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April/May 2015: My 31,556,926 Seconds as Chair
One year. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8,766 hours. 525,949 minutes. 31,556,926 seconds. No matter how you measure it, the time is the same. And now, my 31,556,926 seconds as chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) are coming to a close. But, while I may be saying so long as chair, this is not goodbye.
First, I want to thank the Young Lawyers Division as a whole. Leading this great Division has been a great pleasure indeed. At times, it has been challenging. But, for the most part, the job has been fairly easy. Why? Because the members of the Division make it that way. The entire Division has always come to serve in so many ways. Rarely do we have a situation where we do not have enough volunteers for various service projects. Your service to the Bar as a whole is truly commendable.
Second, my thanks to the YLD Council. Each and every member of the council has volunteered for the position he/she holds. These council members do not get paid. They voluntarily serve the Division and the Bar as a whole. They travel all over the state to meetings, service projects and other events — oftentimes away from their families and work. To the members of the council, my heartfelt thanks go out to each of you.
Third, I want to thank Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Communications Director Kelly Ponder and the LSBA staff who assist the Young Lawyers Division. No one except those of us in leadership realize all the work Kelly and the LSBA staff do for the YLD. Communication, organization, scheduling and budgeting are just some of the remarkable tasks they do for us. Our organization could not function as well as it does without Kelly and the staff. On behalf of the YLD Council and the entire YLD, my sincerest appreciation to Kelly and the LSBA staff.
Last, but surely not least, is my thanks to my wife, Corlissa, and our three children for putting up with my absence due to travel, meetings and conferences. I have been on the YLD Council and in leadership positions for five years, and not once has Corlissa expressed frustration about me having to attend a meeting, take a phone call, or take time away from the family to attend a YLD or LSBA function. She has always been supportive. To Corlissa, Sydney, Gray and Max, my love to you and appreciation for your patience.
As the baton passes to Erin Braud, Scotty Chabert, Bradley Tate and the new Council members for their 31,556,926 seconds, the greatest advice I can give is to trust your instincts. Stick to your guns. Do not abandon what you believe is right and you will continue to have success.
It has truly been a pleasure serving as your chair. I thank you for giving me this great opportunity and look forward to seeing each of you for the next 31,556,926.