Facing the Challenges Ahead Together | by Elizabeth Peterson, Barristers President

These days, it seems like everything is in flux.

Whether it’s our nation’s political landscape, our planet’s climate, societal changes or technology, we truly do live in a world where the only constant is change.

As young attorneys, we are perhaps more in tune with and affected by these changes on a more personal level.

In particular, this year has presented the Barristers with our own set of challenges in attracting new members and keeping our current members active and engaged.

We have spent much of the first half of my term re-evaluating and reinventing our strategies to keep young lawyers engaged and excited about our projects and mission. Throughout the first half of my term as your Barrister President, I have often found myself asking: “What do young lawyers really want in today’s climate?” I have come up with many answers and have started a meaningful and exciting dialogue among our Board and the Association’s leadership.

I am excited about where this discussion will lead us and would love to start a broader dialogue with all of our members. I am inspired by Margaret Mead’s famous quotation: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

While we may not be faced with world-changing decisions, I feel our work to address the issues of engagement and retention of young lawyers is vital not only to the success of the Barristers but also to the longevity of the Association.

I am very confident in our current Board to continue the great work we do and, in looking far beyond my tenure as President, I feel it is invaluable for us to start this dialogue now so that the Barristers may remain an essential part of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the community at large.

I welcome the opportunity to speak with you one-on-one and hear your ideas and thoughts. I invite anyone who might be interested to attend our monthly board meetings in an effort to continue this dialogue.

We meet every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the BHBA office at 9420 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Fl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Join us as we continue to plan for the success and longevity of the Barristers Section!


Elizabeth practices family law with Howe Engelbert LLP. Her practice is dedicated to dissolution cases and dependency law. She can be reached at 310 626 1383.