Pro Bono Barrister: “Uneasy lies the head that holds the (BBA) crown”

April 29, 2014 By Charles F. Otey, Esq. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The challenge of leading the Brooklyn Bar Association is unrelenting, but it is nowhere near as dreadful as the fate of the kings whose heads are considered optional in so many Shakespearean dramas.

Brooklyn Bar Association presidents clearly enjoy the role accorded them when they are elected to this prestigious post. But all know that the burdens of office go with the title, as they carry out their responsibilities while making decisions that may not be popular with all members.

So, it’s probably essential that a good BBA president have a good sense of humor, which is probably one reason that President Andy Fallek has had such a banner year, aided by fellow officers and under the steady guidance of BBA Executive Director Avery Okin.

President Fallek is solid proof that a true leader must see beyond an immediate crisis and act decisively, often with wry, yet humane, perspective. He is gifted with true stage presence and thespian prowess, which he often also employs as a member of the above-mentioned Kings County Inn of Court.  

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In keeping with ancient English Inn of Court tradition, veteran barristers regularly illustrate points of law through informative and, often, dramatic, courtroom re-enactments. All of President Fallek’s performances have been very well received.

Change may be coming to the BBA, but, fortunately, heads will not roll. We predict that a new slate of officers will be civilly elected with ballots cast from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the afternoon of May 14 at BBA Headquarters. Installation is set for 6 p.m. that day and it is widely believed that the following candidates will be elected: Rebecca Woodland, president; Arthur Aidala, president-elect; Hon. Frank Seddio, first vice president; Aimee L. Richter, second vice president; David M. Chidekel, secretary; and Hon. Frank V. Carone, treasurer.

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