Letter From The President Of The Minnesota Chapter Of The Association of Corporate Counsel (MNACCA)

2008-08-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

The summer is flying by. The Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner and before we know it summer will be a thing of the past. I'm not trying to rush things along, but those of us who serve on the Board of Directors and the working committees of MNACCA are already busy with plans for the fall.

This month I'd like to highlight some of the activities planned by MN ACC's Community Service Committee. The mission of the committee is to provide members opportunities to give back to the community and to build and strengthen relationships within the chapter. This is a relatively new committee (started in October, 2007) and is chaired by board member Nicole James of Ameriprise Financial. This committee is amazing! So far this year the Committee has partnered with LegalCORPS to staff a pro bono legal clinic for small business owners at the Central Library in downtown Minneapolis and Volunteer Lawyers Network to provide pro bono legal advice to homeless veterans on housing, family law, criminal expungement, and bankruptcy matters as part of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans' annual StandDown event. The Committee is not done yet. Members are diligently planning three more activities for MNACCA members to round out the year.

On Saturday, September 20, 2008 MNACCA will partner with Hearts and Hammers, a private nonprofit organization that provides exterior painting and home improvement assistance for seniors and the physically disabled. Chapter members can take a break from the practice of law and bring their families to provide exterior home re-hab for people in our community to continue living independently in safe and secure homes. For more information about this event, contact Rob Foehl at 612.307.6239 or Nicole James at 612.671.4035.

MN ACC members will help staff another LegalCORPS pro bono legal clinic for small business owners on Tuesday, September 23 at the Central Library in downtown Minneapolis. Volunteers are asked to work a 1.25 hour shift so it's something nearly everyone can make time for. For more information, contact Nicole James.

The Committee will offer its final community service activity for the year on Tuesday, November 4 by participating in the National Campaign for Fair Elections, a program by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. MN ACC volunteers will work as election observers to help ensure the fairness of the election process. Volunteers will help to staff various sites around the Twin Cities. For more information about this event, contact Zoe Murray at 612-372-3651.

We have had great volunteer participation in the Committee's activities and hope to continue grow that participation throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

Our upcoming events this fall include:

5th Annual Legal Sampler , Tuesday, September 9, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis, 615 2nd Avenue So., Minneapolis MN 55402. Enjoy hearty hors d'oeuvres and beverages (wine, beer and soft drinks) while sampling the educational opportunities of the evening. Four law firms will offer mini-sessions and each participant is invited to attend any three of four sessions in a round robin fashion. It's a very fun evening of learning and networking. See event posting at www.acc.com/chapters/minn.php for details and registration instructions. In-house guests are welcome.

Networking Social , Wednesday, October 1, 5:30-8:00 p.m., at The Metropolitan, 5418 Wayzata Boulevatd, St. Louis Park, MN55416. All in-house attorneys are welcome. Contact Betsy Handlson at mnacca@acc.com.

Lunch & Learn , Tuesday, October 7, 12:00-1:30 p.m., The Metropolitan, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. Network over lunch and stay for a 1 hour CLE. Details to be announced next month. See the event posting at www.acc.com/chapters/minn.php. Or contact Betsy Handlson, Chapter Administrator at 651-771-1218 or mnacca@acc.com.

If you aren't already a member of ACC and you want to know more about us contact our chapter office at mnacca@acc.com to get a complimentary user ID and password.Then visit the ACC website at www.acc.com and check out the Virtual Law Library. You'll soon discover why ACC has over 25,000 members. If you have any questions about our chapter, please contact our Chapter Administrator, Betsy Handlson, at 651-771-1218 or mnacca@acc.com.

Please note that if you're not a member of ACC and you've never attended an ACC event, you are welcome to come to one of our events at no cost whatsoever . All you have to do is RSVP so we know you're coming.

Sincerely,

Teresa Johnson