Greetings!!! It is a pleasure and an honor to introduce myself to you. My name is Florence Cornish and I am second year law student at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont. This year, I have had the opportunity to serve as the Northeast Parliamentarian for the Northeast Region.
Every year the Parliamentarian conducts a Plenary Session at the Northeast Convention. The Plenary Session is where the Northeast Region conducts all regional business, including amendments to the By Laws, elections, and evaluates reports received from officers. However, this process is only possible with the help of our membership.
Chapter Presidents, I am in need of your help. I am asking that each of you send a delegate or delegates (depending on how many paid members you have) to assure that your chapter’s voice will be heard during the Plenary Session. I am a firm believer that in order to make change, you must voice that particular change you want. Thus, if you fail to send a delegate or delegates to the Convention, then your chapter’s voice will not be heard.
This year the Northeast Convention will take place in Hartford, Connecticut from February 21- 25, 2007. We have an exiting scheduled planned and it is going to be awesome. Some of the panelists will discuss the following topics:
• Reparations: Harriet Tubman of the Reparations Movement;
• Understanding who you are as an attorney, dealing with stress, dealing with workplace issues;
• African American’s Bar Passage Rate;
• Financial planning: How to make your money make money, more extensive than graduate leverage,
possibly with large name investment firm;
• Retention Rates of Women of Color in Law Firms; and
• Owning Your Own Firm: How do you start your own law firm.
Please inform your chapter members about the Northeast Convention and start thinking of members who you would like to represent your chapter during the Plenary Session. I will email each chapter by January 29, 2007 to inform you of how many delegates your chapter may send to the Plenary Session of the Convention.
When you have a moment, please look over the bylaws to check to see if there is anything that needs to be added, amended, or repealed. Please email me any changes that your chapter would like to have voted on during Plenary Session by February 18, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. If you fail to email me the changes from your chapter by this time, then those changes will not be voted on during Plenary.
Thank you so very much for your time and consideration. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the following:
Phone: 904-710-6858; or
(Please add “Plenary 2007” to the Subject line).
I look forward to working closely with all of you. Have a great day.
In BLSA love,
Northeast Parliamentarian 2006-2007
BLSA Chapter President of Vermont Law School 2007