The Debate League Needs Your Help!

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So far, we have raised $25! Let’s help these kids take home our Trophy!

The Bridgeport Public School Debate League needs our help!

The championship for the middle and high schools will be held on May 13th at the new Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy. The winner takes home the GBBA trophy.

They need $750 to make the championships happen!

Any and all donations are accepted

Please contact Kathleen Dunn, Chair of the Community Outreach Committee for more information.

Please make checks payable to GBBA and send to GBBA offices:

1057 Broad Street, 4th Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Resolution of Amendment to Article VI of the GBBA’s Bylaws

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Click here to read a resolution of amendment to Article VI of the GBBA’s Bylaws. Please review the proposed amendments which will be voted on at the next GBBA Board meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the offices of the GBBA (1057 Broad Street, 4th Floor, Bridgeport). Thank you.

March/April News Brief Available Online Now!

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Great peer-written articles and loads of information on upcoming events! Click here to read!

President’s Message – March/April 2017

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Greetings to All:

It is hard to believe that, as I write this, we now find ourselves in the middle of February. I have been asked by many fellow lawyers regarding GBBA seminars to comply with the annual CLE requirements. Just recently we had a Board meeting, and all committee chairs and co-chairs were requested to appear and report. Several chairs reported that they are planning seminars – two hours in duration to meet CLE annual requirements. Of particular concern is the planning and scheduling of a seminar in the subject of Ethics as everyone has an annual requirement of two hours in Ethics. Once our seminars are organized, all members will be notified.

On Wednesday night, February 8th, The Center for Family Justice had a ceremony for the opening of its first legal “incubator” program located at its Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport headquarters. A team of five newly graduated attorneys will operate independent law practices, while offering legal assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the greater Bridgeport area. Five young female lawyers have separate offices in the facility, will work with victims of abuse, and will offer legal services at a reasonable price as these lawyers build their practice.

Debra Greenwood, President and CEO of the Center, and Angela Schlingheyde, the attorney in charge of the State of Connecticut’s first legal “incubator” program, both acknowledged the help from two of our local lawyers, Janine Becker and
Matthew Reale. I commend these two lawyers (Janine Becker is immediate Past President of the GBBA, and Matt Reale is our current Secretary), and urge all members of the Bar who are willing to contact the Center for pro bono and mentoring work.

Attorney Etan Hirsch is actively co-chairing the young lawyers section of GBBA with Attorney Venoal Fountain. Unfortunately over the past several years, there has been a decline in this section perhaps due to the stresses of work and young family life. Etan and Venoal are attempting to invigorate this necessary section for the survival of GBBA, and we thank them for their continued efforts.

Preparations are well in the works for the Annual Law Day Program. This year, the Hallen School Choir will perform, and the Liberty Bell Award will be presented to The Center for Family Justice. I urge all members to attend the luncheon at the Holiday Inn. Notices will go out on a timely basis. Law Day is a national celebration of the rule of law and the U.S. legal system.

The Annual Dinner Committee has selected the honorees for this year: Nancy Ganassini (our retired Executive Director) and Attorney Daniel Portanova will be this year’s recipients. More details on this May event will follow.

On February 16th, the GBBA hosted the Winter Social at the Barnum Publick Restaurant. The event was well attended, and thanks to Katie Santos (Acting Executive Director) and her assistant, Mariah Miklus, for their help in organizing this successful and fun event.

On February 16th, I also attended the Bridgeport Security Commissioner’s quarterly meeting under Judge Barbara Bellis’ direction. All issues of safety and security were discussed concerning both Courthouses. Marshal Gary Hughes chaired the meeting, and explained that despite severe budget cuts which has diminished the number of marshals, safety has been maintained. If there is suspicion of violence in any area of both Courthouses, extra marshals are available. Apparently, the separate entrance for attorneys is up and running, but if there are any complaints or observations, please advise.

My best to all the members of the GBBA!

January/February 2017 News Brief Available Now!

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Follow the link below for peer articles, photos from past events and GBBA news!


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President’s Message January/February 2017

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Greetings and a Happy New Year to All:


One of the most active Committees in our Bar Association is the Foreclosure Committee chaired by Attorneys Louis Zowine and Edward P. McCreery, III. They faithfully schedule monthly meetings which are well attended and very informative! Although Lou threatens to leave and retire when he sells his Trumbull home, I commend him for his superlative work for the GBBA!


The Budget Committee met, and with Nancy Ganassini’s help, worked out a viable 2017 list of anticipated

expenses and revenue. Invoices went out recently for our 2017 dues with an earnest request to add an additional sum for “sustaining members.” Dues, and this additional charge, have resulted in a financially stable Bridgeport Bar Association, and I personally urge members to send in dues as we face 2017 expenses. Membership applications are available on the GBBA’s website.


Thanks to Attorney Fred Ury for a very informative and well attended seminar on the new enacted MCLE



Our Law Day Committee has been very active planning the GBBA’s annual Law Day celebration which will  held at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn as it has for the last several years. The Hallen Elementary School chorus will

participate, and this year’s Liberty Bell Award will go to The Center for Family Justice located on Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport. Please await the notice which will go out in April.


Attorney Kathleen Dunn organized a very successful hot lunch at The Thomas Merton Center. Kathleen makes a supreme effort to buy all the food which is prepared by GBBA “helpers” who then serve a hot lunch to over 200 people including young families with children! What a joy it was to see such happy faces…thanks Kathleen!


