To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
This month, I celebrate the one-year anniversary of my NJCCA presidency. With the assistance of our excellent Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Committee Leaders, and Executive Director, this year was hugely successful. I want to take a moment to discuss some of those successes.
Our premier annual events have been superb. In August 2011, we gathered for our annual Build-a-Backpack event in which members and volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies to be delivered to elementary school children in districts having demonstrable financial need. We filled a record number of backpacks and brought smiles to the faces of the many children who received them. In September, we held our annual All-Day CLE Conference, which featured more than 25 separate substantive legal programs and was attended by close to 350 people, breaking all past participation records. The programs were followed by a well-attended cocktail and networking reception. In November we held our Annual Dinner, which featured the governor’s chief-of-staff as the keynote speaker. As has become our custom, we began the event with two hours of substantive CLE programming. In December, we held our annual Holiday Outreach event, in which members and volunteers gathered for a festive evening of wrapping books for distribution to children living in shelters. Finally, in May 2012, we gathered for our annual Spring Cocktail Reception. We once again exceeded attendance records and presented two hours of substantive CLE programming as well. All in all, our premier annual events were hugely successful this past year, and we look forward to repeating those successes in the year ahead.
In addition to the above, we held close to thirty stand-alone CLE and/or professional networking events over the past twelve months. We look forward to having a good showing of NJCCA members at the ACC’s annual convention in Orlando in September. This past April, several of us attended the ACC’s annual Leadership Development Institute in Washington, DC, in which I was a featured panelist. We returned with ideas that will enable us to provide even greater service to NJCCA’s members. NJCCA also continues to have a presence on the Board of Directors of the national ACC, enhancing our visibility. The NJCCA’s Women’s Networking Committee has been recognized for its many activities.
NJCCA is the only ACC affiliate chapter that publishes a monthly online newsletter. Each edition features a substantive legal article of interest and, among other things, a job line and a unique cartoon, Overruled!
Our membership has continued to grow, a testament to the dedication of our volunteers and sponsors who have devoted their time to delivering high-quality CLE and networking opportunities to NJCCA’s members. NJCCA is the only professional association exclusively dedicated to serving the interests of the New Jersey in-house legal community. We look forward to building upon our successes in the coming year, and hope to see you at our events. Please feel free to contact our executive director, Gail Girard, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, and check out our upcoming events at acc.com/chapters/njcca.