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The SCCBA and You . . . !

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 2, 2018

Guest Message by
Gabriel Gregg
2018 SCCBA President Elect


The SCCBA needs you, and vice-versa!

I’m Gabriel Gregg, the 2018 President-Elect of the SCCBA.  At the invitation of our President, Kevin Hammon, I’m guest-writing the President’s Message this month to focus on member participation – specifically, to make sure you are aware of all the ways you can participate in our bar association, and all the ways our bar association can benefit you.

One of my roles as President-Elect is to chair the Outreach Committee, which is a new committee launched last year focused on outreach to members and non-members, including inspiring and recruiting members to pursue roles within the SCCBA.  In that capacity, I am writing to invite and encourage you to take two specific actions.

, if you know any attorneys that practice in Santa Clara County that are not members of the SCCBA, urge them to join.  There are important and unique benefits to being a member of the SCCBA, including the ones discussed below.  Now, more than ever, membership has its many privileges!

, you should sincerely consider getting more involved in the SCCBA.  There are many ways to expand your participation, including the following: 

  • Join one or more of our 6 practice-area sections (Family Law, High Technology, Insurance Law, Labor & Employment, Real Property and Women Lawyers) and consider joining the section’s executive committee.  Information on SCCBA sections can be found here
  • Join one or more of our 14 committees, which include Civil Practice, Diversity and Professionalism, to name just a few.  Information on SCCBA committees can be found here.
  • Consider applying to be a Trustee on the SCCBA Board of Trustees (BOT).  Following recent changes to the SCCBA By-Laws, our 17-person BOT is now composed of (i) 4 SCCBA officers; (ii) 3 SCCBA committee chairs (Barristers, Diversity and Women Lawyers); (iii) the immediate past-President (non-voting); (iv) the Presidents or designees of Santa Clara County minority bar associations, including Asian Pacific Bar, Black Lawyers and La Raza Lawyers; and (v) 6 At-Large Trustees elected for staggered 2-year terms.  Three of the At-Large Trustee positions will be coming vacant for 2019.  If you are interested in applying and running for one of these Trustee positions, look for the applications online from July 15, 2018 to August 15, 2018.
  • If qualified, consider running to be a SCCBA Officer (Secretary, Treasurer, or President-Elect); qualifications for officer positions can be found in the SCCBA By-Laws, Article IV, Section 8.

Without new, enthusiastic, participating members, the SCCBA simply becomes less effective and less relevant to our membership.

So that’s why the SCCBA needs you.  Why do you need the SCCBA?

Quite simply, the SCCBA is your best local source for almost all your professional needs as a Silicon Valley attorney – camaraderie, education, advocacy and even work referrals. 

  • Through our social events (mixers, meet-ups, etc.), and through deeper involvement in the SCCBA, you can meet new professional peers, enhance your bond with old colleagues, and even interact socially with area judges.
  • Through our many MCLE seminars, brown-bags, and other events (viewed live, by video, or online), you can stay abreast of important legal developments and earn MCLE credit.
  • The SCCBA Center for Ethics & Professionalism is a key source for ethical attorney guidelines and developments.
  • The SCCBA Judiciary Committee, comprised of SCCBA members, evaluates candidates the Governor is considering for appointment to the Superior or Appellate courts.
  • Our Fee Arbitration program provides a trusted forum for fee disputes.
  • Our Lawyer Referral Service provides referrals on cases and matters to local vetted attorneys (which could include you!).
  • Our website provides informed referrals to ADR practitioners and judicial profiles.
  • We provide member representatives to the ABA and California State Bar to advocate on behalf of our membership.
  • We review and comment on significant new California State Bar rules and opinions.
  • And we advocate for you in many other ways including taking public positions on important issues impacting our membership.

In 2017, the SCCBA celebrated its 100-year anniversary, and there are very good reasons why we have stood the test of time.  I urge you, again, to explore all that we can do for you, and vice-versa!

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Kevin M. Hammon says...
Posted Friday, April 13, 2018
Well said, Gabriel! Outstanding article!
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