At a recent State Bar meeting, one of the councilors remarked that he was finding it difficult to interest anyone in his judicial district in filling his soon-to-be vacant seat. A conversation then ensued about the “contradiction” in State Bar service. It is extremely difficult to get people to become State Bar councilors and, if they can be persuaded, it is then extremely difficult to get them to leave. I count myself squarely in that camp. I am finishing my last term as one of your councilors for the 18th Judicial District and, despite the time and effort it takes, I consider it the most professionally rewarding part of my career. We will soon have an election for a new councilor, and I want to encourage each of you to consider running.
Explaining the role and responsibilities of the State Bar Council would take more space than this article allows. Suffice it to say that it requires a significant time commitment. Quarterly meetings last three days, and a lot of reading is necessary to prepare for each meeting. However, the benefits far outweigh
the burdens. I’ve come to understand and appreciate the privilege we have of self-regulation. I’ve met lawyers from all areas of practice and every size firm from all over the state, all dedicated to our profession.
Steve Robertson is your other councilor, and either one of us would be very happy to spend some time explaining the responsibilities of a councilor and answering any questions you may have. It is important work.
As I said at the outset, it is hard to get a councilor to leave once their term is up, and I have been dreading having to say good-bye. However, at the July meeting, I was nominated to become the next State Bar vice-president and to step into the succession for president. This means four more years of time and service – an opportunity to which I am greatly looking forward. I can be reached at 336-370-8810 or [email protected]. Steve Robertson is at 336-370-6760 or [email protected].
Barbara R. Christy, Schell Bray PLLC