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ACC Data Steward Program: A New Model for Evaluating Law Firm Security


Recorded:    June 17 | 2021      Watch Now

Corporations give their law firms more sensitive information than any other type of vendor. Yet surveys show that 70% of companies do not assess the security of their firms and legal service providers.

The Association of Corporate Counsel through its 10,000 member companies is looking to change this. Based on a new and innovative model, ACC recently launched its Data Steward Program for assessing and accrediting law firms. Developed through an industry-wide collaboration, this global program is set to be the standard in the legal industry. Join ACC during this webinar as it discusses this easier and more thorough approach to assessing information security, including:

  • Why it’s difficult for companies to assess their law firms today, and why firms hate the traditional security assessment approach
  • How the ACC Data Steward Program has developed a standard, relevant and easier approach
  • How global standards such and NIST and ISO are winning out over proprietary controls – if the right controls are selected
  • How this model could become the standard approach across all industries

Join us for what is certain to be an interesting and lively discussion.


Mark DMark Diamond, President & CEO, Contoural. Mark is founder and CEO of Contoural and is an industry thought leader in proactive records & information management, litigation readiness and risk & compliance strategies. As a trusted advisor he and his company help bridge legal, compliance, security and business needs and policies with effective processes, technology and change management. Contoural is the program administrator for the ACC Data Steward Program.


jIM mJim Merklinger, Esq., President, ACC Credentialing Institute. Having served ACC more than 20 years in a variety of key roles, in 2017, Jim was named president of the ACC Credentialing Institute. In this role, he is responsible for establishing standards that guide ACC's in-house counsel certification program, which consists of certification of individual in-house counsel and an accreditation program for in-house law departments. Most recently, Jim served as ACC's vice president and chief legal officer. He represented ACC on all legal issues affecting the association, including mergers with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the Corporate Counsel Middle East.

BillBill Schiefelbein. Esq., Vice President, Operations, ACC Data Steward Program. Bill has more than 25 years experience in information governance, records management, privacy, information technology, corporate compliance and legal technology, including in-house and consulting experience with corporations, law firms and government. Previously, Bill was CIO at a large law firm. Bill serves as Chair of the ACC Data Steward Industry Working Group.