIn. The shares and likes buy our following have been outstanding.  

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