Newtown’s Foremost Gun Control Advocate To Lead Connecticut Bar

Newtown’s Foremost Gun Control Advocate To Lead Connecticut Bar | NEWTOWN_RESIDENT_NAMED_CBA_PRESIDENT-ELECT_-_M_Frank | Gun Control US News
Sandy Hook resident Monte E. Frank, pictured here during the Newtown Team 26 departure ceremony in April, has been named to serve as president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) during the 2015-2016 bar year. (image credit: Newtown Bee)

Effective July 1 attorney Monte E. Frank is president-elect of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) for 2015-16, the Newtown Bee reports.

In Frank’s capacity as Newtown’s attorney he has lent his professional expertise to stonewalling Wolfgang Halbig’s numerous Connecticut Freedom of Information requests to obtain details concerning the Sandy Hook massacre event for over one year (e.g. here, here and here).

According to Frank’s professional profile at law firm Cohen and Wolf:

The Danbury Bar Association recognized him with the association’s annual Pro Bono Award for his pro bono representation of several families who were deeply affected by the tragedy in Newtown and his representation of an individual in connection with the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund.

A cycling enthusiast, Frank headed-up “Team 26,” a group of 26 cyclists symbolizing those slain at Sandy Hook Elementary who biked from Newtown to Washington DC in March 2013 and annually thereafter to lobby for intensified federal gun control legislation.

“We’ve gotten tremendous support from people all over the country who really have identified with our ride and our cause and are inspiring us to train and get ready for it and do the 400 miles to DC,” Frank told a local news outlet before partaking in the media event.

The attorney maintains that his daughter had Vicki Soto as a substitute teacher for three months, and in the aftermath of the shooting he has struggled to explain the event to her.

“She handed me a letter that she wrote about why my dad is writing [sic] to Washington,” Frank told WFSB. “It was really the first time since Dec. 14 that she’s really opened up and spoken about it.”

Team 26 embarked for DC just one month after Super Bowl XLVII, when Sandy Hook students allegedly travelled to New Orleans to perform at the pregame show–an event that Frank’s client, the Newtown School District, has no record of ever having officially occurred.

As president-elect of the CBA, Frank will oversee meetings of the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors in the absence of the president, preside over the Connecticut Council of Bar Presidents, and act as treasurer of the Connecticut Bar Institute.

“In addition, Mr Frank is vice president of the New England Bar Association,” the Bee observes,

and is one of Connecticut’s delegates to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He is a member of the National Council of Bar Presidents and spoke on panels at NCBP’s Boston and Houston meetings.

Mr Frank is also a member of the American Bar Foundation Fellows as well as the Connecticut Bar Foundation Fellows and serves on the latter’s Education and Program Committee. He was previously the president of the Greater Danbury Bar Association and received its pro bono award in 2013.

The Connecticut Bar Association is governed by a Board of Governors and House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is its primary decision-making and policy-making body, while the Board of Governors is its administrative board that is responsible for budgetary and financial matters other than setting annual dues. There are also seven officer positions held by members of the association for a one-year term.

Frank obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from Cornell University.


Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.

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James F. Tracy's work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.

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