As we quickly approach the 90th Annual FCCA Conference, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Clerks of Court who support our organization by attending the educational workshops and annual conferences, and those who continue to afford these training opportunities to their staff. We could not accomplish the FCCA’s mission of increasing the proficiency of court employees without your cooperation and participation.
Hosting the annual FCCA Conference in Philadelphia is somewhat symbolic as our first president, Mr. George Brodbeck, one of the original founders of the FCCA, served as the Clerk of Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. After being elected in 1922, Mr. Brodbeck held the office of FCCA President for 29 years. It is fitting that we celebrate the “roots” of our organization when we gather in Philadelphia.
The educational sessions offered during this year’s annual conference, as well as the training forums offered throughout the year, are the direct result of requests received from our membership. We listen carefully to your suggestions and do our best to act on them.
I am also pleased to report that all those who initially registered to be placed on the 2018 conference waitlist have since been provided an opportunity to register for the conference. We were fortunate to be able to secure additional hotel rooms in order to accommodate the demand. In addition to our 450 registered attendees, we have over 50 presenters, speakers, and Administrative Office (AO) attendees.
We sincerely appreciate several key members of the AO agreeing to participate in our annual conference. It provides an opportunity for Clerks of Court to meet informally with AO executives to discuss matters of importance to the entire judiciary. We welcome the involvement and contributions of the AO leadership and we appreciate their time and support of this annual educational opportunity.
I would like to sincerely thank the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) for consistently providing first-class trainers for many of our educational sessions. The experience and expertise provided to our membership by FJC staff throughout our conference is invaluable. I also want to thank Kelly Clark for all of her work in coordinating our educational agenda for the conference. Kelly serves as Chair of our Education Committee and she has done an excellent job of ensuring the sessions are relevant and meet the needs of our membership. And finally, a huge thank you goes to our trainers from within the courts who have volunteered to conduct various classes throughout the conference. We couldn’t do it without your help.
Our conference agenda should more than live up to what we strive to accomplish as an educational association and we hope that the attendees will share their conference experiences with their co-workers who are unable to attend.
Although I have devoted most of this message to our upcoming annual conference, I also want to remind our membership that this has been an extremely busy year. We partnered with the National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks (NCBC) to sponsor an educational workshop on Employee Dispute Resolution, which was held in Omaha, NE; Leadership Lessons of Antietam was once again offered to CUEs and Chief Deputies, with registration reaching capacity within 24 hours; and the FCCA was responsible for coordinating three huge disaster relief efforts which directly benefitted court family members who were devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The membership benefits of FCCA grow year after year. I am very proud of the direction our association is headed and its success is directly attributable to the dedication of our members. I look forward to seeing all of you in Philadelphia.