Message From The President
I have the honor to serve as President of the Oneida County Bar Association for 2017, and to announce the introduction of the Association’s new and improved website.
The Association first put out its website in 2004. Technology has since blasted into the stratosphere, bringing with it accelerated expectations. This prompted us to invest in a new product with enhanced services and information. This new website contains, among other things, a listing of Bar Association members and services, and a link to the Association’s newly-revamped Lawyer Referral Service.
The year 2016 was a productive one in which, among other things, the Lawyer Referral Service was developed, a new pictorial Directory was produced, and our smorgasbord of Continuing Legal Education programs were, as usual, the best. In 2017 we will offer Casemaker, a new legal research system, to our Members at no additional cost. We are also studying the establishment of a charitable foundation to sponsor good works.
The Bar Association will continue its time-honored events such as the Memorial Service, Law Day, Golf Outing, Red Mass, Holiday Party, and celebration of our over-50-year practitioners. We hope to roll out a select number of others, always with the aim of bringing Members together.
I agreed to take the helm of the Bar Association in order to carry forward its proud tradition of service and fellowship. There is always more to be done. In the coming year we intend to shore up the Association’s Committee structure and continue to assess community legal needs. And it is my personal additional goal to get to know better more of my bar colleagues.
In this era it is perpetually challenging to engage younger persons. I’m especially pleased that for 2017 there are several vibrant junior bar members serving on the Association’s Board of Directors and its Committees.
I have as an article of faith that the better an organization operates, the more people will want to be involved. That involvement is core to its purpose, and I will be asking all Members, again and again, to challenge us to continue to improve, and to strive to increase their participation in ways that matter.