San Diego Chapter

Steven MashallWelcome to the San Diego Chapter!

I am pleased to be the 2018 Chapter President and to be able to continue working with all our members to provide the best support for in-house counsel. The ACC global resources are vast and the opportunities to attend local programs are many. ACC Global provides on-demand education, in-person events, model forms, research and benchmarking. That is just the start. The Chapter just builds on these and provides more in-person events, social clubs, the best annual formal gathering at our Black and White and Color Ball, and enough opportunities to obtain all your MCLE hours.

While you may find yourself only occasionally attending programs, there are many opportunities to get even more involved in the chapter. Join a committee, attend the Practice Group Roundtable Discussions regularly, or connect with a sponsor to share your knowledge as a speaker.

Of course, you may also join our board. I started out getting more involved by joining the Pro Bono Committee, then joined the board and moved up from board member, to Treasurer, Vice President and then President. Along the way I also participated in the global ACC community as a board member of the ACC Law Department Management Committee working on Legal Quick Hits, Annual Meeting Programs, and then as the Chair of the Committee.

I would not be here if not for the great efforts and thousands of hours contributed by all the terrific volunteers that came before me, especially our immediate Past President Heather Anderson, as well as the best Executive Director of any chapter, Jon Hellings!

And then there are our sponsors, whose financial and programming support are vital to our success. The sponsors put on our MCLE programs including Roundtables, Brown Bag lunches, seminars and our Annual GC Roundtable and All-Day MCLE. We also have a Community Service Day, Family Fun Day in partnership with the Southern California Chapter, and our Fall Wine and Beer Social.

I have been an in-house attorney for most of my career and can't imagine how I would manage in my current role as a Legal Department of one without all the resources available to me through the ACC. The most valuable resource has been the terrific people who I meet at every event I attend.I encourage you to not only attend our events, but also to go to someone you haven't seen before and introduce yourself to them. These connections quickly become supportive colleagues to turn to when you face a new legal challenge.

I encourage you to learn even more about our chapter through our ACC Chapter web page (where you found this letter) including seeing all the members of our board, our upcoming events, program material from all our past events, the list of our sponsors (please support them) and our social groups. If you have any questions, this is the place to go to learn how to contact a board member, committee chair, or Jon Hellings with any questions.

I am looking forward to a great 2018 with all you.


Steven Mashal Signature

Steven Mashal

President, ACC San Diego Chapter

Corporate Counsel, American Council on Exercise

(858) 576-6544

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