The holiday season is always a happy one, but this year was dampened by the loss of Attorney Irv Kern who died at an early age after practicing with Cohen and Wolf for over 40 years. The enormous crowd at his funeral service attested to Irv’s great personal appeal and expertise as a lawyer. Shortly after, we lost Attorney Vincent Simko, a veteran lawyer whose energy had no bounds! Both “gentlemen of the law” will be sadly missed.


The GBBA hosted its annual Holiday Party this year with record attendance at the Black Rock Yacht Club. As many members knew in advance, our wonderful Executive Director, Nancy R. Ganassini, announced her retirement, and we used this festive occasion to celebrate and honor Nancy for 14 years of service! Along with speeches, the GBBA gave Nancy a monetary retirement gift which was well deserved. Thank you, Nancy: you will be missed by all!


Recently I had a conversation with a fellow lawyer who was convinced, and had no trouble in convincing me, that lawyers, perhaps in general, and in our area, have lost the respect of the community. My point is that the community at large rarely sees or hears about all the good works, pro bono work, and other endeavors that attorneys and bar do for the common good. I am open to all suggestions as to how to “plead our case” so that our profession (one that I have proudly been member for 45 years) can regain the respect that attorneys once had. We are all proud of our profession, and we should be able to say so!


GBBA named Best CT Bar Association in Education!

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CT MCLE Information

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On November 9th, Attorney Frederic Ury spoke to our members about the upcoming MCLE rules and how to fulfill them. Here are the links to some of the great information he provided us with.


MCLE Practice Book Rule


CLE Exemption Request


November/December 2016 News Brief Available NOW!

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Take a look at the latest news from various committees!

Check out photos of various events!

See what events are coming up!


President’s Message November/December 2016

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Fall is in the air and the beaches are closed.  We can now settle into cool weather and year end thoughts.

In 2017, all practicing attorneys in Connecticut will be required to complete twelve (12) hours of continuing legal education requirements (CLE).  Local bars were not in favor of this mandatory requirement, but the good news is lawyers can attain up to two (2) credits toward the twelve (12) hours requirement in the calendar year 2016!  In an attempt to take advantage, the GBBA has held and will schedule several seminars in its local office on Broad Street which will meet CLE requirements.  Please read the emails that will go out starting with an Estate practice seminar scheduled for Friday, October 28th.

Plans are already in the works for Law Day 2017.  The Law Day Committee is seeking nominations for this year’s Liberty Bell Award.  If you know of anyone who qualifies for this prestigious award which is presented at our Law Day Celebration, please complete the nomination form on page 8 and forward it to the GBBA office.  The deadline for nominations is December 1st.  Plans are also underway for our Annual Dinner meeting scheduled for May 16, 2017 at Tashua Knolls Restaurant.  (See page 4 for additional information)  .

Nancy Ganassini, our Executive Director, was very pleased with the many informative articles she placed in the GBBA News Brief and has encouraged all members to email any article of interest to the offices of the bar (

Many thanks to Cohen and Wolf, P.C. who generously hosted the GBBA’s Annual “Judges’ Reception.”  Many of the newly assigned Judges attended the event and the Family Law Committee was particularly interested in meeting

Judge Maureen M. Murphy, the newly assigned PJ-Family Matters.  The Family Law Committee followed up with Judge Murphy and sponsored a lunch meeting to discuss new court requirements.

On October 6th,  the GBBA sponsored its Fall Social at A‘vucchella Trattoria located on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.

On Thursday, October 20th,  the Outreach Committee of the GBBA conducted its “Read Aloud” program at our adopted school, Hallen Elementary School.  Thanks to the participation of Attorneys Kathleen Dunn and George Markley, members of the Bar met at 9:00 a.m. at the school and were then assigned books to read aloud to specific classes.  I participated and read to 6th graders who were polite and attentive!  This is just one aspect of the very active Community Outreach Committee.

Along these lines, the GBBA cooked and served a hot lunch at The Thomas Merton Center on Thursday, October 27th.  Each year we have a large group of volunteers who cook and serve a hot lunch to a growing number of needy families.  I have participated in this rewarding event each year and urge members to join in or donate towards the cost of the lunch.  Once again we thank Kathleen Dunn for her unselfish dedication to this project!

Judge Barbara Bellis joined Executive Director Nancy Ganassini, Attorneys Janine Becker and Stephanie Dellolio and myself for lunch last week.  This is the second year Judge Bellis joined us to talk about bench-bar relations.  Many topics were discussed: court security, reduced clerk and marshal staffing, separate attorney court entrances, and other court procedures.  Judge Bellis is very receptive to improving bench-bar relations and will be available in January for a lunch meeting open to all member of the Bar.

Just a reminder that the GBBA food drive for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will be scheduled as will the “Tots for Toys” during the Christmas season.


Upcoming GBBA Events

  • April 25, 2017 5:30 pm: Young Lawyers Social (Socials)
  • April 26, 2017 4:00 pm: Board Meeting (uncategorized)
  • April 27, 2017 12:30 pm: Medicaid 101 - CLE Credits Available (Continuing Legal Education)
  • April 28, 2017 2:30 pm: CLE and Baseball (Continuing Legal Education)
  • May 1, 2017 12:30 pm: Law Day 2017 (uncategorized)
  • May 3, 2017 3:00 pm: Evidence in Family Court CLE Seminar (Continuing Legal Education)
  • May 16, 2017 5:00 pm: Annual Dinner (uncategorized)
  • May 18, 2017 12:30 pm: Foreclosure Committee Meeting (Committee Meetings)
  • June 6, 2017 12:00 pm: What to Do if a Grievance Arrives (Continuing Legal Education)
  • June 19, 2017 10:00 am: GBBA and Center For Family Justice Annual Golf Outing (Community Outreach)

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