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July 2023

Upcoming Events

See what's happening in the coming weeks.

7.19.23 | ACC St Louis CLE: The Value of Cyber and Privacy Diligence | 4:30-6:30 pm CDT | CITYPARK Stadium - 2100 Market Street - Hellcat Space - 63103 | 1.0 hrs. MO CLE | Register

07.21.23 | ACC STL CLE: Faith, Art and Diversity | 4:30-5:30 pm CDT | Saint Louis Art Museum - 1 Fine Arts Drive - 63110 | 1.8 hrs. MO CLE | Register

8.03.23 | ACC St. Louis Thirsty Thursday Social in August | 5:00-7:00 pm CDT | The Golden Hoosier - 3707 S. Kingshighway Blvd. - 63109 | Register

8.25.23 | ACC St. Louis CLE & Golf / Spa 2023 | 7:30 am check-in /

8:00 am - 6:00 pm CDT | Forest Park - Probstein Golf Clubhouse - 6141 Lagoon Drive - 63112 | Details (Registration coming soon!)

President's Message:

Missed Opportunities

By: 2023 ACC St. Louis Chapter President, Jenny Herner, Associate General Counsel,


In 1883, 5-year-old Hattie May Wiatt arrived at church only to find the room for children’s classes too crowded to get in. When the pastor found her standing outside, he told her they would one day have a building big enough for everyone.

Hattie May died in 1884 and, at the funeral, her mother gave the pastor a bag containing 57 cents and the note ‘To help build the little [classroom] bigger….’ The pastor told her story, sold each of the 57 pennies for a donation, and, after the press picked up the story, raised enough money to buy a new building. That building would later house the first classes for what is now Temple University. Hattie May made a difference.

Many of us went to law school with the hope that we would one day make a difference, but, when in the thick of document reviews or contract drafting or research, it sometimes is hard for us to see how we are.


Missouri CLE

Deadline to Submit - July 30, 2023

In preparation for the Missouri Bar Association submittal requirements, the ACC St. Louis Chapter has uploaded all of the CLE Program Materials for courses offered by ACC Louis to the website. 

If you participated in a St. Louis CLE program, 2022-2023, you can access the CLE Certificate of Attendance, participate in the online evaluation and, when speakers provided their PowerPoint, the speaker program is also uploaded.

Simply click on the link below, scroll down to the appropriate date, and download your materials.

Link: https://www.acc.com/chapters-networks/chapters/st-louis/program-materials-st-louis?Site=ACC

Please reach out to the ACC St. Louis office 314-416-0404 -or- [email protected] if you believe you attended a St. Louis program and do not find what you need at the website.

Proposed FTC Ban on Noncompetes:

Considerations for Companies to Protect Trade Secrets

By: John Schroeder, Stinson LLP

In January 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unveiled a proposed ban on noncompete clauses that prohibits employees from joining or forming a competitive business entity following the termination of their employment. According to FTC Chair Lina M. Khan, “Noncompetes block workers from freely switching jobs, depriving them of higher wages and better working conditions, and depriving businesses of a talent pool that they need to build and expand. By ending this practice, the FTC’s proposed rule would promote greater dynamism, innovation, and healthy competition.”

While this criticism may ring true in the case of lower-wage workers, such as restaurant and warehouse employees, even the staunchest critics of noncompete clauses will typically acknowledge that they can – and often do – play a legitimate role in the protection of trade secrets. This is why the FTC’s proposed rulemaking is causing consternation in the intellectual property community.


(Pictured above: (L-R) Attendees of the 2023 Corporate Counsel Institute mingle and visit with exhibitors in between speaker presentations throughout the day. / Attendees learn from various industry speakers during valuable presentations.

The Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter, and

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Hosted

the 2023 Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI) 

On May 9, 2023, the Saint Louis Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), in partnership with the Bar Association of Missouri St. Louis (BAMSL), hosted members from across the legal community for their 42nd Corporate Counsel Institute (CCI). This year the event was held at the historic Chase Park Plaza Hotel in Saint Louis’ Central West End.

Over two hundred attendees gathered for the CCI, bringing together in-house counsel and their colleagues in private practice, as well as a host of professionals in the legal services industry for a day of learning and networking. The event offered a full day of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions and networking opportunities throughout the day. Sponsoring firms delivered informative presentations on a wide range of topics, including recent policy changes by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), employee privacy laws, legal ethics, and the practice of law in a corporate environment.


Always Stay Connected and Informed Through the ACC365 App!

Members now have access to ACC365, which allows you to always stay connected and informed in the palm of your hand!

With one tap you are plugged into the people, resources, knowledge that accelerate your career. This app allows you to access the following: ACC newsfeed, Membership Directory, Discussion Forums, ACC Jobline, Calendar of Events, and ACC Twitter.

Download it today!

ACC STL hosted General Counsels from St. Louis headquartered companies to talk about their experiences, their expectations, and their companies to attorneys new to the in-house experience at the I'm New to In-House, Now What? A Roadmap to Success as a Corporate Attorney - Part 2 event held at the Anheuser Busch Visitor Center on June 28, 2023.

(Pictured above - L-R): Member, Seth Hawkins, Anheuser-Busch; Speaker - Sara Yang Bosco, Sr. Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer, Emerson Electric Co.; Speaker - Ruth Kim, General Counsel, Sr. VP & Sr. Partner, Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.; Panel Moderator - Cara Stuckel, Associate General Counsel, Anheuser-Busch; Speaker - Peter Wimmer, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, First Bank; Speaker - Mark Darrell, Sr. Vice President and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Spire, Inc.; Member, Geoff Grammer, Corporate Counsel, Legal Department, Ameren; and Member, Christopher Wittenauer, General Counsel, Peabody.

ACC STL Diversity and Inclusion Summer Internship Program:

Empowering Tomorrow's In-House Attorneys

Through Real-World Experience


The ACC STL (Association of Corporate Counsel St. Louis Chapter) Diversity and Inclusion Summer Internship Program for 2023 has begun with the participation of six law school students. This program, which started in 2012, aims to provide these students with meaningful and real-world exposure to careers as in-house attorneys.

The interns selected for the program come from law schools such as the University of Missouri, Saint Louis University, and Washington University. Each intern is paired with an in-house attorney mentor who is also a member of ACC STL.


Welcome to Our Newest ACC-St. Louis Members!

  • Valeria Arango - Energizer Brands, LLC
  • Sheri Archidiacono - Energizer Brands, LLC
  • Rodney Fahs - Express Scripts
  • Jacob Frank - Core & Main LP
  • Justin Harmon - Edward Jones
  • Lindsay McClure-Hartman - Edward Jones
  • Joshua Mistler - Gardner Capital
  • John Mueller - Bayer Corporation
  • Lisa Nieman - Edward Jones
  • Rashel Pack - Bayer CropScience LP
  • Teneisha Perry - Ameren Services Company
  • Margaret Scavotto - Management Performance Associates
  • Danielle Schmidt - EyeCare Partners, LLC
  • Valarie Sewer - Emerson Electric, Co.
  • Lindsey Torres - Edward Jones
  • Phil Wickizer - AmerisourceBergen Corporation
  • Clayton Zak - Caleres, Inc.
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