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

2006-04-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

The Georgia Chapter kicked off 2006 with a timely and informative program entitled "Weathering the Perfect Storm: Securing the Necessary Insurance Coverage and Obtaining Other Protections to Survive Hurricane Wilma or WorldCom" co-sponsored by the law firm Alston & Bird, LLP and the insurance broker McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. The panel of experts discussed the insurance implications of natural disasters and terrorism, important insurance coverage concerns and insurance policy clauses about which in-house counsel need to be aware.

February's program, hosted by Kilpatrick Stockton LLP delved into complex issues surrounding trade secrets, restrictive covenants and workplace copyright issues. A panel composed of in-house counsel David Slovensky, Chief Litigation Counsel, AGL Resources Inc., together with Kilpatrick subject matter experts Judy Powell, Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Group, and Jay Bogan, Partner, Litigation Practice Group, offered practical insights to over a hundred ACC Georgia members. From discussing how to address sticky situations when employees with intimate knowledge leave the company, to giving intellectual property advice to management, to avoiding copyright claims, these expert speakers shared the tools we need to protect our company's interests. For copies of their outstanding program materials, contact Programs Chair Lori Shapiro at lshapiro@eliinc.com.

ACC Georgia hosted special guest Rachel Spears, Executive Director of The ProBono Partnership, at its Valentine's Day luncheon. She offered an informative and uplifting account of work undertaken by The ProBono Partnership. Interested in being part of this excellent organization? Contact Rachel at rachel.spears@pbpah.org.

Also among ACC Georgia's guests were Tracy Oosterman and Joel Welker. Tracy and Joel are among several Atlanta Business Chronicle professionals examining the roles of in-house counsel. The publication will review key challenges facing in-house attorneys in an upcoming feature.

Our chapter bid a fond farewell to long-time Board member and current Treasurer, Robert Rigsby at our luncheon. Rob has accepted a transfer to Siemens' New York office. Rob will undoubtedly become an invaluable member of ACC's New York City Chapter and will be very much missed here in Georgia.

McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP hosted an excellent program for our chapter in March entitled "Ethics and Professionalism for In-House Counsel."

In addition to providing outstanding educational programs, our chapter continues to pursue our mission of supporting community outreach and developing professional relationships. Vice President Betsy Griswold will partner with other ACC leaders nationwide for the 2006 National Day of Service. This project, scheduled for September, unites ACC Chapters in projects that give back to the local community. Contact Betsy at betsygriswold@ups.com with suggestions of worthwhile projects in our area.

Vice President Virginia Wadsworth (vwadsworth@easycare.com) has outlined several initiatives supporting minority law students, pro bono efforts and public service projects. Virginia and her team applied to the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for a Diversity Dollars grant last month, in hopes of landing additional funds to sponsor our chapter's second ACC law intern.

Membership Vice President Sally Austin (sally.austin@choa.org) has been busy calling both former and prospective ACC members in our area. Pointing out the many benefits of membership and extending a personal invitation to participate in chapter activities, Sally has been a very visible and effective chapter representative.

Director Steve Kaplan (Stephen.Kaplan@PurposeCenter.com) recently added to his successful role as Young Lawyers Council (YLC) chair. Serving as co-founder/co-chair of ACC Georgia's new Career Enhancement Committee, Steve will continue to promote resources to develop and enhance our professional lives.

The continued success of our chapter is clearly a team effort.We welcome your involvement, feedback and ideas!

Sincerely,

Teresa Kennedy