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Brian O. Beverly

WCBA and Tenth J.D. Bar  




I AM EXTREMELY HONORED and humbled by my election to the office of president of this esteemed organization. A dear friend and member of the judiciary once remarked to me: "There are few achievements in life greater than being selected by one’s colleagues to lead them.” I will forever appreciate the confidence that the members have placed in me.

In reviewing the list of past presidents of our organization, I am gratified to be counted among such an accomplished group. My primary goals as president are to serve with honesty and integrity, and to represent this organization in a manner befitting the many outstanding lawyers who have preceded me in this role.

            As I mentioned during my remarks at the December luncheon, it would be extremely vain of me to fashion an agenda of my own creation.         We spent several months formulating a strategic plan that has been adopted by the Board of Directors. That plan seeks to advance the WCBA in a number of targeted and measurable aspects over the next three years. The five components of the strategic plan are:

·                 *Help attorneys achieve a healthy balance in their personal, professional and financial lives;

·                 *Promote professionalism;

·                *Improve awareness of the work of the WCBA/Tenth among members, non-member attorneys and the general public;

·                * Increase the active membership of the WCBA; and

·                *Develop and establish programs connecting lawyers with the community through personal service.

As you can see, we have our work cut out for us. Our goals are ambitious, and I look forward to helping create the momentum that will propel us toward their achievement.

My mother used to say that many hands make light work. It’s also my aim to involve as many members in the work of the WCBA as possible. Rest assured that we will endeavor to find a place within the organization for all who wish to serve. Along the same lines, it’s not lost on me that there are likely very good ideas for the betterment of the WCBA that germinate from the rank and file members and not necessarily from the leadership. I would very much like to hear those ideas and welcome their communication.

Personally, I do have a few ideas that I hope will enhance our opportunities for fellowship, and I look

forward to rolling those out over the upcoming year. While we all no doubt have different aspirations and motivations which led us to the practice of law, a key component for me is the personal interactions we have and the friendships we form which enhance the experience. Anything that leadership can do to foster that camaraderie should be a primary objective in my opinion.

Thank you again for the opportunity to lead this distinguished organization. I will strive to represent

you well, and I look forward to an outstanding year. WBF

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