Letter From The President Of The New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association

2010-01-05 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

Your Provider Of CLE Created By In-House CounselFor In-House Counsel

Effective January 1, 2010, each attorney licensed to practice in New Jersey (including in-house counsel and those with a limited license) will be subject to a Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") requirement. Although the official parameters of this requirement are still being ironed out by the State Bar, I wanted to remind you that New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association ("NJCCA") is currently a certified provider of CLE in New York and that we fully expect to become a certified provider of CLE in New Jersey once the requirements are provided.

We hope that you will keep NJCCA in mind as your preferred CLE provider. Throughout the year, NJCCA provides an array of CLE opportunities, including a variety of half-day and full-day programs on substantive legal topics of interest to our members. NJCCA's full-day Annual Conference, held in September, is an easy and enjoyable way to obtain up to eight CLE credits in only one day and to keep abreast of cutting-edge developments in the law. Those of us licensed in New York know how hard it is to obtain mandatory ethics credits, which will also be a requirement of New Jersey's CLE regulations. We make sure that ethics credits are included in the Annual Conference.

In the coming months, you will likely be bombarded by advertisements by CLE providers seeking a foothold in this lucrative new market. How is NJCCA different from the rest? NJCCA is the only organization providing CLE created by in-house counsel expressly for New Jersey's in-house legal community. Our focus is on providing CLE that directly addresses the interests of the in-house legal community. We tap into the expertise of the outside legal community in partnership with experienced in-house counsel for our substantive panels, but we limit attendance at the conference to in-house counsel. In this way, we seek to maximize the value to our members. And, recognizing that many in-house counsel are subject to corporate budgetary restraints, we ensure that our programs are made available at a very affordable rate to our members.

You can learn more about NJCCA's CLE opportunities through the NJCCA's on-line monthly newsletter or, even better, by e-mailing or calling me.

Substantive continuing legal education programming is just one of the many benefits to your Association of Corporate Counsel, New Jersey Chapter membership (see www.acc.com).We look forward to seeing you at our programs this coming year.


Valerie J. Camara