Connecticut Bar Association Hosts 2022 New England Bar Association Annual Meeting

Written Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) hosted the 2022 New England Bar Association (NEBA) Annual Meeting at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook October 27 to October 29. Leaders from the state bar associations throughout New England were invited to participate in the meeting, which consisted of educational programs covering contemporary legal topics and opportunities for socializing.

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 Attendees socialize during the event


The event began on Thursday evening with a welcome reception for arriving attendees. The next day began with opening remarks for the meeting, presented by NEBA and CBA President Daniel J. Horgan. Friday’s educational programs focused on the role of legal technology in addressing the ongoing issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the politicization of American courts, and how pro bono programs can help to address the gap in the public’s access to justice. The panelists for these programs included judicial officials; significant leaders of legal organizations throughout New England; and Supreme Court Chief Justices Gordon MacDonald (NH), Stuart Rabner (NJ), Paul Reiber (VT), and Richard A. Robinson (CT).

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(L to R) CBA Civics Education Committee Co-Chair Jonathan Weiner, CBA President Daniel J. Horgan and Supreme Court Chief Justices Gordon MacDonald (NH), Stuart Rabner (NJ), Paul Reiber (VT), and Richard A. Robinson (CT)


On Friday evening, attendees met for a cocktail hour and dinner, followed by a standup comedy performance and music and dancing. During dinner, outgoing NEBA board members were recognized with certificates, incoming board members were introduced, and a symbolic passing of the gavel took place between President Horgan and incoming NEBA President Damian Turco.

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CBA and outgoing NEBA President Daniel J. Horgan passes a ceremonial gavel to incoming NEBA President and Massachusetts Bar Association President-Elect Damian Turco.


On Saturday, the final day of the annual meeting, American Bar Association President Deborah Enix-Ross joined the event to discuss her “three Cs” initiative, focused on civics, civility, and collaboration. The final education program focused on the responsibility of lawyers and bar leaders to address increasing polarization within the United States through the promotion of constructive and informed discourse.

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 American Bar Association President Deborah Enix-Ross presents to attendees.