2Q2010 2...Strategic Planning for Law Departments 4...This Year’s ACC MI Golf Outing Will Be Better Than Ever! 4...Welcome to the Chapter’s Newest Members! 5...Leader Spotlight: Bernie Lourim 5...Looking for ways to get involved? 6...Scholarship Foundation Recognizes 2010 Awardees 6...Upcoming Events 7...Get Active In ACC Michigan
President’s Message Tim Guerriero
ACC MICHIGAN WANTS YOU!! (and I can guarantee that YOU will want ACC) Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Association of Corporate Counsel Michigan Chapter newsletter. This represents our latest effort to reach out to, communicate with and create an active community of ACC members in Michigan. You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of ACC and ACC Michigan. This fact shows that you have recognized and appreciate the value of ACC as the premier professional association for in-house counsel. No doubt you have taken advantage of the many member services offered by ACC, including the Annual Meeting, the InfoPAKSM resources, the member to member networking, the ACC Online Library, In-house JoblineSM and other outstanding resources available to all ACC members nationwide. We hope you will now take a closer look at the opportunities and resources offered by ACC Michigan as your local connection to the ACC membership experience. ACC Michigan has almost 400 members working as in house counsel in business, industry, government, non-profit and other organizations
located throughout the State of Michigan. This makes ours a mid-size chapter by national standards, and provides the chapter with a robust membership base to carry on the work of ACC in Michigan. ACC Michigan is governed by a 16 person Board of Directors, all of whom give freely and generously of their valuable time to serve the mission and goals of the ACC Michigan Chapter. The chapter’s mission is to involve the membership in substantive legal seminars aimed at the specific needs of in house counsel, sponsor social activities and other events, to provide networking opportunities where in house counsel can commiserate and share ideas, challenges and solutions, and sponsor charitable activities designed to give back to the state and communities which support the businesses and organizations we serve. To do this effectively, and to maximize the invaluable benefits that active membership in ACC can bring to your in house practice, it is vitally important that you, as a member, participate and become involved in these activities.
Ultimately, our chapter is only as strong and as effective as our member participation allows. This is my invitation to you to join in, sign up, attend, and participate in what I can assure you will be time and effort well spent, personally and professionally. How can you get involved?? Let me count the ways: 1. Attend our legal seminar programs throughout the year. 2. Attend our “Spring Social” in June and get to know your fellow ACC members in Michigan. 3. Sign up for and participate on a Board Committee (Programs, Membership, Communications, Golf Outing, Pro Bono, Social) and be a part of the process. 4. Attend the Annual Golf Outing each September, bring in-house colleagues and friends, and have a great time with your fellow in house counsel and contribute to the Chapter’s Scholarship Foundation at the same time; 5. Attend our Annual Meeting in December for our year closing social event. Continued on page
Strategic Planning for Law Departments: Top Ten Nuggets from the Knowledgeable
Frederick J. Krebs, President of ACC, Deborah M. House, former Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, ACC In these days of extreme competition and corporate belt cinching, chief legal officers, like other heads of corporate business units, are increasingly being asked to engage in the corporation’s strategic planning process. The corporation’s business goals, and the internal departmental goal of providing the best and most economical legal services possible drive this