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NCBF May 2022 Newsletter

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“Going to Kansas City!”

The 2022 NCBF Annual Meeting is set for August 4-6, in Kansas City, Missouri, hosted by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association/Bar Foundation at their offices. It can be attended in-person, virtually or both.

The meeting begins with a special Welcoming Reception hosted by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association/Bar Foundation at their offices on August 4. On August 5, there will be presentations by the dynamic mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, Quinton Lucas (pictured at left), top professionals in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion in the legal profession, and a Federal Court judges panel on the importance of civics education and the Rule of Law.

After Breakfast on August 6, the highly successful NCBF program sharing and networking opportunities sessions will occur, as well as the presentations of the NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships in Success Award and the NCBF Excellence Award.

The registration costs for the hybrid meeting are $250 each for onsite attendees and $50 each for online attendees. The cost for the Friday Dinner at the highly rated County Road Ice House BBQ & Bar is $75 per person. Sleeping rooms are available at the Sheraton Hotel, located 1.5 blocks from the KC Metropolitan Bar Association/Foundation offices for $179 per night. (Regular price-$249).

You don’t want to miss the 2022 NCBF Annual Meeting in Kansas City!

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Last month, the NCBF Board of Directors announced the initiation of a new improved service, Member Connect, to enhance the networking and idea sharing activities that are the heart of becoming and being an NCBF member.

Initial comments from NCBF members included:

  • “This sounds amazing. I appreciate the work everyone spent on it! I am excited to use it!” Lorrie Albert, Allegheny Co., PA
  • “It looks like a great resolution.” Deb Auspelmyer, New York

Earlier this month, Member Connect was utilized for the first time by the Birmingham, AL Bar Foundation.

Try it. You’ll like it.

Click Here for Information About Using Member Connect


Last year, the top two officers of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the National Association of Bar Executives and the National Conference of Bar Foundations made the decision to have periodic meetings to share ideas and have collaboration among these three related national bar organizations. The need for this continuing communication was heightened by the pandemic restrictions and by the NCBF membership’s decision to no longer hold a mid-year meeting which was attended by members from all three groups.

NCBF Immediate Past President Jim Huggler (Tyler, TX) was the facilitator for the meetings, and they have continued during the current fiscal year using Zoom technology with representatives from all three organizations always in attendance.

The most recent meeting occurred on April 29, and was another beneficial event. The highlights for each group were:

  • NCBP – The positive impact of its Diversity Scholars program and a successful mid-year virtual meeting.
  • NABE – A change to utilizing comprehensive sponsorships for meetings/events and hosting regional meetings for members.
  • NCBF – The two membership webinars this year and the plans for the 2022 hybrid Annual Meeting in Kansas, City, MO.

The representatives agreed that there was a distinct need to continue these meetings in the future with the next one planned for late August/early September.


Daniel Burns

Daniel Burns

NCBF President-elect Dan Burns has followed his passion!

Dan (New Haven Co., CT) spent a couple decades practicing law in a small sized law firm, while doing pro bono volunteer legal work for low income citizens and being heavily involved in volunteer community work, including service as the President of the Foundation for the New Haven County Bar.

In recent years, he has focused on tenant rights and property foreclosures for his pro bono work and become a recognized expert for his strong advocacy and significant understanding of this specialized area of the law.

Last month, Dan made a life changing decision and became a full-time attorney at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association.

Congratulations to Dan for his new important attorney position!


This month the NCBF Member Spotlight shines on the Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation. The focus of this Foundation is on keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening.

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