Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

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Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

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The IADC remains alone at the top, separate and apart from all other legal organizations. We are well-positioned globally and for the future.

The IADC continues to offer our members an effective and expansive global platform, business development and networking opportunities, increased visibility, educational forums, and lifelong personal relationships.

As we approach our Annual Meeting in Bermuda, I'd like to take this opportunity to review the IADC's accomplishments during the past year.

The Board of Directors, the leaders of our Substantive Law Committees, and our staff have developed and approved a framework for a five-year strategic plan for the IADC called the 20/20 Vision Plan.

We have critically examined every aspect of the organization

--our operations, staffing, and organizational structure;

--membership, global expansion, competition, alliances, visibility, Regional Meetings, and the Trial Academy;

--Webinars, CLE, the Defense Counsel Journal, our amicus program, Substantive Law Committees, and technology;

--and budgeting, investments, and our sponsorship programs.

We have identified priorities and are working to identify criteria that will allow us to measure success in each of these core areas--what works and what doesn't work, and whether what we consider value today will have value when we celebrate the IADC's Centennial in 2020.

Also included in our efforts this year were successful Regional Meetings in Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Zurich, Toronto, Tampa, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, New York City, Dallas, Chicago, and Huntington (WV). Our International Corporate Counsel College in Vienna and Corporate Counsel College in Chicago offered top notch programming and networking opportunities for our members and their in-house counsel guests. The Professional Liability Roundtable continues to create an interactive and intimate environment for industry professionals and outside counsel. Our upcoming Trial Academy is set to be full of students ready to receive instruction from our top-notch faculty.

Our CLE Committee and CLE Steering Committee have devoted countless hours to assure first-rate programming for the Midyear Meeting at Pebble Beach and the upcoming Annual Meeting in Bermuda. …

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