Paul Street, general counsel and corporate secretary, BMC
Stock Holdings; and Luke Howarth, assistant general counsel,
J.R. Simplot Company, pose with their awards at the ACC Idaho
Juana Barrera, associate general counsel at US Foods, speaks at the ACC
Chicago Ethics CLE Luncheon.
promotes international collaboration
across the globe for the advancement
of brain technologies. Chris Ebell,
executive director of the Human Brain
Project and Annapoorni Sitaraman,
legal counsel of the Human Brain
Project, moderated the session.
Following a coffee break, members
attended two sessions on resolving
contract disputes. One session, entitled “Resolving Disputes Efficiently
and Confidentially: Arbitration,”
outlined the pros and cons of the arbitration process. Members engaged in
an interactive format, as they learned
about key strategies to ensuring a successful mediation.
The event was free for members
and was supported by BioAlps,
L’Association Romande de Propriété
Intellectuelle (AROPI), the Swiss
Biotech Association, Swiss Medtech,
and the Swiss Technology Transfer
Association (swi TT).
ACC Oregon Hosts its Holiday
Social - Ring in the New Year
at Ringside Fish House
ACC Oregon hosted
its annual holiday
social for members on
January 9. This event
was a success for ACC
Oregon because it almost didn’t
happen. Originally scheduled for
early December, the event had to be
rescheduled because of an unusually
The social was generously sponsored
by two of ACC Oregon’s long-time
partners, Barran Liebman, an employment and labor law firm; and
Northwest Legal Search, Inc.; a leading
regional attorney recruitment firm.
This event was hosted at the
Ringside Fish House, a popular
Portland restaurant known for its
wine selection, contemporary northwest American cuisine, and seasonally fresh seafood. In a private room
with a view of Portland’s Director
Park, attendees mixed and mingled,
enjoying shrimp cocktail, crabcakes,
and beef medallions.
Katerina Kogan, ACC Oregon president-elect for the 2018-19 term, welcomed the attendees and introduced
the two event sponsors. Ed Harnden,
managing partner of Barran Liebman,
thanked the audience for attending and
cracked a few jokes.
One of the chapter’s more popular events, the social draws a reliable
crowd of new and existing members.
To cap off the social, champagne
was served and Linda Green-Pierce,
president of Northwest Legal Search,
lead the attendees in the countdown to
toast the New Year.
ACC Idaho Awards Gala
On January 24, ACC’s Mountain
West Chapter held its annual event,
the ACC Idaho Awards Gala, in the
Pioneer Room at JUMP, Boise’s new
premiere venue. Over 120 people
attended the event, hosted by Idaho
law firm, Hawley Troxell. Nick Miller,
managing partner of Hawley Troxell,
emceed the event, along with ACC
board members Michelle Gustavson
and Adam Richins.
The chapter values the work that
its ACC members do in the com-
munity and within their companies.
The annual awards gala allows the
chapter to recognize its members for
Honorees of the awards were
Jennifer Reinhardt-Tessmer of Idaho
Power for the Outstanding New
Corporate Counsel award; Luke
Howarth of J.R. Simplot Company
for the Pro Bono Community Service
award; Demi Fisher of Micron
Technology for the Outstanding
Corporate Counsel award; and Paul
Street of BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. for
the Lifetime Achievement award.