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February 2018

At the risk of getting too personal in a bar association President's Message, here are my thoughts for February 2018.

"I always thought there would be more time, until there wasn't."  

These are some of the words I spoke to a temple filled with family and friends during the eulogy for my father, Barry Gordon, who died on January 18.  He was 81 years old which, when I was in my teens, seemed very old, but now, actually seems pretty young.  During the last few years of his life, my Dad made a point of "scheduling" breakfast with me on a regular basis.  At times it was once a month, at other times less, but it was important to him that we sat together for breakfast and talked.  It wasn't quite "Tuesdays with Morrie", but it was still really great.  We talked about a lot of things, mostly about our family.  He loved to talk about his family.

But it really did not matter what we talked about.  It was one hour, just he and I, eating eggs and drinking coffee/tea (he liked tea).  He just wanted to spend time with me. 

Following the funeral, when I finally made my way back to the office and started looking through email, I looked back at my calendar from before November when Dad got sick for the last time and was admitted to Boca Raton Regional Hospital.  Our last breakfast was October 24. It's still on my calendar . . . "Breakfast with Dad" (yes, I would actually write that on my calendar, seems strange now).  We met at Way Beyond Bagel in West Boca Raton where we usually met.  One hour, catching up, not knowing then that it was the last time we would share a breakfast together. 

I'm sharing these personal thoughts not to make you sad, and not because this is much less expensive than an hour of therapy, but because there is a lesson to be learned.  Some of us learn it earlier in life, some later, and some maybe never.  But time for all of us is finite.  There comes an end for all of us and – whenever it comes – it comes too soon.  So even though we are all extremely busy with the work we do on behalf of our clients, it is critically important for all 

of us to remember to make time for our families, for our friends, for charitable causes we support, and hopefully at least a couple times a month, make some time for our local bar association. 

There is a lot happening in February and March, including a few "first time events" for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.  We are pleased to welcome Chief Judge Krista Marx to Morton's on February 13 to deliver her first address to us as our new Chief Judge!  We had a sold out room in January, so be sure to register soon.  Our annual Diversity & Inclusion Cocktail Reception is set for March 1 at Woodfield Country Club.  Thank you in advance to Judge Meenu Sasser for being our featured speaker.  Also, the Bar's Professionalism Committee is holding its annual seminar, this year entitled, "EPIC: Ethics, Professionalism, Integrity and Civility".  The date is March 16 – registration is opening soon.

As for some first time events, on February 22, we are offering a seminar on Drone Law (1.0 technology CLE), and on February 27, we are holding our first Cannabis Law CLE lunch.  Our Solo and Small Firm Committee is now offering CLE lunches, in addition to regular dinners.  The first lunch is on February 20.  And for the first time, we are partnering with the Florida Partners to hold a CLE event at the Florida Panthers game on March 15!  The Florida Panthers' General Counsel will give a one hour CLE presentation, followed by a networking event while watching the Panthers crush the Bruins!! (sorry Boston natives)  We think you will love all of these opportunities – all the details are available on our website: www.southpalmbeachbar.org

In closing, I want to thank everyone who attended my Dad's funeral, stopped by our house for Shiva, called, emailed, texted, and just generally supported me and my family during the past few weeks.  Our local bar association is really like a family, and I am blessed and honored to be your President. 

 

Best,

 

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