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This Fall we have hit the ground running at the NCBA. It is a very exciting time, not only because of all of the wonderful events we have already enjoyed and those to come in the weeks ahead, but also because we are about to install our new Executive Director, Elizabeth Post (“Liz”), on October 8. I would like to personally welcome Liz to our leadership and congratulate her on this very important role.
It is my pleasure to tell you a little about Liz Post. She is an extraordinary addition to our Bar Association. She has served as the Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association in California for the last nearly 25 years. She was instrumental in growing that organization from 800 members to 2,100 during her tenure. Using her expertise in public relations, marketing and community outreach, Liz established the award-winning “Valley Lawyer” magazine and managed the Bar Association’s social media campaign and award-winning website. She also created a professional networking group for area attorneys known as the “Valley Bar Network.”
Dedicated to public service and access to justice, Liz has successfully launched many charity and outreach programs, including the annual “Blanket the Homeless” charity event, the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program, the Valley Associated Settlement Team Program, the Pro Bono Probate Settlement Program, and the Inclusion & Diversity Committee (the recipient of the State Bar’s 2016 Diversity Award) at the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
During a recent conversation with Liz, I asked her about some of the challenges that she faced at the San Fernando Bar Association that may translate to the Nassau County Bar Association. She responded with:
Most bar associations across the country – both large and small – face many of the same challenges: attracting and engaging a new generation of lawyers; growing competition from for-profits for legal services once solely under the purview of bar associations (such as CLE and lawyer referral services); and communicating effectively with members and the public across corded traditional news outlets and social media platforms.
The SFVBA has been successful in using modern technology – including search engine optimization for our Attorney Referral Service, online MCLE and webinars, and an active social media and marketing campaign – to stay relevant with its members.
Her commitment to not only expanding membership, but also to ensuring that the ever-changing needs of current members are satisfied is unquestionable. She tackles these challenges by employing modern technology – a must in this digital age – including search engine optimization for attorney referral services, online MCLE and webinars, and an active social media marketing campaign.
When I asked Liz why she wanted to lead our NCBA, she responded:
During the interview process, I met so many Bar Leaders and past presidents who are passionate about the rich history of the Nassau County Bar Association, and confident about the positive future of the organization. Visiting Domus, I was awed not only by the building’s grandeur and historical architecture, but also inspired by the Bar staff’s obvious dedication to serving its members and the community. I want to be the Executive Director who leads our volunteers and paid professionals, and elevates the NCBA to become the premier metropolitan bar association in the country.
There is no doubt that Liz will fit right in with our Association, as she shares our goals and initiatives.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments and accolades, Liz is a native New Yorker. She was born and raised in upstate New York and received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from New York University. Moreover, in spite of living in Dodgers’ country for over 25 years, Liz made it clear to me that she is a dedicated New York Mets fan. She and her family would not only attend Mets games at Dodger Stadium, they also traveled to San Diego and Anaheim to cheer on her home team.
I know that the San Fernando Valley Bar Association is very sad to see her go, but their loss is our gain. Join me in welcoming Liz home to New York and to Domus. We are so thrilled that she is joining our Bar Association family!