Article Date: Friday, May 07, 2010
Written By: Timika Shafeek-Horton
At our next meeting, the council will discuss if and how a member’s
status should change once the member is no longer employed as in-house
counsel. Currently, unemployed section members cannot serve on our
committees. Also, council members who lose their jobs during their term
of service become ineligible to serve on the council at the end of the
year. It is my understanding these policies were designed to ensure,
among other things, that the section is driven and lead by attorneys
who are (and want to be) in-house lawyers.
When the economy was buzzing along, people left their jobs as in-house
counsel for a number of reasons; often, the departure was by choice.
Times have changed. So, our council is going to discuss whether we
should make some changes. People still leave their in-house counsel
jobs for a number of reasons, but it feels as though many more are
leaving because they are laid off. Many of these lawyers still want to
be in-house counsel and their service on our council and committees
could be beneficial to our section and the lawyers themselves.
I am sure the rationale for the current policies is still relevant, but
in evaluating the value of section membership, the current council
thinks it’s time to re-visit the issue. If you have an opinion and/or
want to be involved in the discussion, come to our next meeting in
Charlotte on May 21. Meeting details can be found on our website. Or,
you can contact me at Timika.Shafeek-Horton@duke-energy.com
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