Dear Member of the Queens County Bar Association,
I am extremely honored to address you as the President of this tremendous association.
At the outset, I must thank Gregory J. Brown for his leadership this past year. Greg worked tirelessly throughout the year attending to all of the needs and issues that arose for an Association as large as ours. I will endeavor to build upon the projects and initiatives set by Greg and our other distinguished past Presidents to ensure that the Queens County Bar Association continues to serve its members, the legal community and the justice system.
The strength of our Association, of our entire county, is our uniquely diverse membership. We are not a homogenous population doing the same things year after year. We are an ever growing community of lawyers from all over the globe. Our diversity is our strength. We must continue to reach out to the young and newly admitted attorneys who come from different backgrounds and who bring with them different and new ideas.
We want our newly admitted attorneys to grow professionally. We need them to get active in the Bar association and to take advantage of all that we offer. One of my goals as President is for the association to ‘get younger’. We already have processes in place to reach out to the law students and the young lawyers. We have networking events and other activities allowing them to meet more seasoned attorneys. The mentoring program is just one example of what is already in place. I urge the young lawyers to get involved and to take advantage of these opportunities. I also strongly urge the older attorneys to volunteer to attend these programs and to mentor the next generation of Queens lawyers. I plan to add more young attorneys as co-chairs to the various committees to insure that we pass the torch to them when they are ready so that our association continues to thrive.
It is my desire to introduce more social functions to the bar association to meet the needs of both younger and older attorneys. We provide many opportunities for members to meet including CLE programs, professional sporting games and other social events allowing the bench and bar to mingle after hours. I also plan to upgrade our social networking capabilities to reach out to our membership via Facebook, Linked-In and Twitter. Most attorneys now use these social media tools frequently to network and get information.
Finally, I plan to have members participate more in programs that seek social justice. I invite all members to meet with me and the various committees to see how we, as professionals, can assist those in need of our services. I look forward to hearing from you. Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful year for the QCBA!
Gregory J. Newman