Helping In-House Counsel To Tackle Civil Justice Reform Issues

Monday, January 1, 2007 - 01:00

The New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (NJCCA) has a rich heritage of providing CLE and networking events to help in-house counsel tackle important issues, such as litigation defense, that impact their companies' bottom line. Our members' employment varies from small corporations operating only in New Jersey to large multi-national corporations with interests in civil justice reform around the globe.

Reflecting this broad spectrum of corporate interests, NJCCA provides a variety of ways for our members to exchange their perspectives. Last year, we partnered with the New Jersey Defense Association (NJDA), an organization composed of New Jersey defense attorneys and insurance professionals who devote a substantial portion of their time to the defense of damage suits and claims. We co-hosted a half-day event that featured presentations by outside counsel with a range of experience in litigation defense, as well as in-house corporate counsel who offered the "insiders'" perspectives.

NJCCA's joint initiatives with organizations such as the NJDA serve the important function of bringing together outside counsel and their corporate clients in non-traditional settings so as to encourage communication between the two groups. As a former law firm associate and current in-house attorney, I have seen things from both sides of the fence. Bringing outside and in-house attorneys together is a win-win situation for all concerned.

Another significant component of NJCCA's services to its members is of an educational nature with resources targeted specially to the needs of in-house counsel that are enhanced by the wealth of material available through our parent organization, the Association of Corporate Counsel. For example, at www.acca.com, you will find web casts that are online 24x7x365 for easy access by our members. Topics related to civil justice reform in web casts recorded last month include:


Mass Tort Reform, presented by ACC's Environmental Health & Safety Law Committee and ACC's Litigation Committee and sponsored by Goodwin Procter LLP; and


E-discovery Synergy Between Small Law Departments and Outside Counsel, presented by ACC's Small Law Department Committee and sponsored by Lexis Nexis.

Further information about NJCCA can be found at www.acca.com. I hope that you'll contact me at joseph.aronds @hartzmountain.com if you'd like to suggest ways that NJCCA can help you in your day-to-day practice. NJCCA's other board members and I welcome your opinions.

Joseph M. Aronds is Assistant Vice President, Hartz Mountain Industries, and a member of the Board of Directors of The New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.