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April 2012 Issue

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Reflections on My Presidential Term

Jane Shay Wald, Irell & Manella LLP

Jane Shay WaldIt's been a real honor
And also a blast

Now that I'm newly the
President, Past

Of CCBA, it's the Bar of our realm
Please welcome Fay Arfa, who'll take up the helm

She's a criminal lawyer whose spirit and drive
Will bring great events to our Bar  (more than five)

I'd like to reflect on the term that I chaired
And the work that the Board and the Officers shared

At the CCBA, it's a family feeling
Affirming and caring without a glass ceiling

We've worked hard to bring you Los Angeles' best
So our programs are awesome; we've really been blessed

If you like top speakers, we offer a lot
For example, we brought to you André Birotte

The U.S. Attorney for our District here
His great Civil Rights speech was rousingly clear

Dean Chemerinsky's Supreme Court review
A tour de force program, he taught what he knew

A great presentation on "Ways to Persuade"
By Tom V. Girardi, who spoke while we ate

At Restaurant Craft, for some CLE credit
If you joined us there, you won’t live to regret it

Some of our functions, at Lawry's Prime Rib
Require an appetite, we supply bib

And soon you'll hear Professor David O. Nimmer
On Copyright law where uncertainties simmer

Where we have been, and where we are going
We've done some great things
We are reaping and sowing

Do you need ethics credits?  Or substance abuse ones?
We do offer both, watch our web site for news runs

We eblast the dates and the prices and day
You'll get lots of use for the small fee you'll pay

And yes, we'll have more events where you can meet
Other law members; get good stuff to eat

March 21 was a glorious date
For our Annual Banquet  -- was greater than great

We’re glad you were with us then, we hold you dear

And we’re glad you’ll be with us through Fay Arfa’s year

Have you something to say?  Send us articles please
For our newsletter, subjects to teach law or tease

Our publishing guidelines are not hard to find

In our on-line newsletters, or just read my mind.

Also, I hope that you’ve gotten to meet
Ms. Shaili Jailal, who's replaced our Orit

As CCBA's new Executive Dir.
Though we sure miss Orit, we are glad to have her.

Another request, if you are or you know
A lawyer who's authored a book, play or so

Published on subjects not just law related
But humor or history, lovers who're fated

To find their true destiny over the years
We'll gather together and knock back some beers

At a special event we may offer next spring
We'll mingle with authors – the new Stephen King?

The year has been lively with more fun in store
We love your suggestions, please send us some more
We’ll, I’ll say adieu now,  but never farewell

I thank you profusely, you’ve all been just swell.

Sincerely,

Jane Shay Wald

Immediate Past President,
Century City Bar Association, 2011-2012 Term

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