October 2017 Publisher's Note

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with Linda A. Klein, immediate past president of the American Bar Association, about the ABA’s recent annual meeting in New York City. She said the organization has seen a steady decline in attendance in recent years and has been looking for ways to re-invigorate the event. So prior to this year’s meeting, she met with the leaders of some of the city’s biggest and most influential law firms to let them know this could quite possibly be the ABA’s last annual meeting in NYC for a long time. Their response was a resounding, “How can we help?”

Fast forward to this summer’s event. Attendees experienced something totally new. The cornerstone was the CLE in the City Series: more than 100 free or low-cost and no fuss programs across town that lawyers could drop in on without pre-registration. It was the legal community at its best – an all-hands effort with many top law firms, the New York City Bar, Fordham University School of Law and others stepping up to offer meeting space, speakers and more. Hats off to the following organizations for their participation:

Akin Gump, Allen & Overy, Arent Fox, Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer, Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, BakerHostetler, Bracewell, Cleary Gottlieb, Cravath, Cuatrecasas, Davis Polk, Debevoise, Dechert, Dorsey & Whitney, Epstein Becker, Fordham University School of Law, Freshfields, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo, Herzfeld & Rubin, Holland & Knight, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Jones Day, K&L Gates, Kelley Drye, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Littler Mendelson, Magavern Magavern & Grimm, Mayer Brown, Morgan Lewis, Morrison & Foerster, Norton Rose, Orrick, Patterson Belknap, Paul Weiss, Pillsbury, Proskauer, Schiff Hardin, Schulte Roth, Shearman & Sterling, Shipman & Goodwin, Sidley Austin, Simpson Thacher, Stibbe, Stikeman Elliot, Sullivan & Cromwell, Wachtell, Weil Gotshal, White & Case, Willkie Farr, WilmerHale and Winston & Strawn.

MCC was founded almost 25 years ago with the mission of serving the in-house bar and the legal community as a whole. We continue to embrace our original mission of connecting inside and outside counsel through unique content. A good example is our in-depth look in this issue at noteworthy corporate pro bono initiatives at Verizon, Duke Energy, AIG and others.

In addition, we continue to actively expand our in-house readership to include legal operations professionals such as Clifford Barr of Andeavor (formerly Tesoro), who discusses changes his law department has made to optimize performance and make more data-driven decisions about resource allocation (page 61).

Our regional focus this month is on doing business in India, a key emerging market undergoing an economic transformation. With India apparently poised to open its doors to practice by non-Indian lawyers, it’s a timely package.

Finally, cybersecurity is always top of mind in the C-suite. We continue to track new developments in our second special section of the year on this topic (page 27). It features a deep dive into issues such as the threat of ransomware attacks, important changes to cyber regulation by the NY Department of Financial Services, the need for effective boardroom oversight, the pitfalls in cyber insurance policies and more.

Thank you for your continued support. As always, we value your suggestions. If you have a topic you would like us to cover, or if you are interested in contributing an article, please feel free to reach out.

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