President’s Message – June/July 2021

PCBA President Nick Cooper

My tenure as PCBA President has ended. It was an unusual term to say the least. I served the entire year without setting foot in the bar office, without holding one in-person board meeting, and missing out on many of the wonderful social opportunities that traditionally come with this position. That is unfortunate. But those violins of disappointment are silent compared to the symphony of achievement our staff, board members, committees, officers, and organization produced over the past year.

Throughout the pandemic, your PCBA membership remained the best deal in town. Since shifting to a primarily virtual format in March 2020, PCBA has offered 80 hours of CLE – all FREE with a PCBA membership. That is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to the continuing work of PCBA committees in serving our legal community.

Our members have also continued to serve the Polk community, and those efforts make me proud to be a lawyer in Polk County. Polk County lawyers led the way with the COVID Relief Hotline and stepped up big time to support the Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Project with the President’s Challenge. Polk County lawyers also successfully resumed the PCBA Law Day program for the benefit of elementary, middle school, and high school students throughout Polk County. And those are just a few examples from the long list of PCBA accomplishments over the past year.

Without question, the past year has presented numerous unprecedented and difficult challenges. I am grateful to Carol Phillips and Sonja Diener for their tremendous efforts on behalf of PCBA, and doing so with such positive spirits. I also sincerely appreciate the commitment of time and work our officers, directors, and committees contributed this year for the PCBA. In the year ahead, I have the utmost confidence in President Debra Hockett-Clark, President-Elect Adam Zenor, Vice President Stacie Codr, Treasurer Erin Lain, and Secretary Drew Gentsch. Their dedication to the PCBA and understanding of the facets of the organization will make them an excellent leadership team.

I look forward to seeing all you again as we sound the trumpets of summer and resume in-person events. It has been an honor to have served, and I must end with one more plea to please, please support the VLP with your time, talent, and treasure. Thank you.