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May 29, 2024

Chair's Column

Spring Council Meeting: Paradise and Crocodiles

By Adrienne Dresevic, The Health Law Partners, Farmington Hills, MI

I just got back from the ABA HLS’s spring council meeting, which was held at the JW Marriott in Cancun. One of the great perks of being the chair of the HLS is that the chair gets to select the location for their chair year’s spring council meeting. I selected Cancun as it brings back many great memories for me, as my husband and I took our daughters to Cancun several times when they were growing up.

Once again, Cancun did not disappoint. The Council and guests were treated to two wonderful dinners overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel employees could not have been more hospitable. The weather was perfect and so was the company. Many of us participated in activities such as boat trips, snorkeling, and island adventures. On my last day of the trip, during my morning walk, I ran into a crocodile sitting on the edge of the lagoon (luckily, there was a fence between the lagoon and the sidewalk). Believe it or not, this is the second time this year that I had a run-in with an alligator/crocodile at an ABA Health Law Section event.

In addition to all of the fun, we did attend to section business and had a very productive council meeting with plenty of discussion and ideas designed to improve membership and engagement in the section, including marketing and membership plans, annual firm recognition and similar programs, diversity fellowship initiatives, and improvements to educational content. I feel very lucky to work with such great leaders, council members, and officers. I know the section will be in great hands for many years to come.

The section’s continued viability depends on our hardworking volunteer leaders and section staff. I want to thank everyone that attended the meeting (in person or by Zoom) and all of their continued efforts to improve the section and fulfill its mission. And, of course, I want to thank Danielle Daly for coordinating all of the events and meetings and once again making sure everything went off without a hitch.

Section leaders were recently notified of their leadership positions for next year, so I hope to see you all in Denver at the leadership meeting July 12-13. Remember to register and book your trips!

HLS Spring Council Photo

HLS Spring Council Photo

Spring Council table setting on the water

Spring Council table setting on the water

Crocodile at HLS Spring Council

Crocodile at HLS Spring Council

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