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Sharing staff

Last year President Sonia Miller-Van Oort chaired the committee that put together the MSBA’s new three-year strategic plan. That plan was adopted by the Assembly on June 29, 2018. The five priorities, in no particular order, have been set as follows: The MSBA will expand upon and improve how it uniquely connects and provides a […]

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One Profession

As the new president of the MSBA, the first thing I want to tell you is thanks for being a member of our bar association. We have tremendous volunteer leaders and volunteers and a great staff. We all share one goal: to serve our members. My plan is to use this President’s Page to let […]

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MSBA Future: Opportunities realized and awaiting

Last July, in my first president’s column, I foreshadowed the strategic planning process that the MSBA would carry out this year. I viewed my role as your president to shepherd us through a process to navigate change; engage in hard discussions; collaborate better with our MSBA partners, district bars, and affinity bars; eliminate duplicative efforts; […]

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The cost of kindness? Nothing under the SOLACE program

It seems that bad news, natural catastrophe, and personal tragedy surface all too frequently these days. And given social media outlets, we hear about it in detail and immediately. These incidents sadden us, depress us, and sometimes leave us feeling helpless. We can’t save the world: true. We can’t shield others from tragic events: true. […]

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#MeToo as a moment of opportunity

“You look very nice today… Can I still say that?” A male attorney recently said this to me—half-jokingly, but only half. Without a doubt, the sexual harassment reckoning that we have all been witnessing over the past several months has raised a lot of questions. Not so much about the egregious harassing conduct itself, but why […]

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Riding The Energy Bus

Books on tape became popular some 10 years ago. At that time, people were intrigued with the new concept of listening to novels during long car trips or while riding the bus to work. I improvised on that concept when my family went on a road trip about eight years ago, and my husband and […]

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Coming together

At the beginning of the bar year, I talked about the “opportunity to succeed/permission to fail” mentality that I hoped the MSBA and its members would be willing to adopt. I raised various challenges to the profession and the legal system, the risk and benefit of change, and the possibility of innovation not yet envisioned […]

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A lesson from the trades

According to Merriam-Webster, an “apprentice” is someone “who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art or calling.” Wikipedia describes an apprenticeship as “a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study.” Apprenticeships, historically used in trades and guilds […]

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Mount Innovate-More

Our family finally made the great American road trip this summer and visited the Black Hills and famous national landmark, Mount Rushmore. The gigantic stone sculptures embedded into the rocks of the Black Hills National Forest of course reveal 60-feet high carved faces (equivalent to six-story high profiles) of four important national figures: George Washington, […]

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Down with avoidance

I’m not really a dog person. Probably more accurately, I’m not really a pet person. But I think that what that really means is that I’ve never been exposed to pets (unless you count a guppy, which I don’t think you can). Now it’s not that I don’t like animals, it’s just that I’m completely […]

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