Brevard County Bar Association
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The Brevard County Bar Association (BCBA) is a voluntary professional association with more than 650 attorneys practicing within the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida. The BCBA members work to improve the legal profession, the community in which they live and the administration of justice in society.
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Message From The PresidentJay FowlerIt’s after 10:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night during the kids’ Spring Break and I’m taking time to write my President’s Message.  These are the times the glamour of the BCBA Presidency is earned.

Like so many BCBA Presidents with whom I’ve served while on the Board, and like so many of you have done and are doing now, I’m actively engaged in the process of balancing a legal career with a family life and an assortment of volunteer activities.  Today was a typical day involving several client meetings, an office staff meeting, numerous phone calls with the BCBA office, a networking lunch, drafting pleadings and responding to e-mail.  My wife is also a lawyer. Our routines are much the same.  We touched base a few times by text, a quick call over lunch, a couple of “likes” on Facebook, and a longer call on my drive after work.

I was on my way to scout a couple of locations for a future BCBA event.  I was looking for the perfect place to have a happy hour reception.  Hopefully, someplace with an outdoor deck on or near the water where BCBA members could get together and unwind a little and enjoy our surroundings.  This was purely a scouting mission though, no time for a beverage or appetizer.  The good news is, I found a few good spots and may have secured a membership benefit discount with at least one local riverside eatery.

After a short drive home, I pulled up the street and found the kids playing outside as they do so often.  I was finally home.  It was a great scene.  AS I parked the car, I was actually rushed by the kids as soon as I opened the door to climb out.  It was like something out of a 1950′s era T.V. show.  Oh, and don’t forget the dog.  Our 8-year-old golden retriever came bounding down the driveway hopping and dancing and wagging her tail and waiting her turn to say, “I thought you’d never get here…”  These are the best moments of my days, and I’m not making any of it up.  This is a bonus night really.  Since this is Spring Break, I actually have the evening off from soccer practice.  I’ve coached local youth soccer since before I had kinds of my own and, on any other Wednesday, I would be at the field with my boys.  Last Wednesday after soccer practice, I came home and helped one of the kids work on building a model of the Empire State Building for a school project.  Later, I finished reading them the last few chapters of the latest Cal Ripken, Jr. baseball kids novel, and then started a new book.  It’s usually the last part of my day with the boys.  I read to them until they start to fall asleep or until I’m doing too much yawning.  Tonight, after they were safely asleep, it was my time to work on plans for a weekend trip for the kids to play in a hockey tournament and then sit down to work on this message.  I need to get to bed soon; tomorrow is the “World Cup Final” for the boys at their Spring Break soccer camp and they’ll want to be at the field early.  Plus, I have a client coming n first thing in the morning.  It will be another busy day trying to find that balance between work and life for which no law school offers a class.  It is after all, “the practice” we engage in every day.

I know each of you has your own work/life balancing act you’re trying to perfect.  While we all must work to make a living, we have to keep in mind what really makes us feel alive and work to keep that in focus.  I saw a great post online today that read,” You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do…You should go do them.”

Whether in work or in life, I hope you’re making the most of each day.  Keep in mind that the other lawyers, clients and people you come across today are trying to do the same thing.  Carpe Diem.