Presidents Message


The Battle of Trenton

On December 25, 1776, during a night of a great snow storm, General George Washington mustered his Continental Army to cross the icy Delaware River in small boats. General Washington rode up and down the columns pressing his men to carry on. Early the next morning, this cold and wet army surprised the Hessians at their garrison in Trenton, New Jersey. The Hessians were mercenary forces in the British army in America during the Revolutionary War. Washington’s troops captured almost 900 Hessian officers and soldiers, as well as a large supply of muskets, bayonets, swords and cannons. General Washington ordered his soldiers to treat the Hessian prisoners in a humane manner. This stunning victory served to rebuild American morale after a summer of defeats and setbacks. A short time later, this fortified army of farmers and business men went on to secure a victory at Princeton.

Today, in December, 2014, we are the beneficiaries of the great hardships that our forefathers endured. We are very fortunate. We have an urge to give to others less fortunate than us, particularly during the holidays. Several local legal organizations have great programs where we can show our appreciation for all we have and help our community.

Legal Aid Services of Broward County has a Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program. Lawyers and law firms that are interested in making the holidays special for those that are less fortunate are assigned a local family in need. If you would like to participate, you can contact Melissa Shepard, 954-736-2423 or, at Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.

The Hispanic Bar Association also has an Adopt-a-Family program during the Holidays. You can contact David Salomon, the President of the Hispanic Bar Association, at his office 954-760-4131, to be assigned a family.

On December 4, 2014, the Young Lawyers Section will be collecting unwrapped presents for children at the BCBA Holiday Party. Remember, the BCBA Holiday party has been moved to a new location at the 110 Tower, 7th Floor. The Young Lawyers Section will distribute the gifts they collect to children in need at a holiday party shortly after the New Year.

John G. Jordan

BCBA President 2014-2015