John K. Lee, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Bank of Hope
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Dear ACC SoCal Members & Colleagues,

I hope your 2018 is off to a great and safe start!  As I mentioned last quarter, our Chapter is extremely fortunate to have had a close partnership with both law firm and service provider Sponsors.  This year I am pleased that we have 38 such Sponsors who will be partnering with our committees to develop outstanding programs and events for you.

We started the new year with the In-House Counsel Conference in Los Angeles and Orange County.  Close to 300 members participated in all day continuing legal education sessions.  We also had a Roundtable event where attendees learned about Boilerplate Contract Terms and a Pro Bono event where members helped aliens with attaining the American dream of becoming citizens of our country.  These excellent programs started us on the right foot and had provided us a solid foundation for more exciting presentations to come.  We have, in the works, programs that include Defending Trade Secrets and EU Data Regulations and Networking Cocktails-International Women’s Day.  Be on the lookout for upcoming email blasts from Betty St. Marie as we are continually scheduling new programs.

Speaking of events, I am beyond ecstatic about our upcoming 23rd Annual Gala Dinner and Pro Bono Auction on May 8 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.  The Gala has been our Chapter’s signature event for the year.  Of all chapters in ACC’s vast network, we have the best Gala thanks to the hardworking Gala Dinner Chair and Committee, Board of Directors, and supporting cast.  So, who could top last year’s keynote speaker, Former Secretary of State John Kerry?  Well, let the drums roll . . . We are honored to bring you FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!  In an unprecedented response, our event immediately sold out, and we anticipate a full house event with more than 1,200 attendees.  I must thank our wonderful Sponsors because they helped bring us President Obama and what will be a memorable and an extraordinary evening.  For additional details, please visit the Chapter’s website:

For many of us, seeing President Obama live and in person and listening to what I believe will be an enlightening and stimulating keynote speech may be a once in a lifetime experience.  There are simply not many opportunities like this on the West Coast.  Personally, the only other president that I’ve ever seen and listened to in person was George W. Bush at a past ACC SoCal Gala.  This is but only one example of the kind of value membership brings.  Take advantage of other opportunities and resources throughout ACC, such as Monthly webcast programming, In-house ACCess - our monthly global publication, Business Education series, and Executive Leadership Institute - a master class for rising stars to unleash their leadership. I hope that you’ll take the time to explore ACC’s website and utilize all the comprehensive national resources:  education, self-help materials, professional networking, professional development, and new career opportunities.  I encourage you to take advantage of these offerings to get full value from your ACC membership and access these tools in your role as in-house counsel in 2018.  If you need any assistance in obtaining or locating any of the ACC or ACC SoCal resources, please contact

Let me conclude by saying “thank you” for the privilege of leading our Chapter.  If you have any thoughts to share, please email me at  I’ll pass them to the Board so that we continue to make ACC SoCal the leader of all ACC chapters.  I look forward to making a difference together in 2018.


John K. Lee
President, ACC Southern California, 2017-18
Senior Vice President, Bank of Hope

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