By Adam P. Plant
In a 2005 PBS interview,
Kurt Vonnegut said America should have “a Secretary of the Future”–someone who informs our decisions of today with their consequences on a farther horizon. Former Bar President Cole Portis convened the Long-Range Strategic Planning Task Force to take that longer view of the legal profession in Alabama, and our work continued under the administration of bar President Augusta Dowd. We will continue to take the longer view of the bar through the duration of this plan, which will direct us until 2022.
In August 2017, the task force released its first report. That report built on the 1994 Strategic Plan, 2001 task force reports, the reports of bar’s standing committees and task forces, the 2004 draft report, input from former bar presidents, the long-range plans of other state bars, the 2005 Long-Range Plan and the trends facing the future of the profession. From those sources and our own original research, the 22-member task force looked toward a rapidly-changing future to establish goals and spot issues as the profession...