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‘Season of Service’ at the Bar closing for executive director

Thursday, December 7, 2017  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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By the Honorable Leslie Halligan

December brings leadership changes to the State Bar, as Executive Director Chris Manos retires from his position after 16 years of service.

As State Bar president, I have become more aware of the magnitude of the demands that Chris has managed during his tenure, challenges that incoming Executive Director John Mudd will face beginning in January 2018. Chris has met the demands of his position with keen intellect, good judgment, diligence, and significant energy. Furthermore, he has always displayed integrity and professionalism in dealing with the challenges of working with many strong personalities, diverse constituencies and ever-changing “bosses” (the Supreme Court, the changing presidents, diverse Boards of Trustees) and on projects that shape the legal profession amid constantly emerging changes to the practice and delivery of legal services. Regarding retirement, Chris has reflected that his tenure at the State Bar has been just one “season of service” that has followed other seasons of service, including his military service and service to the legal profession in the private and public sectors. I hope you will join me in thanking Chris for his many contributions and his devoted service.

As the calendar year closes, I encourage you to take time to reflect on the contributions that others have made to enrich your life, both personally and professionally. Whether these may be the life lessons that you received from family members, the kindnesses of colleagues with whom you work, the friend or neighbor who helps you in a time of need or simply offers a random act of kindness, or a mentor who has demonstrated just what it means to “live” a profession of service.
And then, I challenge you to chart your own plan of service. It may be the best gift that you can give to yourself.

Best wishes for peace during the holidays and joy in the new year.

The Honorable Leslie Halligan of Missoula is a 4th Judicial District judge. Before her appointment as district judge, she served as a standing master in the 4th Judicial District and as a deputy county attorney in Missoula County.