President's message

Greetings from the Deep South,

As I sit in my office writing my first President's column, I can see the effects of Hurricane Irma with the gusts of wind and falling rain. I know it is nothing compared to the devastation in my neighboring state of Florida and the many islands that were first hit by this hurricane.

It was only two weeks ago that I wrote all NCBF members encouraging support for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The outpouring of financial support, legal assistance, and available resources to the affected communities from bar foundations and associations, the American Bar Association, and numerous legal organizations as well as non-legal entities has been overwhelming. Isn't this what we do in time of a major crisis? We rely on the support of one another.

The NCBF provides that support to its members through networking, educational programming, sharing resources, and best practices. It doesn't matter the size or structure of your bar foundation. There is a place in the NCBF family for everyone, and we are here to help you. If you are not a member of the NCBF, I encourage you to join. The benefits and friends you make throughout the country are invaluable. If you are a member, become involved, stay involved, and attend the mid-year and annual meetings. You will not regret it!

I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to be President of this well-respected organization. I look forward to working with you this year and welcome any suggestions or ideas that you may have.

Warmest regards,

Leslie R. Barineau


P.S. Did you know that approximately 17% of the residents in Vancouver speak Chinese?