I am a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral & Information Service. The Committee consists of 10 attorney members appointed for staggered three-year terms by the ABA President. I am soon ending the first year of my three-year term.
The Committee meets every quarter to consider strategy, plan, implement ideas, projects, and initiatives that are important to the ABA in relation to lawyer referral services throughout the country. Earlier this year we met in San Diego, CA, and today we are meeting in Sedona, AZ. Sedona is home to many beautiful landscapes due to the red rocks that surround this city. Sedona is most known for the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
I have enjoyed and am enjoying my service to and involvement with this Committee. I have Janet Diaz, the Executive Director of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service to thank, as she has shepherded me in my lawyer referral service experience from a designated representative of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service to a Houston Bar Association appointee on the HLRS Board to the ABA LRIS Committee. Janet’s tireless dedication and enthusiasm in lawyer referral services has certainly been a motivation and spark for me to do my best to honor her by giving all I can to this endeavor.
I head back to Houston tomorrow morning having had a great meeting with the Committee. I encourage all attorneys to get involved in their bar associations, whether local, state, or national. There is such a need for our help, and I am living proof that a desire and willingness to get involved and volunteer can do wonders for your career satisfaction. I have seen attorneys who simply go to work all day and then go home, simply to repeat that process day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. In the end, they neither are happy nor have contributed to the profession and the community. So, young and old attorneys alike, it is never to soon or late to start getting involved and doing more with your career than simply working for the money!