ACC Focus on the New Jersey Chapter - September 6, 2007 (Print All Articles)
NJCCA President's Message
by Lee Bream
Summer’s Gone – But Many Things Lie Ahead!
Hard to believe that summer is over. While the beach weekends may be history, so too are the traffic jams, bugs and poison ivy. And Fall awaits.
NJCCA will be holding its all-day conference on September 27 at the Hanover Marriott Hotel and its Annual Dinner Meeting on November 14 at the Pleasantdale Chateau. The former offers close to 20 substantive programs and some wonderful speakers. The latter will offer a keynote address by Harvard Constitutional Law professor Arthur Miller, the installation of our new officers and/or Board members, and some great dining and dancing. Please join us to network and meet your colleagues.
I am especially excited by the slate of Officer/Board candidates we will be presenting to the membership for installation at our Annual Dinner Meeting. We have some of our existing leadership returning in new roles and some attorneys joining us for the first time. I look forward to working with them and sharing in the leadership they can offer NJCCA.
Members can look forward to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Annual Meeting on October 29-31 in Chicago. There is never an end to substantive program offerings at this event and several NJCCA members are speakers at this event. NJCCA will also continue to track developments for 2007-2008 on public advocacy issues, such as privilege and multijurisdictional practice issues and limited licensing. We still have several outstanding requests to the Court to clarify some matters pertaining to limited licensing. We’ll keep you updated, of course.
Enjoy the Fall and hope to see or hear from you soon.
Very truly yours,
Upcoming NJCCA Events
Register today for these relevant and insightful events.
Fifth Annual All-Day Conference
High Tea at Somerset Hills Hotel
Protecting the Corporation
Iliadis v. Wal-Mart: Have the Flood Gates Been Opened for Class Actions in New Jersey?
NJCCA Annual Dinner Meeting
ACC Amicus Helps Win Third Circuit Privilege Case
In a case of first impression under Delaware law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit applied attorney-client privilege rules to the parent-subsidiary context.
A unanimous Third Circuit panel vacated the district court's production order in the BCE/Teleglobe case in a precedential opinion. ACC filed an amicus brief with the Third Circuit in this case involving BCE, Inc., who were being sued by a number of its former subsidiaries now in bankruptcy, primarily Teleglobe Communications. Teleglobe demanded access to attorney-client privileged communications between BCE and its in-house and outside counsel on the grounds that BCE's in-house counsel previously represented both the parents and subs on a variety of issues.
The Third Circuit held that BCE could not be compelled to produce documents on the ground that BCE and Teleglobe were jointly represented. The Court reasoned that Teleglobe cannot unilaterally waive a joint privilege with BCE. BCE's consent would also be required to waive the joint privilege.
The Third Circuit further held that that documents prepared by outside counsel did not lose their privileged status merely because they were funneled through in-house counsel for BCE and Teleglobe.
Fifth Annual Full Day Conference, September 27, 2007
Cindy Long, General Counsel, Valley National Bank, and Chair, NJCCA's Fifth Annual Full-Day Conference
NJCCA is making final plans for its Fifth Annual Full Day Conference being held on September 27 at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, NJ. More than 150 NJCCA members are expected to attend 18 different programs. The Conference features 75 speakers, including attorneys from leading law firms in both New Jersey and New York City, senior executives, general counsels and other in-house attorneys from many Fortune 100 corporations, experts from national consulting companies, and high-ranking government officials.
The total fee for NJCCA members is $149 for registrations made prior to August 25 and $175 for registrations made after that date. In-house counsel, who are not yet NJCCA members, are invited to attend at the total fee of $195 for registrations made prior August 25 and $220 after that date.
In order to maximize the usefulness of the conference to those attending, all of the topics for the conference were developed based on a membership survey that NJCCA conducted a few months ago. The survey asked members to identify their level of interest in various substantive areas of law and to rank by their importance a number of professional enhancement issues. The conference planning committee then took the most highly ranked legal and professional enhancement topics and created programs directly related to those topics.
