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Fall 2017 - President Crawford's Message.

posted Sep 21, 2017, 5:41 AM by Pete Weinman

September 18, 2017

Dear Colleagues:         

I write this message as Fall rapidly approaches.  As Fall is often a time of change, so have there been many recent changes affecting our Association and the practice of law in Richmond County.

First, we welcome our new executive administrator, Suzanne Vidal.  Suzanne has been a great asset to both myself and the Board and has assisted us in all aspects of our operation.  We look forward to working with her well into the future.  You will learn more about Suzanne in her profile herein.

Further, as of August 1st we relocated our office from 152 Stuyvesant Place to 25 Hyatt Street on the 2nd floor.  Please feel free to stop by and visit the office while you are in St. George.  We hope to make the conference room in our new office available to our members for meetings, depositions, etc. in the near future for a nominal fee.

Another change is that our annual CLE event, which had been held in Last Vegas, will as hoped travel this year to New Orleans.  The dates have been set for January 12 – 14, 2018.  Special thanks to Kathleen Garrigan and Chris Caputo for their efforts in setting this up.  Look out for the details which will be distributed shortly.

Finally, there have obviously been some changes in the operation of our Courthouse and the administration thereof.  On behalf of the Association, we are committed to taking whatever steps we can to insure that the best interests of our members and the public are kept in consideration during this time of change.

In that regard, we are greatly disturbed by the report of surreptitious recording of conversations having been being made in the Courthouse.  As attorneys, we understand that without the ability to speak freely we would be unable to advocate for our clients.  The Courthouse should be a place where attorneys, court staff and the Judiciary are able to frankly discuss what may be sensitive matters without the fear of having conversations repeated, perhaps out of context.

We are unaware if this behavior was sanctioned in any way by the applicable governing bodies and hope that is not the case.  We believe it sets a dangerous precedent going forward and will affect the ability of the Court and counsel to respectively perform their roles and work towards their common goal, which is fairness and justice for the citizens of Richmond County.

As lawyers working in this County, we have much to be proud of.  We believe our bench and bar are the finest in this State.  We should all be reminded that while practicing here, we not only represent our clients or fulfill important jobs within the Court and/or legal system, but also that we represent our profession, our Bar Association, and this County.  Stay proud

 Very truly yours,

 

Allyn J. Crawford, President

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