Message From The President
Bryan A. Lober
October was a successful month for the Association. Despite having taken place the week after Hurricane Matthew made landfall, our Super Judges CLE was successful. One criteria I use to evaluate whether a CLE is captivating is the number of attendees who leave during breaks in the program. I did not notice a single person fail to return following a break. Another is cell phone usage; it’s a good sign when the presenters are more interesting than social networking on a tiny screen! Attendees were greeted with a combination of thought provoking scenarios and surprisingly humorous commentary by the participants. Comments, by attendees, were universally positive.
Our first annual Yappy Hour raised approximately $550 for Coastal Poodle Rescue and drew a crowd over double the size anticipated. Canine connoisseur Judges Clarke, McKibben, and Maloney were joined by roughly another 46 Association members and guests. BCBA First Dog Winks Lober was pleased to greet roughly a dozen fellow furry friends. In addition to learning about the present state of animal law and how to incorporate it into one’s daily practice, attendees learned about BCSO’s Paws & Stripes courthouse therapy dog program. This was a great informal (shorts and dogs) setting in which to absorb material that is rarely, if ever, presented locally.
For those who were unable to attend either of the CLE programs, you missed some great material. While I cannot guarantee that future events will be similarly preserved, both the Super Judges CLE and the Yappy Hour CLE were audio & video recorded and will be made available for those who were unable to attend.
We’re continuing to cut Association costs in ways that will not result in a degraded member experience. On the last day of October, the Association took delivery of a new multi-function printer which will save us roughly $30,000 over a five-year period while offering equivalent functionality to our previously leased machine. Whether we bring in more money or spend less, we are able to pass those savings to the membership. None of the three CLE programs held since the current fiscal year began in August have had a registration fee and that’s a trend I anticipate will continue.
If you have not already done so, please calendar our annual holiday party. It’s going to be held on Friday, December 2nd at the Hilton Melbourne Beach. As in prior years, we will have childcare services available so that’s one less reason not to come!