Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 104 President’s Message (Continued from Page 3) Apart: Human Rights and the Rule of Law Along the Syria/Kurdish Border.” Judge Karen E. Scott took the stage in July, speaking to the FBA/OC for the first time. Her presentation was titled “Discovering Something New About Civil Discovery.” Both luncheons were well-received, with the audience including many summer associates and externs. In Octo- ber, we are co-hosting a special evening at Bowers Museum with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The FBA/OC also has much to be proud of when it comes to pro bono services. This year, FBA/OC members volunteered at the Pro Se Win- dow at the federal courthouse, providing free legal services to federal pro se litigants. Additionally, in May, we hosted our annual Pro Bono luncheon, with nearly 90 participants. Judge Guilford, Judge Theodor Albert, and local practitioners spoke about the various pro bono oppor- tunities available within the Central District, and shared personal stories of their experiences. The FBA/OC remains committed to expanding access to justice and fostering the pro bono spirit among practitioners, as lawyers are uniquely empowered to serve those in need of legal help. We are ending this term with the kick-off of our revitalized Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Spearheaded by the tireless energy of our secretary Van Nguyen, a new YLD committee has been formed to ad- dress the interests and needs of federal practitioners that are age 40 or under or who have been practicing 10 years or less. The group hosted its inaugural event, a happy hour, in September, and they kept the mo- mentum going later that month with a Brown Bag Luncheon with Judge Carter at the federal courthouse. The YLD already has many exciting ideas for the 2016-2017 term. Thank you to our YLD committee mem- bers for their enthusiasm. None of the FBA/OC’s events could have been presented without the dedication and energy of our Board members. It has been a pleasure working with this distinguished group. I thank each of them for their service and commitment, and for making this such a great organization to belong to. If you are not yet a member, I encourage you to join the FBA. Membership comes with many benefits, including discounted rates for programs and access to a network of fellow federal practition- ers. Information about membership is available at the FBA/OC website. I remain humbled to have been entrusted with the privilege of serving as your president. I know the organization will continue to flourish un- der its new leadership, headed by incoming president Roman Darmer. I look forward to seeing all the exciting things to come. For now, “goodbye, farewell, and amen.”