February 2016

Letter from the Chair of the Forum

By Jason Evans

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP

Dear Colleagues,

What will our 2026 daily “to-do’s” look like?  It is hard to imagine now as emerging lawyers, where we are regularly pulled in many different directions all at once.  Partners, Associates, clients, courts, transactions, and deadlines dominate so much of our time.  On a daily basis we are consumed with these external to-do’s.  Client A wants this, Client B needs me there, and a Partner just gave me five new projects that need immediate attention.  Meeting the needs and demands of all of them is often impossible in a given day or even week.  Sometimes, the day to day grind all comes to a boiling point leaving us thinking - Where does what I want to do fit in?  When do I get to cultivate my career in a meaningful way greater than today’s to-do’s?

SDCBA can be your home of career cultivation so that your 2026 daily to-do’s are markedly different than they are today.  Let’s make it a priority, even once or twice per month, to schedule a “career to-do” above and beyond those daily to-do’s.  Here are just a few ideas:

  • Write an article for For the Record (contact me or Editor-in-Chief Michael Olinik)
  • Plan or attend an informational SDCBA non-CLE roundtable
  • Get involved in a SDCBA section in your practice area
  • Actively participate in one of the many unique opportunities at the Bar (such as Book Club, TED Talks and Brew, and more)
  • Find a cause that resonates with you - Community Events, or Volunteer Opportunities
  • Attend the Annual Judicial Reception on March 9th at the Bar Center
  • Work and network at the Bar Center any day of the week
  • Last, but definitely not least, feel free to buy me a beer at the Forum’s first mixer on March 31st at Basic!

If we can find time to add more career to-do’s to our 2016 daily lists, I firmly believe our 2026 daily to-do’s will be more impactful and fulfilling