Membership, Our Life Blood
STEPHEN E. SMITH
VICE PRESIDENT AND CHAIR, MEMBERSHIP
GENERAL COUNSEL, LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACE SYSTEMS CO.
TWO KEY BENEFITS TO ACC MEMBERSHIP
From the general counsel's perspective, repsonsibilities of the legal department vary from corporation to corporation, but a common goal among corporations is to function within budgetary restraints. ACC serves the general counsel in meeting this goal in two ways: 1) by empowering legal departments at all levels to access resources of other corporations facing similar demands and legal issues, and 2) by offering large law departments (9 or more active members) group membership discounts off the individual membership rates purchased separately. More information is available on the large department program at http://www.acca.com/membership/largelaw.php.
TIME TO RENEW, GET A FREE CLE COURSE
November is the start of the membership dues renewal period and you should have received your dues invoice from ACC national in the past week or two. In addition to having access to a wide range of resources developed exclusively for in-house counsel, if you renew by December 9 you will receive a free CLE course. Renewing online is fast and easy. Renew your ACC membership right now. If you are not able to access the online form, or are unable to pay with a credit card, please download this application form and mail it to ACC at 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036-5425. If you believe the value of your ACC membership to your corporate client may be questioned, please visit ACC Colorado's chapter website and review or print the following article providing answers for your use on the benefits of membership: http://www.acca.com/chapters/benefit.php?chapter=colo.
COMPARE ACC TO OUTSIDE BIDS
Challenge your outside bids versus cost and quality ofthe resources available through ACC, viewable at http://www.acca.com/resources/onlineguide/. Whether your challenge is to implement compliance programs, record retention policies, or other corporate legal policies, ACC's resources offer substantial legal papers and forms that can be easily tailored to meet your company's requirements--all for the cost of membership!
ACC AMERICA'S MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTER
For more in depth information regarding ACC membership, please visit the ACC Membership Newsletter online at http://news.acca.com/accammu/issues/2005-11-09.html. In this issue, find out where your department stands in compensation by clicking on the article entitled, "2005 Compensation and Outside Counsel Management Surveys Released." Also, discover how the InfoPAKsSM, training and surveys help answer the Question of the Month: "The revised Corporate Sentencing Guidelines mandate that organizations provide effective compliance training for employees. What resources are available to assist corporate counsel in designing satisfactory programs?
SPECIAL BENEFIT FOR IN-TRANSITION MEMBERS, HURRICANE VICTIMS
Should you become unemployed while a member, ACC will waive up to one year of membership dues while you seek another in-house position. If you find yourself without a job as a result of the hurricane, ACC will provide you with free membership for a year. If you have any other issues preventing you from renewing your membership, ACC will extend it as needed. Please contact our membership department with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.