To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :
WESFACCA, which covers the areas of Southern Connecticut (Fairfield and New Haven counties) and Westchester County, had a very interesting 2007 which included several workshops on the new rules for in-house admission in Connecticut. In addition, we updated our bylaws to now include directors emerti and have voted in two of our past presidents to be in that advisory role: Edgar DeVylder, who was president of WESFACCA in 2000, the first year it became a chapter of ACC after 29 years as a solo in-house bar association, and Colm Dobbyn of MasterCard, last year's immediate past president, who agreed to continue his involvement. In addition, the chapter now has expanded its Board and instituted a staggered three-year term.
We look forward to an exciting 2008. January 18 marked our annual meeting, which is combined with a dinner dance. This year for the first time, WESFACCA honored one of its own, Bill Cotter, Vice President and General Counsel of Vista Capital. Bill, who in addition to having served on the Board in various capacities over the years, was President of WESFACCA in 1999 and responsible for coordinating our becoming a chapter of ACC.
At the annual meeting, I was elected president and continue in my dual role as Co-chair of WESFACCA's International Law Committee. Other officers confirmed for election at the meeting were: Jannet Gurian, Deputy General Counsel, Thomson Financial, as First Vice President; Eric Cohen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Terex Corporation, as Second Vice President; Lewis Shaffer, Assistant General Counsel, GlobeOp Financial Services, as Treasurer; Marla Persky, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, as Secretary, and Frank Judge, Vice President and General Counsel, Honeywell Consumer Products Group, as Immediate Past President.
Directors elected were: Karen Allison, MeadWestvaco; Harold Aspis, Container Box Group, DVB Capital Markets; Charles Biener, The CIT Group; John Blood, Diageo North America; Lauren Bruzzone, IBM Corporation; Gerard Cavaluzzi, Malcolm Pirnie; Robert Cicero, Chemtura Corporation; William Cotter, Vista Capital; Andrea Dulberg, GlobeOp Financial Services; Garret Filler, Ellington Management Group; Jared Finkelstein, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; Kenneth James, Pernod-Ricard USA; Paul Lalli, GeneralElectric Company; Barry Lyon, ABB Holdings; Christopher Meyering, Sciens Capital Management; Bruce Perlman, Cartus Corporation; Eileen Simon, MasterCard Worldwide; Rachel Stern, FactSet Research Systems; Russell Tenenzapf, PepsiCo, and Stephen Wayne, Pitney Bowes.
Frank Judge and Marla Persky have been asked to spearhead a Diversity Initiative. They will be calling on chapter companies with members in large law departments to join "A Call To Action," a pledge, signed by general counsel of many of the top corporations in America to share best demonstrated practices and only work with law firms committed to promoting and increasing diversity within the legal profession.
We also have reinstituted the Chapter's Committee Officers Workshop, which will meet to brainstorm on programs and speakers. Joining this workshop will be representatives from several of WESFACCA's sponsors who will weigh in with advice.
One of WESFACCA's goals is to be promptly responsive to member requests for roundtables and seminars. We look forward to a very exciting year as we are already responding to requests for a Marketing Roundtable and a program on Parts I and II of the UCC. Our Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee will also be expanding the Annual Comprehensive Antitrust Back to Basics by breaking it into two parts - one basic and one more advanced; they are slated for May dates. We continue to look forward to a great year!