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Building A Community

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 1, 2019


By S. Michael Lee      SCCBA President-Elect        Attorney, Procopio


It's 10:30 p.m. on a Thursday night and I'm drafting a President's Message after sending my youngest child to bed. I think to myself that I could be watching TV or getting ready for bed myself.  After a long day of writing, researching, meeting with clients, going to court, billing, sorting paperwork and doing the hundreds of tasks that we lawyers do every day, it's tempting to say that we are too busy to participate in groups like the Santa Clara County Bar Association.  But all I have to do is remember my sleeping son, to know that I do have the time and that what we do is absolutely worthwhile.  


Organizations like ours, and good people like you, help ensure that our daughters and sons have access to mentorship, equal opportunities for advancement, and more equal pay. Organizations like ours, and people like you, work to ensure that our children may someday be able to live in a color-blind, gender-blind, orientation-blind society - that may not be perfect - but is better than what it was when we first entered into it. Together we provide a counterweight to the rhetoric of intolerance and bigotry that has gripped public dialogue in recent years.  


Bar participation has its immediate rewards as well. In Santa Clara, we build a community where some associations only make "contacts." Through branch organizations like our family law practice group, the diversity committee, and the women lawyers, our professional networks become social networks and vice versa.  


There will be a lot of changes in our bar association over the next few months and years as we transition into a new era of leadership. Chris Burdick will be retiring this year after years of leading the core of our organization. As incoming president, I hope that you will join me in creating a bar association that will add value to our lives and the lives of our children as they join us in the ranks of professionals serving our community. 

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Bob Weeks says...
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2019
Well said, Mike. We know we are in good hands for next year.

Bob Weeks
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