by Heather Cline Hoganson
2016 is around the corner as I write this, and it looks to be an amazing year with plenty of new opportunities. I am going to think of it as the “Year of the Member.” We will be moving into the new offices at 425 University Avenue near the end of January, which will have enough room to host meetings and mixers—giving our members a better bang for their buck! Also for member benefits, we estimate that if a member takes advantage of all the discounts from our partner vendors, that member could save over $5000 per year. Pretty impressive, I say. If you have not renewed yet, take a moment to go online or use the membership application in this magazine, and pick out a new-to-you section that piques your interest. Do not miss two new sections for 2016: the Construction Law Section and the Criminal Law Section. If you are a solo or small practice lawyer, SCBA has an entire new division for you—and it is free to join with your SCBA membership.
We could not be where we stand now without a lot of help: Many thanks to last year’s president, Angela Lai, and the entire Board of Directors for paving the way. And lots of appreciation goes to Executive Director Mary Burroughs and the entire staff of the SCBA office, who have orchestrated the move to our new and better home. And thank YOU, the member, for being part of this great organization. You make this the vibrant community that SCBA is. In fact, the move to University Avenue was based on member feedback from a survey taken this fall. We heard you.
2016 presents a lot of opportunities to get involved: to learn, to advertise or sponsor, to play, to network, to mentor….to participate. Try something new and embrace the opportunity.