August-September President’s Message

PCBA President
Debra Hockett-Clark

I am so honored to serve as this year’s president of the PCBA. As a solo practitioner, I have had the benefit of utilizing many of the services offered by the PCBA throughout my years in practice.

It is my hope to encourage increased membership this year. Your membership allows the PCBA to continue to provide all of the great services offered and to support the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). Unfortunately, the IOLTA grant for 2021 for the VLP was drastically reduced compared to prior years. We will need your help to financially support the VLP by attending our Trivia Nights, making donations to VLP, and attending the golf outing next summer.

You are also able to support the VLP by agreeing to accept cases off the Wish List. You should not be apprehensive to take on cases through the VLP even if they are outside your area or practice or you are a new attorney. Our wonderful staff at the PCBA will provide you with forms and names of attorneys who can assist you through the process. When I opened my practice right out of law school, I was lucky enough to connect with Carol and my first cases were all VLP cases. t was valuable experience as a new lawyer. You can truly make a huge difference in the lives of these clients and reduce the stress on our judicial system.

Don’t miss out on becoming a member of one or more of our committees. There is no additional cost to be a member of a committee. Most committees offer free CLE’s, interesting speakers, interactions with attorneys, and legislative updates for several practice areas. Starting this fall, many of the committees will offer hybrid meetings to allow people to either attend in person or by zoom. You are also able to attend any CLE offered by any committee even if you are not a member of that committee and get even more free CLE credits.

I would like to invite you to reach out to me or the PCBA staff or board members with ideas for topics for the CLEs, speakers for the committee meetings or the monthly luncheon, suggestions for new events, ideas for fundraising for the VLP, and any additional services that the PCBA could provide that would benefit our members. We are here for you and your participation is critical for continuing to meet your needs.

Last year was especially challenging for us solo practitioners. I missed going to the monthly meetings and catching up with friends. I missed not getting to ask other attorneys questions about their area of law. It made me realize that my involvement with the PCBA was my version of being in a law firm. I would like to invite you all to our first monthly luncheon on September 8. We will offer both in-person lunches for those who are comfortable attending and virtual attendance through zoom. Have a safe rest of your summer and we will see you in the fall.