President’s Message

Welcome and greetings to all of my friends and colleagues associated with the Desert Bar Association. The 67th Annual Installation of DBA Officers and Trustees on October 20, 2018 was a wonderful dinner event.  As the incoming 2018-2019 DBA president, I am honored to lead our team of dedicated and hard-working Trustees who volunteer their time, talent, and treasure to support the DBA. Kimberly T. Lee, our out-going president, did an exemplary job leading the DBA this past year and presents me with a significant challenge in matching her accomplishments.

I am very grateful for my family and friends who are here tonight to celebrate and support my installation as the new DBA president. I am also blessed, along with many of my DBA colleagues, to have the privilege to practice law in the beautiful Palm Springs area.

Over the years, the DBA has grown along with our Coachella Valley. Some of my goals this year are to continue  expanding the DBA’s membership, provide new marketing opportunities on the DBA’s website for our members and vendors, and continue to instill a positive influence, on behalf of the DBA, to our members and the community. I also intend to work with our Trustees to redraft the DBA’s By-Laws so they are current with the latest developments in California law and ready for final approval by our membership. We will continue scheduling informative and educational MCLE programs, as well as hold social Mixers that provide unique net-working opportunities for our members and their guests. Christoffer Thomsen, our incoming vice-president, will coordinate which interesting topics our speakers will present at the monthly luncheons and select special venues for our DBA Mixers.

I’d like to encourage you all to attend the DBA and Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer Inn of Court Hall of Fame Dinner on December 13, 2018, at the Pavilion at the Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, California. In addition, you don’t want to miss one of the most entertaining evenings when the DBA holds its annual Bird Awards Dinner Event on May 18, 2019 and presents the highly-coveted “Bird Award” to its most deserving recipient.

As an attorney who practices real estate, construction, and business law, I am very enthusiastic about the DBA’s newest subsection the “Real Estate, Business & Bankruptcy Section”. I am eager to help promote this new subsection among our membership. The RB&B subsection of the DBA is just one of the several legal subsections where the DBA provides MCLE credits to its members. The DBA also provides many other resources to its members and the community which are set forth on the DBA’s website www.desertbar.com.

I chose the Major General Ken Miles Hangar at the Palm Springs Air Museum as the venue for this year’s DBA installation dinner. The Museum honors the men and women of the United States military who bravely served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Our nation’s founding fathers, when drafting the Declaration of Independence, were keenly aware that our unalienable rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” will only serve to protect and ensure our freedom to the extent that our country is able to enforce them. The Museum is a stark reminder of the tremendous sacrifices our veterans make for all of us to enjoy our daily freedoms.

As lawyers, we have the distinguished honor and opportunity to practice law in a manner that helps make a positive difference in our clients’ lives. I am especially proud to be a member of the DBA because of its collegial atmosphere, demonstrated pursuit of excellence, professionalism and the service we provide to our members as well as the general public.

Your continuing support and participation in the DBA is critical to our success. Get involved with the DBA and help make our special Coachella Valley community even better! Thank you for supporting the DBA.

Onward and upward,
Robert J. Gilliland, Jr.
President of the Desert Bar Association