State of the SCBA Address
by Sabrina L. Thomas
What’s Trending in 2017?This is the beginning of my seventh year on the Board, and I have witnessed tremendous growth at the SCBA. We now have 19 sections, 15 committees, a Solo/Small Practice Division, new Divisions for Movers and Shakers, and more member benefits. Back in 2011, the Board approved a long range strategic plan. This year we updated that plan, and I am elated to report that the SCBA accomplished many of those goals — most notably our new home which includes a 100-seat meeting space. My primary goals this year are (1) for the SCBA to do more outreach in the community, and (2) to increase the diversity of SCBA members, not only in the traditional sense but in varieties of practice.
This will be a busy year.
• The SCBA is planning its 100-year centennial for 2018 led by First Vice President Sil Reggiardo.
• While some of the State Bar functions are being eliminated, the SCBA is stepping in to fill the void. For the first time, the SCBA will host the Conference of California Bar Associations, which was previously held concurrently with the State Bar Annual Conference. Bar delegations from across the state will descend on Sacramento for a three-day conference entirely devoted to debating proposals for legislative action. If you are interested in making law, the SCBA’s Delegation welcomes new members.
• Building on the outstanding support and engagement of our local, state and federal judiciary, the SCBA will offer a new cross-platform Judges Series for 2017. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear the judiciary speak on a topic relevant to your practice area.
· The SCBA will also introduce a speaker’s forum on non-traditional law practices including wine, politics, and international law. Contact us if you have a different twist on using your law degree.
• Our members are volunteering their time to make a difference in the lives of others through several charitable activities, including continued support of the Food for the Bar drive to raise money for the Sacramento Food Bank.
• We plan to organize visits to local elementary schools to educate young students about the profession. Help influence the next generation!
• Watch for the 1st Annual SCBA BarStock festival this year. It’s an opportunity for members and prospective members to – more details to come.
I strongly encourage you to get involved. Remember, you have a place with the SCBA.
Sabrina L. Thomas