THE DAWN OF A NEW DAY
I am thrilled to finally be able report to you that the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association has approved the signing of a lease for our new home. In a matter of weeks, the QCBA will be moving its offices to 88-14 Sutphin Blvd, a newly constructed building directly across the street from the Supreme courthouse. A big thank you goes to David Adler and our Executive Director, Jonathan Riegel, for securing this space and negotiating the terms of the lease.
This is a big moment for us. We have occupied our current building for over 60 years. It has served us well over that period. I want to assure you that making the decision to leave is not something the Board of Managers did lightly. Nevertheless, as I wrote to you in my last message, it was a decision that needed to be made in order to provide us financial security in the long term.
Now, we can look forward to the next chapter in the history of our Association. We have brand new, even more conveniently and prominently located space, that will hopefully be our base of operations for another 60 years or more. The new space does not offer the large auditorium space that we are used to but given the state of the new world we live in as a result of the pandemic, we also don’t need that space as often as we used to. We will be able to host smaller events of approximately 40 people at our new space. For larger events that will take place only in person, we will find outside locations where we can host these events.
The next step for us in our long-term plan to move forward is to sell our building. We thought we had a buyer but the deal seems to have fallen through at this point. As a result, the Queens County Bar Association Fund, Inc. will be placing our building on the market once again. If you know anyone who may be interested in purchasing it, please have them contact Jonathan Riegel at 718-291-4500.
In addition to the work being done to secure our new space, we have offered many wonderful events, such as the recent Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, brought to you by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee and co-hosted by many of the Queens and neighboring affinity bar associations and local law school Latin American law student associations. Our annual Recent Significant Developments from our Highest Appellate Courts, organized by the Appellate Practice Committee and Academy of Law, was outstanding. A special thank you to Justice Valerie Braithwaite Nelson for her efforts executing the event and to each of the presenters and sponsors.
Over the next few weeks our staff will be busy making preparations for the move but our events will continue without interruption. We have a Landlord & Tenant Update CLE on November 15 and a three-hour CLE on Electronic Filing in Surrogate’s Court on November 17, both of which will be held virtually. Also on November 17 is our Friendsgiving event, presented by our Young Lawyers Committee. The event will be held at One Station Plaza in Bayside and raises money for a great cause, Dancing Dreams. Finally, our annual holiday party will be held on Thursday, December 15 at Jericho Terrace. Please join us for what promises to be a fun evening, co-hosted by nearly all of the Queens County affinity bar associations. Other CLE programs are in the works so please watch your email for details. You can register for all of these events at www.qcba.org/events.
Finally, I reflect on the words of two former presidents.
“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by human beings for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison people because they are different from others.” - President Lyndon B. Johnson
“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” - President Dwight D. Eisenhower
In that spirit, I hope all of you to exercise your right to vote on (or before) Tuesday, November 8. It is your constitutional right and a profound civic responsibility that I encourage all members to fulfill.
--- Adam M. Orlow, Esq.