PAABA President’s Address – May 2012

May!  Somehow we’ve worked our way to the fifth month of 2012.  I hate to scare everyone but soon we will be half-way through the year.  Six months left to reach our goals, be they professional, personal, fitness or educational.  PAABA members like to challenge themselves!

PAABA, of course, wants to help!  Events have already been calendared for the remainder of the year.  More develop but confirmed meetings can be found on our website and on our Facebook page.

Given the fact that the California State Bar is going to increase audits of our Continuing Legal Education credits, everyone should take this opportunity to get organized and assemble their associated materials.  PAABA members are well organized however if any supporting materials are required, we advise that requests be made in advance.  Plan ahead.

In other news, we were very pleased to have a table at the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Tall Tree Dinner.  During this event, the entire Palo Alto community thanked citizens who contributed a substantial amount of time and effort in improving this wonderful city.  It was a real pleasure communing with PAABA members as guests and not hosts for once!  Thanks to Board Member Mark Shepherd for organizing our table.

In addition, I was pleased to meet Palo Alto Mayor Yeh who will speak at our Staff Appreciation Lunch on May 3rd at Ming’s.  The city benefits from his leadership and we are happy to welcome him.  Also, Phil Hwang, the new Executive Director of Community Legal Services, East Palo Alto, and I met to discuss the collaboration between our organizations.  The concerns of our community are vast and dynamic.  We are lucky to have such able leaders in our community.

As always, we strive to help our members in their practices and increase their enjoyment of the profession.  Yes, I said enjoy: Everyone has a duty to live a fulfilling life, as demanding and chaotic as it is.

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