Attorney Annabel Bazante Honored For Service To Nassau County Bar Association
June 16, 2010
(Mineola, N.Y.)-Many members of the Nassau County Bar Association donate their time and talents to help make NCBA the best it can be. However, each year a few are singled out for special recognition by the NCBA leadership. NCBA President Emily F. Franchina announced that the Board of Directors voted this year to present one of two Directors’ Awards to Annabel Bazante of New Hyde Park, Chair of the NCBA Lawyer Assistance Program Committee.
While the Lawyer Assistance Program Committee’s original purpose when created years ago was to provide confidential assistance to attorneys who had problems with alcohol, under Annabel Bazante’s leadership the group expanded to help attorneys with drug, gambling and other addictions, overwhelming stress and depression and other forms of mental illness and impairment. In addition, the LAP Committee is expanding its commitment to assist attorneys, particularly solo practitioners, with law firm closings. She also helped attorneys with stress management suggestions, time management skills, meditation and breathing techniques, and Eastern forms of health and wellness support. This year she created two important groups to address the stress faced by unemployed and underemployed attorneys and for working parents.
Bazante now handles trusts and estates matters at Brosnan & Helger, LLP, in Garden City. She previously served many years as a senior court clerk for Motion Support and the Office of Court Information for Nassau County Supreme Court, and as a court assistant in the Court Clerk’s Office in County Court. Throughout her career she has donated her time in many pro bono efforts. In addition to her work at NCBA, Bazante is a member of the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Committee and is a Surrogate Decision-Making Committee Member of the NYS Commission on Quality Care for the Mentally Disabled. She earned her law degree at Brooklyn Law School.
Nassau County Bar Association
Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. NCBA demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure and senior citizen clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. For more information, call (516) 747-4070, email email@example.com, or visit www.nassaubar.org.
Photo: NCBA President Emily F. Franchina (l) presents the 2010 Director’s Award to Annabel Bazante at NCBA’s Annual Meeting. (Photo by Hector Herrera)