Thank you to the members of the Marin County Bar Association for allowing me the privilege of serving as your President.

Susan Feder will take over the ceremonial gavel and will have a great year. Our Association continues to grow and thrive, with new members from diverse backgrounds bringing vibrancy to the organization. No doubt, there will be challenges in the future much as there have been in the past and I am confident we are well-positioned to face them.

One reason for that confidence is the extraordinary work of our executive director, Mee Mee Wong. I would like to thank her for all of her efforts running our association seamlessly and effectively. She dedicates an enormous amount of time to make sure that our membership is well served and her work ensures the success of our Association. The entire MCBA staff deserves our gratitude for their hard work. Kiersten Ross as Communications Director and Denise Belli, our membership and events administrator, both do an amazing job.

I would like to thank our departing board members—immediate Past President Thomas Brown, Director Anna Pletcher, and 5-year Past President David Feingold—for their service to MCBA. Their wisdom and presence on our board will be missed. And of course, I would like to thank our remaining board members for their continued service to the Association, especially Rob Rosborough for overseeing the Marin Lawyer.

Many others volunteer their time to make our Association the great organization that it is. I would like to thank our many section leaders and committee members, who do so much of the Association’s work. And a big thank you to the fee arbitrators who heard fee disputes, our Modest Means mediators, and the lawyers who donated their hours to Lawyers in the Library. Their commitment improves not only the vibrancy of our Association, but access to justice for many individuals in Marin.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge our wonderful sponsors. Without them we could not hold programs, put on events, or do any number of the other things that make our association thrive. Please join me in giving enormous thanks to the following sponsors:

Homa Rassouli, Retirement Funding Solutions

Bank of Marin
Marin Bail Bonds
Judicate West
Williams & Gumbiner LLP

American Reporting Services LLC
Cal-Pacific Reporting, Inc.
Foley & Lardner LLP

Leadership Circle
Charlie Dresow
Robert Epstein
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Susan Feder Mediation
Freitas Law Firm, LLP
Richards, Watson & Gershon
Monty White LLP

Once again, thank you to all that have made my year as president a smooth and enjoyable experience. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all.