President’s Message – February/March 2018

PCBA President William Miller

One of the best parts of the Polk County Bar Association is the numerous opportunities it provides for every member to contribute to the betterment of the organization and our community while also expanding their own professional and personal network.

Elsewhere in this newsletter is a solicitation for nominations for the PCBA Board of Directors. The board meets on a monthly basis except for December and during the summer months and is responsible for governing the affairs of the organization. Our meetings are an efficient way to keep on top of developments in our profession while interacting with lawyers, judges, and court personnel. The opportunity to get involved on the board should be particularly appealing to our up-and-coming members – there are few better chances to get to know local leaders in our profession.

If the Board of Directors isn’t your cup of tea, we are always in search of enthusiastic committee members. A list of our committees is found on the PCBA website. Unfortunately, I’m starting to approach the end of my term, but our President-Elect, David Nelmark, will begin the work of populating our committees sooner than he realizes. Of course, we’re happy to add new committee members at any time. Please contact any committee chair or our executive director, Carol Phillips, if you have interest.

Also discussed in this newsletter are some ways for you to get involved in the PCBA and ARAG® Law Day activities. New this year, our Law Day celebration will take place at the Iowa Judicial Branch Building, where students, parents, and members of the bar will have the chance to interact with each other, judges from our appellate courts, and representatives from the legislative and executive branches.

Of course, if none of the above are a good option for you to get involved, there is an almost never-ending need for pro bono services for the clients of the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers’ Project. If you haven’t taken a case lately (or ever), please do so.

Thank you for your contributions to the PCBA and our profession.