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Meet the Section Chair

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Thomas A. Reed is the 2014 Chair of the 1,780 member Corporate Counsel Section.  

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Mr. Reed specializes in in-house counsel including commercial contracts, drafting and negotiation especially dealing with high tech and intellectual property, communication, regulatory matters, antitrust and managing and supervising litigation. 

Reed, from Manhattan, is a longtime member of the New York State Bar Association. He serves as Membership Chair for the CCS as well as a NYSBA Delegate.   

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR (click to view video)

To the Members of the Corporate Counsel Section:

Having previously served as your Chair in 2002, it is an honor and a privilege to do so once again in 2014. I want to thank Howard Shafer for a job very well done during his term as Chair in 2013, with special thanks for the most excellent and very well received Fifth Corporate Counsel Institute, ably co-chaired by Anne Atkinson and Steve Nachimson, that the Section presented under his chairmanship last November. It covered such timely and forward-looking topics as “Alternative Fee Arrangements and the Future of the Billable Hour” and “Advertising and Brand Protection in the Digital Age,” and featured a Keynote luncheon address by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as well as a panel of prominent General Counsel who examined ethics issues from an in-house standpoint, ably moderated by the Section’s long time friend and mentor, Robert L. Haig of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

There are several topics I would like to bring to your attention as I start my second term.

Annual Meeting 2014

This year on January 29th the Section joined forces with the Business Law Section to present a two-part Annual Meeting program. In the first part the focus was on Ethics in Transactions; in the second part a three-speaker panel examined issues arising for New York lawyers in handling international matters.

KGS Diversity Internship Program

The Section continues its long-standing strong commitment to the Kenneth G. Standard internship program for law students who self-identify as “diverse.” The program is named in honor of past NYSBA President Ken Standard because of his commitment to initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession. This year’s recipient of the New York Bar Foundation Fellowship (funded by the Section) that funds and places a second or third year law student as an intern in a charitable or not for profit organization is The Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In addition to the Foundation intern, the program expects to place 7 additional law student interns with law departments in ACE(2), Alliance Bernstein, NYSTEC, Saleforce.com, Pepsi Co., and Pitney Bowes. The program identifies and financially supports 50% of two in-house internship opportunities for law students from a diverse range of backgrounds to provide them with the chance to experience in-house legal practice. This year ACE, Alliance Bernstein, NYSTEC, Pepsi Co., and Saleforce.com are enabling the Section to extend the scope of the program by supporting the full salary of their student interns. The annual reception to honor the year’s Diversity Interns and their employer sponsors was held on July 23, 2014. Photos are available here.  The Section has also instituted the practice of appointing an alumnus or alumna of this program to our Executive Committee; this year’s alumnus is Richard Kim.

Mentoring Program and Young Lawyers

The Section maintains its mentoring program for current and past student interns. It also continues to be a generous sponsor of and provides a scholarship to the Young Lawyers Section Trial Academy for a deserving candidate. This year the Liaison from the Young Lawyers Section serving on the Executive Committee is Naomi Hills.

Continuing Legal Education Programs

I have already mentioned the biennial Fifth Corporate Counsel Institute (“CCI”) offered last November. Both the CCI and the CCS Spring Meeting CLE held on June 11, 2013 examined issues relating to the use of social media in the workplace and employment decisions. An Update CLE program on these hot cyber liability topics, which also addressed how companies can best deal with a security breach once it has occurred, was presented in conjunction with the Intellectual Property Section on April 3, 2014. Our Section’s signature Ethics for Corporate Counsel CLE program will be offered once again this year on the afternoon of Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Cornell Club in Manhattan under the guidance of longstanding Program Chair Steve Nachimson; please save the date and keep an eye out for further details as they become available.

Member Appreciation Events

The Corporate Counsel Section regularly provides no-cost “Membership Appreciation and Networking” receptions to benefit its members. We held the last one on October 24, 2013 at Upstairs at the Kimberly in NYC. The first 2014 MA&N event is being planned for June (please watch for the announcement with details), and a second one in conjunction with the Ethics for Corporate Counsel program on October 23rd.

