President’s Message March/April 2018

Posted on April 20, 2018

President’s Message – March/April 2018

Greetings and Salutations, Members,

The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association was established by thirteen attorneys in 1880. It’s hard to imagine that the founders could have predicted how strong and diverse an association the GBBA has become 138 years later. The GBBA has evolved to become a positive force professionally and socially not only to its members, but to the local community as well.

While the profession of law often entails contentious battles in the courtroom, the GBBA strives to provide events that foster collegiality. For example, on February 27th, members of the Young Lawyers Committee gathered at Trattoria ‘A Vucchella in Bridgeport for authentic Italian cuisine and comradery. Despite the inclement weather, on March 8th, a wonderful winter social was had at Ralph-n-Rich’s Restaurant in Bridgeport where harried members gave over to the relaxed ambiance, tasty delectables, and, most importantly, welcoming of colleagues. On March 15th, college basketball enthusiasts discussed the rudiments of bracketology during a fun March Madness event at Tiago’s Restaurant, coordinated by Attorney Etan M. Hirsch and GBBA Executive Director Antoinette Manganello.
Expanding its reach into the community, the GBBA sponsored the third round of the Bridgeport Middle School and High School Parliamentary Debate League, held at the Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy in Bridgeport on February 24th. On February 27th, volunteers from the Community Outreach Committee, Chaired by Attorney Kathleen M. Dunn, purchased, prepared, and served lunch to over 200 economically disadvantaged people. For professional development, the GBBA offers many seminars, committee meetings, and happenings throughout the year to enhance your practice and help you meet the minimum continuing legal education requirements. The GBBA is an official accredited service provider for New York and offers a variety of educational seminars conveniently located at the office of the GBBA.

There are many exciting upcoming events, and we invite you to mark your calendars for each of them. On May 1, 2018, the GBBA will host the annual Law Day celebration by awarding the three top essay contest winners with monetary prizes and a special breakfast ceremony at the GBBA offices. To kick off the celebration, the Honorable Barbara N. Bellis will preside over a debate by four students from the Parliamentary Debate League. Please consider attending the Law Day celebration at the bar offices to support the very enthusiastic and committed children. On Monday, June 18, 2018, the GBBA and its golf-outing partner, The Center for Family Justice, Inc., will get into the swing of things at the Annual Golf Classic—order your Big Bertha now!

Finally, the culmination of this year’s events, the Annual Dinner Meeting, will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Tashua Knolls Restaurant in Trumbull. The Annual Dinner Committee is proud to announce that it has selected the well-deserved honorees for 2018, Attorneys Kathleen M. Dunn and James Timothy Shearin. A collection of records of the first 29 banquets (now deemed the Annual Dinner Meeting), published in the Records of the Bridgeport Bar Association 1880—1908, reveals the fundamental purpose for the event’s creation, namely, to promote an opportunity for its members to socialize and to advances the principles of the legal profession. As the founders recognized: “there should be at least one day in the year when lawyers could call a truce and smoke the pipe of peace, in the hope that we would all understand one another better and thereby insure a more friendly and kindly professional spirit.” Happily, the GBBA has expanded to give us so many more opportunities to meet and mingle with one another other than the single day set aside over one hundred years ago. We hope you’ll continue to take part in the Association and in this special tradition.

Upcoming GBBA Events

  • November 15, 2018 12:00 am: Horn of Plenty Food Drive (Community Outreach)
  • November 15, 2018 5:15 pm: Judges' Reception (Socials)
  • November 28, 2018 12:30 pm: Seminar: Recent Changes in Juvenile Delinquency Practice (Continuing Legal Education)
  • December 5, 2018 5:15 pm: GBBA Annual Holiday Party (Socials)
  • December 7, 2018 12:30 pm: Workers' Compensation Updates (Continuing Legal Education)

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