Happy Holidays DTLA!  

I am honored and excited to be the 2021 President of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association.  How fortunate we were to have Mark Frenkel successfully guide us through the Covid-19 curve in 2020.  Thank you to our DTLA Board of Directors and executive committee for volunteering time and wisdom to this organization.

No one responds to unexpected challenges like trial lawyers, and DTLA didn’t miss a beat in spite of the pandemic.  Utilizing Zoom and moving our monthly CLE programs online via live stream webinar format allowed us to expand our reach to trial lawyers around the state.  Rachel Montes and Lauren Jobin lined up all-star, national-level CLE presenters and will continue to bring the best of the best speakers as your CLE Chairs in 2021.

Our Diversity Committee is now a standing committee with a seat on the Executive Committee.  We are increasing our commitment to growing a more diverse organization and including more diverse voices at the highest levels so we may better reflect and serve our community.  Kila Bobier was an outstanding Chair in 2020 and for 2021 please welcome our new Chair Cassandra Hernandez.

Our DTLA member social events were cancelled, but almost every DTLA business sponsor kept their commitment to stay with us and rolled their paid sponsorships into 2021. We can’t wait to get together in person again and will do so when it can be done safely. I miss seeing you all!

Call for 2021 committee volunteers! Help keep DTLA strong by serving on a DTLA committee in 2021. Committee Chairs met last month and are finalizing their teams now.  Keep in mind that prior committee service is valued by the Nominating Committee when it meets in the Fall to consider 2022 Board candidates. Prior committee service is often the only opportunity for us to see you in action.

There are several DTLA Committees to choose from: Communications, Diversity, Finance, Membership, Mentorship, CLE, and Health & Wellness.  Other Committees include Workshop Your Case for Free and Golf, both of which are currently fully staffed as is CLE. Please email me or Anya Lucas and let us know the committees that interest you.

2021 is a Legislative year,  the session starts January 12, 2021.  The Texas Trial Lawyer Association continues to work hard to protect the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury. Please consider joining TTLA, which is the best investment you can make to protect your practice. 

Thank you for your membership and support of DTLA.  We can only provide the services to members and accomplish our goals because of you.  Should you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jerry Andrews
DTLA President 2021

 

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