Change that we choose can be exhilarating. It can stimulate our imaginations with the promise of a better life. Change that is foisted upon us is another matter. The latter may instill resentment, discomfort, even fear. We can often anticipate the changes that the future will bring. Exactly how we will deal with them is less certain. But experience teaches us that deal with them we will.
The clouds of winter lift. The sun shines. The air caresses our skin with warmth and fragrance rather than buffeting it with an empty chill. Our emotions soar. Are we entitled to a sigh of relief, a moment of wistful reflection when this occurs, just as much as we need the determination and will to survive when the cycle is at its other end?
This is your organization, not mine or that of the other members of the board of directors. Do not think of it as something apart from you or, as it is tempting to think about government, something you have no control over and cannot change. I and the other directors are here to serve the organization, but even more importantly, to serve you. Take control of your organization. Tell us what you want it to be.
Year after year, the news out of Sacramento is depressingly the same: reduced funding for the courts. The exact figures are not before me, but literally millions of dollars have been cut from the budget of our county over the last several years. Clerks have been let go. Hours of service have been reduced. And most recently the positions of five court commissioners have been left vacant, including those sitting in the discovery and family law departments.
This month, an urgent message from our Presiding Judge, Diana Becton: “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied”
March 20th is the first day of Spring, also known as the Vernal Equinox. For you Latin fans out there, the word “equinox” translates to “equal night” and refers to the time when the sun crosses the true celestial equator, and day and night are of nearly equal length. Day and night are balanced to nearly 12 hours each, all over the world, and the earth’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the earth and the sun. Take a breath. This is your time to recharge. On March 21st, daylight begins to grow longer.
Audrey Gee, a partner in the firm of Brown Church & Gee LLP, takes over the leadership as President of the CCCBA for 2012.
Fall is a busy time for the Bar Association. Check out the calendar if you haven’t already – there is a lot going on! Here are some highlights: In very recent news, our CASA fundraising event on October 6th was a raging success, raising $30,000 for this worthy cause! Thanks to all of our members and supporting firms for their contributions. Check out the photos on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/CCCBA
Health Insurance. Just thinking about it makes my blood pressure rise a few points. It probably does the same to you. Health insurance stresses out everyone, especially small businesses and their employees. Every year, the number one requested member benefit the CCCBA is asked for is a group health insurance policy.
Welcome to our very first online issue of the Contra Costa Lawyer! I think I can speak on behalf of the entire Board of Directors and the editorial board when I say that we are …