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Ken Block, General Counsel & CCO, New American Funding

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Dear Fellow ACC Southern California Members,
 
In mid-March, we were introduced to a time like no other in our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to produce uncertainty and stress in our lives and communities. In addition, we have been reminded of the threats of racism and social injustice that continue to pose a threat against societies around the world. ACC Global President 
Veta Richardson issued a thoughtful response addressing the issue, and the organization has compiled a list of valuable BLM & Ally Resources.
 
ACC SoCal’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee has launched a series of web-based programs centered on racial justice and reform. The series provides our members the opportunity to hear from prominent leaders in the Civil Rights Movement and promote understanding, dialogue, and practical tools for creating change in our organizations and communities.
 
We were also excited to introduce you to 
The Innocence Project on August 28th. The Innocence Project is a nonprofit legal organization that is committed to exonerating individuals who have been wrongly convicted through the use of DNA testing and through reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
 
Despite the challenges we are facing, this time has truly showcased the strength of so many. First and foremost, I would like to thank our dedicated 
Board of DirectorsCommittee Members and Firm Administrator Betty St Marie. Thank you for what you have done already to weather this crisis and to get our organization prepared to cope with this situation. Your continued commitment makes all the difference, and confirms that as an organization we are resilient. Let’s continue to work together to keep these efforts going.
 
We are also pleased to report that our ACC Southern California leadership has been working diligently through this time to offer unique and interactive virtual events. Sponsors and members now benefit from almost twice the remote CLE event opportunities. We have been enjoying educational programming right from our desks and kitchens – no traffic, no parking.
 
We have been proud to host 35+ events since March, and have been experiencing record attendance, with some events boasting over 150 participants. We are excited to bring you more creative educational events with special perks delivered right to your door: Think cocktail mixing kits, wine tastings and food vouchers! Be on the lookout for what’s to come. Your involvement is what makes ACC Southern California and the local in-house counsel community great. Thank you for your continued loyalty and participation! And thanks to our sponsors for making these great events memorable and helpful to Members.
 
I am proud and inspired by the way our organization has risen to this challenge - with flexibility, resilience and courage. Months ago, we rolled out a list of sponsor enhancements to support sponsors during this time. Such benefits include:

  • Double event allowance (one in-person event = TWO virtual events)
  • New branding opportunities on social media and in our weekly e-blasts
  • Virtual event planning support
  • Flexibility with program scheduling and formatting
  • And much more!

We have received fantastic feedback from our loyal sponsors, and we look forward to continuing to partner with them to further maximize the value of their sponsorship. We are deeply committed to the personal and professional development of you, our valued members. If you haven’t already, please explore the links below for useful information:
  

  • COVID-19 – ACC Resource Center - a curated selection of resources (news, webcasts, forums, etc.) to help in-house counsel navigate the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic
  • ACC Docket - news of public events impacting our legal world
  • ACC Resource Library - a large repository of forms, policies, contracts, surveys and compliance documents
  • ACC SoCal Job Listings - one of, if not the best, job boards for in-house opportunities

We are certain that we will overcome the challenges of these difficult times. I encourage you to sign up for our CLE webinars, reach out to each other, network from a distance and put your time and energy towards worthy causes.
 
Again, please stay safe and healthy out there.
 
Well Wishes,
Ken Block
President, ACC Southern California, 2019-2020
General Counsel and CCO, New American Funding

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