10 Years ago I was asked to speak at the annual meeting of new Texas State Bar leaders. I really enjoyed that experience.

If you are interested in my presentation slides, you can find them here.

Many lawyers are active in the Bar because they want to make a difference and further the purpose and values of the legal profession. Each Bar is unique but share a common mission.

The mission of the State Bar of Texas is to support the administration of the legal system, assure all citizens equal access to justice, foster high standards of ethical conduct for lawyers, support and provide services to its members, enable its members to better serve their clients and the public, and educate the public about the rule of law. Members of the bar commit time, energy and resources towards achieving this goal.

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The following 10 ideas are meant to assist Bar leaders in their service to the Bar and its members:

  1. Identify one major goal you want to accomplish during your leadership and ask yourself how accomplishing it will make a difference.
  2. Develop a plan to accomplish your major goal.
  3. Identify the “inspirational lawyers” within your bar and find ways to use them to provide inspiration to others.
  4. Reflect on what it means to be a lawyer and how lawyers have contributed to our society.
  5. Find a way to publicize the contributions lawyers have made to our society and your local community.
  6. If there is a law school in your area, develop a mentoring program for law students, helping them learn to be lawyer and to think like a client.
  7. Develop a mentoring program for young lawyers.
  8. Develop programs for your members on career development, work-life integration and client service.
  9. Develop programs on “professionalism” that go beyond ethics.
  10. “Think outside the box” and try something that has not been done before.

Hopefully each Bar leader will find at least some of these ideas useful. I am sure that some of the Bar leaders reading this blog are “inspirational” leaders and could provide other worthwhile ideas.