MEET WITH NORWEGIAN ASSOCIATION AND CECILIE KJELLAND, NEWLY APPOINTED MEMBER OF ECLA EXECUTIVE BOARD
Meet with Cecilie Kjelland, until recently ECLA Representative of the Norwegian Company Lawyers Association (Norges Juristforbund – Bedriftsjuristene) but now appointed as a member of the Executive Board in the last General Assembly on 22 April in Vilnius.
The Company Lawyers Association was established in 2010, but before that, the parent organization, Norges Juristforbund (Norwegian Lawyers Association), Private section, was in charge also of the company lawyers. Today, the Company Lawyers Association is a official sub-group of the Norges Juristforbund (Norwegian Lawyers Association), Private section.
NJB’s members are therefore legal professionals who work as in-house counsels in private and public companies and organizations.
However, she confirms us with pleasure: “Norwegian company lawyers keep their title as Advokat on the same conditions as lawyers generally do, and our aim is of course that our European colleagues can get the same rights as external lawyers soon”.
The Association is primarily focused on educational programs such as courses, classes and seminars on actual legal topics, as well as on networking. Cecilie, recently discussing with her Association’s members, can say - “People I have spoken to, express interest in participating in seminars covering legal issues of cross border interest, such as relevant EU legislation, as the Safe Harbor decision, as corporate governance and similar topics”.
On 31 March 2017 ECLA had its Annual General Assembly in Rome, where the national association AIGI acted as an excellent host. The agenda of the meeting contained its usual topics, such as the annual accounts, communication, etc. There was also an intensive discussion on the goals, aspirations and future of ECLA, for which the new President Jonathan Marsh earlier made an appeal to the national associations. The outcome of the discussions, which took place in workgroups, will form a solid basis for further discussions later in the year. Stephan Barthe (Spain) was elected as new secretary of the Executive Board. The topic of young lawyers in AIGI was presented by a young member of AIGI, followed by an interesting discussion.