Letter From The President Of The Georgia Chapter Of The Association Of Corporate Counsel

2006-02-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

In keeping with New Year's spirit, our board made a resolution.(No, it's not losing weight - how could we pull that off while eating at Maggiano's every month?!)We resolved to advance critical elements of our following mission statement:

The ACC Georgia Chapter's mission is to add value to a diverse community of in-house counsel through educational programs, public service, and professional relationships.

Adding value to a diverse community: We will continue our successful and meaningful outreach efforts and explore additional avenues to add value and support the needs of the Atlanta legal community and our diverse membership.

One such initiative is the sponsorship of a second annual ACC Minority Intern.Through the recently adopted sponsorship program, we hope to partner with outside counsel and other professionals in raising the funds to sponsor one or more minority law students to serve as ACC Georgia interns during the summer of 2006.This goal will build upon our very successful experience with Shawntel Hebert, ACC Georgia's first-ever law student intern, whose sponsorship was made possible through a Diversity Dollars Grant through Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Providing quality educational programs: Our VP of Sponsorship, George Sewell, together with Program Chair, Lori Shapiro, have already met with the Programs Committee to sketch out program topics and potential presenters for 2006.

The year kicked off with a program co-sponsored by Alston & Bird, LLP and McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc., called Weathering the Perfect Storm: Securing the Necessary Insurance Coverage and Obtaining Other Protections to Survive Hurricane Wilma or WorldCom. The panelists shared legal and practical advice about business interruption coverage: who needs it and why; natural disasters and the risk of terrorism; shareholder class action litigation; directors and officers insurance; and contract issues (structuring disaster-related clauses in business contracts, and indemnification provisions in corporate by-laws and other agreements).

Visit our calendar of upcoming events at http://www.acca.com/chapters/ georgia.php for information about how you can sign up for our chapter's practical, high-quality programs which serve in-house counsel's practice needs.

Public service:We hope to continue our successful partnership with Emory Law School in co-sponsoring an EPIC intern, whose primary focus is public policy law.Similarly, chapter VP Betsy Griswold will explore opportunities such as ACC's National Day of Service, in which chapters across the country join together to provide pro bono legal services and/or public service benefiting their particular communities.

Building and maintaining professional relationships: We are exploring wide varieties of sponsorship partners, program presenters and other opportunities to develop and foster professional relationships between ACC Georgia members and the community in which we practice.In addition, our hope is to strengthen ties with ACC National by supporting national committees and participation in programs such as the ACC National Annual Meeting and writing for publications such as the ACC DOCKET .Information concerning these and other resources offered through ACC National are available at the ACC National website, http://www.acca.com/homepage.php.

As we know all too well, most New Year's resolutions are abandoned within the first two weeks.With your help, however, the Board's resolutions will hold fast throughout 2006.

How can you help?Most important, please speak up:LOUDLY and OFTEN.Please contact any of the 2006 Board members with your program interests, potential sponsorships, and community service goals. Their names and contact information are available at our chapter's web pages at http://www.acca.com/chapters/georgia.php.

Also, continue to actively participate in ACC Georgia's monthly luncheon programs.We've traditionally dedicated the second Tuesday of every month to a luncheon meeting at Maggiano's in Buckhead.One of the many outstanding features of our chapter is the fact that we consistently have higher attendance at our luncheon programs than many chapters with a larger membership roster.

Third, get actively involved with our committees.New interests groups, such as the Career Enhancement Committee and Young Lawyers' Council, would welcome additional members and will readily put your talents to work.

With your help, the New Year's resolution adopted by our Board will build a foundation for our chapter's continued success in 2006 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

Teresa Kennedy