When shots ring out we pay attention. When lives are lost we ask questions. Yet when those around us ask for help we turn away. We live in fear of neighbors we do not know and have simply not even taken the time to become acquainted with. There are terrorists living among us and we have let them in, making necessary the protection of professional heroes at home and abroad. Instead of being everyday heroes ourselves by coming together in our neighborhoods and communities, we find ourselves without time in the day to do the things that truly matter.
Some of us assemble in small groups and complain about others. The media, telling a story that sells, places fear in us that only prevents us from coming together and getting to the source of our problems. As a result, the majority suffer while a few live in luxury, the likes of which the world has never seen.
The lessons parents are to teach become lost on their children as they struggle to provide the most basic needs or chase opportunities and money they believe will lead them to a better life. And as we watch the fabric of our lives unravel before us we wonder “What happened?” and “How did we get here?”
We voluntarily opted in and agreed to the terms without a second thought. The messages we are bombarded with have taken center stage. Can all of this really be about a disagreement involving which prophet’s teachings should be followed? Have we sold the future of our children for a cause that benefits few and, with technology, can now be perpetuated exponentially in a matter of minutes?
NO. Not on our watch. And not for all the money in the world. With the freedoms we have and all the opportunity and education available we will do what we can with what we have and get back to the fundamentals of living, loving and caring for one another. We must do it, or we will perish, not at the hands of terrorists, but by the wounds we have inflicted upon ourselves.
In 2015 the Santa Clara County Bar Association focused on fundamentals and evaluated all of its current programming. The board of directors took ownership of the task at hand and made decisions that were not popular, but that were best for our association, its members and lawyers everywhere.
We looked at what we have available, at the great need for the training and employment of new lawyers and our incubator program is taking shape with plans to have our inaugural class in 2016. The program will focus on the use of new technology and the formation of a virtual law office. There is an enormous need for legal help and lawyers trained in our incubator program will be ready to service those in need.
Successful lawyers, just like successful people, are involved in their community, take time for the important things, get to know their neighbors and with any luck become little know stewards, leaving the place they came to better than they found it. In 2017 our association will celebrate 100 years of successful stewardship and we hope you will contact us to find out how you can get involved in our Centennial celebration.
I pray that I have expressed in my actions this past year and that you already have come to know the following;
- It has been an honor to serve as your 2015 President and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you so that we may all rise together as one.