To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
I am proud to be serving this year as the president of the Western PA Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).
The Western PA Chapter is a mid-size chapter, with over 420 members (and growing!). When I left private practice about nine years ago to go in-house, I am embarrassed to confess that I knew little or nothing about ACC. I joined ACC and then the chapter board, and over time took on various leadership positions, culminating in my current post as president.
ACC membership has been an extremely important resource in my transition to in-house practice. Our Western PA Chapter has approximately 20 substantive CLE programs a year, on a wide variety of topics selected in large part on the basis of our members’ preferences for topics as expressed in our annual survey. National ACC offers a wealth of resource materials, from contract and policy forms to information and articles on substantive legal issues, and this year our chapter has begun sponsoring roundtable discussions on a variety of legal topics that are “top of mind” for our members, to allow us the opportunity to share ideas and best practices. But perhaps my favorite benefit of ACC membership is the opportunity to meet and get to know fellow chapter members. Our membership is composed of in-house attorneys from a wide variety of organizations who have had diverse professional experiences and who practice in a number of different areas. Irrespective of such differences, I find our membership to be universally collegial and helpful and interested in sharing knowledge and friendship with each other.
The Western PA Chapter of ACC is truly an “in-house bar association,” and I feel very lucky to have access to both fabulous ACC resources and programming and the collegiality and friendship of my fellow ACC Western PA Chapter members.