February 07, 2020 Profile

Profiles: Editorial Board Member: John Okray

“As it happens with many serendipitous things in life, my involvement in TIPS began 20 years ago as a result of a chance encounter,” explains John Okray, a new member of The Brief editorial board. During law school, he was active in the ABA Law Student Division as its national vice-chair. While attending the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas, Texas, in February of 2000, he considered himself fortunate to meet Robert (Bob) Caldwell, another law student who was active in the ABA. Bob, being someone who John says was a great salesperson for TIPS then and is to this day, encouraged him to attend TIPS activities during the conference. “Bob and I actually met on the shuttle from the airport to the car rental facility. Talk about being in the right place at the right time,” he reflects. In the bar year that followed, John served as the law student member of the TIPS Council. “This gave me an incredible opportunity to meet and get to know TIPS leaders, many of whom I am privileged to be collaborating with today,” John says. He adds, “I have always felt that TIPS provides one of the best bar association opportunities, not only substantively, but also in terms of the emphasis that leadership and staff have consistently placed on maintaining such a welcoming and positive culture for Section members.”

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