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Article by Amanda Green Alexander 2014-2015 CABA President

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The Challenge

The new year for CABA has kicked off with a blast! As you can imagine, there is lots of buzz about our most recent CLE that focused on intergenerational communications. In our August Monthly CLE Meeting, Will Manuel jumped right in to tackle intergenerational communications. While the room was filled with several baby boomers, Gen Xers and millennial, we all seemed to take away many of the same thoughts — times are changing and we had better look up from our desk to explore more. With all of the ice bucket challenges and efforts to make the day go by faster, I would challenge you to take some time and talk with those in your office/firm and environments that look a little different than you. While some of us hate to admit it, we often surround ourselves with friends and colleagues who think just a little bit more like us than others. So my challenge to you is to try something different for a week. Go into the office, invite the millennial/baby boomer/gen Xer to lunch and probe them. Who knows — you may even learn something. We are the summation of our experiences, so let’s challenge each other to have more and different experiences. I guarantee it will improve your lives — both personally and professionally. In this edition of the CABA Newsletter, we will explore the topic of intergenerational communications and while we are not pouring buckets of ice water over our heads, we are very excited to accept the challenge of embracing our differences and broadening our horizons both personally and professionally.

Look Out!

Many of you participated in the CABA Golf Tournament and we appreciate your efforts to gain sponsors. It was a beautiful day and lots of fun for all. This year, we were able to provide a contribution to the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) and will continue our commitment to the project. Photos from the Golf Tournament and the list of our fantastic sponsors are included in this newsletter. In an effort to “drum up” more support for MVLP, we are happy to report the “Battle of the Barristers Tennis Tournament” returned this past weekend, September 19 – 21, 2014 in a big way. Under the leadership of tennis guru Venecca Green Mason and her committee, the tournament participants and attendees enjoyed three days of fellowship and fun for a worthy cause (even those of us who are not remotely close to Serena Williams!) Look for the full story and photos from the tournament in our next newsletter and on the CABA web site.

Membership

Our membership campaign continues, so please round up friends in your office and others and encourage them to join CABA. Remember CABA membership can be as low as $75.00 per year depending on your practice and includes 4 – 6 hours of CLE. It’s a bargain you should seize! The membership dues are minimal. However, the opportunity to visit with judges and local colleagues, earn CLE credit, and improve your business and practice is priceless.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President. Each one of you matters and we need your support. It’s going to be a GREAT YEAR!

Sincerely yours,
Amanda Green Alexander, President