To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
“The way you start out is the way you finish up” was my mother’s mantra as I grew up in the Midwest. Whether it was heading off to grade school with a new box of Crayolas and a fistful of freshly sharpened pencils or confidently starting my very first job out of college, her words rang true then just as they do today. Whenever you start with a strong and committed approach, the results are bound to be good. I believe that is equally so for our chapter this year. ACC Georgia Chapter is poised to build on our incredible accomplishments of 2013. Our goal for 2014 is to address the various practice areas of our membership through programs specifically targeted to meet their needs and help them become more effective lawyers in their jobs and communities.
This year we have added a Women’s Initiative to the panoply of programs we currently offer. The Women’s Initiative will feature an in-depth series of events specifically geared for the female attorney looking to take her career to the next level. This is an important initiative and our chapter members, both male and female, will participate in setting the programming agenda for this important dialogue.
I am pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, the ACC Georgia Chapter in conjunction with the Atlanta Business Chronicle will sponsor the Corporate Counsel Awards Luncheon on May 2, 2014, at the Cobb Energy Center. This spectacular event recognizes some of the best and brightest in-house legal talent in the metropolitan Atlanta area. In-house attorneys are nominated in such categories as Outstanding General Counsel, Diversity Champion and Community Champion. Our strong and collective support of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta continues this year along with other longstanding chapter initiatives such as the Summer Law Student Internship Program, the Annual Day of Service and the ACC Value Challenge event.
Great programs and events such as these are in large part due to the generous donations of time, talent and resources of our law firm and vendor sponsors. Later this year, we will formally recognize and thank our sponsors with an appreciation event. This will be an opportunity for our sponsors to mix and mingle in a relaxed setting with our chapter members. If your law firm or organization is looking to build a strong relationship with the vast in-house legal community, I encourage you to consider sponsoring an ACC Georgia Chapter event. By doing so, you not only engage the in-house legal community, you also contribute to the larger service that our chapter contributes to the Atlanta community.
This year, I challenge each of you to find at least one way to become more involved in your local chapter and reap the benefits that await you.
There’s wisdom for each of us in my mother’s mantra. Whether you are starting a new job, a new project at work, or a new personal endeavor, remember to start strong so that you can finish strong.
Wanda M. Morris