From the Office of the State Bar of Texas President
THREE WORDS TO LIVE BY
The job of the State Bar President has been described as that of a CEO—that is, Chief Engagement Officer. I like that description because it speaks to one of my main aspirations for the short time I hold this title. I have many goals for the year ahead, and you will read more about them in upcoming columns, but I want to begin with these three words: Engage, Inform, Inspire.
Twenty-four years have passed, and the State Bar has seen tremendous strides in engaging many of the groups Jim mentioned, including minority attorneys and lawyers from small firms and towns. Still, I believe it is time for another “year of inclusion” in which we strive for an even deeper engagement with our members to ensure that the State Bar remains strong, relevant, and prepared to face tomorrow’s challenges.
As I shared in my April Texas Bar Journal President-elect’s Opinion column, the focus of my term will be on communications, and we are already hard at work improving and expanding our collection of communications tools. I’m excited to say that a new members-only network called Texas Bar Connect has launched in beta mode, offering a new way for attorneys to connect and share information. Whether it’s through social media or more traditional means of dialogue, I need your input—and your help—as we work together to make our profession stronger.
Also, through our email communications, the State Bar continues to keep members informed of opportunities and resources, along with the latest member benefits, legal news, and job openings. If you are not receiving these emails, please let us know.
I am looking forward to elaborating on these and other topics as the year progresses. And as always, I want to hear your thoughts. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.