As incoming President of the Dayton Bar Association and practitioner in our community, I am experiencing the tests our current environment has put to all of us. I have always been proud to be a part of this community, but even more now as our legal community and our DBA rise to meet these challenges.

Merle Wilberding, our incoming First Vice President, reminds us: “We are professionals who practice law because we want to help people work through issues and conflict, especially in times of stress and uncertainty.” And from our current President, the Honorable Mary Wiseman: “Lawyers are uniquely suited to take on the weight of our clients’ burdens in times like these. That’s what we are trained for. That’s what we do.”

These are wise words, but we need not face these challenges alone. While we are all now strongly focused on clients, family and friends, more than ever lawyers need to stay connected and support one another, to interact, engage and learn. 

The DBA is dedicated to meeting those needs every day. Our Association adapted to new technologies, and helped our members adapt as well. The DBA increased virtual content and digital offerings. Our new webinar series, Bar Talk , informs and connects our community virtually with the courts and necessary resources, keeping us interactive while we are apart. Our award-winning Bar Briefs Magazine seamlessly moved to a digital format, available online 24/7. Our stellar CLE offerings transitioned to new live interactive credit you can earn from home. The DBA is not just adapting to the now, but is looking to an even stronger future for our legal community.
As we go through membership renewal, we want you to continue to be a part of the future of our legal community. In the coming weeks, check your inbox for your membership renewal. Please let Jennifer Otchy and her team know if you have any questions.
The DBA remains committed to you. Everyone in our Association is a critical part of its future.
Thank you for your continued membership and your dedication to the Dayton Bar Association. 

Fredric L. Young Esq.
Shareholder, Green & Green Lawyers
2020-2021 Incoming DBA President
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