News From the President
Welcome to 2014, which, so far, has proved to be truly
challenging with the weather. Hopefully,
spring will be here shortly and we can enjoy snow-free warm weather.
In the meantime, the Bar Association has been very busy and
working on various different projects to help the membership. In the beginning of January, the Board of
Directors held a strategic planning retreat to develop a flexible and workable
strategic plan for the Association. Many
of you responded to the survey that was circulated by the Board’s strategic
planning coordinator, Jennifer Lewin, from the American Bar Association. Your responses have been heard and received
by the Board. As a result, the Board is
in the process of reviewing the final draft of a three year strategic plan to
address the membership’s concerns about various issues, including retention and
active participation of our "seasoned” members, more active involvement with
our young lawyers, more creative ways to increase membership, various benefits
to our members which will include involvement in the general business
community, as well as more interesting social events. I hope that the Board will approve the final
strategic plan within the next few months.
In addition, our Membership Services Committee, under the
command of our chair, Sean Gresh, has been diligently working on improving our
existing benefits for our members with the new courthouse, which, hopefully
will open by the end of this calendar year.
The various benefits being actively explored include Wi-Fi access in the
courtrooms, and easier access to the courthouse buildings for our lawyers. With the assistance of our President Judge,
Jeffrey Finley, we hope to finalize these plans and benefits shortly. To assist our membership in achieving
continual access to our judges, Tim Duffy is heading the Bench/Bar Relations
Committee, which I have reinstituted, to be our liaison between the bench and
the Association. If you have suggestions
or concerns about our bench/bar relations, feel free to drop me or Tim a message.
The Bench/Bar Conference committee members and our Chair,
Robert Repko, are actively planning a spectacular conference in Seaview,
Galloway, New Jersey, with a variety of CLE classes in addition to several
fun-filled social events. Look for more
details later in the year.
All our committees continue to work on various events, such
as Pro Bono Committee’s Race Judicata, and all of the committees, sections and
divisions continue to plan aggressive programs throughout the year.
Lastly, our first social event will be Opening of Assizes
which is scheduled for February 26th with a free CLE presentation
before the Opening. Our theme this year
will be "the tropical islands” to help all of us deal with the snow and frigid
temperatures. I hope all of you attend
and mingle with our members and staff.
I welcome any suggestions or comments from our membership,
and look forward to seeing all of you at the Opening of Assizes. In the meantime, stay warm!