A Message From Our Outgoing President
Over the last couple of years, it has been my great privilege to serve as president of the IABA. With help from my fellow board members, we've grown the association from our early days of a group of folks kicking around ideas on how to revitalize the IABA for a new generation, to an official organization registered as a non profit and recognized by the State Bar of California as an MCLE provider. We've held over 30 events, growing our membership each step of the way. I'm looking forward to seeing where we can go from here. With this in mind, I'd like to be the first to welcome our incoming president, Jim Weixel. I'm delighted to see the association benefit from new leadership and fresh ideas, and I can think of no better man to lead the IABA into its next chapter. Jim has been with the association since day 1, serving as Vice President and leading many of the efforts to restructure our association. The IABA would not be where it is today without Jim's dedication and hard work.
I'd also like to say a special thank you to all of our members. Meeting both new and original members of the IABA has been the highlight of being president. Thank you all and I will see you at future IABA events!
I'm delighted and deeply honored to have been elected as IABA president. As our outgoing president Nick Ginger said, this organization owes its quality and progress to you, its members. I've had the great pleasure of meeting and speaking with so many of you over the past couple of years, and I'm looking forward to growing our connections and making new ones as my term as president progresses.
My first order of business is to give our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Nick for all of his hard work and endless enthusiasm as president. Nick has taken the laboring oar throughout the renaissance and growth of the IABA over the last couple of years. His leadership and creativity have brought us to a position where we are well-positioned to continue expanding our role in the Irish and legal communities. The IABA owes its vitality to Nick's service as president, and I'm very happy that he will be continuing on our Board of Directors as vice president.
In current news, your Board has plans in the works to continue the IABA's tradition of informative and enjoyable programs and events. We're finalizing plans to reprise our successful highly Garlic and Gaelic Night with our friends at the Italian-American Bar Association. Our target date is May 31, 2018 at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. Full details will be announced soon, but please save the date and make plans to join us for another great evening!
We're also planning more MCLE programs on issues of interest to the legal community generally, and will announce those events soon as well. In the meantime, if you or your firms would like to host an MCLE program on topics relevant to your practice, please let us know. IABA members come from a wide range of practices, and learning about new areas of law is invaluable to our professional growth.
Please watch your inbox for further announcements regarding events and activities. Also, please consider becoming a sponsor of the IABA. Further information on sponsorship levels can be found here. Your support is invaluable to the IABA's mission, and we are happy to have so many active and interested professionals as members.
From all of us on the Board, thank you, and we hope to see you at one of our events very soon.