- Corporate Mentoring Sponsor
- Corporate Underwriter
- Legal Department
- Individual – Corporate
- Individual – Non-Profit or Government
- Individual – Displaced General Counsel
5. Is a membership transferable ?
The Forum in General
- How many events may a prospective member attend without joining the Forum or paying an event fee?
- How is the Forum different from similar organizations?
- Can I get CLE credits through Forum programming?
- What are Chapter Quarterly Events?
- What are GC Roundtable Luncheons?
- What are Forum After Hours events?
- What is the Forum’s annual conference like?
- Does the Forum offer educational opportunities other than its Chapter Quarterly Events?
- May I send someone in my place if I can’t attend an event?
Forum Website Tools
- Who may be a Board member?
- How are Board members identified?
- What is the time commitment and responsibilities of a Board member?
- How is the Board organized?
Why Belong to the Forum
Who is eligible for membership? [back to top]
The chief lawyer (e.g., General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, or Director of Legal Affairs) and all in-house attorneys who have significant leadership and management responsibility which includes (i) leading a major functional area (e.g.,litigation, securities, intellectual property), (ii) serving as a lead attorney for a major business unit, or (iii) supervising one or more lawyers, are eligible for membership. Members must hold full-time positions under their title, and must be employed by a corporation, non-profit, or government agency.
What types of memberships are available? [back to top]
- Corporate Mentoring Sponsor ($2,500) — the Chief Legal Officer and up to 7 managing attorneys in their respective legal departments. The member company will be prominently designated as a Corporate Mentoring Sponsor in selected publications.
- Corporate Underwriter ($1,500) — the corporate membership provides one regular membership, plus the company or organization is listed in selected promotional materials and the Forum website in the Underwriter Directory.
- Legal Department Memberships (minimum $1,200 for corporate and $900 for government and non-profit) — this membership provides discounts for larger legal departments. The basic membership provides for the Chief Legal Officer and up to three managing counsel. The fee for each additional managing counsel is $300 (corporate) and $225 (gov’t/non-profit).
- Individual | Corporate ($600) — individual Chief Legal Officer or managing counsel in a corporation.
- Individual | Non-Profit or Government ($300) — individual Chief Legal Officer or managing counsel in a non-profit organization or a government agency (city, county, state or federal).
- Individual | Displaced General Counsel (complimentary) Chief Legal Officers and managing counsel who leave their company or organization, and are actively seeking employment as a Chief Legal Officer or managing counsel, are not required to pay membership dues for up to 18 months from their departure. Although membership dues are deferred, attendance to the annual conference will require payment of fifty percent of the regular registration ($300). When the Displaced General Counsel secures another qualified position, this membership status is terminated, and the member is expected to pay the appropriate membership fee. If the Displaced General Counsel secures a non-qualified position, membership is terminated.
What are the benefits of Forum membership? [back to top]
- Complimentary admission to Chapter Quarterly Events (statewide and locally), where expert speakers and panelists share their knowledge and answer questions. These events are usually held in conjunction with breakfast or lunch.
- Complimentary admission to other Chapter networking events, such as GC Roundtable Luncheons, Forum After Hours cocktail parties, Forum Women luncheons and dinners, and sports events.
- Online membership directory for use as a networking tool.
- Admission to the annual Conference of General Counsel, a one-day seminar of speakers and panelists on timely topics and key issues of interest to managing legal professionals, held each November in San Antonio, Texas.Invitations to special chapter events.
- Upon nomination and election, participation on a chapter or the statewide Board and/or committee, where Forum policies and programs are shaped.
Does the Forum have any Member expectations other than paying annual dues? [back to top]
- Attend meetings and events — Each member is expected to attend at least three events each year (e.g., Chapter Quarterly Event, GC Roundtable Luncheon, Forum Women Event, and the annual conference). The General Counsel Forum is not a “forum” without member participation.
