Five Things to Do Before Summer Ends

As we begin to draw near to the end of summer it is important to remember that MCBA never sleeps (especially with Mary being away). Side note, she is doing well and the surgery went well. She should be better than ever and back to work soon! In the meantime we have ordered a keg, pizza, toga, a new 60” Flat Screen tv and we are throwing the world’s biggest party—just KIDDING! We are batting down the hatches and in focus mode. We still have a number of functions happening, so I (Ben) have created another list for your enjoyment.

Top five things to do before the apocalypse… I mean end of summer.

1. Come to Bar Stop next Thursday, August 20!  It is a great time with lots of great networking. The July Bar Stop included a good mix of attorneys and judges. This Month’s Bar Stop is at City Grill, 5-7 p.m. — we’ll have delicious appetizers, drinks specials and free valet parking. We’re scheduled to have Bar Stop over the next three months — third Thursday — so mark your calendars!

A wise man once said “If anything come for the company and the free food” – Me

2. Brush up on your golf swing and then participate in the Lawyers for Learning 22nd Annual Thomas & Solomon Golf Tournament. All proceeds go toward the benefit of school 29 in the Rochester City School District. This event provides funding for key services like the ability to attend camp, have adequate school supplies and instructional equipment, or being able to simply be a kid. School 29 houses the largest number of students with physical and developmental disabilities, though not all of the students are faced with those impairments. I cannot wait until our projects get under way. We have a ton of great initiatives coming up as well. Following the tournament, the week of September 8, we will be packing and distributing backpacks with school supplies and t-shirts enclosed ( a Big Thank you to LeClair Ryan for providing the supplies)! We also have mentoring available, which can be done per student, per class or you may volunteer per event. The school is under-staffed so any help is always appreciated. You can also find a partner attorney or legal professional and alternate weeks. To sign up or to learn more information, please click here.

In addition, Mary’s son Brian Corbitt, who is a pro at CCR, will be strategically placed at one of the holes, willing to hit the first drive for you….for a reasonable donation, of course!

3. Sign up for the 25th Annual Western District of NY Federal Court Dinner at the end of September. Each year, this event alternates between the Monroe County Bar Association and  the Bar Association of Erie County. This year, the event is being hosted by Erie County and taking place in Buffalo. Register for the event and come network with attorneys and U.S. District Judges in other areas of New York State.  The event will be on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the Lexus Club in Buffalo with drinks starting at 5:30 p.m. The address is as follows: First Niagara Center’s 100 Level, One Seymour Knox III Plaza, Buffalo NY. Here is a great side note, parking is free! Click here to download the registration flyer.

4. Mark your calendars for Sean Carter!  The Harvard humorist is back on October 1 with two back-to-back Ethics sessions –one in the morning and the other in the afternoon .  If you are not familiar with him visit Google. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992. His ten years of legal practice focused on corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions. During this time, he represented such clients as GNC, Experian, The Boston Beer Company Homeside Lending, Safelite Auto Glass, J. Crew and many others.

In 2002, Sean left the practice of law to pursue a career as the country’s foremost Humorist at Law.  He travels all over the county speaking about ethics and has  found his way to Rochester on several occasions and we’re happy to be hosting him once again this fall. For more details on the two sessions (which are 2.0 Ethics credits each!), click here and here.

 5. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP! OK, so Liz specifically asked me to put this one in, but really, we cannot succeed without you! We are always hoping to gain new members but the current ones are just as important! When you get a chance, call us or email us and pay those dues please! If you have any questions, please contact Liz Novak at

Do you think you have an idea or a suggestion to help MCBA bigger and better? Email me( Ben) at

***We are starting a new feature for next week’s blog! Send us your family vacation photos or photos from the summer (e.g. gardens) and you could be featured. We’d really like to see what everyone has been up to this summer. Please email your pictures to with a caption and description.

Until next time,


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