Robinson: ABA Can Grow in Hard Times
Posted Sep 1, 2010 12:20 AM CST
By Edward A. Adams
Assuming the role of ABA president-elect, Kentucky lawyer Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III told the ABA's House of Delegates he sees "the current challenging situation as an opportunity" to grow ABA membership and programs. Robinson is the member in charge of the Florence, Ky., office of Frost Brown Todd. His term as ABA president will begin next year.
"My basic concept is to leverage our existing organization in an entrepreneurial way," Robinson said. There is no "silver bullet" solution to the ABA's fiscal challenges, he said. "Change is complex and will require flexibility and compromise.
"We have to be thoughtful, rather than 'knee jerk' reflexive. We must be committed to a long-term, consistent, well-reasoned approach from year to year," he said. Staff and volunteers need to work together to improve operations, Robinson said.
If the ABA accomplishes its goals, he said, volunteer leaders will be able to look back on the coming years and say, "We did some of our best work in the hardest of times."