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Yes, 2021 is upon us and your Peoria County Bar Association has five CLE Winter Series seminars ready for you! They start right away in January and continue through the first week of February. Check out the PCBA website today, register to attend, and download your calendar reminders. Our refreshed and updated list on the big board includes the following seminars starting on January 9th, Family Law; January 15th, The New Digital Courtroom; January 23rd, Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law; January 29th, Government & Public Interest and Real Property; and February 6th, Civil Practice. Please note that you can sign up for all five classes and pay the price of just four classes! The Winter Series PCBA seminars will be conducted over Zoom so you can attend from the coldest or warmest location that you find convenient in January and February. Anyone familiar with the PCBA knows that these seminars are the crown jewels of our bar association. You have a great opportunity to tune up your law practice at the start of 2021! When you attend these seminars you will find that you will learn a lot of information from a broad spectrum of PCBA attorneys who each strive to ensure that you are learning something practical to immediately apply in your law practice in central Illinois. No other bar association can provide you with that value for an adjusted 2020 budget. Not one.
You know the need to start off on the right foot at the beginning of 2021 and not let opportunities and time slip away. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato instructed his students many years ago about the importance of a good start. “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” The new year of 2021 will certainly have its own challenges, even with the general COVID-19 vaccine distribution on the horizon. When experiencing more challenging and severe personal and social circumstances, the South African President Nelson Mandela told his colleagues and friends the following – “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Still unconvinced? Ok, if by nature you are a skeptic who is still unconvinced of the broader possibilities of opportunities in 2021, and the helpful education you will obtain by the PCBA Winter Series, the comedienne and stage philosopher Joan Rivers admonishes you. “Listen. I wish I could tell you that it gets better. But, it doesn’t get better. You get better.” So what we do is up to each one of us. If you feel alone or unconnected please remember to contact one or more of your fellow PCBA members to share your unique perspectives and general notes on your legal practice before and after a PCBA seminar. If you do so, you will find out that you obtain many benefits while also helping someone else. That is a winning combination.
So, while we each hoist our respectfully distanced containers of coffee or something stronger on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, let us hope for the better of all in 2021. To finding more ways that we can work together, learn more from each other, and increase our billable and pro bono efforts so that we adapt and thrive in 2021! Cheers!
Ambrose V. McCall