To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
The Southwest Ohio Chapter of the ACC serves members from a very diverse group of companies – from huge multinational companies with large law departments with many specialty lawyers to smaller local or regional companies where the general counsel is a true generalist – by offering substantive legal education, roundtables, networking events and social events.
This year the Chapter has added a new standing committee. The Diversity Committee will focus on awareness in the in-house legal community of diversity issues and will provide opportunities for legal department directors to engage with candidates from diverse backgrounds. The committee plans to host several events during the year.
The Chapter kicked off 2012 by hosting a Value Challenge event with a different twist. The ACC Value Challenge initiative focuses on reconnecting the value and the cost of legal services. Since the training of lawyers and related compensation of junior-level attorneys is a significant part of the equation, the focus of the program was on training lawyers - both in law schools and within law firms and law departments. Specifically, we considered the American Bar Association resolution, adopted last August, which reads in part that “the American Bar Association take steps to assure that law schools, law firms, law examiners, CLE providers and others concerned with continued professional development provide the knowledge, skills, values, habits and traits that make up the successful modern lawyer.” The program included an address by William Henderson, professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and was followed by a panel including two local law school deans, in-house and law firm practitioners and teachers who discussed current programs and initiatives in training law students and lawyers, including both the challenges and opportunities facing legal education and training. This was followed by small group breakout sessions, in which participants discussed their own views on how every lawyer, whether in-house, at a law school or in law firm, can play a role in improving legal education, be it mentoring, supervising or formal teaching.
In May, the Chapter presented a panel of inside and outside attorneys who spoke on managing litigation, including managing client’s expectations regarding the results of litigation matters. Later in the month, we spent time with global consultants, outside counsel, including a former federal prosecutor, and corporate counsel discussing global corruption enforcement. Programs later in the year will cover healthcare reform, data privacy and ethics and professionalism interspersed with social and networking events.
Jill N. Fuchs