Serving as your 2019 DTLA President is an honor. I am happy to report that as we begin the New Year, the state of our association is strong. In recent years, following our long range plan, DTLA leadership built the foundation every effective association needs to succeed and endure. Now, for 2019 the focus is on you – the member. We are working together as partners in your success.

Top priorities for this year include: increasing member engagement & benefits; strengthening our committees, and our moonshot goal... adding 100 new members before the year is out.

We’re off to a great start. Many of you answered the call from our “Time to Get Involved” fall e-mail campaign. We now have a record number of members serving on DTLA committees. Membership service on our committees will bring new ideas and energy. Tomorrow’s leaders will come from today’s committees.

Exciting changes are in store for our 2019 events as well. The venue for our monthly CLE lunches has moved to Maggiano’s NorthPark with double the seating capacity of our prior lunch spot.

Save the Dates now for our major social events this year:

  • April 4th  DTLA “Judicial Night with Legal Legends” at Frontiers of Flight Museum.
  • June 13th Arboretum Cool Thursday’s Concert
  • November 14 DTLA Annual Party: “Night in the Big Easy” 

Of course, the Texas Legislature is now in session. DTLA will work diligently with the Texas Trial Lawyers Association to protect the right to trial by jury for the citizens of Dallas and our state. We will oppose any attempt to close the court house doors or roll back rights for those who have been harmed. We’ll also keep you updated on any proposed legislation in Austin which could impact your practice.

The work of a trial lawyer is essential not only to your clients, but to our democracy. You help protect the right to trial by jury and the rule of law itself.

Together, we’re working with you in this noble endeavor guided by DTLA’s mission: empowering and supporting Dallas trial lawyers in achieving justice for those who have been harmed.
Ben K. DuBose