This special report highlights the Association of Corporate Counsel, its members, community involvement and legal education.
Solar Turbines attorney Katherine Wren was honored by ACC San Diego as its Pro Bono Attorney of the Year at the group's annual Black and White Ball in recognition of her past service as chair of the chapter's Pro Bono Committee and significant individual effort on projects.
Christopher Ekren was honored as San Diego's In House Attorney of the Year at ACC San Diego's annual Black and White Ball. In presenting him the award, ACC-SD President Darragh Davis and President-Elect Tim Collins noted his role as senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Sony Electronics Inc. as well as his activities within ACC and the broader community.
The winds of change are blowing in the legal profession. Rates and salaries at big firms continue to escalate -- even as the economic crisis persists. Moreover, job satisfaction for lawyers continues to decline, as billing and revenue pressures require more time and effort to support firm financial goals.
Whether the economy is strong or weak, the departure of talented attorneys due to reductions in work force or attrition has severe economic and non-economic consequences for both consumers and providers of legal services. The gravest repercussions include disruption of client relationships, increase in training and replacement costs, erosion of institutional knowledge, loss of investment, delayed resolution of legal matters, decline in productivity, low morale and alienation of future legal talent.
President Darragh Davis
In the beginning