Member Spotlight: Frederic S. Ury

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Frederic S. Ury

Frederic S. Ury, past president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) from 2011-2012 received the 2019 NCBP Fellows Award during the American Bar Association’s 2019 Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, NV for showing dedication to the NCBP mission, and continuing commitment to bar leaders nationwide. Attorney Ury is also a past president of the Connecticut Bar Association, having served during the 2004-2005 bar year.

The NCBP was founded in 1950 to provide information and training to state and local bar association leaders. Its primary mission is to provide high-quality programming to current bar leaders at two meetings held each year contemporaneously with the annual and midyear meetings of the American Bar Association. At these meetings, former bar presidents and other resource persons provide presentations and workshops focused on topics and issues such as membership expansion, continuing education, access to justice, provision of legal services, community outreach and education, diversity, and finance.

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Young Lawyers Section Collects over 30,000 Meals This Holiday Season

donations photoThe Young Lawyers Section’s Horn of Plenty Food Drive collected over 30,000 meals for Connecticut residents struggling with hunger this fall. Food drive participants’ monetary donations were matched two to one by Feeding America’s Give a Meal with Bank of America program. The YLS also collected food items for Connecticut Foodbank and Foodshare at law firms across the state.

The Horn of Plenty Food Drive was organized by YLS Public Service Co-directors Joanna M. Kornafel and Linda A. Bulkovitch. Cindy M. Cieslak, Sara J. Dickson, Jonathan E. Friedler, Ron J. Houde, Jr., Meredith F. McBride, and Molly C. Sanford assisted with the food collection.

“This year’s Horn of Plenty was a huge success because of the team of volunteers that helped collect food and monetary donations as well as the greater Connecticut bar community that supported our efforts,” shared YLS Public Service Co-directors Linda A. Bulkovitch and Joanna M. Kornafel. “Together we all made a difference in fighting hunger in our home state. Thank you to everyone. We know that we really made a positive difference.”

Monetary donations were made by Attorneys Austin Berescik-Johns, Patricia M. Carreiro, David A, McGrath, and Diane W. Whitney, as well as Green & Sklarz LLC, Polinsky Law Group, and Rose Kallor LLP.

Firm Spotlight: Halloran Sage

Halloran Sage donated $1,000 in toys for the 13th annual Tons of Toys celebration hosted by the Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE). All efforts combined resulted in a collection of over 1,700 toys, which were delivered to the East Hartford YMCA. The event was attended by over 225 young professionals.

Every holiday season, HYPE comes together to collect toys for a local children’s organization. In the past few years HYPE members have donated over 10,000 toys to support The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. This cocktail reception features live music, great food, Santa, and more.

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Nominating Committee Looks to Fill Officer Positions

CBA logo CMYKDo you want to make a difference in the legal profession?

Serving as a leader of the Connecticut Bar Association can be a highly rewarding experience. We are currently looking to fill the positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer, and assistant secretary-treasurer for the 2019-2020 bar year.

Proposed names should be e-mailed to the Nominating Committee Chair Karen DeMeola, at kdemeola@ctbar.org or sent in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to the Connecticut Bar Association, 30 Bank St, New Britain, CT 06051 by December 31, 2018.

Presidential Fellows Begin New Term

The Connecticut Bar Association launched the Presidential Fellowship Program in 2015 to encourage the active involvement of young lawyers in the activities of CBA sections and to increase section membership diversity. The program provides the Fellows with the opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of CBA sections, to help them develop into future leaders, and serves to promote sections to other members of the YLS and the bar.

Each Fellow serves a two year term and is affiliated with a senior bar section and selects a project intended to increase engagement in that section. Throughout the bar year, they will receive training and support for their work with their respective sections.

The new Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2018-2020 term include: Clair Howard, Labor and Employment Law Section; Kyle J. LaBuff, Solo and Small Firm Section; Patricia Nachilima, Litigation Section; Abena A. Sarpong, Health Law Section; Jennifer L. Shukla, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; and Thomas H. Wilkeson, Tax Section.

The Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2017-2019 term include: Daniel R. Cooper, Intellectual Property Section; and Suphi A. Philip, Family Law Section.

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(L to R) Suphi A. Philip, Kyle J. LaBuff, Patricia Nachilima, Abena A. Sarpong, Daniel R. Cooper, Jennifer L. Shukla, and Thomas H. Wilkeson.

Member Spotlight: Stand Down Volunteers

On September 21, the Connecticut Bar Association was honored once again to join over 100 agencies and social service organizations helping more than 1,000 Connecticut veterans at Stand Down 2018 at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. CBA volunteer attorneys provided assistance, as well as direction on where to go for ongoing services.

CBA volunteer attorneys included Lawrence Andrea, Richard D. Arconti, Stefany Buckley, Linda Bulkovich, Carrie M. Coulombe, Major Michael Criscuolo, Captain Vergil T. Decker, Jason M. Fragoso, Monte E. Frank, Major Donnial Hinds, Carmina Hirsch, Barbara Housen, Jonathan Klein, Frank A. Manfredi, Geoffrey Naab, Meghan Smith, and Winona Zimberlin.

Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. It provided battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

 

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