Emerging Forum for Colorado GCs
The organizational meeting of the steering committee for this new group met over dinner at the Wellshire Inn on September 27th. Various goals and purposes to be served by this new organization were discussed. The first order of business will be the selection of an original or unique name for this group and the promotion of ACC membership for all lawyers within
based legal departments.
“It was gratifying to find others sharing the same level of enthusiasm I have for an organization through which I can reach other General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers here in Colorado,” said Stephen E. Smith, General Counsel at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. and member of the steering committee. Mr. Smith added, “The prospect of being able to informally share information and discuss legal developments and issues directly with others with similar responsibilities is exciting. But I also want to see this group acting in unison to see what kinds of discounts and ancillary benefits we might secure in the name of our ACC Chapter for all of our
based ACC members.”
Also noted at the meeting was the pivotal roll played by General Counsel in the decisions of Corporations to approve or disapprove of the costs of ACC annual membership for attorneys within their legal departments. Testimonials offered suggest there is a strong argument that, for in-house lawyers, the value of membership in ACC and the access such membership provides to the full spectrum of ACC’s services and practice support may be far greater than the value of the membership benefits provided to in-house lawyers by the American Bar Association. Members of the steering committee were invited to make cost comparisons between turning to ACC’s web site as a starting point for a given project, such as developing a SOX compliant ethics program, versus turning to outside counsel for an initial draft.
“The composition of the steering committee in terms of the size of the legal departments and business entities members represent appears to be reflective of the Chapter’s membership as a whole,” said Chapter President Sam Cheris. “I think it’s particularly encouraging to see this come together and get off to such a positive, promising start.”
Because of scheduling problems and travel conflicts, a number of those interested in serving on the steering committee could not attend the initial organizations meeting, but the content and tone of their regrets reveal strong support for the effort and a firm commitment to the steering committee work ahead.
Those in attendance at the initial steering committee meeting include: Susan Keesen (CIBER, Inc.),
(Vice President, Colorado Chapter), Sean Radcliffe (IHS Group, Inc.), Linda Wackwitz (Quovadx, Inc.), Shawn Cheadle (Teledyne Cougar, Inc.), Chad Harrison (Mincom USA, Inc.),
(JRL Enterprises LLC), Stephen Smith (Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.), Paul Hart (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.), Gary Engen (MYR Group, Inc.),
(Pres. Colorado Chapter), Bettina Eckerle (DigitalGlobe, Inc.). Others who have committed to participate on the steering committee, but who could not make the initial meeting, include: John Grant (Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.), Gary Burke (Vicorp Restaurants, Inc.), Jeffrey Benz (U.S. Olympic Committee), Michael Connolly (CENTRIX Financial, LLC), David Moskowitz (Echostar Communications), Tane Tyler (ALPS Mutual Fund Services, Inc.),
(Vice President, Colorado Chapter).
“Because it’s going to be very difficult to select meeting times convenient for all steering committee members,” said
, President-Elect of the Colorado Chapter, “I suspect we’ll find that many of our working meetings will be by conference call. The responsibilities shouldered by steering committee members are great as are the other demands on their time and we’re going to keep that in mind with all of our planning. I don’t want the precious availability of such legal department heads squandered on travel in rush hour traffic, for example, if we can be nearly as productive with projects through telephone discussions.”
The next meeting of the steering committee is expected to be in early December or the first half of January.