From Richard D. Collins President

President’s Column

Summer is here, and with that begins a brand new membership year at the Nassau County Bar Association. As I reflect on the past year, I am happy to report that the NCBA is thriving. Our membership is increasing at a rapid pace, and we are continuing to provide exclusive member benefits and opportunities designed to help you succeed.

If you are a returning member, we are thrilled to have you back at Domus. If you are a new member, I would like to personally welcome you to the NCBA. We are honored to have you join our professional community of nearly 5,000 attorneys and legal professionals who share the same dedication and passion for the legal field.

As the 117th President of the NCBA, I have stated that one of my main goals for my term is to make the Bar Association stronger than ever through collaborative networking events, the use of modern technology, engaging CLE courses, and exclusive member benefits. An additional goal of mine is to continue to grow our social media platforms. Please like us on Facebook (Nassau County Bar Association) and follow us on Instagram at nassaucountybar_association. There you will find event photos, CLE updates, dining room menu options and more. We would love to have you join us.

As we commence this new Bar year together, with the support of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, NCBA staff and you, our valued members, I am excited to reach those goals and to share with you some of the benefits, events and opportunities that there are to look forward to in the months ahead.

The NCBA staff is dedicated to providing you with the opportunities and tools to grow and succeed within the legal profession. We encourage you to take advantage of those benefits. Enjoy lunch at Domus in our beautiful dining room with your colleagues or clients, join a committee, attend a free CLE program, network with other members at one of our many annual events, showcase your expertise and write an article for the Nassau Lawyer, volunteer your time and skills at an open house or mortgage foreclosure clinic. The opportunities are endless.

Among all of the benefits that the NCBA offers, the one that I believe is the most valuable is the volunteer opportunities that are available to members. As attorneys, we dedicate our lives to helping others. We strive to change lives. What better way to catalyze positive change in our community than to take advantage of one of the many volunteer opportunities that the NCBA has to offer?

If you didn’t already know, as a member of the NCBA, there are multiple ways to get involved in the community. Have some free time available? Donate that time to volunteer at one of the numerous mortgage foreclosure clinics that the NCBA hosts each year, or at an open house clinic where residents can receive free legal advice on any legal issue they may be experiencing. Looking to make a difference in the lives of children or teens? You can volunteer to mentor a middle school student in need of guidance through our Student Mentorship Program, or coach or judge a high school mock trial tournament with students who are eager to learn more about the legal system.

In addition to countless volunteer opportunities, the NCBA has many events planned this year that all members should take advantage of. Our annual member appreciation “BBQ at the Bar” will take place on Thursday, September 5, 2019, on the front lawn at Domus. Returning members can gather to socialize, enjoy some delicious BBQ fare, meet with colleagues and create new friendships. Also, many prospective members and non-member law students will stop by to see what the NCBA is all about — be sure to extend a hearty welcome to them and encourage them to join our ranks (law student membership is free!).

WE CARE will also be hosting some exciting events this fall, including the Tunnel 2 Tower 5K Run/Walk, Las Vegas Night, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk. Please stay tuned for additional information and event dates.

I foresee a successful and productive 2019-20 Bar year ahead. I look forward to seeing you at Domus, and encourage you to get involved and take full advantage of the exclusive benefits that come with being a member of the NCBA.