President's Message - JANUARY
WLALA President 2014-2015
Happy New Year WLALA members! How quickly each year passes when you are busy practicing law (or going to law school) and trying to have an enriching personal life. I know many people mock the idea of New Years’ Resolutions. They often are not successful, and there is no reason we need to wait until January to try to improve. But, with full recognition of these facts, I still try to focus a little attention at the end of the year on how I want to improve in the next 12 months and beyond.
Here are a few things on my list this year. On the personal side, I want to be healthier. That means prioritizing my health (doctor appointments, meals, exercise) in the same way I prioritize my children’s health. This is a long-term goal that needs attention and it certainly has a long-term impact. I also want to be more discriminating on what causes me and my family stress. Being late to school is something to stress about. Being a little late to a birthday party is not. After 16 years of living with the billable hour, my sense of time and its importance is out of step with everyday life. It is time to bring it back in line.
I have one professional resolution this year. A few months ago, I wrote about a study finding that developing business, strategic and financial acumen is essential to rise to the highest levels of an organization. I want to focus on developing this knowledge base in the coming year. As a private law firm lawyer, I have spent most of my career learning to develop trial and litigation skills, and develop business for me and my firm. Learning in these areas will continue indefinitely, but I now want to focus more on learning the “business of law” as well. These opportunities may not land in my lap, and I resolve to seek out ways to learn in this area.
Of course everyone’s goals for 2015 will be different, but WLALA may be able to help you work toward some of yours this month. For example, WLALA will launch a new session of its Winter/Spring Golf League. Are you looking to get more exercise, get outside more, or meet new people in the new year? Our golf league provides a way to do all of these things in a low-pressure setting. Click here to learn more.
Also, on January 27, our Career Development and Life Balance Committee is sponsoring a program on “Mindfulness” at Irell & Manella in Century City. Come learn about how mindfulness practice can help you be more healthy, more productive at work and provide other personal benefits as well.
And, for those WLALA members in the associate ranks at law firms, our Young Lawyers Section is sponsoring a program entitled, “Navigating the Path Towards Partnership: An Insider’s Perspective on What You Really Need to Know” at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Whether partnership is a short-term or long-term goal for you, I encourage you to attend this program to learn more about how to get there. And, don’t forget – business, strategic and financial acumen is one of the pieces to the puzzle. Click here to register for this event.
Finally, I want to congratulate and welcome back our Executive Administrator, Kay Burt, after giving birth to her second baby. We missed you Kay and are excited to have you back!