President’s Message – May/June 2017

Posted on May 30, 2017

I know that time passes quickly, but it is almost impossible for me to believe that my year as President of the GBBA will be over in just a few short weeks. I must thank the officers, directors, and members of the GBBA for their support during my term as President. I have greatly enjoyed the experience to work with all of the devoted committee chairs and co-chairs who have worked hard to make the past year successful.

With the mandated minimum continuing legal education of 12 credit hours per year now in effect, the GBBA’s committees have and will continue to provide useful and interesting seminars. For example, on April 27th, the GBBA’s Estate Planning/Probate and Elder Law Committee sponsored a 2 credit CLE seminar, Medicaid 101, which was extremely well-attended and very informative. The positive feedback from over 50 attendees noted that the topic, price, and convenience of location were greatly appreciated.

Not only does our membership remain strong in numbers, it has remarkably increased over this past month. My special thanks to Attorney Venoal M. Fountain, Jr. from Hirsch & Levy, LLC, who kicked-off the revitalization of the Young Lawyers Committee of the GBBA with a social held on April 25th. This event brought in several new commit- ments of membership to the GBBA as well as the Young Lawyers Committee.

Thanks to the Honorable Barbara N. Bellis’ invitation, Attorney Kathleen M. Dunn, Chair of the GBBA’s Com- munity Outreach Committee, coordinated a very successful “Student Courthouse Visitation” held on March 27th. Sixteen young students from the High Horizons, Marin, and Blackhem schools began their morning at the Superior Court by participating in an answer and question session held in Judge Bellis’ courtroom. The students moved onto a voir dire examination. They finished the day in the Honorable Robert J. Devlin, Jr.’s criminal courtroom, again with a question and answer session and then observing Judge Devlin adjudicate criminal cases. The GBBA extends a sincere thanks to all for such a wonderful event. Due to the positive feedback from the school representatives and students, it is our hope that the event will be repeated in the near future.

The Annual Law Day ceremony, an event celebrating the role of law in our society, the legal profession, and justice, was held on May 1st at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport. The Law Day Committee selected The Center for Family Justice as this year’s recipient for the prestigious Liberty Bell Award. The Law Day Committee also presented awards to students for exceptional essays as in past years.

All the activities and those of the past years exemplify the GBBA’s commitment to the local community and for the opportunities to participate in these events. I am extremely proud and pleased.

May I remind all members about the Annual Dinner Meeting on May 16th at Tashua Knolls. In my succession, Attorney Stephanie Dellolio of Ury & Moskow, LLC will be elected as President. I wish to thank Stephanie for her incredible help and support to me during the past year.

I hope to see everyone at the Annual Dinner where Nancy Ganassini will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award for her 14 years of dedication and service as the Executive Director of the GBBA. Attorney Daniel D. Portanova will also be honored with a Career Service Award at the dinner. Several members of the bar will be congratu- lated for 50 years of dedication to the profession of law in the State of Connecticut as well.

I will see you all at the Annual Dinner.

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