A Message from the President
As we say goodbye to a tumultuous year, I can’t help but look toward 2021 with excitement and optimism. There are many good things in store for us this year!
As the new 2021 HTLA President, my overriding goal is to be a calm and steady influence as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID. Like Erin before me, I will work to handle the pandemic with wisdom and care. With the vaccine rolling out, I am hopeful for some glimmer of normalcy by this summer. I would love to see a big in-person event this fall – let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Most importantly, I want to help HTLA grow & thrive. To that end, I plan to make increased membership a priority. I am confident that if we work together, we can get to 1000 members and beyond. I have already reached out to six non-members to join, with three of them joining to date. I urge everyone to do the same. I encourage you to include diverse trial lawyers in your search. HTLA has made diversity in membership and leadership a priority and I want to continue these efforts.
Another aspect of HTLA I’d like to grow is our influence – politically and in the community. The 87th Texas Legislative Session is underway and, as always, we are fighting some terrible bills that could impact our livelihood and further reduce consumer rights. The HTLA PAC plays an important part in shaping HTLA’s political influence legislatively and judicially. I encourage you to donate to the PAC.
As for the community, the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation (HTLF) is doing a great job of making a difference at Kennedy Elementary. HTLF has plans to continue what has been done in the past and expand its influence going forward.
As I write this message, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am inspired by his legacy of serving others. As he said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” To that end, I encourage everyone to take his message to heart and volunteer this year – inside and outside HTLA. Join a HTLA committee. Get involved with the HTLF. Take this calling a step forward and donate your time and money to your community. There is no greater joy than helping others.
I look forward to working with President-Elect Anjali Nigam and Secretary/Treasurer Andrea Roth this year. I especially look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible. I am a phone call away, should anyone want to reach out.
Let’s make 2021 a year to remember – in a good way!
Crim & Villalpando