New Haven County Bar Association in the Community
The Public Service Committee held their 1st Annual "Politics Matters" event on September 16, 2010 at Quinnipiac University School of Law. The event had a panel of distinguished guests from across the political spectrum. Panelists included Mayor Scott Jackson of Hamden, Curt Leng , the Chief Administrative Officer for Mayor Jackson’s administration, former Mayor Matt Hall of Cheshire, Alex Johnston, CEO of the education reform advocacy group ConnCAN; State Representative Rosa Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), and Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR’s The Colin McEnroe Show. These guests shared their political stories and experiences with the audience and engaged in a question and answer session about the political process and various general political issues. The Public Service Committee partnered with Quinnipiac University School of Law, Teach for America and Geomatrix Productions to put this event together.
The next "Politics Matters" event is scheduled for April 24, 2012. Please click here for more details.
Yale Sappern Civility Award
The award recognizes a New Haven area lawyer judge or court staff person who strives for excellence, encourages new attorneys, is candid and honest towards the Court and to colleagues, is courteous to clients attorneys court and staff, and helps colleagues without drawing attention to self.The award honors the memory of Yale Sappern, Administrative Supervisor of the New Haven Family Division from 1966-1997.
Involvement with LEAP
New Haven County Bar members continue to willingly participate in events which are organized by the organization LEAP (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership) for the local youth. The LEAP program enriches the lives of many New Haven area youth and sets them on track to become leaders and excel among their peers and in their communities.
Recently, LEAP hosted a reading event on the New Haven Green for children in their camp program. The children started the morning with arts and crafts which were obtained through a donation from the NHCBA as well. After the crafts came the reading. The NHCBA volunteers were able to read and work with a group of young children for about 45 minutes where they had the chance to interact and discuss the books that were being read. There were multiple NHCBA members who volunteered to participate and all were eager and enthusiastic.
Other LEAP events that the NHCBA participates in include: book donations, ice skating with LEAP youth, resume workshop, a career fair and providing tips on interviewing skills.
NHCBA Attorneys Provide Free Consulting in Local Communities
Members of the New Haven County Bar Association provide free legal information to members of the community through Ask-A-Lawyer sessions held at local libraries. An individual can get a free consultation with an attorney from the New Haven County Bar Association at local libraries around the New Haven Area. The program is called Ask-A-Lawyer and its purpose is to provide members of the community with general legal information. During these sessions, an attorney meets with the participant and provides a free 10-15 minute consultation. If the individual requires additional assistance, they are referred to the New Haven County Bar Associations Lawyer Referral Service (“LRS”) for a feral to a LRS attorney or a social service agency. Locations include: New Haven, Branford, Northford, North Branford, and East Haven.
The Diaper Bank
The New Haven County Bar Association sponsored a diaper drive to benefit The Diaper Bank, a non-profit organization that provides free diapers to low-income families in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford. NHCBA member firms last year collected more than 53,000 diapers or the cash equivalent and donated them to The Diaper Bank. The Diaper Bank has since 2004 distributed more than 5 million free diapers to families in need. The bank distributes more than 200,000 diapers a month to 60-pplus agencies in Greater New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.
The NHCBA began helping the Diaper Bank in 2007 after attorney Steve Rosenberg read about the organization on the Internet.