Denver Bar Association
May 2012
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From the President: Ten Years with the DBA, and Loving Every Moment.

by Ilene Lin Bloom

Ilene Bloom, DBA President




often am asked why I choose to spend my free time volunteering with the Denver Bar Association. When I look back to when I first came to Denver, the answer was fairly simple: I was new to the legal community and knew that this would be a great way to meet some like-minded attorneys.

This June marks my 10th year in Denver and, as I reflect on the last decade, it is no surprise to me that I have been and am still involved with the DBA after all of this time. The reason is simple: the people I meet through the DBA and the support I receive from the organization are unmatched. It has given me the opportunity to meet people and work on projects I might never have otherwise. It’s as simple as that. I hope it is as simple as that for all of you, as well.

Before I came to Denver, I was passionate about pro bono and wanted to continue that here. When I first got involved with the DBA, I found a committee that was a perfect match for my interests—the Access to Justice Committee. This committee strives to provide our members volunteer opportunities that promote access to justice in our community.

That committee might not be for everyone, but I am confident that there is a DBA committee for you. And if there is not, perhaps you can think about starting one! The DBA truly is an organization that is shaped by its members.

Working with other attorneys through the many committees and events I have been involved in, many of which not only help our community but also our fellow professionals, has been rewarding. It has connected me to our profession in a way I had not imagined. There may be other ways to be connected to our profession, but I truly believe this is one of the best ways. This connection to our profession is important, considering we typically spend the majority of the hours in our day dedicated to lawyering.

So, what is one way to further explore a connection to the DBA? If you are new to the DBA or have not recently been able to take advantage of the multitude of opportunities and services it offers, I hope you will join us for DBA Member Appreciation Week. It kicks off June 4 and will offer something for everyone:

Monday, June 4: Take the afternoon to hit the links with your colleagues at the Henry Hall Memorial Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. It will be held at the Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen. All proceeds benefit Metro Volunteer Lawyers.

• Tuesday, June 5: Celebrate the outstanding work done by DBA members at the DBA Annual Awards Party at the Sherman Street Event Center. It will be my honor to present several awards that night to people who inspire me.

• Wednesday, June 6: The Annual Document Shredding and Electronics Recycling event at the DBA offers a way to clear out your outdated electronics and is a safe way to destroy documents you no longer need. Proceeds benefit Metro CareRing.

• Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8: The DBA is offering five hours of free CLE across two days. Who doesn’t want free CLE?

You can find more details about the week’s events on page 29.

Member Appreciation Week is the DBA’s way of saying thank you for your support.D

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