President's Column-“We, Not Me.”
Happy New Year, Dallas Bar Association!
I have the distinct honor and privilege of serving as your DBA President in 2012. As your President, I will strive to maintain the integrity of the office and adhere to the high standards set by the DBA and by my Presidential predecessors.
I’ve been asked on more that one occasion ‘What do you plan to do during your year as DBA President?’ A good question, but I view leadership in this great bar as collaborative endeavor. Accordingly, the inquiry could be stated as ‘What do we plan to do…?’ “We” is more than just the numerical sum of our members—currently at almost 11,000 and growing. “We” is the DBA membership’s collective commitment to utilize its time, talent, and treasure for the betterment of the profession and the community.
Let’s imagine in this month of January that it’s December of 2012 and we’re looking back on what we hope was a successful 2012. What would that year look like? What would it take in order to accomplish that success to which we aspire? What type of DBA do we have and want, and how do we intend to transform our organizational intentions, goals, and objectives from aspirational to actual?
It is my belief that looking back on our 2012, we would again see our bar as the premier bar association in the country—not by mere words, but by deeds. We’d see a bar committed to providing excellent CLE and professional development to our members at little or no cost; serving the profession and the community through countless service projects and initiatives; providing pro-bono legal services to those less fortunate in our community; honoring the profession while upholding the integrity of the legal system; promoting inclusion and diversity through collaboration with other organizations and stakeholders; and, showcasing the preeminence of Dallas and all of our bar associations to a local, state, national, and international audience.
The success of the DBA in 2012 will be built upon all of these things; however, none of these successes could be accomplished without the dedication and commitment of DBA members working through the DBA’s 29 Sections, 35 Committees, and countless other collaborative efforts. In 2012, as in previous years, our DBA members will engage not only in all types of professional development and community service, but in fellowship, social activities, and networking as well. As always, the DBA’s excellent staff, led by Executive Director Cathy Maher is also an integral part of the DBA’s success each year.
On behalf of myself and the 2012 Board of Directors of the DBA, I offer a sincere “thank you” to all of those whose tireless service and efforts have helped the DBA continue to fulfill its mission of excellence and service. You are a primary reason why the Dallas Bar Association is the best bar association in America. I’d also offer a special “thank you” to all of the 2012 Section and Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs for their continued dedication and commitment to the DBA.
This is our moment to continue to build a better bar. As we embark on this journey through 2012, let us work together and begin with our goals, objectives, and purpose clearly in mind. If you have not already joined or renewed your membership for 2012, please do so. Please join us in making 2012 another successful year for your DBA.