National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) members know the Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action’s (MCLA) Manufacturers’ Compliance Institute (MCI) for the valuable free legal information it provides through partnerships with world-class law firms. Now, the broader legal network is recognizing the MCI for its innovative work.
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Awards honor the work of leading in-house practitioners and legal departments, and the MCI will be honored at an ACC awards reception on October 25. The MCI will be recognized with a 2018 Corporate Counsel In-House Innovator Award, which honors in-house legal departments that develop innovative contributions for their organizations.
Through the MCI, NAM members can use an online portal to request access to a free 30-minute call with a respected major law firm. Many small to medium-sized manufacturers have no internal legal resources, yet are subject to scores of regulatory and legal requirements. The MCI program was designed to address the growing number of inquiries from member companies seeking practical guidance on regulatory and other legal issues. The MCI provides quick answers to often complex compliance questions while protecting member confidentiality.
Since the MCI’s launch in 2015, it has expanded from a partnership with one law firm to include six law firms with specialties in the areas of most concern to our members: Littler for labor and employment law; Sidley for environmental compliance; Squire Patton Boggs for global trade; Shook Hardy & Bacon for product safety; Wiley Rein for intellectual property; and Crowell & Moring for California Proposition 65 compliance.
The MCI has responded to hundreds of member inquiries and has helped NAM members better understand the maze of regulations that manufacturers must deal with daily, improved their ability to stay legally compliant and helped protect their investments and their reputations. In addition, training webinars offered through the program have reached thousands of individuals in our member companies, greatly facilitating their understanding of the legal and regulatory environment.