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Posted by: Christy Gibson on Jul 5, 2012

Greetings Dispute Resolution Section Members:

I want to thank all of you and the TBA for the opportunity to serve as Chair this past year.   Steve Shields will take over as Chair in June and I am sure you will give him your support and encouragement.  I certainly look forward to Steve’s tenure as he is one of the great leaders and innovators in ADR.

I am writing this letter before the TBA Convention in Memphis on June 6-9, but with all the work necessary for the convention we probably won’t get this Newsletter out until after the convention concludes.   When you do read this letter I hope that many of you will have attended our Section Meeting at the Convention.   I especially hope that each of you will be prepared to be an active member this next year and help Steve bring our Section to a higher level of service, outreach, collaboration and visibility.

Speaking of service and visibility, I want to recognize one of our members who epitomizes service and leadership in the field of dispute resolution.  So let me lend some local visibility to someone who recently, and very deservingly, received some national visibility for her success and leadership in ADR.   Kudos to Marnie Huff who is one of several women featured on the cover of the Spring 2012 edition of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Dispute Resolution Magazine.

Each of you who have been privileged to work with Marnie knows from firsthand experience what a consummate professional she is, and I encourage those of you who have not yet had this privilege to avail yourselves of the opportunity whenever possible.  You will be glad you did, and you will leave as the beneficiary from the encounter.  Congratulations Marnie!

Best wishes to all of you and thanks again!

John Blankenship, Chair

john@blankenshiplawoffice.com