Dear Fellow ACC SoCal Members:

I am excited to see 2017 off to an energetic start with such a wide variety of program offerings and even more in development.  In the first quarter, we saw programs covering employment law, insurance law, litigation and LEAN Toolkit programs.  I'm excited for our Summer offerings, which started with our annual Dodger Ball Game DoubleHeader.  Where else can you watch a professional ballgame and get CLE?

As your Chapter President, I remain focused on ensuring that all our members are aware of the many valuable and helpful ACC SoCal and ACC global resources and tools available not just to help with your daily professional legal needs, but also to support your career development and advancement.  It is important for me to share practical ways to better utilize the ACC resources and platform to make a difference – professionally and personally, regardless of how new or how seasoned we may be.  Getting involved and sharing experiences with colleagues is a priceless benefit of ACC membership.  There are numerous opportunities within our SoCal Chapter to get involved and our numerous committees invite you to share your talents and energy with your fellow ACC SoCal members.  Learn about all our committees on the ACC SoCal website  Please reach out to a Board member, Committee Chair, or our Executive Director, Betty St. Marie to find out how you can join any of the following committees: Advocacy, Diversity, ACCess MCLE, Networking Committee, Pro Bono, and many more.  I encourage you to join a committee and fellow members at these networking and educational opportunities, to get involved, and to make a difference.

I am particularly excited about our upcoming 22nd Annual Gala Dinner to be held Friday, June 16, at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, featuring former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry as our Keynote speaker.  We will also be awarding our 2017 Diversity Counsel of the Year Award to Southern California Edison and 2017 Pro Bono Counsel of the Year Award to Amazon Studios.  As part of our auction to benefit Public Counsel, this year's dinner will include an exciting live auction for a luxury African safari valued at $29,000.

Another impressive event I want to call your attention to is the ACC Global Annual Meeting which will be held in Washington D.C. on October 15-18, 2017. The Annual Meeting is a great value in corporate legal education.  Fulfill your annual CLE/CPD requirements and network with thousands of your peers and legal service providers during three days of extensive programming on current legal issues.  I hope to see you there, and you won't want to miss our renowned ACC SoCal Annual Meeting Reception (more details soon).

In closing, my challenge to each of you is to take the initiative to grow personally and professionally in 2017 with ACC by your side.  With ACC SoCal's wide variety of opportunities to assist our members in achieving their professional and personal goals, it is up to you to take advantage of them.  I also encourage you to provide feedback to me anytime at so together we can continue to make ACC SoCal the leading ACC Chapter.


Shawn Murphy

ACC SoCal President

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