Michelle Pruitt Studstill
As I sit here contemplating the President’s Dinner held at the Brevard Zoo on July 12, 2017 I am filled with so much gratitude. Gratitude for being part of this great organization, gratitude for the attorneys I am blessed to practice alongside each and every day, and gratitude that we are so fortunate to have so many members of our judiciary who not only participate in our Bar activities, but are so quick to offer assistance when needed, despite their ever growing dockets.
Now that my fogged-up glasses are defogged (getting old stinks) and I am able to actually read the notes I prepared for that evening, I realized there are several special people I forgot to thank. In no particular order, I want to say thank you to Magistrate Castaldi. I have served on the BCBA Board with you every year but the last two. You were such an inspiration as a leader and most importantly, have become a very special friend. Ashley Hardee, thank you for always being there to give me advice and cheer me on regardless of what I needed, or how busy you were. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to get to know you, Kevin and Harrison, and suspect I will pick your brain many times over the coming year. Gretchen Klayman. Always the first person I call when I want a brutally honest answer or when I need advice. I am grateful to have you as a sounding board and friend.
I am sure there are a number of others I have forgotten to mention, either at the dinner, or in this article. It is not because I am not eternally grateful for all you have done for me, but rather, in the words of Gretchen Klayman, “I’m old.”
The day following the President’s Dinner, I was already off and running in my new Presidential duties to attend the Voluntary Bar Leadership Conference in Orlando. The Brevard County Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association co-hosted the Conference this year and what a great conference it was. Our own Ashley Hardee was one of the conference co-chairs, and she did an amazing job planning the conference. It was great to have the opportunity to meet with the leadership of the Florida Bar and other voluntary bar leaders from around the state. More information on the Conference can be found in the article on the Conference in this edition of the Ex-Parte.
Looking ahead. You should receive a calendar of the 2017-2018 BCBA events in the coming weeks. The Board has been hard at work pre-planning these events to give you as much notice as possible to fit them into your busy calendars. We are excited for a new year and look forward to seeing you all at future events. I want to re-iterate that this is your Bar and we are here to serve you, our members. If you have any suggestions, comments and yes, even complaints, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any one of our Board members. Here’s to an exciting year!