President’s Message

Karen J. Sloat

Desert Bar Association President

The Desert Bar Association was established to maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of the law, to increase its usefulness in promoting the due administration of justice, to cultivate social activities among its members and to support and administer programs and activities consonant with such goals.

The DBA is renowned for its unique collegiality and its excellence in cultivating relationships within the legal community. This special synergy is truly unparalleled. We plan to excel even more by expanding DBA member benefits and community impact, including access to justice.

What does the DBA do for you? The DBA serves as a liaison between the Bench and Bar, promotes civility, integrity and professionalism of attorneys, provides Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, evaluates local judicial nominees for the State, lobbies for increased judicial resources, provides pro bono mediations to the courts, provides client relations and fee arbitration services to attorneys and their clients, promotes a Mentor Program for lawyers new to the practice, legal education and pro bono services to the community, and educates young persons about the practice of law and the pursuit of justice, through our outreach activities like the Adopt-a-High-School Program and our support of Youth Court.

The DBA also excels in networking opportunities and impactful social events, such as the MCLE luncheons with special presenters and panels; cocktail mixers for our members and guests; the Hall of Fame Awards co-hosted with the Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer Inn of Court, at which a California Supreme Court Justice speaks informally with our membership; our annual installation dinners; and our annual installation dinners; and our annual Bird Awards and Distinguished Judges event, which just concluded its 39th production, Wicked, L.Ed., this past June, with near record attendance.

Being a lawyer today is not an easy calling, especially while we seek to serve our clients in a challenging economic and social climate which appears to be fraught with conflict and struggles. Demands of technology mandate changes in the future of the legal profession and practically, how we run our offices and conduct our everyday business. This Bar Association will work diligently to make sure that the integrity of our profession is preserved, respected and nurtured through the inevitable transitions.

The DBA plans to launch an exciting, brand new website this fiscal year, designed to propel our communications into a new era, with social media and advertising opportunities in mind. We are so grateful to Julie Rosser Balbini and Anthony Valente for spearheading this critical improvement.

I would also like to thank Julie Rosser Balbini, our immediate Past President, for her 11 years of incredibly sacrificial service and dedication to the Bar. Julie, we appreciate your tireless energy toward our activities and events that ensured they were the best they could be. I have huge shoes to fill, and we will not forget your accomplishments.

Finally, as a reminder, if you have not already joined or renewed your membership, remember to do so on our website.