To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
In my role as president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (CPACC), I have the privilege of knowing the true resource of any organization – our members.
Our members are experts in such areas as corporate governance, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, advertising and banking, just to name a few. You’ll also find smart, hardworking professionals who have always been happy to answer a question from a colleague. More than that, you’ll find friends.
In addition to planning and executing continuing legal education programs and chapter networking events, our members also have a longstanding and demonstrated commitment to making the legal profession more inclusive.
Since 2003, CPACC has played an integral role in establishing a pipeline to expose high school students of color to the legal profession and create a pathway through college and law school to positions within the profession. That pipeline includes participation in various programs, including Street Law and mock trials.
In 2007, CPACC started a nonprofit arm to help fund its efforts to make the Central Pennsylvania legal community more inclusive by providing college scholarships. The purpose of the “Pathways to Success” Project is to encourage minority students to continue their education, with an eye toward a law-related career including, perhaps, attending law school locally and practicing in Central Pennsylvania one day.
Our most recent fundraising event for the Pathways to Success program was held in May 2014 in partnership with the Keystone Bar Association. I am happy to report that the event raised over $20,000. Because of the success of the event, we will be awarding scholarships to three very bright individuals.
In addition, our members team up with the Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA) each year to support the Capital Area Managing Partner’s (CAMP) Diversity Initiative. The CAMP Program is designed to offer first-year minority law students learning opportunities in various law firms and corporate legal departments over the summer. CPACC hosts a forum each year to discuss and share insights into the practice of corporate law.
The hard work and dedication of our members has not gone unnoticed. This year, our chapter was awarded the Honorable Clarence C. Morrison Equal Professional Opportunity Award. The award, sponsored by the DCBA Equal Professional Opportunity Committee (EPOC), is named for Judge Clarence C. Morrison - the first African American jurist in Dauphin County - and is bestowed upon the individual or organization whose contributions most effectively advance equal opportunity and diversity within the Bar.
Our small but mighty chapter would not be so successful without our sponsors - law firms in the Central Pennsylvania and surrounding area. These firms provide our members with continuing legal education programs and partner with us in our diversity efforts. We do not take their generosity for granted and cannot thank them enough for their support.
If you would like more information about our chapter, its diversity initiatives, or sponsorship opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. We would love to have you as a friend.