There are no geographic restrictions for membership in The FAIRFIELD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, which is currently at over 850 legal professionals. Membership and program participation is open to lawyers, court clerks, law students, legal administrators and paralegals, and other professionals.
Dues for lawyers admitted to practice for 4 years or more are $150; for those admitted three years or less, $130. Lawyers not yet admitted to any bar, law students, legal administrators and paralegals are $80. There is no membership fee for lawyers practicing 50 years or more, or Temporary Assistant Clerks of the Court. Associate membership dues for other professionals are $150.
The Association has twenty-five Law Committees that sponsor a wide range of Continuing Legal Education programs throughout the year. For those lawyers who practice in New York, The FAIRFIELD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION is accredited provider for New York State CLE as well as Connecticut.
The Association holds various social events throughout the year, including: a Bench/Bar reception in October; its annual meeting in June at a local club on the water; a summer golf outing; a holiday party in January; and additional activities that focus on Law Day, May 1.
The FAIRFIELD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION has a proud history of involvement in pro bono projects. The Association sponsors an annual road race, THE FRED WEISBERG MEMORIAL ROAD RACE named in honor of its deceased 1989-90 President, Fredric H. Weisberg of Cummings & Lockwood, who cared deeply about the provision of legal services for the poor. Proceeds of this race are donated to the Stamford office of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
The FAIRFIELD COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION formed its Young Lawyers Committee in 1996. The Committee sponsors programs for new admittees and lawyers changing their area of practice.
The Committee also organizes receptions and other social events throughout the year to enable new lawyers to meet each other and senior members of the bar.
The Association, as part of its LAW DAY activities, sponsors an annual Mock Trial. Students from high schools in Fairfield County participate and are coached by teachers and members of the bar. Stamford Superior Court judges preside at the trial, and Association members judge the competition.