To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
One day, two lifelong friends in their twilight years are reminiscing about their childhood experiences together and their mutual love of baseball when one asks the other, "Do you think there's baseball in Heaven?"
The friend thinks about it for a minute and replies, "Not sure, but let's make a deal. If I die first, I'll come back and tell you if there's baseball in Heaven, and if you die first, you tell me."
They take an oath on it and a few months later one passes away. Soon afterward, the surviving friend is abruptly awakened in the middle of the night by the familiar voice of his deceased pal.
After getting over the shock at hearing the apparition’s voice, the friend asks, "So, is there baseball in Heaven?"
"Well," says the deceased pal, "I've got some good news and I’ve got some bad news."
“The good news is that there is baseball in Heaven.”
“Excellent!” exclaims the now exuberant friend. “Now, what’s the bad news?"
“Get ready,” says the deceased pal, "because you're pitching on Wednesday."
Many people are intensely passionate about their favorite sport or hobby. For some, baseball is king, and spending every weekend on a road trip to yet another baseball tournament is akin to a religious pilgrimage. For others, the beginning of fall and corresponding start of the football season signals something else: arm chair quarterbacks are awakened from their slumber, La-Z-Boys are fine-tuned like a 767 prior to a transatlantic flight, and those oh-so-essential B-B-Q grills are made operable once again.
At the Association of Corporate Counsel, South /Central Texas chapter, we take pride in having a sizeable membership base whose varied outside interests, be it baseball, reading, theatre or cycling, help draw our members together. Several informal ACC book clubs, for instance, are already underway, and members whose passion is the theatre often get together at impromptu gatherings before or after a production of interest. On the athletic front, various members of our chapter routinely meet for short and long distance runs, with all skill levels welcomed and no minimum participation level required. To encourage and facilitate family interaction, our ACC chapter also hosts an annual Family Night at the Missions Ballpark, where we invite our members, sponsors and their children to a relaxing evening of baseball, fully catered on a private deck at the ballpark.
Our most ambitious and entertaining project to date, though, is our chapter’s annual award-winning ethics conference and road show, Ethics Follies (www.ethicsfollies.com). This two-hour theatrical production is a fast-paced, high-energy and whimsically comical take on ethics lessons from the creative mind of our very own Lee Cusenbary, general counsel with Mission Pharmacal Company. A mixture of musical performances, skits and videos addressing modern-day ethics issues, the Ethics Follies provides an engaging and entertaining way of obtaining CLE, CPE and CME credit. As our approximately 600 attendees from the two San Antonio shows last year would attest, it’s always a riot…in a good way!
Our goal with all these efforts is to continue to build strong personal and professional networks among our members and sponsors, who in turn will help us achieve our mission of serving the in-house bar, both within and outside the workplace. We trust that our members will agree, as Bogart remarks in a timeless cinema gem, Casablanca, “this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...”