Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair of the International Law Section
Matt McGhie

In the fall 2015 issue of Global Perspectives, I asserted that membership in the Federal Bar Association is a good value if you actively participate in the organization. If you are not familiar with the many benefits the FBA has to offer, let me share a few simple ways for getting the most out of your FBA membership:
  • Get to know the members of your local chapter by attending its social and CLE events.
  • Contact the leadership of one or more FBA sections that cover practice areas that interest you.
  • Read The Federal Lawyer and the newsletters published by your chapter and section(s).
  • Volunteer to serve as an officer or on the Board of your chapter or section.
  • Work with the FBA Government Relations Committee on an issue that is important to you.
  • Use the Member-Only Directory to network with other attorneys with similar interests.
  • Attend the FBA Annual Meeting and Convention or another national FBA event.
  • Visit to learn more about how the FBA supports the legal profession.
Like most things in life, what you get out of your membership with the FBA (and the International Law Section) will depend on what you put into it. During my first few years of FBA membership, my FBA experience revolved around the Capitol Hill Chapter, which is uniquely situated to give its members access to members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and other prominent government officials. After serving for a few years in the leadership of the Chapter, I attended my first national meeting in New Orleans, where I realized that the FBA was much more than my local chapter. I have since attended three more national meetings (in Chicago, San Diego, and Salt Lake City) and am looking forward to this year’s event in Cleveland.

During my nearly 15-year association with the FBA, I have had attended scores of events that have greatly enriched my legal education and professional network. The many dedicated attorneys and judges I have met through the FBA are more than colleagues; they have become dear friends. These friendships include the current Executive Board of the International Law Section. If you would like to expand your network of professional associates, while furthering the purposes of the International Law Section, I invite you to consider serving on the Executive Board during the upcoming program year.
Matthew D. McGhie, Section Chair


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