2019 President’s Letter to Membership

2019 President’s Letter to Membership

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
— Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)

Dear NACBA Member,

As we collectively depart 2018 and begin anew in 2019, it may be an overstatement to apply this famous quote to any portion of our lives, our practices, or of NACBA as a whole. Still, in looking back, one can obviously spot highlights and low lights and, importantly, use that perspective in shaping the path forward.

NACBA had adjusted financially to the pressing times of the continued low filings, and your Board of Directors is keenly aware that our members are adjusting their practices, as well. This past year, one of our biggest challenges was also one of our successes. That of the Cuba and Bahamas cruise.

Most will remember that the hurricane in October 2016 caused the cruise to be canceled and then postponed until late this year, when the re scheduled cruise did leave the Port of Ft. Lauderdale. That financial liability is now behind us.

Happily, out of that liability, came one of our important events of 2018. The cruise marked the return of the NACBA Fall Workshop. Many ‘old’ and many ‘new’ NACBA attendees embarked on an educational adventure, both culturally and legally. The day trips to Havana and Nassau were spectacular in and of themselves. Equally spectacular were the continuing legal educational classes hosted by NACBA aboard our ship while we were ‘underway’. The cruise, taken as a whole was certainly the best of times.

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