Letter From The President Of The Arizona Chapter Of The Association Of Corporate Counsel

2006-02-01 00:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

In 2005 the generous support of our volunteer leaders and sponsors enabled our chapter to meet our basic mission of providing high-quality CLE programs targeted to in-house counsel. Thanks to all of you, and we look forward to working with you again in 2006.

We kicked off 2005 with a program on litigation management co-sponsored by Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. and Lex Mundi. Next, drawing on internal resources, James Curtin, now with Honeywell Process Solutions, discussed work with a previous employer and provided a rare look from inside the law department of a public company that experienced great growth but eventually filed for bankruptcy.

In the spring, I led a discussion about the dormant Commerce Clause and the 21st Amendment entitled "Interesting Cases of Wine Before the Court," focusing on two cases before the Supreme Court involving interstate wine shipping laws. The door prize was a fantastic bottle of Pierre Bourree Fils Gevrey-Chamberlain 1999, courtesy of a local merchant, Duck & Decanter. Attendance was strong at this meeting.

In July, our CLE featured another chapter member. Tom Tollison, Chief Legal Counsel-Marketing Group, U-Haul International, discussed advertising from an in-house perspective. In September, Steptoe & Johnson LLP sponsored a joint program with the Licensing Executive Society that offered practice tips on technology transactions for the generalist corporate counsel.

Our fall programs also included a return visit from Paul Burns in the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. At this meeting, Paul led a discussion of the risks posed by the widespread use of email and suggestions for how in-house counsel can help their companies to minimize the risks. At another fall meeting, we held a roundtable discussion on the DOJ's position on waiver of privilege and work product in light of the October 21 DOJ Memorandum.

We look forward to building on the success of last year's program. Our first program in 2006 was an interactive ethics program developed by ACC's Greater New York Chapter, which featured a series of vignettes depicting the ethical issues facing in-house counsel today.

To learn more about our upcoming events, please visit www.acca.com/chapters/all_event.php?chapter=ariz. If you have any suggestions for future programs and other services that you would like the Arizona Chapter to offer to our members, I encourage you to contact me at mnrogers@insight.com.


Mark Rogers