From the Office of the State Bar of Texas President
As the lawyers of Texas, we are a remarkable group of highly educated individuals. Together we are an elaborate tapestry of strategic approaches, methodologies, talents, skill sets, and practice areas that is further enhanced by our ages, backgrounds, geographic locations, lifestyles, and personal aspirations.
Our investment in and engagement with our bar has the ability to
profoundly impact the society in which we live—the law, our profession,
our businesses, and our community. In April, I invited every Texas
lawyer to learn more about the bar, identify aspects of the bar they
believe could be improved, and work to implement that
improvement. Nearly 93,000 actively practicing attorneys working
together can be an incredible work group. Together, we can resolve
issues and meet the legal needs of Texas citizens and our clients. We
can move this bar forward. Progress is a chain of
action. Positive action, whether in small ways, in a deluge of
energy and effort, or in progressive waves – leads to progress.
I am also asking everyone to actively promote and participate in this year’s presidential initiatives—the Care Kit and I was first. Vote for me! The Care Kit is designed to enhance the incredible pro bono efforts already conducted across the state. It is part of a statewide Care Campaign, an effort to raise visibility, and encourage pro bono legal services. The Care Kit provides local bar associations and other attorney groups all of the tools needed to conduct a legal services clinic, regardless of the number of volunteers. More information can be found at TexasBar.com/care. I was first. Vote for me! is a remarkable tool for Texas elementary school educators in the area of civics education that also gives elementary school students the opportunity to learn about attorneys and important firsts in our society. To access the education tools, visit TexasBar.com/iwasthefirst.
The opportunities created by these initiatives and the opportunities
we seize by increasing the dialogue amongst ourselves gives us, as a
professional association, a chance to build and improve our
future. Together we can get in front of the issues that are
significant to us and move closer to drive mode as it relates to things
impacting our legal community.
My goal is to continue to get the word out. Our association has
embarked on an improved communications plan that embraces technology,
including targeted emails, social media messages on Facebook and
Twitter, improved website content, Flickr and Pinterest posts, and video
blogging. We can already see that our reach has expanded through
our daily tweets and Facebook posts about events, member services, MCLE
notices, the Texas Bar Journal, and web content.
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