Section Spotlight: Labor and Employment Law

On Wednesday, April 4, the CBA Labor and Employment Law Section and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association co-sponsored, Three Views from the Bench: Questions & Answers with Harford’s Federal Judges, at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. Judges Alfred V. Covello, Donna F. Martinez, and Michael P. Shea, shared insights and anecdotes from their many years of presiding over federal employment cases. In honor of Judge Covello’s 25th year on the District Court in 2017, Judges Martinez and Shea joined the panel, for what has annually been a Q & A with one judge.

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Judges Alfred V. Covello, Donna F. Martinez, and Michael P. Shea sharing their views from the bench.
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Section Spotlight: Environmental Law Section

Former US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Commissioner Gina McCarthy addressed an audience of 200 environmental professionals at the Connecticut Science Center on Thursday, March 22. The Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), Connecticut Environmental Forum (CEF), Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP-CT), and Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) hosted the sold-out event, “An Evening with Gina McCarthy.”

During her lecture, McCarthy shared her views of the current and future state of environmental regulations at the local, regional, national, and international levels. “It is a difficult time but we must feel positive about the world and the future,” expressed McCarthy. “We have the rule of law on our side and that is what matters and that is what will prevent us from going backwards.”

McCarthy served as the EPA administrator from 2013-2017 and CT DEEP commissioner from 2004-2009. She has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 35 years. Currently, McCarthy serves as director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, and is a professor at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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(Pictured L to R) SWEP-CT Co-chair Jane Kimball Warren, CBA Environmental Law Section Chair M. Anne Peters, EPOC Executive Director Seth Molofsky, Event Speaker Gina McCarthy, CEF President Todd Berman, and SWEP-CT Board Member Jordana Langford, at “An Evening with Gina McCarthy.”
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Event speaker Gina McCarthy shared her views of the current and future state of environmental regulations.

Member Spotlight: Michael Koskoff

michael_koskoffQuinnipiac University School of Law, as well as the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will be hosting its 30th Annual Thurgood Marshall Award Ceremony on Wednesday, March 28. This year’s award recipient is Michael Koskoff, principal attorney at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC in Bridgeport, who has used his legal education to promote civil rights and civil liberties in Connecticut.

Each year, BLSA recognizes an outstanding person in law, education, or politics who exemplifies Thurgood Marshall’s dedication to improving society through the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights. BLSA’s Thurgood Marshall Award is given in honor of the first African American appointed to the US Supreme Court. Marshall epitomized individual commitment to civil rights.

Member Spotlight: Sudha Setty

Sudha Setty HeadshotWestern New England University School of Law Professor Sudha Setty has been named the next dean of the law school. She joined the faculty in 2006 and currently serves as professor of and associate dean for the faculty development and intellectual life.

Professor Setty has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2017 Connecticut Bar Association Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award, and two Western New England University School of Law Professor of the Year honors. Prior to entering academia, she served as a litigator with a focus on antitrust and securities regulation matters. She earned her JD from Columbia Law School and her AB from Stanford University.

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Registration Now Open: Celebrate with the Stars

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Register today to join us at Celebrate with the Stars for a night of inspiration as we honor this year’s impressive awardees, as well as attorneys observing the 50th anniversary of their admission to practice in Connecticut. The night will include a happy hour with local wine tastings, cordial and dessert pairing, and dancing. Come, be inspired, and leave empowered. Visit ctbar.org/2018Celebrate for a list of this year’s awardees and sponsorship opportunities.

Member Spotlight: Joshua W. Cohen

cohen_joshuaJoshua W. Cohen, partner in Day Pitney LLP‘s New Haven office, will be running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents as part of the World Marathon Challenge. Attorney Cohen and his team, Team Hold the Plane, are fundraising for 11 organizations, including the ALS Association, Stand Up to Cancer, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The World Marathon Challenge will begin on January 30, in Antarctica and end on February 5 in Miami, FL. The 55 athletes participating in the challenge will run marathons in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. Learn more or donate to help Team Hold the Plane reach their pursuit of raising $2,000,000 for deserving charities.

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