Nassau County
Bar Association

May 26, 2020

Dear NCBA Members:

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend, taking time to remember those who made
the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

I’m so happy that things are moving forward safely in the direction of expanded court activity. The closure of the courts combined with shelter-at-home policies have threatened the caseload of many lawyers. My firm’s criminal defense and personal injury volume has been reduced, and I’m sure many of the litigation-centric firms in our area find themselves in similar circumstances. But I want to thank all those members who’ve referred cases our way during this pandemic. It’s helped a lot. I wish the very best for every one of you affected economically. I hope that business picks up for those who’ve seen a lull, and that the NCBA has provided you with tremendous value during this tough time.
As the extent of my duties at the Nassau County Bar Association decline, I am looking forward to my more limited responsibilities as Chair of the NCBA Awards Committee, identifying worthy honorees for recognition, and as Vice-Chair of the Nominating Committee, selecting the future leaders of our Association. I will also be President of the NCBA Foundation, and as such a member of the WE CARE Advisory Board. Outside of the NCBA, I serve as Co-Chair of the Re-entry and Collateral Consequences Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, where I have spearheaded two criminal justice initiatives from concept to closure, with both now being formally adopted as ABA policy. I am also a longtime member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA Criminal Justice Section, serving on the Section’s Awards Committee and as Co-Chair of the Sealing Committee which helped toward the passing of CPL Section 160.59. I have recently been asked to join a new NYSBA task force on attorney physical fitness for which my background as a personal trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist will suit me well. I’m excited to help the professional community regain robust health after what was for too many a period of reduced physical activity.

If you want to stay in touch with me as, and after, my Presidency ends, why not follow me on social media? I am active on Twitter, LinkedIn , and Instagram , and I have a public Facebook page, (and a law firm Facebook page). I’d love to interact with you on any or all of those platforms.

Most importantly, I strongly urge everyone to follow the NCBA on social media! We are active on Facebook and Instagram . I would love to increase the NCBA’s social media following in the months and years to come. Please share the links and encourage others to follow us there! Although we are physically separated for the time being, we can all be socially connected on a regular basis through social media!

Rick Collins
Richard D. Collins
NCBA President

Upcoming NCBA CLE Programs and Committee Meetings Offering CLE

The Nassau Academy of Law is working
hard to manually process each form,
please be patient with them!


Please DO NOT  send the forms
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:30 to 1:30 PM

Medial-Legal Committee Meeting

Preservation at Trial and Post-Trial Motions: An Appellate Perspective
Friday, May 29, 2020
12:30 to 1:30 PM

Dean’s Hour: PPP Loan Forgiveness: How to Prepare and Succeed

*Zoom info to follow.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
12:30 to 1:30 PM

Dean’s Hour: Contractual Performance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Force Majeure, Impossibility And Other Considerations

*Zoom info to follow.