Letter from the Chair

Heather Folker

Colorado and Denver Bar Associations

The end of our NABE year will come to a close with the Annual Meeting next month in New York City. We will have a few changes on the council for next year. A BIG thank you to Sayre Happich Ribera for her service on the council. I know we will still see her involved in NABE activities for years to come.

I’d also like to welcome Brandon Vogel from the New York State Bar Association as the newest member of the Communications Section Council. Brandon Vogel has been a member of NABE and its Communications Section since 2014. He is a program co-chair of the 2017 Communications Section Workshop. He has presented on social media strategy at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Communications Section Workshop. He also was the featured member in the Spring Issue of Communicators Talk.

Brandon Vogel

The Council recently passed changes to the Anne Charles Award criteria. With a goal of better defining the criteria, former recipient’s Dan Wise and Ann Murphy took a look at the description and eligibility, and drafted the adopted below. 

Anne Charles Award

The Anne Charles Award for Distinguished Service is presented to a member of the NABE Communications Section who exemplifies long term excellence in mentoring, advising, and supporting the section and its members. By regularly offering their expertise and encouragement, an Anne Charles Award winner contributes to the professional development of their fellow members, helps ensure the vitality of the section, and stimulates diversity of thoughts and contributions.

Any member of NABE may submit a nominee for consideration.


All NABE Communications Section members are eligible, except for current members of the Communications Section Executive Council.  Nominees must meet the following criteria:

·   Significant and consistent participation in Section volunteer activities

·    Furthering of the Section’s goals through frequent work on committees and other related activities such as being a participant of the workshop planning committee, a task force member, a contributor to the newsletter, substantive contributions to the listserve, and other Section-related work

·   Serving as a welcoming colleague and mentor to members of the Section, either publicly, or privately

Please consider nominating someone for both the E.A. Wally Richter Leadership Award and the Anne Charles Award. The awards will be presented at the 2017 NABE Communications Workshop in St. Louis, MO. Nominations are due by August 23.

Registration is open for the NABEComm Workshop in St. Louis, Oct. 4-6. It is going to be a lot of fun, like it is every year of course. Our Workshop Chair Alexa Giacomini has really done amazing work on the event planning. Register: http://www.nabenet.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=869858&group=

If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your town, please reach out to me – hfolker@cobar.org or 303-824-5350.

I look forward to seeing you all soon and “Meet Me in St. Louis!”


Heather Folker

Chair, NABE Communications Section Chair