President’s Message – June/July 2014

PCBA President Emily Gould Chafa

PCBA President
Emily Gould Chafa

I’m thrilled and honored to serve as president of this great organization for the coming year.

As those of you who attended the May luncheon meeting already heard, I’m asking all of you to give your time, talent and treasure to serve this organization, our profession and our community. My theme for the year is simple: Get Out – of your office and your comfort zone. Give Back – to the PCBA and our community.

How can you get out and give back?

First, look at the PCBA VLP wish list. Note the variety of legal issues. Realize the specific important need for legal assistance reflected in each case. Use your time and talent to help a VLP client who cannot otherwise obtain legal assistance. Each VLP case you handle will make a definite difference in each VLP client’s life.

If, like mine, your legal employment or practice area doesn’t allow you to represent PCBA VLP clients, give some of your treasure to the VLP. Checks are always welcome! You can add some entertainment value to your VLP donation, through participation in the upcoming golf outing or the trivia challenge nights.

Second, give back to the PCBA, our profession and, perhaps, our community by joining and actively serving on a PCBA committee. Review the list of current committees. Read the descriptions of their general roles and duties. Pick one or more that suits your time and talents. Sign up! Show up! If you do, you’ll probably become hooked, like me.

Why actively serve on a PCBA committee?

You can encourage collegiality, communication and cooperation between our local bench and bar by serving on the Bench Bar Committee. You can educate your peers by serving on the CLE Committee. You can connect with the next generation (and be consistently amazed and inspired by their talent) by serving on the Law Day Committee. You can recruit and retain PCBA members, young and old, by serving on the Membership or YLD Committees. You can revamp and expand our community outreach efforts by serving on the PR Committee, the Speaker’s Bureau, or the Judicial Retention Committee.

You can plan the annual golf outing and other social events by serving on the Golf Committee or Social Committee. You can continue and improve our communications by serving on the Communications Advisory Committee. And, of course, you can join the Family Law Committee and attend its regular meetings to keep abreast of current customs, practices and new developments in the Polk County family law courtrooms. The Ethics and Fee Arbitration committees serve specific purposes, meeting as needed.

Please consider giving your time, talent and treasure for the greater good. This association, our profession and our community need you.