To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
I am grateful for your support and look forward to serving as president of the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel for the next two years.
It is an honor to succeed immediate-past president Thomas C. Baxter Jr., executive vice president and general counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Chapter prospered under Tom's leadership, and I would like to reflect on a few of his contributions. In perhaps the most notable achievement in our history, the Chapter produced a first-rate instructional video on DVD, for which Tom has deservedly received national recognition. Through realistic scenarios, the video captures the many issues corporate counsel must navigate in this new era of enhanced accountability. Tom recently led an admirable effort to help Tulane and Loyola law students from the New York area secure suitable temporary employment while their law studies are interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. And with Tom's guidance, the Chapter has continued ongoing initiatives to increase diversity and support members in transition throughout the region. On behalf of the Chapter and its Board of Directors, we thank Tom Baxter for his leadership in the Association of Corporate Counsel.
I assume leadership of a Chapter in sound financial shape and with the support of world-class sponsors who continuously develop a rich selection of CLE programs tailored for the specialized needs of general counsel. Rather than reflect on our successes, however, the Board of Directors has worked to identify exciting new opportunities in a strategic plan for 2006. Here are a few of the highlights. The Chapter will continue to focus attention on emerging areas like ethics and compliance, transnational commerce, consumer and transborder privacy, content management and e-discovery, and the ever-changing role of general counsel. We plan to work closely with the academic community and develop programs that prepare law and business school graduates on the essential standards or corporate governance and business ethics. The Chapter also will continue to fund scholarship programs for young lawyers who want to experience work life in a corporate law department. We hope through these efforts to increase visibility and ACC membership in more corporate law departments by showing the value membership offers for continuing legal education, peer-ro-peer collaboration and leadership development. For more information about upcoming events, visit our webpage at http://www.acca.com/chapters/gny.php.
The Greater New York Chapter stands among the stalwart chapters in the Association because we are fortunate to have an abundance of innovative leaders. I am proud to serve as your president and look forward to working with you to carry on the Chapter as a distinguished contributor to the Association of Corporate Counsel. Your creative ideas are always welcome, and I encourage you to write or call any member of the Board of Directors or me.
Richard J. Wolf