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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE:Accelerate: What’s Your Strategy?

Posted By John L. Mlnarik, Tuesday, March 10, 2015


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John L. Mlnarik
The Mlnarik Law Group, Inc.
2015 SCCBA President

Some folks accelerate particles. Others accelerate learning. We at the Santa Clara County Bar Association have been accelerating the legal careers of attorneys for nearly 100 years.  But it isn’t an exact science.  And you cannot just pay your dues, sit back and expect results.

The framers of our constitution put in place a framework to allow individuals and businesses to thrive, but mere presence within the territory of the forum does not guarantee results.  Though, I think we can all agree, it does increase your chances.  Similarly, members of the SCCBA have a greater chance of success. A guarantee of success is not included.

Membership in our county bar association is a commitment to our legal community and should not be taken for granted.  Each of us became lawyers because of our determination and hard work but none of it would have been possible if it weren’t for those who came before us. Volunteering, taking a leadership role and giving back are all ways we can ensure that it is here for generations to come and that we leave this place better than we found it.

So if you are a member and haven’t been involved in what is going on, what are you waiting for? In the words of your parents I say “What is it? Do you want me to draw you a picture? Here’s one that hangs next to my desk from my daughter Paulina (all rights reserved :) ). 

Do you need an invitation?

I hereby cordially invite you to get involved in the Santa Clara County Bar Association and use your talents for the betterment of yourself and your legal community.

We need you. We need your passion. We need your excitement. We need your enthusiasm. And dare I say you need us. For our commitment to professionalism. For our insight into the practice. For our unending dedication to the success of our members.

Involvement in the SCCBA and the surrounding community is the single most important reason attorneys become a huge success. And they do it together. Not all alone by themselves in their office, but as a community. Committed to one another and taking responsibility for what they need more than anything else in the world, a strong, vibrant and growing community.  Without one who is going to need all of these lawyers?

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