Happy Father’s Day (from Wilmington, NC)!
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and grandfathers and uncles and other men who have taken and are taking part in raising children. It is a tough task and the challenges and distractions now are more than ever before. I reflect on the lessons my dad taught my two younger brothers and I. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the New York City Police Department in an era when the country was still struggling with racial integration. Though he worked long hours—including third shift—he made the time to check homework, give us extra reading assignments, give us chores (yikes!), and instill in us many of the values that seem to be lacking in today’s changing times. Though my dad is no longer living he still remains part of me and I thank him for the times, things, and talents he shared with me. From punting a football with his toe (and he was quite good at it too!) to playing basketball to taking me with him when he went to the bank to making me read the New York Times before I was even 12 years old—–thanks Dad!
This Father’s Day I am in Wilmington, North Carolina for the annual Convention of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. The NCAJ is a statewide organization of attorneys, paralegals, law students, and others committed to protecting the rights of North Carolinians. For the past two years I have had the honor of serving as Chair of the NCAJ Consumer Areas of Practice Section which has given me the opportunity and privilege to work with and learn from some of the best attorneys across North Carolina. My term will end this month but I will remain an active member of the Section which will include working with fellow attorneys to help educate each other and provide resources to help us help our respective clients. And our Section has amazingly talented and capable leadership which will continue to fight the good fight to protect consumers.
Convention features multiple continuing education and skills classes for attorneys and an invaluable opportunity to network and increase one’s knowledge base—-all of which lead to providing better service and results for our respective clients. Convention ends on Wednesday, June 20th and I can already tell I will leave Wilmington refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to resume representing the interests of my clients……providing personal attention and professional results. Thank you to all of you—clients, colleagues, etc.–who have supported me and entrusted me with responsibility and the opportunity to help you. Best wishes to all and, once again, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!