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president’s brief
curred within our profession. In order to
stay relevant, our Bar Association must
keep pace with those changes. Over the
course of the next year, we will try some
ideas to help us keep up. Our member-
ship is constantly changing. I am writing
this column on the morning of our
annual Memorial Service, an event that
pays respect and tribute to those lawyers
who have gone before, but also serves to
remind us of the aging of the profession
and the need for rebirth in our organiza-
The younger attorneys I met with
had some great feedback as well. They
are looking for our Association to help
them learn their way in the profession,
as well as to network with other young
professionals outside the legal commu-
nity. They also want to learn from the
more experienced attorneys throughout
our community. Each of us has the op-
portunity to help them along the way.
The Supreme Court’s Lawyer to Lawyer
mentoring program is a great way to pass
on the wisdom that you have gained over
the years. Our Lawyer’s Creed says it
“To the public and our system
of justice, I offer service.”
Leading by
example, giving back to our profession
by helping to guide a younger attorney,
ver the course of the last year
in preparation for my term as
president of our Cincinnati Bar
Association, I embarked on a journey
to gather insight and guidance from a
number of attorneys. True to the collegi-
ality and the generosity of the local legal
community, without exception, everyone
I contacted was more than willing to take
time out of their busy schedules…from
the past presidents of the Cincinnati Bar
Association to the young associates still
trying to find their way in the profession.
As you can imagine, the feedback and
guidance I received depended greatly on
the perspective of the giver. From some
of our past presi-
dents the consistent
message was to
work on attract-
ing and keeping
members. Whether
it was figuring
out how to attract
new attorneys right out of law school to
attracting government and corporate at-
torneys, the message was the same. They
also asked us to consider: What do we
offer to the more seasoned attorney who
already has the connections that our Bar
Association helps to build?
The challenge for all of us is grow-
ing our membership. The CBA is not the
same association it was 20 years ago, as
we have had to adapt to the changing
legal landscape, the way legal services
are delivered, and how we practice law.
Just as in our personal lives the pace of
change has quickened, so, too, has it oc-
By Anthony E. Reiss
helps them understand that it is not all
about the billable hour. At the same time,
we older attorneys can learn something
from them. They are on the cutting edge
of technology and social media and
can teach us some new tricks. Over the
course of the next year, I plan to take ad-
vantage of that as much as I can. In many
respects, they can teach us as much as we
can teach them.
In closing, I would like to express
my sincere thanks to our past presidents
who took time out of their busy sched-
ules to pass along their wisdom: Barb
Howard, Pam Popp, Doloris Learmonth,
John McNally, Dan Hoffheimer and Pat
Fischer. I would
also like to thank
the younger at-
torneys who didn’t
hesitate to share
their opinions with
me: Andrea Rose,
Amanda Penick,
Nick Ziepfel, Lindsey Baker, Margaret
Sullivan, Jeff Kersting, Aaron Kaplan,
Rhonda Schechter, Aisha Monem, Mi-
chael Grunenwald, Robert Zimmerman,
Nathan Hagler, Jocelyn DeMars, Jacob
Samad, Josh Vineyard, Stacy Cole, Jason
Abeln, Alison De Villiers, Amy Pen-
nekamp, Shonita Black and Julie Hein.
It is an honor and privilege to be CBA
president. I look forward to serving you,
our members, this coming Bar year.
Reiss is 2012-2013 president of the Cincinnati Bar
‘To the Public and Our System of Justice,
I Offer Service’
Younger attorneys are looking for our
Association to help them learn their way.
Each of us has the opportunity to help them.
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