Letter From The President Of The Central Pennsylvania Association Of Corporate Counsel

2010-07-05 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

Here in Central Pennsylvania, we have had a very successful year to date, including two CLE events, new pro bono programs and continuing support for the diversity initiatives of our chapter. As we began calendar year 2010, we learned that we had been able to retain nearly all of our chapter membership. With that good news in hand, we collaborated with the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick in Harrisburg to present a full-day CLE event in April entitled "The Informed In-House Counsel - Influencing Process and Progress," which included many topics that were of particular interest to our members such as the basics of antitrust, e-discovery, and the Do's and Don'ts of Traditional and Online Advertising and Marketing. In addition to the outstanding presentations the McNees attorneys made, our members had the opportunity to take in the excitement of the Hollywood Casino in nearby Grantville, where this event was held.

Early in June, the law firm of Saul Ewing presented a two-hour CLE at the WITF Public Information Center in Harrisburg. By holding our event at WITF, the local public broadcasting television and radio station, we not only offered our members a lovely venue for this event, but we were also afforded tours of this state-of-the-art communications center. Saul Ewing's attorneys gave excellent presentations on the topic of business insurance and a very insightful employment law update.

In addition to these CLE events, our chapter lent its support to the Wills for Heroes program that is currently being expanded into Central Pennsylvania. At two events held this spring, one co-sponsored with the Dauphin County Bar Association and Widener University School of Law here in Harrisburg, and the other with the Lancaster Bar Association, our members helped prepare wills and powers of attorney for the very dedicated and selfless first responders serving in our area. The Wills for Heroes program began in South Carolina shortly after September 11, 2001, when it became all-too-apparent that so many of the very courageous first responders who lost their lives on that day of horror did not have a will in place for their loved ones who survived them. Our members who volunteered for the Wills for Heroes program found it to be a wonderfully gratifying experience. More events will be scheduled in the future.

In May, our chapter hosted a networking event in Hershey and invited local leaders from the Dauphin County Bar Association and Mid-Penn Legal Services to inform our members of other pro bono opportunities available to them and the ever-growing need for more volunteer support.

Our chapter also continued its commitment to diversity through its support of the Streetlaw program in four area high schools. The Streetlaw program includes our support of the students' participation in the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Young Lawyers' Division Mock Trial competition. The teams of students in the local competition did very well this year. In addition, we took advantage of the fact that the National Mock Trial competition was held in Philadelphia this year. As a result, our chapter members who volunteer for the Streetlaw program coordinated a bus trip to Philadelphia for the participating students so that they could see first hand the successful teams compete. It was a truly inspiring event for all who attended.

To further support our chapter's diversity efforts, the Pathways Committee set up by the chapter, to oversee the scholarship fund to benefit minority students that was established within the local community foundation, awarded sizable scholarships to two very worthy minority students who are about to enroll in college to pursue a career in the law.

This summer and for the remainder of 2010, we are looking forward to a number of chapter events. First up is an outing to the York Revolution baseball stadium to see the York team play their Route 30 rivals, the Lancaster Barnstormers, on Saturday, July 24. The York law firm of Stock & Leader very graciously arranged for our tickets and the use of a skybox at the stadium. Our chapter members and their families are invited to join us for a picnic, followed by what is sure to be a memorable game.

Our next chapter event has been tentatively scheduled for the end of August. This will be one hour of CLE followed by a networking opportunity in the greater Harrisburg area. We are in the process of finalizing the details for this event, but we do have the general subject area of information technology selected, and the law firm of Pepper Hamilton is lined up as the presenting sponsor. More details will be posted shortly on our chapter website.

In October, we plan to offer a full-day CLE in conjunction with our chapter's annual meeting. The date for this event to be held in the Lancaster area is Thursday, October 14, 2010. Our presenting sponsor will be the law firm of Barley Snyder. The topics to be presented are still be finalized, but we expect data security to be among the important subjects to be presented.

The final event for 2010 will be a two-hour CLE and holiday reception to be held in Harrisburg in December. The details for this event will be announced in the near future.

As my term as president of our chapter enters a wind-down phase and a transition to our new leadership team begins, I can only say that I have been honored to serve as the leader of such a wonderfully talented and caring group of individuals.To the extent that our chapter programs have been successful, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to those members who are actively involved, including our officers and committee chairs, and, of course, to our very dedicated and supportive chapter administrator, Julie Young.


Mary Jane Forbes