On Monday, I received a call about our Law Day speaker. My contact at the Professional Education Group, Henry Lake, informed me that “unavoidable circumstance will prevent Bud Krogh from being in Chattanooga on May 1st. But fear not. One of our great attributes is our ability to fill in such unfortunate occurrences with equally able, crowd-pleasing speakers. In this case, I present to you former Congressman Brian Baird of Washington.”
Lake said Congressman Baird knows Bud and his work, and will be the perfect speaker for both the schools and for the Law Day luncheon. I understand Congressman Baird’s concentration (indeed much of his focus during his 12 years in Congress) is integrity. He was the author of the STOCK Act, which prevents the legislative and executive branch members and their staffs from using confidential information for their own enrichment. Also, one of Congressman Baird’s books, “Character Politics and Responsibility,” follows the same path Bud lays out in his talks.
“He’ll be a great speaker for the schools,” Lake said. “They’ll learn much from this man who has traveled the world, and who has negotiated face-to-face with the Middle Eastern leaders they hear about on the nightly news – those in Syria, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel. He’s also written books aimed specifically at family bonding, and he’s an expert at connecting with all ages.”
Our sponsors who are helping to underwrite the expenses for the Law Day speaker are very pleased with hosting Congressman Baird. He’ll still speak with all of the area high school seniors as planned at GPS and via Live Stream from the school.
For our legal community, Lake offered these two quotes from recent participants at Brian’s seminars:
“In my 16 years of law practice, I can’t say I’ve ever written to a CLE presenter before today. But, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your presentation, and to tell you that yesterday’s CLE was among the best I have ever attended. I think a lot of lawyers have egos about their own communication skills (as you pointed out), and I certainly fit the bill. I thought there was likely very little I could learn about effective communication skills, but I was sorely mistaken. I would highly recommend (and have already recommended!) your CLE to others.” – Nathan Meisgeier, senior counsel, litigation, Werner Enterprises.
And: “I was one of the students in the CLE seminar in Atlanta, and I’m still speechless. In over 28 years, that was one of the best and most challenging courses in which I have participated. I feel very fortunate to have attended, and to have had the opportunity to meet you. As I review and re-review the materials from yesterday, I believe that you will have made a most profound difference in my life and my practice, and for that I am quite grateful.” – Stephen A. Opler, partner, Ballard Spahr
The following is a brief bio on Congressman Baird:
Brian Baird, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, former president of Antioch University’s Seattle campus, and a retired six-term member of Congress. He is an award winning instructor who was named the funniest celebrity in Washington D.C. during his service in the House for his stand-up comedy performances. In addition to his background in government and academia, Dr. Baird has worked in industry, written three books and made numerous media appearances on national and regional programs.
From the one-on-one intimacy of clinical work to speaking before crowds of thousands of people, Brian understands communication in unique and exceptionally insightful ways. As a member of congress, Baird introduced the STOCK Act which would prohibit members of Congress, their employees, and executive branch staff members from profiting from non-public information they obtain through their positions.
He is the author of numerous journal articles and three books (“Are We Having Fun Yet?: Enjoying the Outdoors With Partners, Families, and Groups,” “The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions,” and “Character Politics and Responsibility. Lightning Source”). Dr. Baird received his B.S. from the University of Utah, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. He continued on to the University of Wyoming, receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology and serving as the chairman of the Department of Psychology.
I hope you’ll make every effort to attend. Please RSVP now to the CBA office at (423) 602-9430 or email LHood@chattanoogabar.org.