President's Message

Presidents Message

Published in RCBA Fall 2018 Journal

Dear Members,

I hope that you all enjoyed a restful summer and were able to spend time with family and friends. Our Bar Association office has been very busy planning the upcoming year. I am happy to report that we have a new Executive Assistant, Charlene Marchese, and I ask that each of you take a moment to stop in to the office to introduce yourself. Many thanks to Charlene for her hard work and for keeping us organized. I also have to thank the Board, our Committee chairs and our members for all of their efforts and input.

I have had the pleasure of meeting with our Administrative Judges from the Appellate Division of the Second Department, Supreme Court and Civil Court to insure that the needs of our members are addressed to assist us, not only as attorneys, but also as advocates for our clients. I have also had the opp o r t u n i t y t o meet with the President of the New York State Bar Association, along with other County Bar Association Presidents, and was able to express our concerns and ideas.

It was very reassuring to be advised that these doors are always open and we are encouraged to bring forward ideas and/ or concerns at any of these levels. We all know and appreciate that Judge Green supports our Association and is always open to addressing any concerns that we have. My thanks to Judge Green for taking the time to invite me to meet with him on several occasions. I also had the opportunity to have lunch with Justice Anthony Cannataro, the Administrative Judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York, who commended our Civil Court and encouraged me to remain in contact with him. Justice Alan D. Scheinkman was very happy to be an attendee at our Annual Banquet and he advised that he would attend again next year. He also confirmed that the Appellate Division will once again sit in Richmond County, the dates are yet to be determined.

I have had the opportunity to be in contact with many of our committee chairs and wish to express my thanks to them for all of the hard work that they do. Please keep in mind that most of their work is behind the scenes, however our Association could not exist without their dedication We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated group of volunteers, who spend so much time ensuring that our association can provide benefits, not only to our members, but also to our community at large.

At each of our Board of Directors Meetings, we continue to receive new applications for m e m b e r s h i p from both seasoned attorneys and new attorneys. We have also an increase in the diversity of practice areas in our membership. This increase in membership is essential, so please be sure to encourage any attorney who is not a member to join. Applications are available on our website.

We were privileged to have the New York State Bar host a Lawyer Wellness and Diversity CLE in June which was well attended. The first speaker discussed the importance of balancing the stresses of personal life with the stresses of work. Failure to do so may have a negative impact upon us. I am happy to mention our newly formed Health and Wellness Committee being chaired by Karen Soren, Esq. The focus of this Committee is to enable our members to always consider ourselves and their own well-being, so that we can put our best self forward to enable us to represent our clients to the best of our ability. We will be providing a Tai Chi class at the Tibetan Museum on October 16, 2018. The evening will be a great way to relax! We hope to have a great turn out and we are planning on additional events throughout the year. Details will be emailed soon, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Our Technology Committee has updated our webpage and I encourage all of you to take a look at the great work they have done. We are in the process of adding an electronic payment feature to the website to allow members to respond and pay for dues and various events. This feature is still under construction and we will keep you posted.

Our destination CLE this year will be held in Nashville, we are looking at this taking place during the Martin Luther King weekend in January, 2019 and details shall follow. If any one has ideas for this CLE regarding seminar topics, restaurants, places of interest, please contact me or our President-Elect, Jay Duskin, Esq. We are also open to hear your suggestions about any other CLE topics for the remainder of the year.

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event, if you have yet to respond, please do so as soon as practical. Also, please feel free to spread the word about our events to any non-members as well. Be sure to mark your calendar for all the events listed. Additionally, we will have our Night of Nostalgia on November 15th. I encourage each and every one of you to support our organization in any way that you can. 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