Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday May 20, 2009
I’m back in the VBA office today after attending our third Solo and Small Firm Conference at the Basin Harbor Resort. I want to thank all 117 of you that attended. Many of you have attended all three of our biennial conferences that we began offering in 2005. For those of you that have yet to try out this event, you’ll have to wait until May 19 and 20, 2011!
Getting your CLE hours in such a beautiful relaxing environment is so different that other VBA meetings or CLEs. Getting in a round of golf or a bike ride doesn’t hurt either, I guess. Perhaps the best aspect of this meeting is the overnight part of it. I enjoy seeing people meet for the first time, have a meal together, relax out in the sun (even if it’s cool!), and make or renew friendships. The informal sharing of ideas and information, especially among solo practitioners who may not always have that chance, is a big plus.
In 2005, 106 of you came down to Basin Harbor for our inaugural conference. In 2007 we did one better, hosting 107 attendees. I’m liking this upward trend. Frankly, where else would you be able to get 13 hours of CLE, which included 2 hours in Professionalism and 2 hours in Ethics, meals and overnight lodging for about $400? Without taking anything away from the quality of what our commercial competitors offer, they can’t compete with that. That’s what your VBA membership is doing for you. And we’ll continue to do that. We’re of course open to hearing from you on this or any other issue. Let us know how your association can and should be working for you.