The responsibility of the Association of Corporate Counsel is to work on behalf of its members and maintain a member-responsive organizational culture.
—ACC's Operating Philosophy
Dear ACC Colorado Chapter Members,
Happy Holidays! As we see 2017 setting like a beautiful Colorado sunset, I find my appointment as President of the ACC Colorado Chapter accelerated. Our former President, Victoria Donovan, recently returned to private practice, requiring her to step down as President. I could not have asked to assume presidency at a better time as I have the honor of announcing two outstanding accomplishments.
First, the Colorado Chapter won an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Best Partnership Program--Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic Partnership at the annual ACC leadership conference in Washington, DC. Second, the Colorado Chapter was one of 14 chapters globally to be named a Gold Chapter of Distinction by ACC Global. Gold Chapters of Distinction are graded in several areas including: governance/operations; membership recruitment; programming; awards/recognition programs; scholarships/pro bono work; and marketing/public relations. Gold Chapters of Distinction received over 85% achievement in these areas. You may ask what this means to you as a member, or you as a sponsor. It means that your membership fees, or your sponsorship dollars, are being utilized responsibly to not only provide the best programs and networking opportunities possible, but to also support the Colorado community. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the hard work of our Board, members, volunteers, sponsors, and Chapter Administrator. Thanks to each of you. The bar has certainly been set for 2018!
We will close out the year with our 11th Annual Ethics Day, and welcome 2018 with our Annual Meeting. Our Annual Meeting on January 18 promises to be pay homage to the old and the new by being held at the historic Union Station and featuring a street taco station. Mark your calendars.
In closing, I would like to wish you a holiday season filled with the warmest of friends and family, peace, good health, and relaxation. With the explosion of sexual harassment claims we have witnessed in 2017, I have no doubt the next year will require us, as in-house counsel, to step up. Perhaps that means implementing or updating policies, developing and delivering training, or simply being more vigilant. In any case, I believe 2018 will certainly be an interesting year for the Bar. Salud!
ACC Colorado President