San Diego Chapter
Dear San Diego Chapter Members,
As the 2017 President, I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to build on the great foundation we have in the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel – the essential bar association for in-house attorneys in San Diego County. Not only have our membership and program numbers grown exponentially since our founding 25 years ago (we currently serve 650+ members from 250+ organizations), but we have consistently been recognized as the ACC medium-sized Chapter of the Year each of the past 7 years we have been eligible to receive the award (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016).
These accomplishments would not have been possible without the continued service of our valued members, leadership and sponsors. With that, I ask you to join me in thanking David Szekeres, my predecessor and immediate past President, Jon Hellings, our Executive Director, and our many sponsors for their dedication to making our chapter a success.
I have worked as in-house counsel for Best Buy since 1998. During the first 7 years of my tenure, I lived in Minneapolis and worked at the company's corporate headquarters. Although I was a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the ACC while there, I was not an active member. In 2005, I relocated from Minneapolis to San Diego and maintained my in-house counsel role for Best Buy as an office of one. I immediately joined the San Diego Chapter of the ACC and, suffice it to say, the chapter has been my lifeline to the legal community in San Diego. I truly appreciate the chapter's welcoming and engaging environment; wealth of resources for legal education, professional development, networking and socializing; and commitment to the legal community.
I hope that you share these sentiments. I also hope that you are taking advantage of the many benefits and activities available to you.Following are just some examples of these options:
·MCLE credited programs on various topics during our quarterly Practice Group Roundtable Discussions, brown bag lunches, law firm hosted seminars and our Annual GC Roundtable and All-Day MCLE;
·Annual Black & White Ball, where chapter members, sponsors and guests socialize, dine and bid on silent and live auction items to raise money for a local charity;
·Community Service Day in partnership with Sheppard Mullin, one of our law firm sponsors;
·Family Fun Day, in partnership with the So Cal Chapter and many sponsors;
·Pro Bono program in partnership with Casa Cornelia Law Center and Fragommen, one of law firm sponsors, led by our Pro Bono Committee;
·New to In-House Group, led by our Professional Development Committee;
·The Fall Wine and Beer Social; and
·Periodic social group events, including the Golf Club, Hiking Group and Night at the Movies.
I invite you to visit our chapter website http://www.acc.com/chapters/sandiego/ to learn more about the chapter and how you can get more involved in the chapter either through attending events or serving on a committee or the board of directors. In addition, please feel free to contact me, a member of our Board of Directors, a Committee Chair or Jon Hellings with questions and feedback.
Thank you for your continued support of this chapter.Let's make this a great 2017 for the San Diego Chapter of the ACC!
President, ACC San Diego Chapter
Senior Corporate Counsel, Best Buy Corporation