Greater New Britain Bar Association
The Greater New Britain Bar Association is a fraternal organization of judges, lawyers and support staff that practice in or around the New Britain Judicial District. Our purpose is to share ideas and support with those of us that have chosen the law as a profession and to benefit the community that surrounds our courthouse.
Your support goes a long way to help others
The Prudence Crandall Center, located in New Britain, is the oldest domestic violence program in Connecticut and the second oldest in the nation. It offers comprehensive services such as counseling, housing, education, and transitional services and support to women, men, and children who are victims of domestic violence. It is the only domestic violence program serving Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Kensington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Terryville. For more info: www.prudencecrandall.org
Jill Levin (GNBBA Secretary), Barbara Damon (Prudence Crandall Center Exec. Director), Michael F. Romano (GNBBA President), Arlene Greco (Prudence Crandall Center Dir. of Services), Melissa Silvanic (GNBBA Vice-President) (Shown above during check presenting ceremony from left to right)
Hoops for Homeless
This photo is from a presentation by the Greater New Britain Bar Association on February 28, 2013, to Hoops for Homeless of New Britain which addresses homelessness of children and families in the city. The check was presented to Attorney Paul Zagorsky, Co-Chairman, and is from money raised by the GNBBA during 2012.
Front: Liz Urcinas, Assistant Recreation Director at CCSU; Dr. Jacob Werblow, co-chair; Melissa Silvanic (GNBBA Vice-President); Jill Levin (GNBBA Secretary); Michael F. Romano (GNBBA President); Pauline Galezowski, Vista (Americorp) Volunteer, CCSU
Back: Stephen Cashman (GNBBA Past President); Attorney Paul Zagorsky, co-chair.
Present not shown: Gerry Amodio (Dir. Downtown District) & Kathy Cooley (Friendship Center)
2013 - Message from Michael F. Romano, President
I want to wish everyone involved with the Greater New Britain Bar Association a Happy & Healthy 2013.
I also want to thank past-president Steve Cashman for his leadership and commitment to the bar and to thank past-secretary Claudia Barbieri for all her efforts throughout the year.
Both Steve & Claudia have promised they will continue to be active members and involved in all our events.
One of my favorite people, the late great NC State Coach Jim Valvano, gave us a prescription for a good life in his famous ESPY speech a few months before he died - he said every day we need to laugh, to think and to feel.
We are a fraternal organization. Our purpose is to support one another in our professional commitment to the business of law. We are not sending lobbyists to Washington; we are not conducting programming to find a cure for any disease. We are here to appreciate each other as adversaries, as contemporaries, as colleagues and as those who work side by side in a profession we care about.
I hope that 2013 and the activities of the Greater New Britain Bar Association will give us all a chance to laugh, a chance to think and a chance to feel. If so, I will be happy with our progress.
On a personal note, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all the kindness and support I received in the recent tragic loss of my dear son, Jay. We are trying to find our way in a world without him. Without the many of you who have reached out to us in the last couple of weeks with comfort, it would not be possible. I will never forget your compassion and thoughtfulness.
Have a safe and Happy New Year!
Michael F. Romano, President
Events & Activities
Monthly Association Meeting (1st Thurs.)
location: 7/11/13 Whinstone Tavern (Stanley GC) 5:30p
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Bar members commemorative photo array - to be hung in Courthouse lobby
Photographer Carl Vernlund will be in the library 6/10 & 6/24 from 1-3pm to take portraits ($50 for new pic, $25 to use previous one) - email firstname.lastname@example.org to book / bring check to "GNBBA"
Bench/Bar Brown Bag Lunch Series (Last Wed.)
Annual Aronson Cup Golf Tournament - 9-19-13
Friendship Center Volunteers
2013 Membership dues - due March 1
Contact Michael F. Romano, Esq. for Membership info - email@example.com