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In January, the incoming leadership of WMACCA held a planning session and adopted [the following] mission statement. As it should, the statement helps us focus on where we have been as a chapter, and where we want to go. It is the mission of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) to be the preeminent provider of educational programming and networking opportunities for attorneys who practice law as employees in corporations and other private sector organizations in this region. To fulfill this mission, WMACCA will promote the common interests of its members, contribute to their continuing legal education, seek to improve understanding of the role and value of in-house counsel, work with regulatory and government agencies and other officials, as appropriate, to advocate the interests of our membership, and encourage advancements in the standards of corporate legal practice. WMACCA also will provide its members with meaningful opportunities to satisfy their pro bono responsibilities. In 2002, WMACCA had much to be proud of. Our membership soared to more than 860 attorneys. We provided more CLE programs than ever before. We held informal socials — a happy hour in Montgomery County and a wine-tasting in the District — which gave us the opportunity to see many new faces. Our annual cocktail reception was the biggest and best yet. We started the Career Development Forum, which has proven to be an essential resource for our in-transition members. . . . In 2003, we will take the next steps. We have increased the size of our board from 12 to 15 members to better serve you. Our new board members will give us enhanced perspectives from large and small departments. They also will give us more hands on the laboring oars. In addition to continuing our tradition of strong educational programs and fun networking events, our goals for 2003 include: • Establishing a vibrant pro bono program for members. Joan George is leading a committee that will choose projects for the chapter to sponsor, with the goal of making it easy for members to participate in those programs. Initially, we will be working with Street Law Inc., which provides classes about law, democracy and human rights in many local schools. We are also working to identify a second pilot program. Our colleagues at CorporateProBono.org are helping us in our efforts. • Continuing to develop our special interest Forums. Our Associations, Career Development, Corporate/Securities, IT, Labor and Employment, and Montgomery County Networking Forums have given members with similar interests and practice needs a venue of their own. Most of these groups started because members wanted to get together with other in-house counsel to kick around an approach to a novel or thorny issue. If you have an idea for a Forum, tell us and we’ll help you make it happen. • Exploring options for making our substantive programs and socials available in all the jurisdictions in the Washington metropolitan area. We will hold at least one luncheon per year in D.C. and Montgomery County and we will explore ways to use technology or repeat performances so more of you can participate in our programs. • Conducting a survey to make sure we are responsive to the ever-changing needs of our membership. I encourage everyone to tell us, in the survey or otherwise, your suggestions for ensuring that WMACCA fulfills its mission statement. I look forward to working with you all. Robert A. Stern is president of WMACCA. Reprinted from the First Quarter 2003 issue of the chapter’s newsletter, Focus.

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