This issue of the Marin Lawyer provides us the opportunity to reflect on community.

Contributors write on a range of topics centering around community. MCBA President Athossa Fullerton updates us on the ongoing effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the fact that our societal understandings of sex and gender identities have evolved significantly since the ERA was first proposed in 1921. Gustavo Goncalves outlines the County’s progress on implementing AB 1185, civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Office. Elliot Bien details the process of cultivating Lawyers in the Library as an appellate attorney. Sophie Terrell spotlights the non-profit New Beginnings Law Center. And Neusha Ghaedi shares helpful tips for utilizing the new Marin Court portal. Greg Brockbank returns with his political commentary about upcoming elections, and Matt White revives his gossip column. Lastly, Vincent DeMartini interviews Judge Chernus on his remarkable career and impact on Marin. Judge Chernus says, “Marin County is just such a wonderful place to practice law and be a community member.” I could not agree more.

As the Marin County Supervisor for District 1, I have the honor of representing the greater San Rafael area and serving residents countywide. The County of Marin strives to provide excellent services that support healthy, safe, sustainable, and equitable communities. The County is fortunate to have strong relationships with many robust community-based organizations that also provide essential services to our community. Building a more inclusive, connected community takes all of us.

Please take a look at Caitlin Kawamura’s Opportunities to Step Up For Our Community. The next year is going to strain our current bench with retirements and vacancies. No one has to do this work alone, but if we all Step Up, Marin will continue to be a wonderful place to practice law and be a community member.