2018 Corporate Counsel Awards Reception

In-House Innovator Awards

We are pleased to honor these In-House Innovators for the creative and new approach to in-house practice that they implemented to make them more effective contributors to their organization:

  • Fannie Mae – has created unique professional development opportunities for its lawyers by challenging its teams to have hands-on ownership of their matters and take the lead in their work.
  • National Association of Manufacturers – has initiated a service to provide limited free legal counseling to member companies through partnerships with world-class law firm partners.

Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award

Cynthia ("Cindy") M. Lewin, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AARP, will receive the Corporate Counsel Career Achievement Award in recognition of her work as general counsel of three large national nonprofit organizations -- AARP, National Wildlife Federation, and Volunteers of America -- and her contributions to ACC and ACC National Capital Region. 

Cindy's career as a non-profit general counsel spanned more than 20 years. At each of the non-profits, she was part of the executive team and was deeply engaged in strategies and initiatives to advance the mission of the organization.  In December 2017, Cindy joined Venable LLP in its DC office as chair of its Nonprofit Organizations Practice.

As a volunteer leader with ACC, Cindy chaired the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of ACC.  Additionally, she spoke on panels at the ACC Annual Meeting several times and served on the Nominations Committee for the ACC's Board of Directors.  For ACC NCR, she was a speaker at several events, particularly for the chapter’s Non-Profits and Associations Forum, and in 2016 was the organizer for the ever-popular General Counsel Breakfasts in DC.  She also served on the Board of Advisors for the Leadership Academy in its inaugural year.

Service Award

Stephen Epstein recently retired after serving for 9 years as Chief Counsel, Ethics and Compliance, for The Boeing Company.  In that capacity, he was responsible for the Boeing Law Department’s work in ethics and compliance matters, supported the Office of Internal Governance, supported Boeing’s government operations,  and served as the Law Department’s principal interface with federal executive and legislative branch ethics officials.

For more than five years, Steve was a co-chair of ACC NCR's Government Contractor’s Forum.  In that role, he engaged with experts in the "arcane" world of the FAR, DFARS, and government contracting -- providing a vital service to the lawyers in this significant sector of our membership.  Working with other co-chairs, he organized programs that provided valuable insights into the challenges and best practices of government contracting.  In particular, he organized an annual meeting with government ethics officials to benchmark practices, extinguish misconceptions within the two communities, and find solutions to risks they share in common.

Career Achievement Award

ACC NCR leadership is excited to recognize Ilene G. Reid’s contributions to the chapter as Executive Director of the chapter for 20 years (1998-2018) with the chapter's first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ilene was the first staff member of ACC NCR and led the chapter as its executive director until April of this year when she transitioned to the role of senior director. Over the span of those twenty years, the chapter grew from approximately 500 to nearly 2,500 members and from hosting a dozen events to more than 100 each year. In doing so, Reid has touched the lives, careers, and businesses of numerous attorneys, professionals, legal departments, law firms, and companies.

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