Message from the Chair
John G. McCarthy
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
New York, NY
Join the Section
Not only is the Federal Litigation Section the largest section in the FBA, in many ways it is the heart of our Association. Our members deal with every aspect of federal litigation, not just in the federal judiciary and civil practitioners who appear in federal courts but also federal prosecutors and litigators who appear before federal agencies. Over the past decade, the events and activities of this Section have touched every corner of the FBA through events run by our section, co-sponsored with other sections or with our local chapters. I am personally humbled to follow in the footsteps of Judge Michelle Burns, Frank Carroll and, especially, Rob Kohn. I am excited to work with the great leadership team we have in place in this Section.
More than a decade ago I became active in this Section when I responded to a request by Judge Burns in SideBar to get involved in its activities. We have plenty of ways to get involved in our section’s activities. You should consider volunteering to be a member of one our five standing committees. Jeff Cox, editor of SideBar, is always searching for good content. You could also assist us by being on a planning committee for one of our national events, such as our annual conference or the upcoming two-year nationwide series on federal civil procedure organized in conjunction with The Wagstaffe Group and Lexis/Nexis. Our section also sponsors CLE programs at the FBA’s annual meetings and is always looking for our members who have informative programs to present.
In closing, thank you for the opportunity to serve you through September 2018. I hope that we have the chance to work together during that time to helpful fulfill the FBA’s mission of strengthening the federal legal system and administration of justice.