It is with great enthusiasm, energy, and excitement that I begin my term as national president of the Federal Bar Association for 2018 2019. I would like to express my gratitude to our almost 20,000 members throughout the nation for this incredible honor. As we approach the FBA’s 100-year anniversary in 2020, I am particularly proud to be only the 10th female president of the FBA. As a result, we will devote March 2019 to women in the law to coincide with International Women’s Day.

 

Those of you who attend our meetings have experienced our camaraderie and sense of community over the years. Many refer to the FBA as a special type of family. We are a group unified by the legal profession and our desire to do good things for the community at large. We comprise attorneys practicing in small to large law firms, attorneys in corporations and federal agencies, and distinguished members of the judiciary. The quality that I see in the FBA and its members can be summarized by this quote from Plato: “Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” This quality is what makes me so proud to be part of this organization, because all of the good that we do throughout the nation is not only providing immediate help to others in need, but it is also encouraging others to continue to do good deeds and teaching our youngsters who participate in our national essay contest, civics initiative efforts, and annual community outreach project in April about the importance of giving back.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you to our FBA family, and now that you are part of the FBA family, we are going to take care of you by focusing this next term on the promotion of the welfare of our members by raising awareness about the importance of health, wellness, and fitness. Many of us are well-intentioned but are simply too busy with our careers or family to prioritize health and fitness. Over time, this can lead to physical, mental, and emotional problems, including issues with incivility. The FBA recognizes the importance of providing opportunities to its members to improve their well-being. As a result, we encourage all of you to represent your chapter by participating in our nationwide fitness challenge in May 2019. More details to come.

 

My presidential term will be even more enjoyable because the FBA was in the hands of my competent predecessor, Kip Bollin. I had the pleasure of meeting Kip many years ago when we were both chapter presidents at the same time. Kip is a partner at Thompson Hine in Cleveland and most recently was elevated to the role of managing partner. Anyone who knows Kip knows that his firm, like the FBA, is in very capable hands. Thanks to Kip, our association focused on mentoring our young lawyers with the Rising Professional Symposium, which took place in Las Vegas in February. It was by far one of my favorite FBA conferences, and I hope to see all of you at next year’s conference in Las Vegas in February 2019. As mentioned above, we will also continue our civics initiative efforts, national community outreach project, SOLACE, and national essay contest, all of which have been a source of deep pride for our organization for several years now.

 

Through this organization, I have been fortunate to find great friends and mentors. Thank you for the opportunity to give back to this wonderful group. I extend a warm welcome to all of you to our FBA family and look forward to working with you in the upcoming year. There is a place for everyone in the FBA.