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The Corporate Counsel Section creates CLEs, networking and social opportunities, newsletters, and other programs that enhance and improve the role of in-house attorneys and attorneys in private firms that handle corporate matters for their clients. The Counsel Section hosted four quarterly meetings and one annual CLE. The Section's Annual CLE was a fast-paced, interactive format and was loaded with practical advice and ethical considerations essential for effective service to corporate clients. The Section also published four editions of The Consigliere, a quarterly publication containing a wealth of information submitted by a variety of local corporate counsel and edited by Chris Field (Lowe, Yeager & Brown). Ned Morgan (Voices Heard Media) assisted as chair of the Membership Committee.
Phone: (865) 599-0148
Fax: (865) 381-0407
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KBA Corporate Counsel Section's Creates New Mentor for the Moment Program
Building on the success of the KBA's Mentor for the Moment Program which has been in place since 1996, the KBA's Corporate Counsel Section has recently decided to implement a separate mentor program open only to KBA members who are in an in-house position. The program will be limited to attorneys who practice law as employees of private sector organizations and who do not hold themselves out to the public for the practice of law.
Ask most anyone in the legal profession and they will likely agree that mentoring is one of the most critical components to a lawyer's success. A mentor can give a lawyer the tools needed to understand the professional and practice needs of in-house counsel. Corporate legal departments are typically much more complex than law firms, and have additional levels of reporting. What's more, when lawyers transition in-house, their day-to-day interactions involve more frequent contact with nonlawyers in the business lines of the organization, and their work demands more general business and political savvy. This can be a drastic change from their previous roles. The skills that were learned in mentoring relationships in law school or in firm life aren't necessarily congruent with what are needed to work effectively in-house.
We are asking in-house counsel to sign up so that we can share the list of mentors exclusively to those KBA members who serve as in-house counsel. We do not intend to release this list to other KBA members or post this information on the KBA website so we will ask members who receive the list to maintain the privacy of the in-house counsel listed.
If you are currently serving as in-house counsel, please use the registration form to sign up.
If you have specific questions about upcoming meetings, feel free to contact Membership Chair Ned Morgan.