In his 2000 best-seller, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell defines a
tipping point as “a moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling
point.” Gladwell first wrote about the idea in The New Yorker in the
summer of 1996. At its core, the book is about how ideas spread.
Upon the 10-year anniversary of the ACC Value Challenge, is it too much to
assert that the practice of seeking greater value for spend in the in-house
practice of law is at a tipping point? Looking back over the accumulated
collection of ACC Value Champions’ winning initiatives, an evolution is
clear, from convergence projects and the introduction of value-based fees
in 2012, to shared risk and outcomes-based value contracts and lawyers
writing code for legal department apps in 2018.
Can we also say that the ACC Value Challenge is, itself, a tipping point? “If
you want to bring a fundamental change in people’s belief and behavior…
you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs
can be practiced and expressed and nurtured,” Gladwell wrote. The ACC
Value Challenge aims to be that community, within which ideas about
value for legal spend spread. Has it reached critical mass and stasis?
Certainly not! There is still room for increasing creativity and sophistication, but this year’s winners have much to share and teach about creative
ways to tackle the challenges in-house legal departments face daily. The
nominations were assessed by past Champions Jessica Rivera, Chief
Legal Officer & General Counsel, Velocity Solutions; Stephanie Sciullo,
SOFTWARE AG | WALMART
MONSANTO & HUSCH BLACKWELL
ANDEAVOR & COUNSEL MANAGEMENT GROUP
AARP | PURE STORAGE | 7-ELEVEN & SEYFARTH SHAW
EATON | TAHAL GROUP B.V.
DXC TECHNOLOGY & UNITEDLEX
DANAHER & SEYFARTH SHAW | OCWEN FINANCIAL;
QUISLEX; HUNTON ANDREWS KURTH;