President's Message

Presidents Message

Published in the winter 2019 journal

Dear Members,

I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season! My Best Wishes to all of you and your families for a Happy and Peaceful 2019. As we begin the new year, it is important that we reflect on making a positive impact in both our personal and professional lives going forward into this new year. Once again our Holiday party was a success. Many thanks to Allyn Crawford for once again chairing the event. We had a record breaking attendance of close to 300 people.


My thanks to our technology committee for updating the website and for their hard work to allow us to make online payments. Please take some time to visit the site and see what is new. We have all received our notices for our 2019 Dues payments. Please remember that part of the updated website now allows you to pay your dues online via PayPal.


I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner with our Committee Chairs where we discussed ideas to encourage members to be active and to attract new members. I would ask for each of you to reach out to the Committee Chairs if you are interested in a particular practice area. Please feel free to reach out to Charlene at the Bar Association Office to ask her for the list of Committee Chairs and feel free to contact them.


I would like to thank Kathleen Garrigan, the Chair of our Family Law Committee, who arranged for the Bar Association to provide gifts to adopted children in Family Court on Adoption Day that was held in November. Each child received autographed copies of books written by Family Court Officer Michael Sherman, aka “Magic Mike.” These gifts were well received by the families and the Court and we received a personal letter of thanks from Judge Helene Sacco. I feel it is very important for our Bar Association to reach out to the community and I am very happy that we were able to do so with this kind gesture that would not have been possible without Kathleen Garrigan’s hard work. If anyone has any similar ideas which would allow the RCBA to help the community, please let me know.


Our destination CLE was held in Nashville with a great attendance and a great time was had by all. Many thanks to the chair, our President-Elect Jay Duskin and special thank you to Amy Zavatto, the wife of our past president Dan Marrota, who always takes time to help us out! Our CLE topics were domestic violence, appellate practice, ethics and diversity. Thank you to our CLE speakers: Judge Catherine DiDomenico, Arnold DiJoseph and Judge Karen Wolff. Participants stayed at the 21C Museum Hotel, enjoyed a dinner at Gray and Dudley and also enjoyed a wine tasting at City Winery. My thanks to all of the members who participated and we look forward to continuing our tradition next year. Please keep an eye out for upcoming CLEs. We will be hosting a CLE in conjunction with the Supreme Court Clerk regarding consensual e-filing in matrimonial cases and a CLE hosted by the Volunteer Lawyer Program. I hope that all of you will attend, as these events will be very informative. Please keep in mind that by volunteering your time to the Volunteer Lawyer Project you receive CLE credits. If you have any questions and would like to volunteer your time, please feel free to reach out to our Director, Jesse Eisenberg. Many thanks to Jesse for all of his hard work to continue to run this program. Any additional CLE topics and ideas are always welcomed, so please reach out to myself or our CLE co-chairs, Tim O’Donovan or Teresa Nuccio.


Unfortunately, due to an early snowstorm, our Night of Nostalgia was cancelled and we hope to reschedule some time in the spring. We will keep you advised as to the new date. For the first time, we will be showcasing the musical talents of our members, at a Drop the Mic Night. The date will be announced shortly. If you would be interested in performing, please contact Shelia McGinn, Jesse Eisenberg or Dan Marrota. We encourage all of you to attend and bring your family members.


I know that it is early in the year, but our annual banquet has already been scheduled to take place at the Hilton on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, where our next President, Jay Duskin, will be sworn in. Please mark your calendars.


My time as President is more than half way completed and it is incredible how quickly the time has flown by. I thank all of you for your continued support and participation and request that you continue to be an active member of our Association. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with any ideas, questions or concerns.

Respectfully Submitted,

Toni Ann Barone, Esq.

President, RCBA