Message From The President
Bryan A. Lober
By now, most folks are getting back into the swing of things, having had a bit of time off over the holidays. For the roughly 200 of you who were able to make it to the Association holiday party, it was great seeing you! While our cost per registrant increased slightly over the prior year, our cost per attendee decreased based upon a higher percentage of those having registered actually attending.
2017 brings with it judicial investitures for Judges Serrano, Naberhaus, and Ingram along with retirement parties for outgoing Judges Majeed, Clarke, and Maxwell. The Association wishes well the retiring judges and looks forward to working with the newly invested judges.
Some of you may have made New Year’s resolutions. The irrefutable Wikipedia traces the cultural and religious roots of such resolutions to Babylonian and Roman times. I encourage you to check out the article; it’s a succinct and interesting read. If you haven’t yet made a resolution, there’s no reason you must wait another eleven months for the opportunity to do so.
Now is as good a time as any to set out one or more achievable goals. The achievable part is critical. I could strive to forego cassata cake at Amici’s but it wouldn’t last long. I could strive to be more politically correct but that, too, would fail. I like sugar too much and I can’t help but call things as I see them.
This year, I fully intend to decline representation on a handful of cases I would otherwise have accepted in order to have more time to spend with my family. I also plan to resume teaching, as an adjunct, after I finish serving with the Association. While both goals entail an opportunity cost, they are dually achievable and will improve my quality of life.
On the BCBA front, CLEs will remain a focus of mine as we enter this second half of the present fiscal year. I am especially looking forward to our first ever technology CLE slated for April 27. Our planned February evidence CLE is still in the works and, consequently, is likely to be rescheduled to a new date.
Expanding our already developed membership base is another initiative for 2017. Past Association President Doug Beam’s firm has generously agreed to sponsor first year’s BCBA membership dues for up to 10 public service attorneys who have been licensed to practice for less than 10 years. My firm will match that and sponsor up to an additional 10 such attorneys to join. Please expect an email with more details about this opportunity in the near future.
What else can the Association do for you? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Executive Director Terrie Callahan at email@example.com if there is something you’d like to see implemented. While I can’t guarantee we’ll be able to accommodate all requests, I assure you all ideas will be run by the board for consideration.