Letter From The President Of ACCAustin

2009-09-01 00:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

I am very excited to be serving you as the ACC-Austin Chapter President this year.

It is an interesting time for sure and one filled with challenges and opportunities.

Everyone is all too familiar with the current state of the economy and the impact that it is having on so many, including in-house counsel, the companies that we represent and the law firms who support them.

The Austin Chapter of ACC is dedicated to serving our current members and sponsors during these times, however, we are also very focused on reaching out to in-transition and potential members to encourage them to take advantage of the many opportunities to: (a) network with in-house counsel, service providers and sponsors; (b) attend educational programs and obtain CLE credits; (c) get up-to-date information on career development-related topics; and (d) participate in organized pro bono and community service activities.

The benefits and opportunities offered by ACC and the Austin Chapter are truly among the best for in-house lawyers and are a great value.The annual membership fee paid to ACC National automatically qualifies members to select the Austin Chapter as their local chapter, entitling them to attend and participate in all of the chapter programs and activities free of charge with the exception of our Annual Golf Spa and Pocket MBA programs, which have nominal fees associated with them.

In addition to continuing the successful CLE and social programming of previous years, we have added a Pro Bono and Community Service Fair in September which will spotlight local community service, pro bono and non-profit organizations providing sponsors, members and their families with the opportunity to speak with representatives of the various organizations and commit to participation if they find a good fit. The chapter has also added a vice president of career development to the board. This new role will be solely focused on providing programming, articles and other resources targeted at assisting chapter members at all levels of their careers, including finding innovative ways to include law students, who may be interested in in-house practice, in some of our events and programs. We also launched a year-long Member Challenge at our first event of the year in January. Specifics about the program are available at the ACC Austin-Chapter website. The program is based on a team and points system. Teams are awarded points for attending events, recruiting new members and sponsors, and participating on chapter committees, in community service and in pro bono activities.

We hope you will get involved with us and help us to continue the many successes that our chapter has had. Please feel free to contact me or a member of the board if you would like to talk about the benefits of membership and how you can get involved.


Cynthia Sutherland