Attorney at Law Magazine First Coast sat down with Monique N. Brown, the president of the North Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Brown has been a member of the association for more than seven years.
AALM: As the new president of ACC North Florida, what are your goals for the chapter in the coming year?
Brown: In addition to continuing the success of the previous program year, my main goal is to increase our presence and involvement in the community. Service is at the heart of a legal career, and we have talented members who want to support the community by giving back. Because many of our members have relocated to Jacksonville and are not originally from the area, they want to get involved but do not know how to go about it. During my presidency, I will focus on ways to create more opportunities for them to do so.
AALM:Tell us about some upcoming events the association has planned for members.
Brown: At the chapter level, we will be having a family baseball night with the local AA team, the Jumbo Shrimp; an informative CLE on the topic of Blockchain (such as bitcoin); an event at a new local rooftop establishment; ethics CLEs; and a women’s afternoon at the spa, just to name a few. ACC global is hosting its annual mid-year meeting April 22-24. The program is tailored to senior-level in-house lawyers and will focus on contract management, business management training, and mergers and acquisitions. In June, ACC is also offering the ACC Global General Counsel Summit for leading global general counsel or chief legal officers, ACC Legal Operations Conference for legal operations professionals, and ACC Corporate Counsel University for new-to-in-house lawyers.
AALM: Tell us about any current or planned partnerships with other local associations. How will these partnerships benefit members?
Brown: This program year, we will partner with a local bar association and host a member event. This event will allow members of both groups to network, interact and share ideas on how collectively we can benefit the legal community. Through our community involvement committee, our members will be able to collaborate with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) and provide pro bono services. Another new initiative will give members the opportunity to provide guidance to pre-law students at Jacksonville University.
AALM: What benefits are there to attorneys who become actively involved in the association and your chapter?
Brown: The Association of Corporate Counsel serves the professional needs of in-house counsel in so many ways. We offer networking opportunities with members from a wide variety of industries. We also offer educational opportunities and professional development on a range of topics that can come across the desk of an in-house counsel. We also have different resources as well as advocacy and community involvement initiatives.
AALM: How would you describe the main goal of the association in your own words? Do you believe the association meets its mission? How can it continue to improve its reach?
Brown: ACC prides itself in being at the forefront of providing resources, research, and industry insight specifically for the in-house legal profession around the world. Thus, the organization is by in-house counsel, for in-house counsel. Members gain access to local events and resources, provided by their respective chapters, but also gain access to insights and perspectives within the global in-house sector.
In my opinion, ACC is meeting its mission.