Letter From The President Of The New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association

2007-09-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

The New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association (NJCCA) and its parent the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) are here to help in-house in tackling the many challenges they face. We offer a variety of forums for professional and personal development through networking with peers, benchmarking practices and company policies, staying ahead of the trends with CLE and online resources, attending local programs targeted to the particular needs of in-house counsel, and finding avenues to leadership development.

At www.acc.com, you'll find a series that examines companies' "best practices" at work in a variety of industries and legal departments of all sizes and structures. Leading Practice Profiles give you insight into how other companies' legal departments have addressed the problems that your company may face in the future.

ACC's Virtual LibrarySM(www.acc.com/vl) contains some of the best materials on in-house practices, all available online for easy access. Whether you are looking for substantive practice information, corporate governance resources, sample forms and policies, or information about managing your department (and outside counsel), you can find and access it from ACC's Virtual Library 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

ACC's CLO ThinkTanks bring together a select group of top Chief Legal Officers in an intimate "deep dive" into the controversial topics facing today's law department leaders. Their fresh thinking is captured in a series of executive summaries at www.acc.com/php/cms/index.php?id=264.

Executive Bulletin (http://news.acc.com/accaexec/issues/) is an electronic newsletter designed exclusively for CLOs. Read featured perspectives of leading CLOs on hot topics, find executive briefings on ACC public policy initiatives undertaken on behalf of the bar, and find resources of particular interest to law department leaders.

Discussing common issues and exchanging views with other in-house counsel in a face-to-face setting can give you invaluable resources. Sure, email works sometimes, but the opportunity to meet and discuss your challenges with other in-house counsel can help you look at an issue in a different light, gain insight into new issues that may be coming down the pike, help you to avoid reinventing the wheel, and improve your productivity.

On ACC's website, there are resources available to help your staff keep up with many of the developments in in-house attorney licensing, ethics obligations, privilege issues, and many other public policy matters (http://www.acc.com/php/cms/ index.php?id=37).NJCCA has paid special attention to New Jersey's limited licensing rules and has been providing periodic licensing updates to its membership.Based on input from our members, we have also been successful in asking the NJ Supreme Court to modify or clarify its limited licensing rule.

NJCCA's Full Day Conference on September 27 is a one of a kind event that you should not miss. Planned by in-house counsel for in-house counsel, the day features four tracks with a total of 18 programs. Whether a generalist or specialist, you will find a wealth of valuable information to help you in your day-to-day practice and enhance your career. For more information, contact NJCCA's Executive Director Kristi Vaiden at (973) 706-5027 or njcca@optonline.net.

NJCCA's Annual Dinner Meeting on November 14 is another "must attend" event. The evening begins with our ever-popular wine tasting. The cocktail reception features keynote speaker Arthur Miller, constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School. Held at the Pleasantdale Chateau, the event promises to sell out, so sign up early! For more information, contact NJCCA's Executive Director, Kristi Vaiden, at 973-706-5027 or njcca@optonline.net.

I encourage New Jersey's in-house lawyers to participate in these and NJCCA's other programs, which are listed at http://www.acc.com/php/chapters/ index.php?page=103&cal_mode=list.

If there is anything we can do for you, please contact me at (973) 541-8843 or lee.braem@degussa.com.


Lee Braem


Lee Braem