Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

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Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

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2020. The Centennial Year.

If you were at the closing session for the Annual Meeting in Asheville, you heard me talk about the "about 11 men" who formed the IADC ninety-nine years ago. It always strikes me as odd that the minutes describe them as about 11 men. But who were those 11 men? As I've said, I have spent a lot of time this past year thinking about them. They were all general counsel and they were very different than the organization as it is today. But they stated, in their official minutes, that one of the purposes of the organization was to "encourage cordial relations..." As I have progressed through this year and as we go in to this Centennial year, I have given much thought as to those 11 men and what they would think of the IADC today. While the purpose of the Association remains, how we connect and achieve the personal and professional goals of IADC bear little resemblance to the group that formed 100 years ago.

How will we look in the next one hundred years? I doubt any of us can picture it. I know we will look very different than we look today. Because as an organization, we are not afraid of change. We have embraced it, and it has made the IADC better year by year. How the Association will look when it celebrates its 200th anniversary is exciting to contemplate given the progress and strength of the IADC after its first one hundred years. …

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