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December 2017

December is a special month for most of us. A time to share dinner and drinks with family and friends. Holiday parties, with our law firm colleagues and at home, are a great time to catch up, unwind, and welcome in the New Year. 

It's also a time when we reflect back on what we accomplished in our professional lives during the prior year. How well did we represent our clients? Did we zealously advocate on their behalf, whether in litigation, real estate or the corporate setting? Did we conduct ourselves professionally with opposing counsel? For those of us more "seasoned" attorneys, did we mentor the younger attorneys in our firms and in our bar association and provide them training and guidance? Did we positively collaborate with our colleagues and seek ways in which to provide efficient and cost-effective solutions to our clients' problems? Finally, what actions did we take to make a positive impact in our communities? 

Since starting my legal career many years ago, I have been somewhat conflicted on the first day of the New Year. For those of us who live by the billable hour, the day can be quite depressing. No hours billed, no dollars collected, no arguments won and no cases successfully resolved for our clients. We are all back to ZERO. But it's also a great day to look back and feel pride for our accomplishments during the prior year. Clients we've assisted, cases we've won, and people we've helped – not just our clients, but everyday people in our communities who need our help – through many great programs and charitable causes we champion each year. If we focus on the POSITIVE and not the negative, the New Year can truly be an amazing day! 

You know what else is great about the New Year? For anything you failed to do in the prior year, whether it was due to your crazy hectic schedule (work, family and extracurricular activities dominate our lives, I get it) or for any other reason, you get a DO-OVER! Isn't that great? A brand new twelve months to accomplish all those great things you hoped to accomplish in 2017, but didn't. So for those of you (like me) who wish to accomplish so much more, let 2018 be your year! I hope you will join me in making 2018 your best, most rewarding year EVER as an attorney. 

Before we toast in the New Year with family and friends, you still have some time to enjoy what's left in 2017. The South Palm Beach County Bar Association has a few great events left this year. On Thursday, December 7th, our Bankruptcy Committee is hosting its next luncheon event. And on Thursday, December 14th, our annual Holiday Party will be held at the beautiful Bocaire Country Club! We promise lots of food, drinks and celebration to enjoy the holidays. For those of you who have attended our last few holiday parties, I can personally promise you that we will NOT be impacted by rain – because this year our party is 100% INDOORS!! We will also offer valet parking and live music. Full details for both events are located on our website (www.southpalmbeachbar.org).  Register now, space is limited.

Want to get a jump on 2018? You can register now for two great events which will occur in the first half of January. On Tuesday, January 9th, we are honored to host Florida Bar President Michael Higer for our monthly membership lunch. His presentation will focus on "reconnecting with why it matters." We always have a large group for our Florida Bar President lunches, so please register early. A few days later, on Saturday, January 13th, our Young Lawyers Section is building a house for a deserving family in South Palm Beach County through Habitat for Humanity! You don't need to be a "young" lawyer to assist, but you do need to register soon as they are capped at twenty volunteers.

Wishing all of you and your families Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!  I look forward to seeing you in 2018!

 

Best,

 

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