Twenty years ago, when completing my duties as Hartford County Bar Association president, I ran for the Connecticut Bar Association’s House of Delegates from Hartford’s District 12. Esteemed CBA Past-President Ralph Elliot kindly advised me that my service would be the closest he could imagine to a Gulag Archipelago expressly for lawyers. Since I was concurrently HCBA’s representative to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, I concluded I was in for a double whammy.
With a wink, Ralph offered the following: “Remember, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Good advice; unfortunately, what turned out to be broken was multilayered, unexpected and profoundly serious.
John L. Bonee III, a partner at BoneeWeintraub, writes about his time as Connecticut Bar Association delegate, efforts to reform the CBA’s structure, and subsequent innovations that benefited its members.