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Secretary of the State Honors CBA with National Award

Thursday, February 04, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Connecticut Bar Association
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From left to right: CBA President-elect, Monte E. Frank, Secretary of State, Denise W. Merrill, CBA President, WIlliam H. Clendenen Jr., and CBA Vice Preisdent Karen DeMeola

Secretary of State Denise W. Merrill presented the CBA with the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award (NASS). The Award was given for the groundbreaking work on elections monitoring and civics education. The NASS was created to honor those who promote the National Association of Secretaries of State in 6 areas: elections, civic education, service to state government, voter education and participation, commitment giving, and the work of the Secretary of State.

"The work of the Connecticut Bar Association really is a model to the nation. Their team of volunteer lawyers advance democracy by giving hours of their time to elections process" said Secretary Merrill. 

On Election Day, over 100 Connecticut attorneys volunteered to serve as observers to develop compliance with state and federal election laws. The attorneys were trained by the Secretary of State's office and signed an agreement to act in a non-partisan manner. 

CBA President William H. Clendenen Jr. said, “We are proud to accept this award on behalf of all of our hard working members who volunteered their time to uphold the right to vote for all citizens. Their involvement enabled Secretary Merrill to have neutral, nonpartisan observers provide assistance in protecting this hallowed Constitutional right.” 

The CBA also runs and organizes a program through its Civics Education Committee which helps attorneys understand the United States Legal System in more depth. The program consists of adult education programs, mock trial competitions, courtroom visits, and an annual Law Day event.