By Mitch Osterday, Indiana Supreme Court
We all hope to establish new goals and habits at the start of the year, but how many of us actually follow through on those ambitions? Personally, I lasted five days before that ice cream in my freezer magically disappeared.
In my view, lawyers are naturally goal-oriented. We are constantly under deadline and our projects are simultaneously both a marathon and a sprint. We all know where we want to end up, but how will we get there?
In my last blog post, I alluded to sharing my 2021 goals for the Government Practice Section (GPS). Our goals this year include delivery of exceptional programming with broad applicability, a fresh perspective on equity, diversity and inclusion and support of the IndyBar Foundation and other charitable causes committed to the rule of law. Here is how we intend to reach those goals.
Goal 1: Determine the GPS value proposition. What type of value should/could GPS provide its members? Apart from programming, how can our section serve as a better resource for our members? Once we determine our value, how can we drive membership in more areas?
My vision for the GPS is that it would not only provide programming but also provide a collegial environment for the free exchange of ideas and issues. The GPS is fortunate to have members from diverse practice areas, but with that breadth comes roadblocks to providing meaningful content for all members. My goal is to provide programming consistent with the needs of our general membership and to have the GPS remain a valuable social and professional resource.
Goal 2: Develop and promote a strong equality, diversity and inclusion component of the GPS. I join the IndyBar’s renewed goal of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within the association. My opinion is that the GPS should strive to go beyond increasing membership numbers of underrepresented populations; I believe the GPS should play a leading role in providing a safe space for dialogue, education and mentorship. Diversity programming looks different to every individual. We will provide at least one CLE this year focused on advancing that conversation and further defining what diversity looks like in government practice.
Goal 3: Provide support for the IndyBar Foundation and other community groups. The IndyBar Foundation provides innumerable benefits to the legal community and those at a disadvantage. Our neighbors depend on legal advice and pro bono services delivered through IndyBar Foundation-funded programs like the newly-created legal advice Virtual Help Desk, Ask a Lawyer, Legal Line, the Homeless Project, the Hospice Program and much more. Our section’s support of the foundation cannot be overemphasized. Similarly, the GPS must promote additional ways to collaborate with community groups outside the legal field for the joint benefit of the Indianapolis community and members of the GPS.
Please let me know how I can serve you. This is your practice section, and it should reflect your needs and desires. I look forward to working with you this year!
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