Executive Director Richard Walch Moves On
Richard Walch Steps Down as Executive Director After 27 Years
To: Board of Trustees
From: Rich Walch
This is a difficult memo to write. After nearly 27 years at the Association, including 5 years as General Counsel and 20+ years as Executive Director, I have decided to resign my position at this remarkable organization effective January 7th.
Serving as the Executive Director of the country's largest metropolitan bar association has been a privilege that I will always treasure. Of course, I am most grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from the best--the most committed, inspiring, and supportive staff and volunteer leaders. We can be proud of what we have accomplished working together to leverage the diverse skills, knowledge and resources of our volunteers and staff to address the unmet needs of the communities we serve. The scope, breadth and diversity of our activities to advance the administration of justice and meet the professional needs of lawyers are simply unparalleled.
Each year, the Association:
- Provides legal advice, information, referrals, mediation and arbitration services to more than 625,000 people in our community, including victims of Domestic Violence, those suffering from HIV-AIDS, indigents accused of crimes and immigrants seeking legal status;
- Sponsors dialogues on freedom, mentor and peer mediation programs for our youth;
- Produces studies demanding changes in our justice system;
- Evaluates candidates for judicial office;
- As the voice of Los Angeles lawyers, urges our positions in Amicus Briefs as well as in Sacramento and Washington;
- Offers hundreds of continuing education programs, tapes, CDs, webcasts and other on-line educational programs and materials;
- Produces scores of practice-related publications such as Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, Update, Daily EBriefs, forensic directories and section newsletters;
- Engages our members through our website, list serves and new e-mentoring program; and
- Develops unique on-line litigation-related databases and judicial profiles in addition to offering our members scores of other benefits.
There never seemed to be enough time to accomplish all that I wanted to accomplish. Perhaps that's because the Association's work will never be done. There will always be more to do and challenges to overcome. It's a great Association with a rich tradition, a rich history of accomplishment and much potential.
During the next phase of my professional career, I will be joining Walch Consulting, my wife's consulting firm. Walch Consulting provides leadership coaching, strategic planning and guidance on best practices to nonprofit organizations, including corporate and other foundations. I am excited about utilizing all that I've learned at the Association to help support others dedicated to achieving public service goals. It's something I've been thinking about doing for some time. I have finally decided to listen to the advice I've passed on to many others contemplating a significant change in their lives: "If not now, when?"
I will very much miss working closely with our wonderful staff and the hundreds of volunteers who give so much of themselves to advance our mission. Most importantly, I will be forever grateful for this opportunity and to those who supported my efforts on this journey.