MCLEAN, Va.–LAWFUEL – Corporate Law News –Mary E. Kennard, Vice Pr…

MCLEAN, Va.–LAWFUEL – Corporate Law News –Mary E. Kennard, Vice President and General Counsel of American University, is the 26th President of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA), the region’s premier professional association for in-house counsel.

With approximately 1,500 members from more than 500 corporations and private-sector organizations, WMACCA is a significant professional resource for in-house counsel in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, and Virginia. WMACCA is the largest regional in-house bar association in the United States, and the largest chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Ms. Kennard began her one-year term as WMACCA President on Tuesday, January 30, 2007, at the WMACCA Annual Meeting. The meeting included a program featuring a panel discussion on “What’s Keeping the General Counsel Awake At Night?” The speakers for the program were Robert E. Bostrom, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Freddie Mac; Allen C. Goolsby of Hunton & Williams LLP, author of the seminal treatise Goolsby on Virginia Corporations (2nd edition, December 2005); and Louanna O. Heuhsen, of Hunton & Williams LLP.

Previously, Ms. Kennard served as President-elect and Treasurer of WMACCA. Ms. Kennard plans to continue to build on WMACCA’s strengths – continuing education programs and resources for in-house counsel, networking opportunities, advocacy on behalf of the in-house bar, and outreach to law students. Among her goals for his term are to engage the chapter in a strategic planning process to “make sure our resources are aligned with members’ interests.”

At American University, Ms. Kennard is the chief legal counsel for the university and a member of the president’s cabinet. Since joining American University in 1995, she has, in addition to her university legal practice, served as the co-chair of the University’s Diversity Strategic Plan, served as the acting vice president of development in 1999-2000, co-anchored two award-winning video training tapes with the College and University Personnel Association, and served as a lecturer at numerous national conferences on law and higher education. She also teaches at the University’s school of law. Prior to joining American University, she served as Assistant University Counsel at the University of Pittsburgh, as Howard University’s University Counsel and Assistant to the Vice President for Legal Affairs, and as Legal Counsel for the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the Community College of Rhode Island. She is also on the Board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Ms. Kennard received her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law and an LLM in international and comparative law from the George Washington University National Law Center.

At the Annual Meeting, the following WMACCA officers were elected:

Mollie D. Roy, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Freddie Mac, was elected President-elect.
Kevin S. Lapidus, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of YellowBrix, Inc., was elected Vice President (Programs).
Manik K. Rath, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of LMI, was elected Vice President (External Relations).
Curtis L. Schehr, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DynCorp International LLP, was elected Treasurer.
Joseph M. Titlebaum, General Counsel and Secretary of XM Satellite Radio Inc., was elected Secretary.
The other members of the WMACCA Board of Directors, who were elected, reelected or continue to serve, are:

Vanessa Allen, Counsel, Philip Morris USA Inc.;
Marian S. Block, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Lockheed Martin Corporation;
Frank R. Borchert III, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Capital One Financial Corporation;
Charles E. DeLeon, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, GTSI Corporation;
Stephen Dwyer, Deputy General Counsel, American Staffing Association;
Robert E. Gans, Employment Counsel, Computer Sciences Corporation;
Thomas D. Hickey, Counsel, Cyren Call Communications Corporation;
Jennifer McGarey, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Compliance Officer, RCN Corporation;
Eric D. Reicin, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Sallie Mae;
Judith S. Sapir, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of APCO Worldwide;
Rhonda S. VanLowe, Legal Counsel of Rolls-Royce North America Inc.; and
Karen Wishart, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, TV One LLC.
WMACCA, a chapter of the global Association of Corporate Counsel, serves Washington, D.C., The Commonwealth of Virginia, and suburban Maryland. Members can participate in 60 substantive networking and professional development programs each year and are kept connected through monthly and quarterly newsletters and an annual membership directory. WMACCA was formed in September 1980 by 39 lawyers from 29 corporations. Over the past 25 years, significant changes have occurred in the in-house counsel community and WMACCA has grown to meet the needs of its membership. Website at

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