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June 2012 CBA REPORT
president’s brief
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Robinson’s to help the public understand
how the lack of funding for the judiciary
undermines our system of justice and the
most basic rights we as Americans enjoy.
In my meeting remarks, I also asked
each of us to rededicate ourselves to the
profession that has done so much for us
by giving back. This can be in the form
of
pro bono
service to clients unable to
pay, volunteer service in and for commu-
nity and charitable organizations, or by
providing additional monetary support
for the initiatives of the Bar. The attor-
neys we honored at the Annual Meeting
all have given numerous hours in the
name of serving others. We, too, can
do the same, even in a small way. Every
little bit helps. If each of our almost
4,000 members gave just one hour of
pro
bono
or community service, that would
be equivalent to two people devoting
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s I write this column, we are cel-
ebrating Law Day, just a few days
after our Annual Meeting and
the passing of the torch. As Breck Weigel
mentioned in his remarks, the meeting
was another peaceful transition of power
without any bloodshed. Our legal system
is all about the peaceful resolution of
conflict, and in order to remain effective,
it must be accessible to all citizens.
In my address at the meeting, I
mentioned the issue of adequate court
funding. In the May 1 issue of the Cin-
cinnati
Enquirer
, Carol Seubert Marx,
the outgoing president of the Ohio State
Bar Association, wrote a guest column
that focused on this issue as well. Carol
mentioned in her column that the justice
system is the defender of the rights of
citizens. We as attorneys are the embodi-
ment of the defenders in that justice
system. We also were sworn to uphold
the justice system and to work to improve
it. We need to be mindful of the chal-
lenges our justice system deals with every
day in the face of governmental budget-
ary constraints. We interact more closely
with the justice system than any other
segment of society, and we see daily the
concerns that our judiciary has with the
lack of adequate funding. Given how
familiar we are with those challenges,
we are in the best position to speak out
about those challenges and to voice our
support for our judiciary. If we don’t
speak out, then who will? I ask you all to
join your voice with mine, Carol’s, and
American Bar Association President Bill
By Anthony E. Reiss
an entire working year in the service of
the community. As the old saying goes,
many hands make light work. In the
next few months, we will be launching
a campaign to attract more sustaining
members to the Cincinnati Bar Asso-
ciation. Those additional funds that we
raise help to provide funding for some
of our professionalism and community
outreach programs. We will be asking
all members to consider this additional
voluntary payment starting with the
most involved in the CBA, such as our
board, past presidents and committee
chairs. Again, no amount is too small to
make a difference in how the CBA serves
our members and the Greater Cincinnati
community.
Reiss is 2012-2013 president of the Cincinnati Bar
Association.
Speaking Out and
Giving Back
If each of our almost 4,000 members gave
just one hour of
pro bono
or community
service, that would be equivalent to two
people devoting an entire working year in
the service of the community.
Turn to pages 20-22 for profiles on local attorneys honored this year
for their dedication to the profession and community.
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