Letter From The President Of The New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association

2012-11-21 15:01


To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

We had planned to hold the NJCCA’s annual dinner on November 7. The CLE programs were developed. The food was ordered. The band was set to play. We were polishing our dancing shoes. A great time was guaranteed for all … and then a little weather event named Sandy came along and, as they say, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” Many of us – including the venue itself! – were left without power (or worse) for so many days that we decided to cancel the dinner and reschedule it to a later date. We sincerely hope that you have recovered from any property damage caused by the storm or that you will soon.

Like the rising Phoenix, the annual dinner has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Dolce Hotel in Basking Ridge, NJ. The event will begin with 2 hours of CLE programming provided by the law firms of Greenberg Traurig and Lowenstein Sandler, complimentary for in-house attendees. One hour will be devoted to legal ethics so that you may obtain those always-hard-to-get ethics credits. Immediately afterward, we will hold a cocktail networking reception – a great way to mingle with colleagues. A sit-down dinner will follow at which we will provide a photographic retrospective of the past year set to music and, among other things, reveal the winner of the legal fiction writing competition and provide a special award to the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in recognition of their pro bono efforts on behalf of the New Jersey arts community. Dinner will be followed by live music provided by Dr. K’s Motown Revue, so be prepared to dance to the melodious sounds of the ’60 s. In addition to the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, we will feature several other pro bono organizations and collect donations for Hurricane Sandy relief. Finally, we plan to raffle off some very exciting prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!

NJCCA will host its annual Holiday Book Wrapping event on December 6 at the Old Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, in conjunction with sponsors Thompson Hine, Verizon, Update Legal and Haley Stuart. The purpose of this event is to provide wrapped children’s books to the children living in domestic violence shelters, typically with their mothers. We have selected the shelters this year from a list of those that participate in Verizon’s HopeLine program. The books that we provide are often among the only holiday gifts these children receive, so your efforts truly can make a difference for them. I hope you will join us at this event.

The year certainly took an odd turn in late October and early November! Nonetheless, I look forward to another successful year of service to the New Jersey in-house community – hopefully without any extreme weather events. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at joseph.aronds@acc-njcca.org. Happy Holidays!


Joe Aronds