7:45-9:00 a.m. Breakfast, Meetings of NJCCA’s Substantive Committees, Special Guest from the DC office of the Association of Corporate Counsel for Hands-on Highlights of Membership Benefits and Opening Remarks
9:00-10:15 (a) Environment, Health and Safety Basics for the General Practitioner
10:30-11:45 (a) Restatements of Earnings: Why, How and Liability
12:00-1:15 (a) Best Practices for Managing a Multi-location Law Department
1:15-2:30 Lunch Program on Catching Crooks: An Update from Law Enforcement on AML, SAR and Fraud Activities and Investigations in the New York/New Jersey Area
2:30-3:30 Plenary Session on Ethics: The Real World
3:45-5:00 (a) The In-house Attorney as a Party, Witness and Deponent
5:00-7:00 Networking Cocktail Party
Download the Conference Flyer, visit NJCCA’s website at www.acca.com/chapters/njcca.php or call (973) 706-5027 to learn more about the Annual Full Day Conference and other NJCCA activities.
NJCCA's Food and Drug Law Committee Focuses on Mentoring
Participate in a discussion of the best practices for mentoring programs.
NJCCA's Food and Drug Law Committee Co-chairs Heidi Allen, Associate General Counsel of sanofi-aventis, and Jean Frydman, Chief US Counsel & Compliance Officer for Ferring Pharmaceutical, Inc., invite in-house counsel to attend the committee's meeting from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. on September 27 at the Hanover Marriott immediately preceding NJCCA's full day conference.
Lynn Shapiro Snyder will facilitate a discussion of the best practices for mentoring programs. One area is vertical advancement - where the mentoring program is directed to help staff increase their effectiveness and be promoted inside an organization. Another is Horizontal AdvancementTM where the mentoring is directed to senior staff who are interested in further growth professionally without regard to promotions within an organization. Ms. Snyder's background in the area of vertical advancement stems from the lawyer mentoring program she established within her law firm, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Her background in the area of Horizontal AdvancementTM stems from her founding of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.
For more information, contact NJCCA's Executive Director Kristi Vaiden at
NJCCA visits Princeton Cemetery
This is NOT a "dead lawyer" joke.
On June 27, on a lovely evening in Princeton, New Jersey, the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association hosted an unusual social event - a tour of the Princeton Cemetery.
Founded in 1757, and known as the "Westminster Abbey of the United States," Princeton Cemetery is the final resting place for one president and one vice-president (both of whom were lawyers), the first United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, the Colonial Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, as well as numerous other officers of the court. In addition to former members of the Bar the cemetery is the final resting place for many notable scientists, educators, clerics and other New Jersey luminaries dating back to revolutionary times.
Approximately 25 NJCCA members and their guests took the one hour guided walking tour, led by Meg Chicco, cemetery docent and her husband Giuliano Chicco (aka the NJCCA Newsletter Editor), who provided the color commentary. The tour was followed by a dinner at the Alchemist & Barrister, a favorite Princeton watering hole, sponsored by Princeton Legal Search Group, LLC.
If you would like additional information about the Princeton Cemetery, its residents, or early New Jersey history, please visit the Princeton Cemetery website.
In-house Counsel Join the Cast and Crew of Pajama Game
An all too rare chance to see your colleagues in a different light.
NJCCA’s Past President Bruce Hector of Becton, Dickinson and Company joins the Pajama Game pit orchestra in the Third Celebration of Lawyers in the Arts on Wednesday, September 19, at Newark’s NJPAC. As well as Bruce, you may know one or several of the other in-house attorneys who are performing – Mark Salvacion of Prudential, Pamela Labaj of Integro USA Inc. and Treasurer of New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Inc. and Maria Anderson of K. Hovnanian Companies.
The evening also features an exhibition of art, sculpture and photography created by attorneys and law students during the cocktail and dinner hours, as well as a silent auction. All net proceeds from the event will support the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Inc. (NJVLA), a 501(c)(3) organization that grew out of the first Celebration and provides artists and arts organizations with pro bono legal services.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the NJVLA website at www.njvla.org.
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