Letter From The President Of The Delaware Valley Chapter Of The Association Of Corporate Counsel

2007-10-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

On October 16, DELVACCA will present its Sixth Annual General Counsel Forum under the theme New Challenges and Expanding Roles. This is out signature fall event for 2007 and is designed for general counsel, chief legal officers and law department senior managing counsel.

Lorraine Koc, general counsel at Deb Shops, Inc. and chair of the 2007 General Counsel Forum Committee, has put together an exciting program featuring outstanding speakers from the leading ranks of federal enforcement, defense counsel and general counsels, who will share insights on cutting-edge issues. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 16 at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The morning starts with a keynote address, The Crisis Before Us and the Challenge to Corporate America, by Harold J. Ruvoldt. Mr. Ruvoldt, a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP, has an extensive white collar defense practice and has represented clients in trials in each of the continental United States.

The opening morning panel, Too Many Hats?, tackles the increasing problem of doing more with a flat budget, as legal issues pervade the business sphere, and managing competing priorities when "no" is in the client's best interest. The panel members will include: Thomas R. Wilcox III, vice president and general counsel, Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers; Sheila S. Galluci-Davis, vice president and general counsel, Subaru of America, Inc., Dennis L. Schoff, senior vice president and general counsel, Lincoln National Corporation, and Geoffrey Beauchamp, general counsel, Delaware Valley Municipal Management Association. The moderator will be Stephanie A. Scharf, a partner with Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman, LLP, who concentrates on complex litigation for corporate clients and has been honored as one of the leading litigators in America."

Another panel, Risk Management: How to Stay Ahead of the Next Big Development, will explain why general counsels must take the lead in governance, risk and compliance issues. Speakers here will include Elizabeth Davis, vice president, CRA International; Phillip Gordon, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Caroline H. West, senior vice president and chief compliance officer, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Kenneth Pina, principal and general counsel, Core Risks Ltd. LLC.

An interactive Law Department Management panel will examine getting through to the corporate brass while taking unpopular decisions, dealing with suspect policies, how to say "you're wrong," effectively partnering with business units, and quantifying performance. This panel will include Jeffrey Norton, general counsel, Glafelter, Inc.; Michael Kuritzkes, senior vice president and general counsel, Sunoco, and Shelley Seligman, general counsel, George Weston Bakeries.

The luncheon keynote presentation will feature Philadelphia mayoral candidate Republication Al Taubenberger, who will present his Vision for the Business Community. Democratic mayoral candidate Michael Nutter had been scheduled but had to cancel due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict. A possible alternate speaker is pending confirmation.

We invite you to join at this event that will offer you the opportunity to meet your counterparts and gain practical information on important and timely topics of significant relevance to your organization.

Registration fees are $60 for DELVACCA members and $80 for nonmembers. To register, go to http://delvacca.acc.com and click on the registration link at the top of the page. For more information, please call Chris Stewart, our chapter administrator, at (215) 295-0729 or email her at ccstewart@comcast.net.

None of this would have been possible without the work of our Forum Committee, whose members include Geoffrey Beauchamp, general counsel, Delaware Valley Municipal Management Association; Eugene Cipriani, assistant deputy counsel, SEPTA; Daniel Deitch, vice president and general counsel, NFI Industries; Laura Grossi-Tyson, associate deputy general counsel, Independence Blue Cross; Mary McMonagle, general counsel, CertaPro Painters, Ltd., and John B. Wright II, vice president and general counsel, Triumph Group, Inc. Our thanks for their efforts.


Robert Talley