PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Vision 20/20 – Focused on Recovery Step 1 – Get Involved and Get Engaged Dean T. Xenick 2020-21 PBCBA President As I stated in my speech when I was installed, one of the main missions of the Palm Beach County Bar Association is to serve our members and that is what we will do this year. Now, more than ever, we will serve our members in this uncertain time. To achieve that goal we will be implementing our “Vision 20/20” initiative, which will be “Focused on Recovery.” When Vision 20/20 was first conceived, Covid-19 had not yet hit. The original thought was to “Focus on your practice,” essentially ideas that you can “focus” on in order to make us more effective lawyers, how to improve our service to the community, and how to make our practices better, to bring everything into 20/20 focus in the year 2020. But once the pandemic worsened, this focus would shift, still on your practices, but with an eye towards recovery during this unprecedented time. So, during this Bar year, through our committees, webinars, and other programming, we will strive to give you the information you and your practices need to thrive, not just survive, during this trying time. One of the ways to come up with innovative ideas is to tap into those who we know and trust for ideas and solutions. Thus, one of the first items we will be undertaking is a local Voluntary Bar Association Summit, where our local voluntary bar associations will roundtable ideas that Palm Beach County attorneys can use, real world solutions to some of our toughest current challenges. Speaking of challenges, I am pleased to report that our Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, chaired by Lawonda Warren and board member Scott Smith, has already met and started working on some innovative ideas relative to the promotion of equality and justice, in light of recent events. Please keep your eye out for their upcoming events. In addition, by the time you read this we will have had our first committee chair meeting. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our committee chairs and members for stepping up and volunteering, they are the lifeblood of our Bar Association. We have over 30 Committees in almost every practice area, so chances are we will have programming and events that will benefit you. I have asked these committees to knock it out of the park this year, to focus their work, including CLE opportunities, on helping you flourish and helping you serve your clients. One of our main events, the Bench Bar Conference, will proceed virtually in August. Being able to proceed with, and not cancel, one of our flagship events was no small task and is a testament to our “rock star” Bar staff, who have risen to the challenge. The fact that our Bench Bar Conference will be going forward is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Bench Bar Committee, led by Salesia Smith- Gordon and Michael Pike. I would like to thank them and their outstanding committee for all of the extra work it has taken to make the Bench Bar Conference a reality again. Finally, one of our goals this year will be to keep you as updated as we can in regard to when, how, and in what manner the courthouse will open up and what it will “look like” when it does. We are in constant communication with the 15th Judicial Circuit and will relay all pertinent information as we receive it. We will also do our best to provide programming, town halls and webinars on courthouse topics which will benefit our judges and attorneys alike. Stay tuned. So, as I said previously, my ask of you is to GET INVOLVED and GET ENGAGED: • If you have not already done so, please RENEW your membership. Your dues help us help you. Encourage friends and colleagues who have not joined or renewed their membership to do so. • Read our emails, check our website and social media regularly. “Like” us on Facebook. • Read the monthly bulletin. • Sign up for a webinar or CLE. • Volunteer for a committee. • Volunteer in the community, using your skills and education to make a difference. I promise doing these things will benefit you both personally and professionally. At the end of the day this is YOUR Bar Association. Our role as your Board is to make it better for all of our members and to help you succeed. Your Board dedicated to your success and the continuation of our Bar Association to our 100th birthday and beyond. Thank you to past president Jessica Callow for her leadership during some of the most extraordinary times we have seen and to President-Elect Julia Wyda for her dedication to taking the reins next year. Thank you also to our amazing Board, I am fortunate to be surrounded by such talented and selfless people. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity to serve you this year. If you ever have any questions, concerns or ideas of how we can do better, I invite you to call or email me. My email is dtx@reidburmanlaw.com. Step 2 – “How to fish”…..Stay tuned PBCBA BAR BULLETIN 3