As this year began, our Immediate Past President Andrew Etkind thanked our chapter's leadership and sponsors whose contributions enabled us to present a full calendar of seminars throughout 2004 on a broad range of topics targeted to the needs of in-house counsel. [Editor's Note: To read Mr. Etkind's letter to our readers, visit www.metrocorpcounsel.com and put "Etkind" in our website's search box.]
Thanks to the continued dedication and generosity of our leaders and sponsors, 2005 is another banner year for us. In January, Bob Vancrum, Chuck Hatfield and Julia Plucker - all from Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP - provided insights into hiring lobbyists, rules and practices for lobbying operations, political contributions and techniques for communicating with state governments. We extend a special thanks to the firm for enabling us to provide a simulcast in both Kansas City and Omaha.
In February, Rick Bien and David Powell of Lathrop & Gage L.C. addressed defense of class action litigation, including a short history, possible advantages to the defendant, stopping one in the early stages, settlement administration and implementation, and more legal and practical issues related to surviving a class action.
Also in February, the Lex Mundi firm Foulston Siefkin LLP hosted a program in Wichita at which I introduced the benefits of ACC membership. Harvey Sorensen and Doug Hanisch of the firm joined me for a discussion of compensation trends for in-house counsel and post-Enron IRS rules affecting compensation arrangements.
Our March program was cosponsored by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. and Data Systems International, Inc. Moderated by Gene Balloun and other SHB attorneys, a panel of corporate counsel compared and contrasted arbitration and mediation. The panel included Mark Baldwin of Data Systems and Jenet Mark of Hallmark. As well as discussing their views and experiences, they analyzed what works and what doesn't when drafting arbitration and mediation provisions in contracts.
In April, Cathy J. Dean of Poisinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus PC presented a case study of defending litigation to pierce the corporate veil and how the jury looks at the issues. In May, Jesse N.H. Bacon of Kroll Background Screening Group provided insights into what every employer should know about new employment risks, including strategies for FCRA compliance (FACTA).
Our speakers on June 8 will be Larry Joye and Mark Hinderks of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. On June 10, we will be co-hosting an all-day seminar with the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. The day features a full slate of many interesting topics and speakers.On July 13 we will host our Third Annual General Counsel Roundtable, which has become a very popular, well-attended event.
Visit the Mid-America Chapter's page on ACC's web site at www.acca.com for location, topics and other logistics for our June and other upcoming programs. I hope to see you there!