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Message From the President

 

    

Grace Deon
President BCBA

In just one month my daughter, Aubrey, will have completed her freshman year of college (Ray Bucknell to alums Larry Scheetz and John Trainer and Bison parents Maureen and Chris Serpico). Until this moment I had no idea how much I would miss cheering at field hockey and lacrosse games (even in rain and frigid temperatures), hosting pasta parties for the team members the night before away games, attending student executive board fundraisers and the list goes on.  

 

Each year I would anxiously await receipt of the lacrosse playoff schedule because inevitably there would be a game slated for the same day as Aubrey's piano recital. Somehow we would manage to whisk her off of the field and deliver her to the James-Lorah House just in time for her performance. In the audience I would join fellow BCBA members (Michele and Mike Frisbie, Kim Litzke, Jeff Williams and Susan Smith), as we eagerly awaited the performance of the songs our devoted pianists practiced for months up until the big moment.

 

Over the past year, I have viewed the many posts on social media by friends, family and colleagues sharing their treasured moments.  I particularly enjoy viewing posts by our BCBA members who are active outside of the court room enjoying the activities of their children and grandchildren, as well as devoting countless hours to community and nonprofit endeavors.

 

Take for instance my law partner, Kim Litzke, who has for many years coached her daughters’ soccer teams. In addition, she, along with John Shaffer and Tara Brouda, coached her daughter, Alexis, and fellow members of the Central Bucks South Varsity Mock Trial Team.  The team catapulted all the way to the state finals, an honor bestowed upon only 14 of the 317 teams that compete throughout the Commonwealth. This bright group of future lawyers also managed to capture first place in the song parody competition held at the reception. Well done! This is just one example of how our BCBA members balance their busy professional and personal lives while giving back to our community. Many thanks also to Breandan Nemac and Emma Kline for organizing yet another successful mock trial competition. 

 

For those of you who – in addition to practicing law – work with our youth, serve on a municipal or nonprofit board or committee, your time and efforts are meaningful and essential.  The BCBA wants to hear about your activities in the community so that we can highlight and acknowledge the efforts of our members. So please take the time, if you have not already done so, to let me know about your participation in such worthy causes.

 

In addition to the many CLEs and meetings of our divisions, sections and committees, please note the following happenings at the BCBA in the upcoming months:

  • Visit by the Commonwealth Court Bench to Doylestown where a select appellate panel will sit at the Justice Center on May 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by an Appellate Law-based CLE presentation at the BCBA Building from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Federal Courts Reception – June 8, 2016
  • BCBA Annual Senior vs. Young Lawyers Softball game – June 16, 2016
  • Bucks County Bar Foundation Golf Outing at Jericho National – June 27, 2016
  • Formal dedication at the BCBA building of the refurbished fountain that was originally erected in the early 1870’s in the east yard of the 1812 Courthouse (summer date, yet to be determined)
  • The Bench Bar Committee, co-chaired by Sean Gresh and Dan Keane, is hard at work planning a great conference for our members which will be held at Crystal Springs on September 23-25, 2016.  Entertainment on Friday evening will feature a special group of local jurists. 

Should you have any questions about BCBA activities or have any new ideas that would benefit our members, I invite you to contact me. 

 

I wish you and your families a restful and safe summer.

 

 

 

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