Message From the President

LACBA has experienced significant changes this past bar year, some planned and others unexpected.  This presents us with a great opportunity for our members and the association.

Improving Communications

Our Sections Liaison Task Force has canvassed our section leaders for input on improving communication with our members. From this effort, LACBA will host a workshop in June for section and program chairs on event planning and publicity, has invested in software to improve how we communicate with our members, and updated our privacy policy to allow section leaders to directly engage former and current members. Our Family Law Section has taken the lead on setting up a mentor program utilizing software to match mentor and mentees which will be implemented in the coming months, and possibly other sections as well. Our Newer Lawyer Task Force will present its findings and recommendations to the Trustees soon on how LACBA can best meet the needs of the next generation of lawyers.

Charting the Course of LACBA’s Future

After fifteen years, LACBA General Counsel Clark Brown will retire, effective June 2. We appreciate his many years of commitment and dedication to our association. This announcement was unexpected, and we have changed course from searching for a permanent CEO to hiring an Interim CEO to ensure that our operations and business have sufficient support and guidance in light of Clark’s departure. What will remain constant is this year’s focus on our association’s priorities as to both the legal profession and the community. The board has approved two projects that will help guide this conversation: (1) a governance project that will help our board to update our governance model and association rules, and (2) a strategic plan project to gather input from members and stakeholders in order to evaluate our association’s priorities and focus. 

I hope you will join me in charting the course of LACBA’s future.