Barry L. Lippitt, Esq.
Spring is here (I think), and out thoughts of renewal and new growth should be extended to Tau Epsilon Rho. Our priority for this year must be new member recruitment and past member retention. TER continues to offer significant benefits to our membership that provide compelling reasons for attorneys sharing our common backgrounds and viewpoints to join our ranks.
Current recruitment projects, under the direction of Steve Karr, National Pledgor, are revitalization of the Washington D.C. chapter, and a limited outreach program to the various Jewish law students organizations at law schools across the country. For the latter project, we need local members who can act as liasons to follow up on contacts. If you are interested in serving as a local liason to a law school in your area, please get in touch with Steve.
My chancellor's duties this year have been focused on improving delivery of services to our members. As I write this, work continues on modifying the online LawNet search engine to permit searches across multiple fields, and to return information in a more user-friendly fashion. Barring unforseen problems, I am hoping that the new system will be in place by the end of April.
We have also initiated a member-only mail list at http://groups.yahoo.com. This list is called TER-Law. On this list, members have the ability to post e-mail to our membership in general, to upload and download files and photographs of common interest, and to participate in realtime chat. To take advantage of this E-mail list, you must apply to join the list. Follow the directions at the site. List participation is open to all members in good standing. The only catch is that you must join the list. In May, we will be sending out invitations to all members with a valid e-mail address on file.
In closing, I want to remind everyone that this year's Mid-Year Council Meeting will be in Cleveland on May 31-June 1. In addition to our Council dinner on Friday and our working breakfast on Saturday, we are planning two activities in conjunction with our Cleveland members for Saturday, June 1. In the afternoon, we will be going to the Cleveland Indians game (the stadium is just down the street from the host hotel, the Radisson Hotel - Gateway). On Saturday night, we will be having a dinner with local members, and I'm excited to announce that our after dinner speaker will be the Hon. Eric S. Fingerhut, an Ohio State Senator, and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you will be in Cleveland this weekend, please join us for any of these activities (Note - Council dinner is only open to members of the National Council). Information is available by following the link on our home page.
I hope to see you in Cleveland on May 31, and look forward to seeing our Philadelphia members on May 14 at its Annual Induction Reception.
Barry L. Lippitt
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