SPECIAL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

By William D. Johnston

Urging Calm – and Support for One Another – In the Midst of COVID-19

I write this special message as the world addresses COVID-19. The “new normal” has many of us working remotely and all of us learning about (and hopefully practicing) social-distancing. At the same time, global markets are reeling. Unsettling times, to put it mildly.

The purpose of this message is not to reiterate the important health-related precautions that are being sounded where American Counsel Association members reside worldwide. Rather, it is to remind all of us that we are there for one another.

Whether you are a lawyer member or a judicial member of the ACA, please know that the Association is there to support you. In particular, the Association is there to provide lawyer cross-referral opportunities and to provide pro bono service opportunities (such as those highlighted by American Bar Association President Judy Perry Martinez in her recent creation of the task force of lawyers and judges that will address legal needs arising from the pandemic). And the ACA, through the good work of its Scholarship Committee, continues to address the financial needs of deserving law students.

Unfortunately, the ACA can’t do anything about the markets. I wish that we could! But please join me in keeping our focus on the long-term.

And please continue to save the dates for our 2020 ACA Annual Meeting — July 31 through August 3, in Chicago.

Most importantly, please stay calm, safe, and in good health.

We are strong, we are resilient, and we will get through this together. If I can assist you in any way, please let me know at wjohnston@ycst.com or (302) 571-6679.