Letter From The President Of The New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association

2010-08-02 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

I'm writing to you as the president of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (NJCCA). It has been a productive couple of years for the organization and for that I owe a debt of gratitude to the board and committee leaders for their numerous contributions.

For those that might not be familiar with NJCCA, we are a Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, which is a bar association for in-house counsel. The Association provides its members with numerous services to assist with their practice. As part of ACC we work to provide our New Jersey members with access to continuing legal education, numerous substantive practice committees, and networking opportunities.

We continue to grow the Chapter and support our members with the tools they can use to better manage their responsibilities as in-house counsel. NJCCA has about 25 substantive and professional development committees, which have hosted CLE programs, committee meetings, and networking events, to further the professional development of our members.

As New Jersey has, this year, instituted mandatory continuing legal education requirements for all New Jersey licensed attorneys, whether by virtue of a plenary license or an in-house counsel limited license, NJCCA was granted New Jersey CLE provider status. This is a great accomplishment as it will enable us to assist our members with meeting their CLE obligations for New Jersey, as well as New York through our New York CLE provider status that we have had for several years.

In addition, we have added CLE programs to two of our annual social events (Spring Cocktail Reception and fall Annual Dinner Meeting). At our Spring Cocktail Reception held on May 11th, we had a phenomenal turnout for a two-hour ethics CLE program that kicked-off the evening. We also have an Annual All-Day CLE Conference that we host in September that will enable attendees to earn valuable CLE credits. Our Eighth Annual conference will be held this year on September 24th at the Hanover Marriott and offer four tracks with about six programs to select from in each track, plus a plenary session for the fifth track. The day will conclude with a cocktail reception and entertainment.

On the purely social side, we recently hosted our fifth annual Golf Classic on June 14th under the leadership of our President Elect, Evan Turtz, that continues to be a very successful and popular event.

We have also created groups on the Linked In and Connected social networks for our members. We have been working with our sponsors and the committee leaders to enhance our newsletter content with substantive articles and recaps on some of the events and programs that were held. We continue to feature a new OVERRULED! Cartoon every month from our very own Joe Aronds.

We also have held, co-sponsored, or supported a number of pro bono and community outreach events on an annual basis. Among those events are: the December Book Wrapping event, where, through generous donations, we purchase new books and wrap them for children that are living in a number of women's shelters throughout New Jersey; the summer Build-A-Backpack event, a collaborative effort among our members and sponsors to purchase and fill 150 backpacks with school supplies and a new children's book for the kindergarten and first grade children at a local elementary school; and the NJSBA Pro Bono Conference, which we co-sponsored that helps to recognize successful corporate and individual volunteer pro bono efforts that are ongoing, as well as the numerous pro bono legal services providers throughout the state. In addition, at this year's Spring Cocktail Reception, we held our first silent auction to benefit CASA, the Court Appoint Special Advocate.

For more information about membership and sponsorship opportunities with the NJCCA, please contact me at valerie_camara@merck.com, or NJCCA Executive Director, Gail Girard, at njcca@comcast.net.

I would also like to thank The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel for their support of NJCCA throughout the years!


Valerie J. Camara