Letter From The President Of The New York County Lawyers’ Association

2011-10-18 10:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

NYCLA’s Northeast Business Law Center and Two New Committees Promote Legal and Business Communications
NYCLA has a reinvigorated group and two new committees that may be of interest to readers of the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: the Northeast Business Law Center, the In-House/Outside Counsel Committee and the Asian Practice Committee.
Northeast Business Law Center
NYCLA’s Northeast Business Law Center was created in 2004, bringing together leaders of the bench and bar to promote ethics, consider business law issues and provide sophisticated business law Continuing Legal Education (CLE) to the Northeast legal community.  The Center is co-chaired by Arthur Norman Field, a past president of NYCLA, retired partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and member of Field Consulting Services, LLC, and Richard Swanson, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP.  Among the members of the Center are Robert Smith, Associate Justice of the New York Court of Appeals; Henry duPont Ridgely, Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court; and senior partners of major Delaware, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York City firms.  Messrs. Field and Swanson have presented several interesting and topical programs over the last several months, including a presentation on Judge Ridgeley’s recent Delaware Supreme Court decision in Amirsaleh v. Board of Trade, 2011 WL 3585598 (August 16, 2011), which raised issues of waiver at the intersection of contracts and fiduciary duty, and a discussion by Kenneth Kramer, formerly of Shearman & Sterling, now with JAMS, about “ADR Realities – Which Predispute ADR Mechanisms Seem to Work; Which do not; and Why?”
In-House/Outside Counsel Committee
The In-House/Outside Counsel Committee is co-chaired by Richard B. Friedman, a partner at McKenna, Long & Aldridge, and Jordan Kanfer, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of T-Systems North America, Inc.  This Committee, which held its inaugural meeting in October, provides a forum in which in-house counsel from businesses and not-for-profit organizations can interact with law firm practitioners.  The focus of the Committee is on the dissemination and sharing of information and best practices, as well as the discussion of corporate issues, litigation strategies, legislative agendas and regulatory and policy issues that impact in-house lawyers.
Asian Practice Committee
The Asian Practice Committee is chaired by Zhihui (Julie) Guo of Troutman Sanders LLP.  This Committee, which also had its inaugural meeting in October, promotes legal and business communications between New York and Asian countries.  Members of the Committee share experiences and insights about Asian law, interact with lawyers in Asia and facilitate Asia-related practices.
NYCLA’s CLE Institute also conducts many CLE programs relevant to corporate counsel.  For example, in October, it hosted a program, Accounting for Lawyers, and on November 16, a program will be held, Recent Developments in Structured Products, co-sponsored by the NYCLA Futures and Derivatives Committee.
Further information about NYCLA’s many committees and programs is available on NYCLA’s website: www.nycla.org.
Stewart D. Aaron