Bay Ridge Lawyers’ youngest president sworn in in first live meeting since COVID-19 – .

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Bay Ridge Lawyers’ youngest president sworn in in first live meeting since COVID-19 – .


It might sound a bit of a stretch, but hear us out: A potential client, visiting the recent Bay Ridge Lawyers Meeting, might well assume that hiring one is to have goodwill and guidance. of the whole group behind you. They seem to be so united and supportive of each other.

The enduring friendship and collegiality of the longtime South Brooklyn group, founded in 1954, can be best exemplified in their annual Gavel Passing ceremony.

When a new president is sworn in, as happened on Wednesday night with popular young lawyer Will Gillen, a long line of past presidents, in chronological order, passed the presidential hammer from one to the other until the next day. ‘until it reaches Gillen.

Each former president has commented on his predecessor and successor. Basically, the ceremony served as a collective reminder of their common goal: to love and honor their profession, the practice of law. But it also served as a renewal of the vows to love and honor each other in the bonds of their Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.

It was a rare treat and a privilege for a visitor to observe.

And this was the association’s first live, in-person meeting since COVID.

William S. Gillen is one of the youngest presidents to take the helm, and perhaps the only member known to wear a kilt and play the bagpipe. Of Scottish descent, Gillen grew up in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, where he still lives.

A 2019 Eagle article on seven members of the association traveling together to Washington, DC, is memorable in recent records before the COVID pandemic. All seven have been officially sworn in to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States.

A year later, there was an article titled “No CLE, but Bay Ridge Lawyers to Meet Via Zoom”.

As one member said, “No pandemic could prevent these members from coming together. It is one of the most dedicated and united legal associations in the state.

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