- Recruit new members — Make an effort to recruit one new member each year. The discovery and sharing of legal best practices is best accomplished with a diverse group of in-house leaders. New members are critical to enhancing the Forum’s repository of best practice discoveries.
- Consider Underwriters for New Business — Forum underwriters provide more than 50% of the Forum’s annual revenue which greatly reduces membership dues. Meet the underwriters at Forum events, and consider them for new legal work — Buy Forum First.
- Servant leadership — If your schedule will allow, volunteer to work on a Chapter Board or committee. Serving on a Board or committee will strengthen the fabric of the membership. New ideas and visions make help make the Forum more relevant and responsive to Member needs.
- Provide feedback — Participate in occasional surveys. Improvements in Forum programming and services are most effectively achieved from Member feedback.
Is a membership transferable? [back to top]
What is the membership term? [back to top]
When should I expect to get a notice or invoice to renew my membership for the coming year? [back to top]
May I get a refund for my membership dues if I leave my company or leave in-house practice? [back to top]
What if I leave my company, but do not have another job immediately or work in a non-qualified job? [back to top]
The Forum in General
How many events may a prospective member attend without joining the Forum or paying an event fee? [back to top]
- Forum After Hours
- Forum Women
- Sports Event
- Selected special events
- Chapter Quarterly Event (members –no fee; prospective members — first visit is complimentary with a $75 registration fee for each subsequent visit)
- Golf Tournaments
- Awards Dinners
- Special, one-time events open to members and prospective members
- Annual Conference (members — no fee; prospective members — conference registration fee)
- Forum Institute for Leadership in the Law
How is the Forum different from similar organizations? [back to top]
Forum members are the leaders of their legal departments. Only the Chief Legal Officer and managing counsel may join as members. Some similar organizations open membership to the entire in-house legal department. The goal of the Forum is “peer-to-peer” networking.
Members may work for a corporation, non-profit organization, or government agency (city, county, state or federal). It is our experience that legal best practices occur in all three organizational structures, and networking between the leadership of these organizations is valuable. Some similar organizations may not provide membership for non-profit organizations and/or government attorneys.
Can I get CLE credits through Forum programming? [back to top]
What are Chapter Quarterly Events? [back to top]
What are GC Roundtable Luncheons? [back to top]
What are Forum After Hours events? [back to top]
What is the Forum’s annual conference like? [back to top]
Does the Forum offer more extensive educational opportunities? [back to top]
May I send someone in my place if I can’t attend an event? [back to top]
Forum Website Tools [back to top]
- Events Calendar — You may view all Forum events, or filter the calendar by chapter
- Member Directory — The online directory and digital spring and fall directory is convenient for member networking and searches can be sorted by name, company, city, state
- Underwriters — This page provides an index of our underwriters, with convenient, one-page firm and company descriptions including contact information for each underwriter representative
- Chapter Linked In groups — Forum members may join the chapter’s LinkedIn group to continue peer-to-peer networking and exchange of legal best practices.
Participation on a Forum Board or Committee
Who may be a Board member? [back to top]
How are Board members identified and selected? [back to top]
What is the time commitment and responsibilities of a Board member? [back to top]
All Boards meet quarterly in 60-90 minute meetings. Facilities are provided for meeting face to face, and dial-in numbers are always provided. Preparation for each Board meeting is normally one hour or less, and committee work may entail 10-15 hours of work each year.
underwriters. The statewide Board is predominantly Forum members.
Why Belong to the Forum? [back to top]
- Friendships developed through the Forum can also open the door to new legal best practices and career opportunities.
- In-house leaders become isolated, especially in larger legal departments. Larger legal departments have greater access to consultants, and they can quickly replace the peer-to-peer interaction that is important for maintaining a broad and diverse professional presence in the in-house legal community.
- The programming content of the Forum is singularly focused on legal best practices, leadership and management. Other organizations focus on the practice of law, but it is more difficult—outside of a business school—to learn what is new with the business of law.