As I draft my last blog entry for 2013, while I sit at my desk at work for the last time this year, my mind wanders back to the year that was and also the year that will be. In 2013, Maryland saw the first female Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals appointed, after the retirement of a judge that spent nearly four decades sitting on each level of Maryland’s court system. 2013 marked the year that same-sex marriages in Maryland became legal, the implementation of stricter gun control laws and the repeal of the death penalty.
For me, the past year included the traditional highs and lows for any attorney, including both victories and losses in the courtroom, long hours at the office (and at home because of the ability to remotely login), and the never-ending struggle to balance my work life with my personal life.
As cliché as it may be, I also find this time of year to be a good time to set some goals for the upcoming year. In years past, I would break down my resolutions into different categories, ranging from personal to professional to financial and to health. These goals are not necessarily resolutions, as some stay the same from year to year. These goals also range in difficulty and variety, which include running a couple of marathons, donating blood a set number of times, performing a specific number of pro bono and public service hours and a variety of home improvement projects.
While many will scoff at the idea of setting goals (or resolutions) each year, I find that it helps me to focus my efforts. My professional goals include building my client base; mentoring; developing my legal acumen through CLEs and actual experience and providing at least 50 hours of pro bono services. I intend to blog every other week for Generation J.D., as well as my other construction-law related blog.
So as we close the book on 2013, I also wanted to thank The Daily Record and all of you that read the Generation J.D. blog for another year. Here’s to a safe and happy 2014. And for those of you that put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), let us know what is on your list for 2014.