Bench Bar & Media is a local a group of attorneys, judges and members of the local media who strive to promote a better mutual understanding among attorneys, courts and media. BBM does not require membership dues or maintain a membership roster. This group formed approximately 30 years ago, initially holding informal dinner meetings at which attorneys, judges and media representatives discussed matters of common interest "off the record."
As the years passed, the number of attendees grew and speakers were invited to address the group and yield questions. Since the meetings are open to the public and the media is welcome to report on them, the meetings are no longer "off the record." Today, a Steering Committee, comprised of lawyers, judges and media representatives, schedule meetings throughout the year (one bench, one bar, and one media) usually on the third Wednesday of the month. The luncheons typically feature a guest speaker or speakers, candidate debates or a general discussion among the attendees of important issues of the day.