New Brooklyn Bar CLE director off to a great start
When Amber Evans graduated from Rutgers University as a graphic design major last May, she didn’t anticipate that she’d be running the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Department of the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) within the year. But here she is in Brooklyn and less than two months into the job she’s already receiving high praise from BBA members.
“We really are all very surprised and excited about how fast she has incorporated herself and her positive energy into the bar association,” said BBA President Arthur Aidala. “She has really become an integral part in the services we provide almost overnight.”
Aidala said that he already knew that Evans was a good hire to run the department, but explained that after a recent event he was reassured because so many members praised her effort and attitude.
“At our last meeting, I had three different board members come up to me at different times to tell me about how wonderful and thorough she has been,” Aidala said. “Her enthusiasm was something that was constantly repeated. We’re thrilled that she’s fit in so well and all of our members are really the ultimate beneficiaries.”
As the CLE director, Evans is in charge of one of the most prestigious departments of its kind in New York City. Her first two months couldn’t have gone better, but most of those CLE seminars were already set up by the previous director Danielle Levine. That’s why she’s especially looking forward to the BBA’s next CLE on tax tips.
“It was an easy transition going from being Danielle’s assistant to handling these past couple of months because she left me in such a good position, but I am a little nervous because the (tax tips CLE seminar) is the first course that I’ve put together from start to finish,” Evans said. “Everyone has been so helpful that I’m really not that nervous, though.”
Evans is not a lawyer and is not even a law school student, which is what made her journey to this position an interesting one. However, she said that her graphic design skills are put to good use at this position and her past history of working in retail has been especially handy.
“Being a lawyer was something I hadn’t thought about much until after I graduated,” Evans said. “I was in the mindset of preparing for the LSAT when this job came around. It was literally the perfect position for me because I could see if I really wanted to be a lawyer and I could use my graphic design skills.”
Since taking the position, she has revamped several of the bar association’s fliers and documents and is putting her sales experience to good use in promoting CLE seminars. She credited her seamless transition into the job to many of her co-workers at the BBA, especially Aidala.
“Arthur has been amazing,” Evans said. “He’s such a huge help. I know that if I need help with anything that I can definitely call Arthur. Anytime he’s in the building or if he’s around, he always checks on me to see if there is anything that he can help with. It’s refreshing to have the president of your association to let you know on a consistent basis that he’s there to help.”
The BBA’s next CLE seminar is called “Tax Tips: Updates and Audits” and it is being held at St. Joseph’s College on Nov. 2. The BBA will host a medical malpractice CLE seminar the following week. See www.BrooklynBar.org for details.
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