Law Day 2022

Staying Connected Is Mission Critical

S imply put, it has been another extraordinary year. We know the practice of law has been forever changed. The legal profession continues to innovate and improve how and where we practice law, as well as how lawyers and the public interface with the judiciary. We have learned how to adapt to a re- mote work environment, even as we manage the day-to-day impacts of the pandemic on our personal and professional lives. We have embraced legal innovation, more flexibility in the workplace, more empathy for one anoth- er, and a renewed focus on the significance of kindness and civility in strengthening overall lawyer well-being. For those in leadership, the past year required more patience, more hands-on en- gagement and a pretty good sense of humor to improvise and overcome the highs and lows of law during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CBA has been a leader in meeting the ever-changing needs of lawyers during these unprecedented times and will continue to be part of the transformation of the legal profes- sion. Now more than ever, staying connected with colleagues, learning the latest develop- ments in your practice area, and understand- ing the changes in the courts are critical in- sights needed by all lawyers. The CBA’s new and expanded offerings include professional development and lawyer

well-being initiatives, personal career counsel- ing, and training on marketing, better use of new technologies and other legal innovations. One of the CBA’s key objectives is to help law- yers improve the financial viability and sustain- ability of their law practices. As always, the CBA will continue to offer virtual, hybrid and in-person events. In 2024 the CBA will celebrate its 150th anniversary. We take pride in our many suc- cesses serving lawyers and the greater legal community. We are engaged in a strategic planning process to ensure the organization’s continuing success and to make sure the CBA continues to be the bar association lawyers deserve, want, and need. When I look back on my leadership expe- rience during the pandemic and experiences shared by members of the bar in Illinois, I know lawyers emerged stronger, more resil- ient and with a fresh perspective on what is necessary to support personal and profession- al success. I also know that the CBA played an im- portant role ensuring access to justice and le- gal innovation when it was needed most. It is a privilege to serve as the CBA president, and I am proud of the work we have accomplished together.

E. LYNN GRAYSON President, Chicago Bar Association

Seeking Wins in Well-Being, Success

A s the 145th president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), it is my pleasure and privilege to serve as the fifth female and first Polish-born president of the largest voluntary bar association in Illinois. One thing I have learned from leadership in challenging times is that we are all pandemic warriors fighting adversity in law and in life. I also believe it is paramount that we fight to achieve a healthy life-work balance. I have dedicated my presidential year to helping our members prioritize their own well-being so they can be present with their families while still staying productive in their

practice. We’ve teamed up with the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) to bring our members a spring Wellness Series featuring Erin Clifford that will emphasize holistic health. I look for- ward to our virtual “Celebration of Women as Leaders in the Profession” program co-spon- sored with the IJA and Chicago Bar Associa- tion, as well as an important ISBA program focused on parenting in the pandemic. As a mom and business owner, I recog- nize the importance of helping attorneys mas- ter the art of practicing law as a business. I introduced the ISBA’s Business Institute, which consists of short programs for practitioners of

Illinois Bar Association President ANNA P. KROLIKOWSKA


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