Tax on Legal Services Removed from State Budget

On June 26, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed the most recent biennial state budget into law. The approved two-year budget does not include a sales tax on legal services as originally recommended by the governor. As you know, the CBA strongly opposed the proposal as it would unnecessarily tax people in times of their greatest need.

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Now Available: 2018-2019 CBA Annual Report

The 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available at ctbar.org/CBAAnnualReports.

Collegiality, sharing expertise, and working together to improve the practice of law are the hallmarks of membership in CBA sections and committees. Substantive sections provide networking and professional development opportunities for members, while committees focus on legal, practice related, and professional issues.

Learn more about what these groups have accomplished during the bar year in the areas of education, meetings, publications, legislative efforts, volunteer activities, and other programs and events through their annual reports.

CBA Environmental Law Section Honors Environmental Leaders

The Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) Environmental Law Section honored Catherine Rawson, Attorney Gregory A. Sharp, and Penelope Chester Sharp (posthumously) with Clyde O. Fisher, Jr. Awards on Tuesday, June 18. The award recognizes individuals or entities who have made a significant contribution to the preservation or enhancement of environmental quality through work in the fields of environmental law, environmental protection, and environmental planning.

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CBA Hosts the Largest Gathering of Legal Professionals in Connecticut

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More than 1,200 attorneys, judges, paralegals, and other legal professionals from throughout the state gathered on June 10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for the 2019 Connecticut Legal Conference. The day began with a networking breakfast—including alumni receptions for Quinnipiac University School of Law as well as UConn School of Law—and wellness offerings of mindfulness, yoga, and a river walk.

This year’s conference featured over 40 CLE seminars across 12 different tracks with topics ranging from diversity and inclusion, lawyer wellness, the Fourth Amendment, and federal and state wage and hour laws, with a track dedicated to advanced training in depositions and cross-examination with Robert Musante of Robert Musante’s CLE Seminars and Webinars.

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Diane D. Duhamel Receives 2019 Pomeranz-O’Brien Award

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Diane D. Duhamel received the Pomeranz-O’Brien Award from the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) Workers’ Compensation Section for her contribution and exemplary service to the workers’ compensation system and community. Attorney Duhamel was presented with the award at the 2019 Connecticut Legal Conference during the section’s seminar, “Current Issues in the Workers’ Compensation System.”

“Diane brought the Workers’ Compensation Section from a ‘good-old-boys’ network to an active, thriving, and energetic section that was, and still is, a model for the CBA. She brought diversity and inclusion to the section; she demanded a lot of those who she worked with, but demanded and delivered even more of herself, all for the benefit and betterment of the section and all of its members,” expressed Attorney Mark D. Leighton, who nominated Attorney Duhamel for the award.

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CBF Announces Interim Executive Director

The following appeared in a press release distributed by the Connecticut Bar Foundation:

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The Connecticut Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that Natalie Wagner of West Hartford was named as the foundation’s interim executive director, effective May 28, 2019. Natalie has extensive legal experience in Connecticut’s public and private sectors. Her professional experience includes serving as the legal director to both the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management and State Department of Education as deputy counsel to the Office of Governor Malloy. Subsequently, she represented school districts and educational institutions throughout Connecticut as counsel at Shipman & Goodwin LLP. Natalie has also volunteered her time on numerous professional and community organizations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Natalie’s wide community reach and professional experience are an excellent fit for the foundation at this critical time in our tenure.

The Connecticut Bar Foundation works to increase access to justice by administering grants to legal services agencies that provide civil representation to those who cannot otherwise afford an attorney. Since 1952, the foundation also serves as an integral part of the legal community in Connecticut, working in partnership with judges, attorneys, and law schools to promote understanding and improvement of the law, legal institutions, and the legal profession.

Member Spotlight: Dana R. Bucin

On May 16, the Connecticut Law Tribune presented Dana R. Bucin of Murtha Cullina LLP with the 2019 Connecticut Attorney of the Year Award. Awards were also presented to first runner-up Jon Bauer, director of the University of Connecticut School of Law’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, and second runner-up Moy Ogilvie of McCarter & English LLP.

Attorney Bucin helped secure the release of two Cuban nationals from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody last year and has given critical help to clients from around the world in gaining legal immigration status.

“It’s not easy to be an immigration lawyer,” shared Attorney Bucin. “Its fighting hard in the trenches, and in immigration courts across the country, and visiting clients in detention centers, and that takes its emotional toll on you.”

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First runner-up Jon Bauer, Attorney of the Year Dana Bucin, and second runner-up Moy Ogilvie.