Ready or not, 2019 is upon us. As we enter this new calendar year (and the midway point of our 2018-209 Bar year), I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a few important Section issues and happenings.
For many years now, an evolving team of dedicated authors and editors has periodically undertaken the substantial task of preparing a new edition of the entire Deskbook. Recognizing both the digital age in which we live and that notable changes to certain areas of the law occur more routinely than in others (and certainly more often than we can update the print version of the Deskbook), the Council is currently considering a proposal to make the Deskbook a purely electronic resource. Among other things, this would allow us to issue more timely updates to specific chapters, as well as allow the Deskbook to become a benefit available to all Section members as part of their annual membership. The Council will be voting on this issue at its February meeting, so please let us hear your opinion.
Section Diversity Initiative
The Council is currently putting together an ad hoc committee to evaluate ways to diversify our Section membership to better reflect both the diversity of the Bar and of the clients we serve. This initiative was brought to the Council by and is being led by our current vice chair, Bryan Scott. If you would like to be part of the committee please reach out to Bryan or I to express your interest.
Our Young Lawyers Division is up and running under the guidance of our committee co-chairs, Lee Robertson and John Holton. We anticipate a YLD networking and fellowship event within the next couple of months, and look forward to hosting a great crowd. If you are in the YLD group, please take advantage of the dedicated listmanager to share questions, meet other YLD members, and make suggestions to improve our Section.
Our CLE committee co-chairs – Chris Behm, Philip Gray, Nancy Litwak, and David Senter – have put together a great program for our mid-winter CLE titled “Latent Issues: Considering the Less-Considered Aspects of Construction Law Practice.” The CLE will take place on Feb. 21 and, as is our custom for the mid-winter CLE, will be held at the Bar Center in Cary. I hope to see all of you there, as well as at our Early Arrivals Reception on Feb. 20 from 5 -6:30 p.m. at Anderson Jones PLLC, 421 N. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27601.