News From the President
Joanne M. Murray, Esq.
Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP
It’s been a busy year so far for the Bucks County Bar Association, with more great things on the horizon. The year began with a once-in-a-lifetime event: the exhibition of 45 portraits of past and present Bucks County judges at the James A. Michener Art Museum. A Judicial Legacy: Portraits from the Bucks County Court was the culmination of many months of hard work by our Past Presidents, led by Larry Grim, Frank Gallagher, Adrian Meyer and Judge Hart Rufe with the assistance of Past Presidents Jeff Trauger, Brian McGuffin and Barbara Kirk. The project was also supported by the Bucks County Bar Foundation, under Maureen Carlton’s leadership. As usual, Executive Director Deanna Mindler and her staff are to be commended for their exceptional efforts. The portraits will be displayed in the new Bucks County Justice Center.
The new Justice Center opened in mid-January with an inspirational dedication ceremony, followed by an opportunity for members and the community to tour the new facility. The Justice Center will provide our community with access to justice in a secure, state-of-the-art environment for many years to come. 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.
In February, BCBA members celebrated the annual Opening of the Assizes with a British-themed cocktail reception. The theme was a nod to our jurisprudential roots, particularly in light of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. While the turnout for this event was impressive, we unfortunately did not have a sufficient number of members attend to vote on proposed amendments to our Bylaws, which will be presented at a later date.
Our Young Lawyers’ Division hosted the annual Bucks County high school Mock Trial competition. Once again, I had the pleasure of serving as a juror and as usual was impressed with the dedication and talent of the students and their coaches. Many thanks to all of our members who logged many hours coordinating and volunteering for this time-consuming but rewarding event.
Our various committees, sections and divisions are hard at work planning programs and events for our members, as well as diligently working behind the scenes on policies, procedures, and an updated strategic plan. Our CLE schedule is packed with informative programs in key substantive areas. We continue to look for new member benefits and services to maximize the value of your membership. We are excited to announce that our annual Bench-Bar Conference will be returning to the beautiful Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on Maryland’s Eastern Shore from October 1-3.
Save the date for our third annual Dinner and a Movie event on Thursday, May 14th. We’ll be seeing A Few Good Men. Stay tuned for the opportunity to win free tickets.
I encourage you to check out BCBA’s newly revamped website – www.bucksbar.org. Make sure you complete your profile so your information is up to date, including your committee, section and division selections. Deanna and her staff are available to help you with this process, although the website is very user-friendly and it truly takes just a few minutes to update your information. The website allows you to register for events and CLE's online and update your calendar automatically. The website offers many other features that we are looking forward to using to simplify and streamline member communications.
As always, 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.