People often ask me why they should join DRI. After all, there are lots of organizations out there for lawyers. Joining a legal association costs money and can take away from billable time.
So then, why DRI?
Bang for the buck.
That’s right. Bang for the buck. There is no other group that will give you back as much as you put in. If you are looking for a way to expand your referral network, enjoy the highest quality continuing legal education, and make friends that will last a lifetime, there is no other place to go.
But don’t just take it from me. After all, I’ll admit it. I’m biased. I love DRI and the Women in the Law Committee (WITL). It’s been the most personally and professionally rewarding organization I’ve ever been involved with in my fifteen years of practice. Instead, let me share with you what several dozen other women had to say about the WITL Committee.
In June of 2012, nearly three dozen women gathered together in Chicago for a WITL Committee Leadership meeting. During the meeting, I asked the women in the room to tell me why they joined DRI’s and the Women in the Law Committee. I wanted to know if the same things that drew me to this dynamic group were the things that others recognized as well.
The result was overwhelming. As I stood at the blackboard and wrote down the words and phrases that the women in the room called out, I realized that we had something very special - - something that so many other women would want to be a part of.
So, what did the women in the room say about WITL? Here are some of the things they said:
-Lots of opportunities
-Women helping women
-Professional growth and development
-Cross-generational access to other women lawyers
-Means to help younger women lawyers
-Positive impact on community
-Mentoring inside and outside of DRI
-Opportunity to meet in-house women
-Inspiration and “re-charging”
While these items are from all women, they can all be said of all DRI committees. If these things appeal to you, then consider joining DRI and one of our 29 substantive law committees (including Women in the Law). After all, when’s the last time you did something so beneficial to your legal career that was also “fun”!
Lana A. Olson
Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC
400 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL, 35203