Letter From The President Of The Central Florida Chapter Of The Association Of Corporate Counsel

2006-12-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

We serve in-house counsel in the Orlando metropolitan area working for entertainment giants, aerospace companies, religious groups, hospitality providers and other diverse industries. Our chapter adds value to their day-to-day practice through educational programs, networking events and public service.

Among our outreach programs, we worked with the Florida A&M University School of Law Placement Director to establish its Law Student Mentor program in which more than 20 of our members participated. Additionally, our chapter obtained from the MCCA a grant to fund two law students to further the development of an internship curriculum that could be used by corporate legal departments.

For this year's National Community Service Day, our members contributed to making Florida a better place to live and work by adding muscle power to Ivey Lane Elementary School's beautification project of the school grounds. Co-sponsors Co-Advantage Resources, Inc.; Harvard Yard Landscape and Maintenance; Foley & Lardner LLP, and Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q helped to make it a fun day that was enjoyed by all.

Co-sponsored by Ford & Harrison LLP, our chapter's CLE program last month focused on what corporate counsel need to tell their boards, executives and management about the major employment law issues of 2006. Topics included attendance and leave issues under the ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Law; privacy issues in the electronic workplace; and immigration issues.

I welcome all in-house counsel in Central Florida to come to our events. To learn more, visit our chapter's website at www.acca.com or contact our Chapter Administrator Marshall Schirtzer at mschirtzer@cfl.rr.com.

Sincerely, Debbie Ashley