President's Page by Jeff Rose
Happy New Year! With a sense of guarded and (perhaps pre-mature) optimism, our local Bar is looking forward to coming together in 2021. We’re starting to plan our first in-person events in over a year, vaccination willing. We’re also looking forward to our continued evolution as a modern, nimble, and more relevant bar association.
Before the pandemic hit, we moved into a new space capable of hosting almost all of our events. We equipped the space as main office, continuing education classroom, and remote workspace / conference room available to the membership. When the pandemic hit, our leadership (Laura and Kyle in particular) pivoted to all-remote programming, allowing our full range of events to continue.
Now, as we look to the post-pandemic future, we’re working to make the most of both worlds. We’re working to equip our CLE conference space with technology that will allow simulcasting of our events for years to come. Our conference room and remote office spaces are ready to accommodate the increasing number of lawyers working remotely, whether as part of a big firm or as a solo-practitioners. We’re even planning for socially-distanced social events on our office patio. When time time comes for our members to get together again in-person, we’ll be ready. And for those who want to take advantage of our programming remotely, we’ll be ready for that, too.
My personal hope for the New Year is that we remember to treat everyone with the respect, dignity, and professionalism commanded by our oaths of admission. The past year has been rough for everyone, some more so than others. We’re all on edge, whether we acknowledge it or not. As the distance between us remains, it remains easy to lose sight of each of our roles as individuals in this community of professionals. In the past year especially, it’s been too easy to send the too-sharp email to opposing counsel or forget our client’s perspective in living through disputes we regard as routine. My (perhaps naive) hope is that we keep these realities in perspective as we come back together in 2021 and start to define the new normal.
On behalf of the Bar as a whole, I wish each one of you a happy and prosperous New Year.
If you like what we’ve been doing at the Bar, if you hate what we’ve been doing, or if you have suggestions on how we can do better, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.