To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
Over 125 NJCCA members and guests attended our Annual Dinner and Meeting on November 20, 2003 at The Manor, West Orange, New Jersey. In accepting the honor of being elected President of NJCCA, I noted that I follow a series of great leaders, not only Bruce Hector, our Immediate Past President, but also all of the past presidents, officers, directors, and committee leaders - volunteers all - who have made this organization what it is today.
First, our membership is at a record level with over 860 members, which makes us one of the largest chapters in the Association of Corporate Counsel.Second, our finances are stronger than ever thanks to the fine work of our Executive Director, Barbara Walder, and our outgoing Treasurer, Valerie Camara. We have kept costs low, even as we have stepped up the quality and quantity of programming.Barbara has cut overhead through such tools as the e-mail listserv, by which some 780 members receive information in a cost-free e-mail.
Third, NJCCA has become a very visible representative of the in-house bar in New Jersey. Bruce represented the interests of in-house practitioners before the Pollock Commission that led to changes in the rules governing multi-jurisdictional practice and in-house practice, which we will cover in a separate message. We have increased our communications with other New Jersey based specialty bar associations, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).
Finally, we have increased member services. Through co-sponsorships with NJ ICLE, we have made it possible for members to obtain quality CLE at a discounted price by virtue of their NJCCA membership.
The mission of NJCCA is not just to help all of us become better lawyers, but to become better in-house lawyers. Over the past few years, we set out to find better ways to make that happen - and we are making them happen with programs on substantive legal, business and finance issues, career development offerings and more networking opportunities.
Over the next two years I hope to lead NJCCA in doing even more for its members. We will continue to implement NJCCA's mission to provide you, the in-house lawyer, the tools, ideas and inspiration to be not only the best lawyer you can be, but the best in-house lawyer you can be. We will focus on the legal and business knowledge needed to succeed in our unique positions inside corporate New Jersey.
NJCCA and ACC are dedicated to the proposition that in-house practice is a unique practice - and we are here to help make it a rewarding practice.Let us know what we can do to help.The names of our leaders are on our web page at www.acca.com.Feel free to contact any of us or Barbara Walder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you at NJCCA functions in 2004.On behalf of the NJCCA Board and its Executive Director, I wish all of you a happy and healthy new year.
Arthur H. Saiewitz