A little less than 15 years ago, one of my Partners served as the President of the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association. By default and as he was my mentor in our firm, I “volunteered” to speak at NDCA’s meetings and planned annual meetings. I eventually served on NDCA’s Board of Directors. I write of these experiences as they were my path to DRI involvement. I participated in state service and served as DRI’s State Representative for Nebraska and now sit on the DRI Membership Committee. Over this time, my respect for DRI’s offerings for professional and personal enrichment has grown exponentially.
As attorneys, we are constantly faced with the responsibility of identifying, addressing and most importantly, solving the problems of our clients. This responsibility is often carried out in the adversarial arena of litigation, where winning and losing is often the measure of our success. Simply put, a challenging working environment for anyone. DRI’s 50 plus year of experience has made it the go-to organization for defending your clients in civil litigation. DRI’s support ranges from pre-eminent substantive legal writing on complex legal issues to professional opinions solicited from trusted colleagues. Over the course of my career, I have relied on DRI’s vast resources to serve the interests of my clients. If my client needs it, I know DRI has it.
Upon reflection, I wish I had been more involved with DRI in the earlier years of my career. My regret has nothing to do with substantive legal issues or professional development. It relates to lost time and opportunities to get to know and enjoy the company of great friends, who just happen to be fantastic professionals. Despite my peek in the rearview mirror, DRI has afforded me the opportunity to establish friendships which will last for the rest of my life. It is my most treasured experience with DRI, looking forward to and seeing friends at various DRI events.
I encourage you to find your path to DRI involvement as soon as you possibly can. You won’t regret it.
Kyle Wallor – Lamson Dugan and Murray, Omaha, Nebraska