Dear ACC Southern California Members & Friends,
I cannot help but notice that our Chapter, and ACC as a whole, has never been more relevant and important for those of us practicing in house in Southern California and across the nation and abroad. The ACC network is a team that enables us to network, socialize, advocate, brainstorm, and give back to our communities.
Society is experiencing much change. The changes require that we help our clients navigate through new and increasingly complex legal landscapes — whether social, economic, political, technological, or otherwise. The ACC team, including our sponsors, is a network which I have become increasingly reliant on when facing these new challenges and opportunities.
I'm proud of our Chapter's continued success, particularly for:
- providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members and sponsors,
- promoting mindful initiatives and activities to support the well-being of our members,
- providing professional development resources and opportunities, and
- nurturing and supporting next generations of attorneys.
We look forward to continuing these initiatives and investing in our members overall success.
It seems like the 2022 Gala just passed, but we are excited to announce our 26th Annual Gala date, location and speaker! The 2023 Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Action benefitting Public Counsel will be held Friday, September 22, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. Guests will enjoy a moderated discussion with distinguished keynote speaker, Stacey Abrams. Stacey Abrams will share candid insights on leadership, entrepreneurship, social justice and being a true force for change. Last year’s Gala was fantastic, and we look forward to another engaging program! Click here to purchase tickets and tables for this year’s event.
Thank you, members, for your continued enthusiasm and participation in our professional community, and sponsors for your incredible support and partnership. I would also like to give a special THANK YOU to our Chapter’s talented Board of Directors and to Betty St Marie, our Chapter Administrator, for their tireless work on behalf of ACC Southern California. Thank you all!
Wishing you continued success and looking forward to connecting with you throughout the year.
2022/2023 ACC Southern California President
SVP & Chief Legal Officer, Smile Brands Inc.