Letter From the President Of The Northeast Ohio Chapter Of The Association Of Corporate Counsel

2006-06-01 00:00

To the Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

Here in Northeast Ohio summer has arrived, and it is hard to believe we are speeding past the halfway mark of 2006. With great enthusiasm and pleasure, our chapter is celebrating its tenth anniversary on June 8 at Pickwick & Frolic and Hilarities (more below). Among the factors contributing our growth over the years are our high-quality CLE programs, networking events and outreach opportunities - all tailored to the unique needs of in-house counsel.

We've had presentations on the new Bankruptcy Act Amendments (January) and E-discovery and Forensics (February). In March, former U.S. District Court Judge Paul Matia enlightened us on how to effectively handle cases in federal court, and in April we had an expanded 3.5 hour CLE afternoon seminar on Sophisticated Mergers and Acquisitions Strategies at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel.

Our May program on Balancing the Protection of Your Business with the Rights of Employees is just one example of how our monthly CLE's provide useful, 'best practices' updates on contemporary issues facing in-house counsel. Co-sponsored by Kelly Law Registry and Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L., our speakers provided practical tips on the understanding what protections are available with and without Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements in place; handling Retaliation claims; analyzing the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); and addressing alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

In June, Marsh and Kroll Ontrack are co-sponsoring a program on Professional Liability and Evolving Exposures to In-House Counsel, including topics on Directors and Officers insurance and coverage and Employed Lawyers professional liability insurance professional liability insurance.

We have some interesting topics planned for the balance of 2006 including environmental law updates and corporate and employment law updates tailored specifically to in-house counsel.

I am proud to say NEOACCA Chapter membership is at an all-time high with more than 250 members! Our Chapter is very dedicated to pro bono initiative in our communities. Last year members staffed a Brief Advice and Referral Clinic at the Cleveland Legal Aid Society. This clinic provided low-income Cleveland area residents with an opportunity to discuss civil legal problems with volunteer lawyers and to receive general advice, information or referral for further representation. The Cleveland Legal Aid Society reported NEOACCA had one of the largest groups of volunteers to staff a clinic in 2005. From our perspective, members found this experience so rewarding that we plan to staff two (2) clinics in 2006. The first one will be on Saturday, July 29, at an eastside location and the second will be on Saturday, September 9. These clinics provide much needed help to the people of our community.

Aother date to save is September 30, 2006, which is ACC's National Community Service Day, a date where ACC Chapters from around the country roll up our sleeves and give back to our communities by providing labor and services to national and local parks, schools, youth groups and missions. NEOACCA is hoping to stage events in both Cleveland and Akron that day.

Last, but hardly least, we want to invite every NEOACCA member to come and celebrate the Chapter's Tenth Anniversary on June 8! We're planning a fun-filled evening of cocktails, dinner and a comedy show by actor and comedian Hal Sparks at Pickwick & Frolic, one of Cleveland's newest and hottest entertainment venues. To learn more about our chapter's upcoming events, your readers can visit www.acca.com or contact our Chapter Administrator Nancy Schneider at neoacca@centurytel.net.


D. Russell Hood