President’s Message – July/August 2017

Posted on July 11, 2017

By: Stephanie Dellolio, Attorney at Law

Thank you for attending the 137th annual dinner meeting of the GBBA. I am honored to serve as President for the 2017-2018 year and pledge to work diligently as an effective steward of this prestigious organization.

When I asked our distinguished past presidents and officers for some sage advice in preparing this acceptance speech, I received the same guidance that I receive for legal briefs: keep it short! So I will try and comply.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor opined in 1999 “that life as a lawyer is a bit more complex than it was a century ago.” However, certain fundamentals remain the steadfast pillars to the practice of law: the pursuit of justice through counseling clients, written and oral presentation, and tireless advocacy in resolving legal disputes. Today, as it has since 1880, the GBBA continues its dedication to advance these goals.

The GBBA brings value to its members by cultivating comradery and professionalism through its social and charitable events, committee meetings, and informative continuing legal education seminars. Whether you are a seasoned attorney practicing for decades and can remember the days of the Algonquin Club and typing short calendar reclaims on pink carbon paper slips or you are a newly admitted attorney seeking to build your knowledge and reputation, there is no substitute for personal, face-to-face interaction with your fellow, local GBBA members.

In fact, local bar associations are arguably more important than ever given that the next generation of emerging legal technology will undoubtedly lead us to more hours in front of a computer screen. As great as technology is, there is no virtual platform capable of replacing a firm handshake, a pat on the shoulder, and enjoying a good laugh with the company of your colleagues and friends.

Whether your practice involves taxes, torts, trials, or technology, please consider joining or even chairing a committee, attending a nuts and bolts CLE seminar, or conversing with colleagues at a seaside social.

In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, the GBBA supports the local courts through bench-bar relations and supports the local community through charitable events. For example, the time-honored Annual Golf Classic Outing is scheduled for June 19th where the proceeds are donated to the Center for Family Justice, an emergency crisis provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

As the incoming elected President, I would like the members of the GBBA to know that I will do everything in my power to be an effective facilitator.

The first annual dinner of the GBBA was held on August 6, 1880. The 13 original founders sought to unite local attorneys, establish congeniality, and promote the dignity and integrity of the bar and the profession. The founders be-lieved that the best way to effectuate their goal was to meet over a good dinner, noting that “the will relaxed wonderfully under the influence of a good punch.” So please enjoy the evening and have a glass of good punch.

In closing, I would like to share a passage from Albert Einstein which encapsulates my upcoming endeavors at the helm of the GBBA:
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give the same measure as I have received.

Thank you Judges, Members and friends of the GBBA for your continued support, for attending this evening’s festivities, and for continuing the tradition of the founding members. And a special thanks to my firm, Ury & Moskow, LLC, in Fairfield for always encouraging my commitment to the GBBA and the legal profession and for the firm’s commitment to the pursuit of justice.

 

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  • December 18, 2017 9:00 am: Salvation Army Bell Ringing (Community Outreach)

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