Wednesday, May 6, 2020
I would like to begin this President’s message with an essential business message on behalf of the GBBA.
The Annual Meeting of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association to elect Officers and Directors shall be conducted on May 15, 2020. The meeting will be conducted via remote voting. On or about May 5, 2020, the Bar Association will be sending out an electronic ballot to all members in good standing pursuant to the By-Laws of the Association. The ballot must be returned via email or fax on or before May 15, 2020 at which time the ballots will be counted and the officers and directors for the 2020-2021 term shall be elected.
It is essential that all members return the ballots on or before May 15, 2020. In the event that you have not paid your dues for 2020, you can pay on-line at the GBBA website in advance or simultaneous with the return of your ballot in order to qualify as a member in good standing.
As important as the business aspect of the message, I do hope that this President’s message finds you all staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
Ironically, the week of May 4 -8 is National Lawyer Well-Being Week. The aim of Well-Being Week is to raise awareness and encourage action across the profession to improve the well-being for lawyers and their support teams. Now, more than ever, awareness, identification and assistance regarding issues effecting the well-being of lawyers is essential to our profession. The GBBA is fortunate to have an active Concern for the Profession Standing Committee co-chaired by Steve Levy and Sheryl Shaughnessey. Should any of our members need confidential assistance, please reach out to us. We are here to support our membership, especially in these challenging times.
Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we were unable to host our annual Law Day celebration. However, the GBBA will be one of many local Bar Associations that will be participating in a Virtual Law Day lunch and learn program/ webinar planned for Friday, May 8, 2020, from 12 pm to 1 pm. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will be weaving the Law Day theme of the 19th Amendment centennial and suffrage historically into a discussion about voting challenges today. The CBA will be providing additional information concerning the webinar.
We all continue to adapt to the strange times before us both in our professional and personal lives. As a local Bar Association, the importance of unity and support for each other continues to resonate with me. As there continues to be less opportunity for face to face contact and limitations on group meetings for educational seminars and bar sponsored social functions, I urge each of you to take the time to reach out to a fellow Bar Association member to demonstrate unity and support during these changing times.
Matthew C. Reale, President
Greater Bridgeport Bar Association