President’s Message November/December 2016

Posted on November 4, 2016

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 27, 2018 1:00 pm: Young Lawyers Sidebar Luncheon (Socials)
  • May 1, 2018 8:00 am: Law Day (Community Outreach)

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