I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you
One of my most favorite Broadway musicals is Wicked. The lyrics above from one of the main songs, “For Good,” speak to me on so many levels but not more so than as it relates to my experience with the ABA Family Law Section (FLS). This will be my final column serving as Chair of this amazing Section. I could not be prouder of the work we have done this year to continue the legacy left before me.
As I sit down to write, we have just completed our Spring CLE Conference in New Orleans. We had a wonderful time in this fun and vibrant city and were able to share laughs, smiles, and hugs with so many friends old and new. Life returning to some level of normalcy was just what so many of us needed. Obviously, COVID-19 and its evolution are far from over, but I think we as a Section have continued to adapt to the new challenges of moving forward in a post-pandemic world. I feel so incredibly blessed to have had two somewhat normal in-person meetings this year. Orlando was my first-ever meeting as a baby-lawyer coming to her first ABA meeting, and so being able to return there this past fall felt like what I can only describe as a magical full-circle kind of moment. This year was more than I could have ever dreamt of, and I am incredibly thankful and blessed to have shared it with all of you.