The responsibility of the Association of Corporate Counsel is to work on behalf of its members and maintain a member-responsive organizational culture.
—ACC's Operating Philosophy
Dear ACC Colorado Chapter Members,
I recently had the honor of attending the Colorado Supreme Court Admission Ceremony on behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel. As I sat on stage looking out at a sea of a faces, the candidates’ displaying a mixture of fear and seriousness, I could not help but recall my own admission ceremony. I thought about what I would tell the candidates, and the counsel I would have given my younger self. I also took the opportunity to revisit A Lawyer’s Principles of Professionalism. I was so moved by the last Principle that a week later, I was still mauling it over in my mind.
“Above all, a lawyer owes to all with whom the lawyer comes in contact, civility, professional integrity and personal dignity.”
This year has presented to us, as US citizens, as Coloradans, and as members of the Bar, with unfathomable events. We witnessed the #metoo movement hold many to an unprecedented level of accountability. We sat glued to the news and watched a Supreme Court nominee face allegations of assault, and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after his accuser tearfully testified. Just last week we witnessed history being made by the election of a record number of 100 women to Congress. As I contemplate the aforementioned events, I wonder whether the last Principle was honored? Was it honored by the attorneys representing the victims? What about those representing the accused? Was it honored by the Supreme Court nominee and the Senators questioning him? Was it honored by the candidates running for Congress? Do I honor it? With ALL whom I come in CONTACT? In all of my different roles—employee, board member, proud parent, and fierce advocate?
While there is no shortage of incivility occurring daily, all around us, I urge you to remember that last Principle. Each one of us took an Oath of Admission and agreed to aspire to fulfill the Principles of Professionalism. Let us start locally and show that we, as members of the Colorado Bar and ACC Colorado , take the Principles of Professionalism to heart and WILL treat ALL to whom we come in contact with civility, professional integrity and personal dignity.
In closing this article and my Presidency, I want to say thank you for the honor of serving you. I was proud to be the first Latina President of ACC Colorado. I would also like to congratulate the ACC Colorado Board of Directors and members on winning the 2018 Gold Chapter of Distinction award from the Association of Corporate Counsel (global) for the second year in a row. Congratulations, Salud, y Gracias!
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” --Mahatma Gandhi
2018 ACC Colorado President