To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :
The Northeast chapter has always focused on education and networking for our members, but this year we explored a new initiative that we feel will become quite popular with our members.
ACC had designed September 25 as "National Community Service Day" and asked all chapters to select a project that their members could work on that day.
Led by board member Steve Reynolds of Texas Instruments, the Northeast Chapter decided to put in a morning of sweat at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge, MA. This flood control dam operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is also a federal park and wildlife preserve, covering almost 1,300 acres of land. It has habitat for many different kinds of animals, as well as hiking trails, beaches and picnic areas for the visitors. Luckily, it was an absolutely beautiful day when a select team of ACC members showed up to clear a field that was growing up in scrub, making it difficult for ground-nesting birds to use it as a habitat.
Two park rangers - Viola and Sarah - assisted, and the team spent several hours chopping down small pine and beech trees and clearing several acres of field of invasive bushes and shrubs. A local birding group was in the area, checking the "mist nets" set the evening before, and then banding, recording and releasing the birds they captured. The team had its first close up look at a Rufous Sided Towhee, who was furious at having been caught, but perhaps pleased to think that the land being cleared was going to help him and others like him in the future! The team finished its day with a picnic at the park.
The ACC-Northeast chapter has a full schedule of educational programs for members for the remainder of 2005 and into 2006, starting in November with the popular "Business Skills for In-House Counsel: A Mini-MBA," sponsored by LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae and presented by the Boston University School of Management. This program filled to capacity within a week of sending the invitation - a first for the chapter! Programs on e-discovery and ethics will be held in Rhode Island and Maine, respectively, early in December.
I would like to acknowledge with thanks the work of Louise Rothery in the preparation of this article.
We are always happy to welcome new members - if you have any questions, please visit our website at acca.com, or call our executive director Louise Rothery at (781) 631-2246.