Get Involved at the Bar
 
It's summertime! While we are all thinking about sunny weather, beach days and barbeques, the Nassau County Bar Association is hard at work. As of July 1st, we have embarked on a new membership year which will be full of exciting opportunities to get involved. Our Bar Association, with all of its different facets, does so many wonderful things - here is just a sampling of what the Bar is working on and how you can get involved.

Right now we are gearing up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Association Foundation's charitable arm, WE CARE. Founded thirty years ago by then-President Stephen Gassman, WE CARE provides a way for attorneys to give back to their local communities. Today, WE CARE brings together the entire Nassau County Bar community, including attorneys, the judiciary, Court employees, local government, and our business partners, to fundraise and engage the community. This past year, WE CARE gave over $300,000 in grants for those in need in Nassau County.

One of WE CARE's most important events is the annual Golf and Tennis Classic, which was founded by Stephen W. Schlissel. The Classic showcases the Foundation's hard work, fundrais- ing efforts and, most importantly, the charitable grants it disburses to children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County. This year's honoree at the Classic is the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti. It should be a wonderful event, so please attend. WE CARE also hosts a wide range of events for children and seniors. To learn more about WE CARE and how you can get involved, contact its current co-chairs, Christopher McGrath and Michael Masri.
 
The Nassau Academy of Law is the educational arm of the Bar Association, and with our "One Bar Association" initiative, starting with the new membership year that began on July 1, all of our live CLE programs are free and included in our dues, which is a true member benefit. The Academy produces cutting-edge and timely programming. Programs are held morning, afternoon, and night, and some will soon be offered on our newly updated website, set to roll out shortly. CLE programs at the Bar are also a great way to network and meet new colleagues.
 
Not only do we have exciting cutting-edge CLE pro- grams, but members should take advantage of what our Bar Association membership offers by getting involved in one (or more) of our many committees. Our members have the opportunity to participate in more than 50 substantive committees which work to engage the challenges and changing needs of the legal profession and the community at large. In fact, in response to membership feedback, we created an In-House Counsel committee. We look to committees to keep practitioners informed as to what is new and timely in the various areas of practice. Recently admitted attorneys draw on the experience of their more established counterparts as lawyers work together on a wide array of projects. Large law firms as well as sole practitioners find value in membership and in committee activities. The Bar is always cognizant of our changing times, and our newly established committees, including LGBTQ, Mental Health, and Diversity & Inclusion Committees are becoming more popular each month.
 
Another great way to get involved is to write an article for the Nassau Lawyer which is our monthly publication. There are eleven issues of the Nassau Lawyer each year. Nine issues focus on specific practice areas, such as Real Estate Law, Criminal Law and Matrimonial Law. Two issues, in April and October, are widely distributed through the New York State Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration, to EVERY attorney registered in Nassau County. Publishing an article in the Nassau Lawyer is a great way to demonstrate your expertise and enhance your practice. Our nearly 5,000 members peruse each issue to see what's new in their area of practice and to find out what's happening at the Bar Association. Advertising in the Nassau Lawyer is also a great way to get your name out there.
 
Apart from our vibrant committees and CLEs, a myriad of programs are offered almost every day of the week at the Bar Association. Stressed? Sign up for a yoga class. Have a few hours to volunteer? Help out at a monthly mortgage foreclosure or senior clinic or men- tor a middle school student. Learn more about and get involved with our Lawyers Assistance Program which helps lawyers in need. Looking for a way to get more involved? Coach a mock trial team or speak at a local library. There is sure to be something for everyone who wishes to lend a helping hand, so go for it!

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