To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
The Northeast Chapter opened up 2012 with a bang - membership continues to rapidly increase; we are at over 1,240 members and counting. Membership growth over the past two years has been significant (earning us an award in 2010), and we are delighted that the excellence of our programming and member networking is showing such positive results.
There is a full calendar of events for the Northeast Chapter, covering a variety of topics, such as data breach, going global, new SEC regulations, alternative financing for companies, government investigations, contracts, and a labor and employment update. We also have several fun networking events, including a recent Mardi Gras celebration and a summertime cruise around beautiful Boston Harbor.
Our Pro Bono and Community Service Committee is working hard to expand our terrific volunteer opportunities. We currently provide mediators in district courts in Woburn and Dedham, Massachusetts. There are a new crop of members who will be trained this year as mediators to serve in the courts, so we are hoping to expand this program even further. The ACC Northeast also offers the very popular Clinic in a Box, which is a one-day program where our members help local nonprofits with their legal challenges. Our members also have the opportunity to volunteer their time with local students through Citizen Schools by teaching them negotiation skills and introducing them to the legal profession.
The chapter has planned a number of events for the Women’s Initiative, including discussions of career challenges, community service and other topics of interest to this group. We have an active mentoring program with the Women’s Initiative and continually work to expand this supportive network. We are planning to expand our diversity offerings this year as well and have begun to search for speakers and to plan networking events.
In April, the chapter will hold our 8th annual Law Student Ethics Awards, and we are delighted that Professor Arthur Miller (renowned legal scholar and co-author of Federal Practice and Procedure) will be our keynote speaker. The awards were created in 2005 to honor local law students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to ethics in the course of their studies. This year the awardees come from eleven law schools in the Northeast. The awards dinner is always a gala event to honor these exemplary students, and it is attended and supported by leading law firm leaders, general counsel, judges and law school deans.
Much of the success of our chapter comes from our sponsors, who provide us with cutting-edge programs and webinars for our members. We have many who have been with the Northeast Chapter for years and several who are new to working with us, all of whom have helped strengthen this chapter immeasurably. The chapter would not be as large and active without their support.
In 2012, we are looking forward to our programs, a new diversity initiative, increased ethics and pro bono efforts, and our continued growth.