Past Barristers’ Presidents John Hascall (2010-1011), Brandie Fowler (2011-2012) and Scott Lautenbaugh (2000-2001) help “Make Barristers Great Again” at the annual Christmas party in December. – Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Make ’Em Great, or Bust!
It is actually debatable whether 2017-2018 President Marcus Sladek succeeded in making the Barristers great again, but he and his merry band of writers and actors gave it their best effort at the annual Christmas-time roast of any and all courthouse victims. The event featured some clever videos, a visit from Santa, and a visit by a frequent crowd favorite, The Simple Country Lawyer (Joe Bradley). Few were spared as the sharp wit of the writers targeted lawyers and judges alike with skits ripped from the headlines of 2017. Sladek delivered a self-deprecating opening monologue, thus deflecting any further barbs by others. Dinner and drinks mellowed the attendees’ spirits, saving the actors from any retaliatory measures. The show closed as usual with a solemn reading of this year’s departed colleagues.