Monte E. Frank Selected to Serve on NCBP Executive Council

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., September 7, 2017: Members of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP) Nominating Committee have selected five bar leaders from across the country to serve on the NCBP Executive Council for the 2017-2020 term, including Monte E. Frank, past president of the Connecticut Bar Association. In addition, Aurora Austriaco, past president of the Chicago Bar Association, was selected to serve as the organization’s Secretary, a position that will move to the group’s President in 2020.

NCBP was established in 1950 to provide information and training to state and local bar association leaders. The current organizational members of NCBP include state, local and special focus bars from 53 states and territories. 

Twenty people serve on the NCBP Executive Council, including fifteen at-large Council members, and the Executive Officers, made up of the Secretary, Treasurer, President-elect, President and Immediate Past President. Council members are elected on a staggered schedule. 

Mr. Frank, a member of the Litigation Department at Pullman & Comley, LLC, represents business and municipal clients in the state and federal courts in Connecticut and before administrative agencies on a wide range of matters. He regularly represents clients in mediation and arbitration in Connecticut and other states. 

Mr. Frank is the immediate past president of both the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and the New England Bar Association. He previously served as president-elect and vice-president of the CBA and currently represents Connecticut in the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. He has served as an attorney trial referee, factfinder and arbitrator for the Judicial District of Danbury since 2000. 

Below is a list of the newly elected Board members and returning incumbents. Their selection was confirmed by a vote of the NCBP members during the organization’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, August 12, 2017. 

NCBP Council Members

Executive Council Members 

President:                    Christine H. Hickey, Past President, Indianapolis Bar Association

President-elect:            Jennifer L. Parent, Past President, New Hampshire Bar Association

Secretary:                    Nathan D. Alder, Past President, Utah State Bar

Treasurer:                    Aurora Abella-Austriaco, Past President, Chicago Bar Association

Immediate Past President:       Johnathan Cole, Past President, Nashville Bar Association

Terms ending in 2018

Scott Chinn, Past President, Indianapolis Bar Association

Dan Cotter, Past President, Chicago Bar Association

Rita Sheffey, Past President, Atlanta Bar Association

Angelina Tsu, Past President, Utah State Bar

Thomas C. Rombach, Past President, State Bar of Michigan

Terms Ending in 2019

Douglass Farnsley, Past President, Kentucky Bar Association

Amie Martinez, Past President, Nebraska State Bar Association

Marcella McLaughlin, Past President, San Diego County Bar Association

Eric Sheppard, Past President, Austin Bar Association

Johnathan O. Steen, Past President, Tennessee Bar Association

Terms Ending in 2020

Monte Frank, Past President, Connecticut Bar Association

Lisa Loo, Past President, State Bar of Arizona

Patrick Palace, Past President, Washington State Bar Association

Dana Tippen-Cuter, President, The Missouri Bar

Robin Wolpert, Past President, Minnesota State Bar Association

About the NCBP:

The primary mission of NCBP is to provide high-quality programming to current bar leaders at two meetings held each year contemporaneously with the annual and midyear meetings of the ABA, as well as information disseminated throughout the year through 21st Century Lawyer, NCBP’s virtual sessions. NCBP also provides useful resources to its members through its website,

About Pullman & Comley:

Pullman & Comley is one of Connecticut’s largest firms, providing a wide range of legal services to clients in the New England region, as well as throughout the United States and internationally. Pullman & Comley’s major practice areas include family law, business organizations and finance; environmental and land use; government finance; health care; labor, employment law and employee benefits; litigation; property valuation; real estate; regulatory, energy and telecommunications; and trusts and estates.  The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury, Connecticut and White Plains, New York.  The firm is an active member of the Law Firm Alliance, an international affiliation of law firms.  For more information, please visit

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