News From the President
Joanne M. Murray, Esq.
Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP
Happy New Year! 2015 promises to be a busy year, starting with the opening of the new Bucks County Justice Center in mid-January. The Justice Center will provide our community with access to justice in a secure, state-of-the-art environment. BCBA has worked hard with County judges and officials to make sure that our members have convenient access to the facility, along with a comfortable lounge where you can relax and/or work during breaks between court appearances. Due to the tireless commitment of BCBA’s Past Presidents, our County’s judicial history will be preserved when judicial portraits are moved to the new Justice Center and displayed along with new portraits of other judges. These portraits will be exhibited throughout January at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.
Our first 2015 event will be the annual Opening of the Assizes cocktail reception. This year, we’ll honor our jurisprudential roots by celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a decidedly British theme. The party will be preceded by a special meeting of the membership to revisit the recent amendments to BCBA’s Bylaws. You will be receiving an official notice of this meeting shortly, and I encourage you to attend.
Our Membership and Member Services Committee, led by Chair Dan Keane, continues to work with BCBA staff to find new ways to provide our members with high quality services and benefits to ensure that our members get the most value for their dues dollars. A key member benefit remains the opportunity to attend high quality CLE programs presented locally. Our CLE schedule is packed with informative programs in key substantive areas, thanks to the efforts of MCLE Committee Chair Sean Corr and his team and all of the BCBA committee, section and division chairs. Many of these programs provide useful tips that are specific to Bucks County practice. If you take all of your required credits through BCBA, the member discount for these CLEs will cover most of your annual dues. We will continue to offer “marathon CLE days” at the end of each compliance period where you can earn six credit hours in one day. The annual Bench-Bar Conference provides another convenient opportunity to obtain CLE credit. This year, we will return to the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Maryland, and the Bench-Bar Conference Committee, under Kyong Growney’s leadership, is committed to making the conference a memorable and valuable experience. Please consider attending.
There are many other reasons to be a member of the Bucks County Bar Association. BCBA membership provides opportunities for professional and practice development through networking events with members, judges and government officials. We offer discounts on useful products and services. Membership comes with a free subscription to the Bucks County Law Reporter, with published judicial opinions and legal notices. Members also receive a free subscription to The Writs, BCBA’s quarterly magazine with a new and improved look. Consider taking advantage of the affordable opportunity to advertise in these publications so that colleagues are aware of your practice areas and firm news.
I look forward to working with our Officers (Vice President/President-Elect Grace Deon, Treasurer Marijo Murphy and Secretary Jessica Pritchard), our Board of Directors, the Chairs of all of the Committees, Sections and Divisions, and BCBA’s staff, under the skilled supervision of Executive Director Deanna Mindler, to make 2015 a year of continued growth and commitment to excellence. I welcome your input and suggestions – feel free to call or email me any time. Thank you for choosing to be a member of the Bucks County Bar Association.