The Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to welcome Section members and visitors. The Section sponsors CLE, networking and other events and offers LinkedIn and Facebook pages where members can reach out to each other with questions and advice. 

View Member Perspectives on the Corporate Counsel Section: 
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 View Sarah Feingold's Perspective here.                    View Mitchell Borger's Perspective here.      

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 specialized 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 has previously served as Chair of the Section in 2002,  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:
It’s hard to believe that the year has already passed the mid-point as I write this in July (and it will be Fall or nearly so when you read it). I’m happy to report that the state of our Section so far this year is very healthy.


KGS Diversity Internship Program

Next up on our calendar is the annual reception on July 23rd to honor the law student interns and their employers who are participating in this year’s Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program. The reception is being hosted once again by the law firm of Pryor Cashman LLP in their Times Square office. The 2014 recipient of the New York Bar Foundation Fellowship (funded by the Section) is Anita Yee of Brooklyn Law School, who has been interning at The Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In addition to the Foundation intern, The ACE Group hosted Ashley Dougherty and Neera Roopsingh, both from Albany Law School; AllianceBernstein hosted Susan Rhee of CUNY Law School; NYSTEC hosted Christina Arriaga of Albany Law School; Pepsi Co., Inc. hosted Jakarri Hamlin of New York University School of Law; Pitney Bowes hosted Alif Mia of Fordham Law School; and Salesforce.com hosted Ryan Cloutier of Fordham Law School. As I noted in my prior Message, the KGS 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. The ACE Group, Alliance Bernstein, NYSTEC and Salesforce.com this year enabled the Section to extend the scope of the program by supporting the full salary of their respective student interns. The Section is grateful to Pryor Cashman for hosting the reception, and to the New York Bar Foundation, individual donors, and the Kaplan Bar Review for their financial support of the program.

Ethics for Corporate Counsel and Other CLE Programs
Our Section’s popular and highly regarded Ethics for Corporate Counsel CLE program, once again under the auspices of Program Chair Steve Nachimson, will be offered this year on the afternoon of Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm at the Cornell Club in Manhattan. Details of the program, which will be followed by an hour-long Member Appreciation and Networking reception (at no charge to Section members), are covered in a separate notice elsewhere in this issue, so let me just say that I urge all Section members to attend if they possibly can. This program not only fulfills your 4-hour biennial CLE requirement for ethics, but judging from the high qualifications of each of the panelists (and from past experience, since many of them, including the Panel Chair, Michael Ross, are repeats), will do so in a way that is both relevant to your practice and highly engaging. By the time you see this you will most likely have already received an email invitation to register for the program, but if you missed it, please contact our NYSBA Section Liaison, Beth Gould, at bgould@nysba.org.

Corporate Counsel Section Web Page and “Community”
Thanks to the efforts of our Technology and New Media Committee headed by Natalie Sulimani and Fawn Horvath, you will find links to three new short video messages on our website. The first one, from me, introduces the other two, from longtime Section member (and former Chair) Mitch Borger of Macy’s, and more recent member (and former Secretary) Sarah Feingold, of Etsy. Each of us explains in his or her own way how and why we have found the Section valuable to us both personally and professionally, and why you should remain (or become) a member.

As explained in my prior message, the New York State Bar Association is slowly but steadily introducing electronic “communities” as an adjunct to the nysba.org website. Your Executive Committee (EC) has been using its own private Community for several months now as a common repository for Section-related documents such as Minutes of meetings and event rosters, announcements and notices, and discussions on topics of common interest. As with all NYSBA communities, each EC member can select how to receive email communications from the EC Community, whether in real time, or via a daily or weekly digest. We have found that participation in the Community has been slowly but steadily increasing. There are a number of other Communities on the nysba.org website that are already accessible to all NYSBA members, such as the Technology Community. We are planning to use a new Community page being established by NYSBA to enable Section members to interact with law students as part of NYSBA’s Pathways to the Profession initiative. As mentioned in my last Message in the Spring/Summer edition of INSIDE, the Section will soon be rolling out a Section-wide Community and inviting all Section members to participate. Please watch for an announcement inviting you to join the Corporate Counsel Section Community and explaining what you need to do to sign up and participate (you may possibly have already received this announcement by the time you read this). I think you will find the process quite straightforward, and once you have done it, you will have at your fingertips a new and useful benefit of membership in the Section.

Member Appreciation and Networking (MA&N) and Other Events
Our first 2014 MA&N event took place on June 18, 2014 at Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel in Manhattan and was greatly enjoyed by all who participated. A second one has been planned immediately following the Ethics for Corporate Counsel program on October 23rd at the Cornell Club, also in Manhattan, from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Another event that will have happened before you read this involves our Section’s joining with the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (“EASL”) Section to invite members of the Young Lawyers Section (“YLS”) to come with us to a minor league Class A baseball game at the stadium of the Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island, NY where the Cyclones will take on the Auburn Doubledays on July 31, 2014. Although not subsidized by the Section, this event was a reasonably priced evening of baseball fun, costing only $21 for a reserved box seat including a $7 food voucher and provides a great opportunity for members of each Section to get to know each other as well as members of the other participating Sections.

Transition Time at INSIDE 
Once again, my great thanks to the hard working and productive co-Editors of INSIDE, Janice Handler and Allison Tomlinson, who have so ably brought you this newsletter in recent years. The Spring/Summer issue was Allison’s last, and this issue is Janice’s last as co-Editor. The next issue, expected to appear in January 2015, will be co-edited by our new editorial team of EC member Jessica Thaler and law student CCS member Matthew Bobrow, and we look forward to seeing what they will bring to our Section’s flagship publication.


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

Helpful Links for Navigating this Section

Executive Committee Roster
Archives of Section videos
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 Beth Gould if you are interested or complete and mail in the Corporate Counsel Section Member Brochure to become a member of the section and to select any committee you would like to join.