Helping the members of the Great Lakes Credit and Collection understand the changing landscape of legal compliance issues within the collection industry is of paramount importance to the GLCCA. Because of this, we are pleased to announce that the ACA International has established the Attorney State Chair Program to provide members with additional legal expertise.
According to the ACA, the program was developed to “increase communication and build community engagement between association attorney members at the national level and the ACA members at the affiliated state/regional unit level.”
The state chair will serve as the go-between for the ACA and unit members, working to create strong partnerships between attorneys and member clients. They will work to recruit new members and encourage participation in both ACA and Unit level activities and will also be a valuable asset in keeping the ACA informed of key legislative issues within their Unit’s State or region.
The major responsibilities of the individual appointed to be the State Chair include the following:
- Legal resource and reference
- Legislative advocacy
- Keep members informed and engaged
- Community building
- Membership recruitment
- Judicial advocacy identification
Applications for the State Chair must be submitted by September 5, 2017. The one-year term starts October 1, 2017. In order to qualify for this position, candidates must meet the following requirements.
- Active ACA International and Unit attorney member in good standing
- Licensed to practice law in the state in which they will be serving
- Attend ACA International Annual Convention and Expo
- Take part in at least one Unit member meeting each year
- Able to serve as State Chair for the entire one-year term
- Attend ACA Fall forum if able (not required)
- Take part in Washington Insights Conference if able (not required)
- Annually review the applicable sections of the ACA’s Guide to State Collection Laws and Practices
- Encourage community members to take part in both Unit and ACA efforts
- Be an advocate for ACA and Unit’s legislative priorities.