Corporate Counsel Section “Community”

As Howard Shafer previously has reported, the New York State Bar Association is gradually rolling out electronic “communities” as an adjunct to the nysba.org website. The idea is to provide a central electronic forum to bring together NYSBA members around their various common interests, on a purely “opt-in” basis. The Community pages host posted messages that will automatically be distributed to all Community members who choose to receive them, as well has hosting blogs and providing a common space to store documents of interest, start blogs on various subjects, etc. Your Section’s Executive Committee, with my strong encouragement, is currently experimenting with a Community page accessible only to EC members so we can all better understand how this can work to benefit the Section’s members as a whole. We plan to roll out a Community page that will be accessible to all members of the Section later this year. Please watch for an announcement of more details as soon as we are ready to proceed. In the meantime, I encourage you to explore existing Communities, such as the Technology Community, that are already open to all interested NYSBA members and can be accessed from the nysba.org home page.

Transition Time at INSIDE

Finally, I wish to express my great thanks to the wonderful team of Editors of INSIDE, Janice Handler and Allison Tomlinson, who have worked most diligently for the last half-dozen years or more to bring you the many topical and valuable articles and other items that appear in its pages three times a year. Allison and Janice have decided that it’s now time for them to move on to other pursuits, so I’m happy to announce that whereas Allison is editing this issue, and Janice will handle the July 2014 issue, a new team comprised of Executive Committee member Jessica Thaler and another person yet to be named will take over the editorship of INSIDE beginning with the October 2014 issue. Among her many other accomplishments, Jessica co-edited, together with former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals Judith Kaye, the very well received recent special issue of the New York Bar Journal devoted to the topic of Lawyers in Transition. 


As your Chair, I welcome comments, questions and feedback from Section members at any time. Please feel free to email me at: tareed1943@gmail.com, and I will respond as promptly as possible.

Tom Reed

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List of Section Committees 

The Corporate Counsel Section committees consist of Publications, CLE and Meetings, Diversity, Technology and New Media, Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program, Membership, and Pro Bono.

Technology and New Media -  This Committee works to leverage technology and multimedia platforms in order to better serve our members to help them better connect with each other and the Committee activities via social media and by creating a more robust experience on the  NYSBA.org website. The Committee is also charged with implementing and improving use of technology and emerging media in presenting, preserving and distributing CLE and other Committee events, programs and content.

Continuing Legal Education and Meetings - This Committee is charged with planning the educational part of the Section’s offerings, including CLE presented at the Annual Meeting in January, the biennial Ethics for Corporate Counsel program given even year autumns, and the biennial Corporate Counsel Institute provided in odd numbered years in the fall.

Diversity  - This Committee is charged with formulating and implementing the Section’s response to the NYSBA President’s Section Diversity Challenge with the goal of increasing not only the number of “diverse” members in our Section, but also increasing their participation in Section activities and leadership positions, and the ability of the Section to address their needs.

INSIDE/Publications - This Committee is responsible for putting together and publishing the Section’s newsletter INSIDE that we distribute free to Section members, and that generally comes out three times a year.

Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program - This Committee is responsible for administering and managing all aspects of the Section’s Diversity Internship program, named in honor of former NYSBA President Kenneth G. Standard. The Section works with various New York State law schools each year to select several “diverse” law students to apply for summer internships in corporate law departments with New York State based companies or organizations that are willing to pay at least half the $6,000 stipend that is granted to each intern, with Section funds supplying the other half. The hiring company decides which applicant(s) to select from the pool supplied by the law schools. The Section also works through the New York Bar Foundation to fund one NFP intern. This Committee has also set up a mentoring program for current interns and internship alumni.

Membership - This Committee works in various ways to help maintain and increase Section membership each year and sponsors occasional Membership Appreciation and Networking events as a benefit to Section members.  Please contact Pat Johnson if you are interested or complete and mail in the Corporate Counsel Section Member Brochureto become a member of the section and to select any committee you would like to join.