The Journal of The DuPage County Bar Association

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Happy DCBA New Year!
By Gerald Cassioppi

As we head into the holiday season, we find time to re-connect with colleagues, friends and relatives. Hopefully, this time of year offers opportunities to view our busy lives from different perspectives.

First, and most importantly, we should be grateful for those we have in our lives. Having attended last month’s Lawyers’ Assistance Program Annual Dinner, it is clear that organizations like this reflect the fact that none of us makes it through life alone. While the love of our families is primary, and our work family provides further support, a key goal of the DCBA is to provide the mutual interaction that benefits all our members. Further, through our many programs we reach out to others in our community that need our bolstering. Life is a challenging journey we cannot make alone, but by connecting with those around us, we can continue to have hope and inspiration.

Second, we should be grateful for those successes we have had during the past year. I am proud of everything that the DCBA and our members achieved in 2017. While our DCBA softball team did not “win” the game against the KCBA team, we did have success by raising over $2900 for our DuPage Legal Aid at the event. At our DCBA Golf outing, $1800 was raised for the DuPage Bar Foundation and another $1600 for Legal Aid.

Our many Sections and Committees continue to devote significant personal time to keep our organization vibrant. Another reason to celebrate this year was Lawyers Lending a Hand which continues to make unique and positive contributions to our community and helps relieve the stresses of our profession by offering members a way to give back in non-law related ways. We should all be grateful to be part of our strong and productive membership.

With that in mind, there continues to be many upcoming opportunities offered by the DCBA to maximize your membership benefits at this time of year.

We have a 2-part Basic Skills seminar, coming up on December 1 and 8 that will improve the skills of new bar admittees and seniors alike. The Domestic Relations’ GAL training returns with part 1 on January 15, and part 2 on February 3 as part of Mega Meeting.

All members are invited to participate in the networking opportunities provided by the DCBA. There is no Happy Hour scheduled for December but this popular event will return in January, 2018. Join your fellow DCBA members at our annual Holiday Party on December 6 at Elements at Water Street (Hotel Indigo), Naperville. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child and receive a drink ticket. All toys will be donated to local nonprofit agencies.

Continue into the New Year with the 2018 DCBA Mega Meeting, scheduled for February 3 at the Sheraton in Lisle. The Mega Meeting will provide a great opportunity to connect professionally and build members’ network.

And of course there is the annual Judges’ Nite fundraiser at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage on March 3, always a crowd pleaser that supports DuPage Legal Aid.

So remember to keep gratitude and joy in your heart this holiday season, and cherish the moments with friends and family. I know I speak for the entire staff of the DCBA when I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous new year.

Gerald Cassioppi is the current DCBA President and is a Partner with Momkus McCluskey Roberts LLC, in Lisle. He counsels businesses, not-for-profits and government entities. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois, is also a CPA and is active in community leadership, including the Naperville District 203 School Board and as DuPage County Ethics Commission Chairman. Gerry was recognized as DCBA Lawyer of the Year for 2012 and also served as DCBA General Counsel and on its Board of Directors.

DuPage County Bar Association


Gerald A. Cassioppi

J. Matthew Pfeiffer
Stacey A. McCullough
2nd Vice President
Wendy M. Musielak
3rd Vice President
Ted A. Donner
Immediate Past President
Richard J. Veenstra
General Counsel
Charles G. Wentworth
Assoc. Gen’ l Counsel
Tricia Buhrfiend
Jeffrey M. Jacobson
Assist. Treasurer


Terrence Benshoof
Mark S. Bishop
Ashley M. Bump
Patrick L. Edgerton
David S. Friedland
James S. Harkness
John J. Pcolinski, Jr.
Amalia M. Romano
Arthur W. Rummler
James L. Ryan
Kiley M. Whitty

Executive Director
Robert T. Rupp

ISBA Liaison
Kent A. Gaertner

Legislative Liaison

A. John Pankau, Jr.

Brief Editor

Azam Nizamuddin
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