President's Page by Brad Hall
Happy New Year! With 2019 almost upon us as I write this President’s page, I, like many of you, am contemplating what resolutions to make for the upcoming year. As a general rule, I abhor the annual tradition which is foisted upon simply by the turn of the calendar. Turning over a new leaf in our lives just because we turn over a page on the calendar seems a little silly.
The History Channel website says that the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates back approximately 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians who celebrated the new year for 12 days and made promises to the pagan gods to return items they had borrowed and pay debts that they owed. Getting on the wrong side of the pagan gods was not a good idea. The year they celebrated began in March with the planting of a new crop so they could procrastinate an extra couple of months before actually getting around to their resolutions.
According to a Marist survey in 2014, only 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Another survey found that of those who do make resolutions, less than half of those are sticking to the resolution just 6 months later. Over the course of 4,000 years of New Year’s resolutions, that is a lot of cancelled gym memberships.
So, in spite of the fact that statistically I am setting myself up for failure, I will make the same three resolutions that I have made since at least 1991 when I came to Colorado:
1. I will keep my office clean, organized, and free of clutter.
2. I will get out ahead of all deadlines on my calendar thereby reducing the need for last minute scrambling and requests for extensions of time.
3. I will keep my email inbox clean of old opened messages.
I will check in with you in 6 months to let you know how I am doing.
The Boulder County Bar Board of Directors makes its resolutions well in advance of January 1. And unlike the aspirational goals like I have set out for myself, the Board of Directors begins its planning process in June at the annual Board retreat. The goals it sets out are part of a collaborative process involving a lot of discussion and hard work. That process helps ensure that the plan put in place has a much greater chance for success than my desk being clean 6 months from now.
In the September President’s page, I enumerated the plans we made last June to help move the BCBA forward in its mission of serving its members and educating the public on law related matters. Six months has passed since that retreat, and it is a good time to check in and follow up on our progress toward our goals.
The formation of the Young Lawyers Division continues to move forward with the recruitment of young energized lawyers spearheading the effort. We knew going in that getting the YLD up and running into a successful arm of the bar would be extended beyond our one-year time frame, but the board remains committed to the goal.
The board also planned to strengthen the communication and relationship with the Colorado Bar Association. To that end, our former Board president, Judson Hite, is now one of the vice-presidents of the CBA. Board member and secretary/treasurer, Ron Jung, has become a member of the executive council of the CBA real estate section and is actively working to have a section CLE closer to Boulder. The Board will continue to look for opportunities for its members to be involved with the CBA.
And finally, the Board has reached out to our members to find out just how we can better serve you and the public. Thank you to the approximately 160 members who responded to our survey. Laura’s article in this newsletter explains the results in detail.
I am confident going forward that the results of the Board and staff’s work will be much more successful than my desk remaining clean until June.