This year's theme was Leading and Inspiring Positive Change in Our Community and Our Profession. Gandhi once wrote, "Be the change you want to see in the world." This year, CABA and its members inspired great things in our community and our profession. As I reflect on the importance of CABA, I am reminded often that our organization is the largest local bar association in the state and as a profession and an association, we have both a tremendous influence and an enormous responsibility to lead. This year we reactivated and re-engaged our members to work together towards a common goal. We partnered with great bar associations that are doing great work, such as the Magnolia Bar Association, the MS Association for Justice and the MS Women Lawyers Association. We exceeded our membership projections this year. We welcomed new faces and treasured our regulars. We truly moved from the Bench, The Bar & Beyond.
Please take a moment to review Our Year at a Glance that outlines some of our great projects. To say we've been busy this year…well is a major understatement. I'm personally glad to have had a great board of directors who said sure we will jump in and sign off on MOST of the ideas. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great organization. I anticipate that the upcoming year will be as exciting and I'm very excited to hand off the baton to Mike Malouf, Jr. who will continue to push CABA forward!!
Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank members of my firm who have experienced me running down the hall dashing off to CLE, board meetings, etc. and to Amari Elizabeth, an honorary member of CABA, who has attended more golf tournaments, newsletter meetings and listened to far too many conference calls about CABA events than an eight year old should have to bear!
When asked what it is required of us…it is to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly!
My kindest regard and thank you for the awesome privilege of serving as your President!
High Hopes and Great Expectations,
Amanda Green Alexander, 2014 – 15 CABA President
I am honored to serve as the President of the Capital Area Bar Association for the 2015 – 2016 year. We have a great Board in place, and we are eagerly seeking ways to improve our profession in the Jackson, Madison, and Rankin area.
I want to thank Amanda Green Alexander for her outstanding service as President of our association. During her tenure, CABA offered outstanding services to our members and to the community, including the Chamber Chats from the Bench & Bar committee, more opportunities for CLEs, a solo and small firm breakfast seminar, women's initiative events, golf and tennis tournaments, and the launch of the new Food from the Bar campaign. There is no doubt Amanda exceeded her goals of Leading and Inspiring Positive Change in Our Community and Our Profession.
During this next year, CABA will continue to emphasize civility, cooperation and high standards of professionalism towards clients and fellow attorneys. This has always been a mission statement of CABA, and we look forward to strengthening the relationship among our members with social events, community projects and membership meetings.
We also look forward to providing more community service projects. In addition to our annual projects, we will have several additional opportunities for you to get involved. These community service projects are invaluable to our community and to our association, so get involved! We look forward to a great year and we welcome your participation.
Mike Malouf, Jr., 2015 – 16 CABA President