Let’s talk about the future!
I’ve always been a bit of a Star Trek nerd, so when I think about “the future” my mind immediately warps forward several centuries to a time when humanity enjoys global peace and prosperity, and our best and bravest travel the galaxy in interstellar ships (boldly going where no one has gone before, of course). I love the exciting technology (warp drives! teleportation! holodecks with the safety off!), but it’s the indefatigably hopeful optimism of the show that makes it a favorite. That, and the teamwork. I’m a sucker for teamwork.
Luckily, I don’t have to travel far into a fictional future to find an amazing community of diverse people who, together, can accomplish any task: your Executive Council is that team. Their tireless hard work, dedication, and commitment make them a touchstone of teamwork and—in conjunction with our amazing Section committee and CLE program chairs—they keep the Section running. This Section year has been all about looking forward. The Executive Council is implementing new programs, exploring new ideas, and developing strategies to ensure the Section can continue to provide the consistently excellent services you have come to expect, while also evolving to new heights of service.
As you know, this year we implemented our CCLGL Diversity Fellowship Program, to encourage diversity in Section membership and leadership, and to help assist attorneys who have a financial need with attending Section events. We hope this exciting program will, along with other initiatives, support the Section’s overarching goal of promoting diversity and inclusion now and in all future years.
Additionally, we have adopted our new Mission and Vision Statements, and a Strategic Plan, to guide the Section’s goals and objectives over the next 1, 3, and 5 year periods. These are our roadmaps (or, to stick to a theme, star charts) into the future. I hope you’ll take a moment to read them, if you haven’t yet had the opportunity.
Last but not least, we’ve enhanced our Sponsorship program to include new sponsorship tiers and benefits, which we anticipate will allow us to augment and increase our CLE offerings in the future. (And now for a flagrant plug: Go where no sponsors have gone before and be one of our first sponsors under the new program! Reach out to our Sponsorship Committee; they’d love to hear from you!)
If you want to have a hand in shaping the future of the Section, there are lots of ways to get involved. Check out the “Get Involved” page on our website for more details.
I’m continuously impressed by the amazing work being done by your Section leadership, and for the extraordinarily positive, respectful, inclusive, and helpful culture of the entire Section. Thank you for that! The future of the Section is looking very bright, indeed.
All that’s left to say is (I know you were waiting for it): “Beam me up, Scotty!”
2021-2022 Chair’s goals:
- Strategic Plan: Complete and implement a three-to-five-year strategic plan for the Section.
- Continuity: Maintain continuity in those areas where the Section excels (including timely, high-quality CLEs and resources), and seek out innovation in areas where the Section can grow.
- Diversity & Inclusion: Encourage diversity in Section leadership, and involvement of all interested members in the work of the Section.
- Relationship Development: Continue developing partnerships with other voluntary Bar sections to enhance the services provided by the Section and increase joint CLE offerings.
- 2022 Seminar: Support the Chair-Elect in producing an exciting and informative 2022 annual seminar, as well as fun and beneficial networking events.
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SECTION COMMITTEE CHAIRS & CLE PROGRAM CHAIRS!
Your CCLGL Committee Chairs and CLE Program Chairs work incredibly hard every year to ensure the Section’s programs continue to run smoothly. I want to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and commitment, which helps make this Section successful. If you appreciate the work done by a particular committee—for example, if you attend an excellent CLE, or find the Section’s social media postings to be helpful—consider taking a moment to thank the committee or program chair(s) for their efforts. Additionally, I encourage you to check out the Section Committees page to see all the different Committees we have, and what they do. If any Committee’s goals and mission appeal to you, please reach out directly to the Committee Chair to volunteer to assist.
Despite the challenges of 2020, the Section remains energized as a community, and our membership continues to demonstrate remarkable resilience, adaptability, cooperation, and strength in the face of adversity and uncertainty—and that is demonstrated in the tireless work of our Committee and Program chairs. I am proud to be part of this Section, and look forward to a bright and productive year ahead!
-Amanda S. Coffey (May, 2021)