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December is the half way mark of my presidency and I thought it would be an appropriate time to update you on some new and exciting things happening with the Bar Association.
We have formed a new committee, Women in the Profession. Joan Burke and Jennifer Stonerod are the Co-Chairs and I am very excited about their energy, enthusiasm and great ideas. This committee will be co-hosting a reception with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in late winter/early spring. The Bench Bar luncheon in February is going to focus on women in the profession and we will be hearing from some or our female judges as well as members of the bar. We expect to have several joint events with Camden County’s recently formed committee as well.
Our Podcasts are up and running! We have two podcasts on the website as I write this. Frank Hartman and Joe Pinto can both be heard by signing on to www.burlcobar.org and hitting the button for attorney podcasts. There are instructions for downloading or listening right from the website. It is my hope that by the time you read this there are three podcasts, as we are intending to add one each month.
Our Corporate Networking Partnership is off to a successful start. Beneficial Bank has signed on as a platinum sponsor and GetLegal, Tate and Tate Court Reporting, Brennan Commercial Abstract, GetLegal, Friedman, LLP and Robin’s Nest are all silver sponsors. I hope you will remember our sponsors when using the services that they provide.
We had an outstanding program for Professionalism Day in October which more than one hundred of you attended. (It is amazing how popular free ethics credits are!) Linda Rinaldi put together a tremendous program called: “What to do When the Unthinkable Happens”. The speakers addressed many issues relating to solo and small firm practitioners who may become ill, battle with substance abuse, or pass away. One very concrete thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to have a succession plan in place. Jeff Appell prepared a checklist listing things you should be considering and we enclose that with this issue. Take a few minutes to look at it and, more importantly, act on it.
We have added several features to The Straight Word and I hope you are pleased with the additions. The newest is “Profiles in Judicial Courage” wherein the author will highlight an act(s) of judicial courage which may not have been possible if the current attack on judicial independence is successful. Appropriately, the first article features Judge Haines and was written by Jude Del Preore.
As I am sure most of you heard, Café Gallery has shut its doors. We have had our holiday party there for many years and it has been a highlight of the year. We share in the disappointment and sadness of the owners and employees who worked so hard to keep Café Gallery open. We will miss you. We have rescheduled the Holiday Cheer at Medford Village Country Club. They have developed an outstanding menu for us and I am confident that the charm of the venue, coupled with the terrific food, will ensure that the holiday gathering will remain a highlight of the year.
Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth!