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April 2, 2019

Dear Members and Friends:

PDBA thanks and kudos are in order for making our March meeting such a smashing success, with many past presidents and dignitaries (some more dignified than others, you know who you are!!) in attendance. Our own Clerk Magistrate, Adam Baler, even drew attendees all the way from Florida!! The only way to possibly follow that would be with some sort of legal holiday, with speeches and awards and demonstrations. If only there was something of that ilk on the horizon…

But, wait; what’s that?? LAW DAY 2019 IS HERE!!

That’s right, folks; our next gustatory bonanza will be on Thursday, May 2, 2019 for Law Day!! The “day program” will take place at the court house for our usual exhibits and greetings from the court, followed by a pair of Mock Trials by our student guests and an afternoon session in the 1820 court house (Sullivan, J. presiding). Not to be overshadowed, our evening program/dinner will be held at none other than the prestigious Hotel 1620 on the Plymouth Waterfront!! As if that wasn’t glorious enough, we will have the one and only F. Lee Bailey as our guest speaker to explain, illustrate and highlight the finer points of free speech and its limitations in our judicial system.

Law Day:  The PDBA will continue its tradition of sponsoring Law Day, with this year’s theme being “Free Press, Free Speech, Free Society”. Our celebration will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  We expect events will commence at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day at the Plymouth Trial Court, 52 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA.  Events are expected to include a mock trial, courthouse tours, displays of our legal heritage, and a full afternoon docket of cases to be heard at the historic 1820 Courthouse in the refurbished Plymouth Town Hall. Our Law day grand finale will be a presentation by from the one and only F. Lee Bailey, who will regale us with war stories and tales from the trenches, as we enjoy a sumptuous buffet supper on the picturesque Plymouth Waterfront.

This year the PDBA is once again looking for donors to help defray the costs of this one-of-a-kind event, which has been dubbed by some as the “gold standard” of Law Day celebrations. Your generous donations will help defray the costs of top shelf speakers, banquet costs etc., so if you would like to be a benefactor of this exciting and rewarding event, please open up your wallets and contact any one of the Officers or Directors to make your donations. If you would like to just join us and pay the ridiculously reasonable price of $55 per person, please contact our resident PITA on or before Friday, April 26, 2019 by either emailing at plymouthdistrictbar@yahoo.com, calling 508-224-8700, candy gram or smoke signal.

Save The Dates: We have quite the year mapped out, so you’re going to want to make sure and mark the following dates in your calendars, daily planners, smartphones, tablets, laptops, BlackBerrys, desk blotters, or (in some cases) cell walls: May 22, June 13 (Golf Tournament), September 18, October 16, November 20 (Elections) and December 18 (Christmas Party). Venues and speakers will be announced as we get closer to those dates and our “people” finalize details with their “people” over lunch.  

Dues:  All members are reminded that PDBA dues are a mere $50.00 per year and are paid on a calendar year basis commencing in January of each year.  Paid members are entitled to be listed, along with two (2) specialty areas of practice, in the annual PDBA Membership Directory due out in June of each year.  Additionally membership in the PDBA (America’s Oldest Bar Association, est. 1750) carries with it the cache of being a member of the most interesting and rewarding bar association east of the Hague and west of the Old Bailey!!

Bar Association Room:  Please be reminded that all PDBA members have access to a Bar Association room in the library at the courthouse for meetings, depositions, etc.  Please contact Jean Lee at 508-583-6966 to arrange to use this facility.  Please try to give Jean as much advance notice as possible when you realize that you want to reserve the room.  Remember, if we don’t use it, we might lose it.

Golf Tournament:  SAVE THE DATE!!! The Eighth Annual Mayflower Cup Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston!  The anticipated cost per person will be $130.00 and this includes cart rental, greens fees, 18 holes of golf and a fabulous buffet dinner!!  Not to mention all of the various prizes, raffles and giveaways to be had. So, get your foursomes ready, polish those irons and wash your balls! The PDBA hopes to raise significant funds to continue to grow its scholarship program.

Scholarships:  The Thomas P. Kramer Scholarships are awarded each year to local high school students continuing their education at the college level in areas associated with the law, the legal profession and law enforcement.  Last year three (3) $1,000 scholarships were awarded and we hope to continue to expand this program.  Simply put, we would like to increase our scholarship awards and make more of them!  In addition to our golf tournament we anticipate offering more 50/50 raffles throughout the year and we encourage our members to contribute their cash, time, labor and ideas to this great program.

PDBA Directory:  The PDBA Directory will be available for distribution to members at the June meeting.  This handy directory is for paid members and includes name, address, telephone, email and two (2) areas of specialty for each entry.  If you would like to be included in this directory your 2019 PDBA dues must be paid and you must be sure to provide your UP TO DATE contact information (including email), as well as your list of two (2) specialties, to Marshall Johnson 508-224-8700 (phone), 508-224-8737 (fax) or by responding to the PDBA email at plymouthdistrictbar@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy: Lastly, please be reminded that the Plymouth District Bar Association is able to keep its membership benefits high and its costs low by maintaining a SLIM financial margin of error. It is for this reason that we have recently implemented a new policy, effective January 1, 2019: specifically if you find you are unable to attend a meeting after having made a reservation, it is IMPERATIVE that you contact one of the PDBA officers or Directors no later than 48-hours beforehand, otherwise you may be required to spin up the combination to your wallets, free the moths and bring yourselves flush with America’s Oldest Bar Association.  

Regards,

PDBA


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ODE TO OUR PAST PRESIDENTS

Maureen K. Crowley, 2018       Timothy Shyne, 2017

Amber Cohen, 2016      Robert W. Galvin, 1999

Christopher Murray, 2015   Susan L. Collins, 1998

Pamela F. Churchill, 2014   Brian K. Bowen, 1997

Liam Scully, 2013 Allan J. Costa, 1996

Kathleen E. McKay, 2012 Kathleen A. Romano, 1995

Edward M. Joyce, Jr., 2011 Lothrop Withington, III, 1994

Holly S. Dyar, 2010 George L. Whiting, Jr., 1993

Marshall E. Johnson, 2009 Lloyd C. Rosenberg, 1992

Susan C. Pieri, 2008 Peter N. Muncey, 1991

Ronald J. Weiss, 2007 F. Steven Triffletti, 1990

Laurie Grant, 2006 Linda M. Steeves, 1989

Joseph D. McDonald, 2005 Robert C. Betters, 1988

Amy H.B. Annis, 2004 Christine M. Farrell, 1987

Robert D. Dimler, 2003 Thomas P. Kramer, 1986

Linda M.E. Auton, 2002 Richard M. Serkey, 1985

Dennis Scollins, 2001 Edward T. Angley, 1984

Jennifer J. DiGregorio, 2000 John H. Wyman, 1983

Paul W. Kaufman, 1980

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If you have not paid your yearly dues they are  $ 50.00 payable to the Plymouth District Bar Association to Post Office Box 3022, Plymouth, MA 02361.

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