Construction Complete Outside of CBA Law Center

After over a year of construction, the revitalization of the roads outside of the CBA Law Center is complete. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart unveiled a new roundabout and rededicated the Leo A. Milewski Park on October 29.

The completion of this construction, which included the extension of street and sidewalk enhancements along Bank Street and Columbus Boulevard, the addition of the roundabout, the redirection of bus traffic from Bank Street to Columbus Boulevard, and the restoration and relocation of the sculpture, designed by Olaf Zeidenberg, were part of phase four of New Britain’s Complete Streets Masterplan. The plan focused on safety improvements and beautification work as part of New Britain’s ongoing efforts to make the downtown more attractive to developers and businesses while also enhancing the quality of life for residents.

The park, located directly outside of the CBA Law Center, was named in honor of Leo A. Milewski, a commissioner on the city’s Board of Water in the 1950s and the chairman of the city’s Redevelopment Commission in the 1960s, as a homage to his dedication to moving New Britain forward and contributions to the community. The nearby statue was designed by Olaf Zeidenberg and repurposed as the focal point of the new roundabout.

“Today, we reflect on the spirit that Leo Milewski and Olaf Zeidenberg felt as they were inspired to transform our community nearly half a century ago. One did it through the splendor of art, the other through the tireless planning and execution of a vision for a more vibrant New Britain,” stated Mayor Erin Stewart.

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Roundabout and Leo A. Milewski Park outside of the CBA Law Center.
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Member Spotlight: New Haven County Bar Annual Dinner

On October 4, the New Haven County Bar Association held their 111th Annual Dinner at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. During the event, CBA Past President William H. Clendenen, Jr. received the Yale Sappern Civility Award, and George E. O’Brien, Jr. received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

William H. Clendenen, Jr. is a past president of the CBA (2015-2016) and a member of the Committee on Human Trafficking, Federal Judicial Committee, and Nominating Committee. Attorney Clendenen is founder and principal of Clendenen & Shea LLC in New Haven.

George E. O’Brien, Jr. is a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section and its executive committee. Attorney O’Brien is a shareholder of Littler Mendelson PC in New Haven.

William H. Clendenen, Jr.

 

Yale Sappern Civility Award
William H. Clendenen, Jr.

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award
George E. O’Brien, Jr.

 

Read the Latest Issue of Connecticut Lawyer

The September/October Issue of Connecticut Lawyer is now available!

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This issue’s featured articles include:

Credit Card Surcharges and Cash Discounts: Update on Recent Litigation
By Elizabeth C. Yen

Out From under the Brick–A Long Road to a “New” Antitrust Remedy for Connecticut Consumers
By Michael Kurs

The New Connecticut Revised Uniform Arbitration Act
By Roy L. De Barbieri and Steward Edelstein

Should You Include an Arbitration Clause in Your Engagement Agreement?
By Houston Putnam Lowry

I Don’t Remember Learning That as a 1L: Four Tactics They Didn’t Teach You in Law School
By Kyle J. LaBuff

Presidential Fellows Begin New Term

The Connecticut Bar Association launched the Presidential Fellowship Program in 2015 to encourage the active involvement of young lawyers in the activities of CBA sections and to increase section membership diversity. The program provides the Fellows with the opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of CBA sections, to help them develop into future leaders, and serves to promote sections to other members of the YLS and the bar.

Each Fellow serves a two year term and is affiliated with a senior bar section and selects a project intended to increase engagement in that section. Throughout the bar year, they will receive training and support for their work with their respective sections.

The new Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2018-2020 term include: Clair Howard, Labor and Employment Law Section; Kyle J. LaBuff, Solo and Small Firm Section; Patricia Nachilima, Litigation Section; Abena A. Sarpong, Health Law Section; Jennifer L. Shukla, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; and Thomas H. Wilkeson, Tax Section.

The Presidential Fellows and their senior bar section for the 2017-2019 term include: Daniel R. Cooper, Intellectual Property Section; and Suphi A. Philip, Family Law Section.

Presidential Fellows
(L to R) Suphi A. Philip, Kyle J. LaBuff, Patricia Nachilima, Abena A. Sarpong, Daniel R. Cooper, Jennifer L. Shukla, and Thomas H. Wilkeson.

Section Spotlight: Workers’ Compensation

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Commissioner John A. Mastropietro

On September 20, the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section sponsored a retirement dinner for Commissioner John A. Mastropietro at La Bella Vista in Waterbury. Section members, workers’ compensation attorneys, claim representatives, family, friends, and colleagues joined together to wish the commissioner well in future endeavors.

The CBA Workers’ Compensation Section aims to organize the members of the CBA who are workers’ compensation practitioners and to educate all members of the bar from all sides at all levels of expertise as to workers’ compensation law. Furthermore, this section attempts to provide services to organizations other than the CBA when those organizations are involved in the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation system.

Interested in joining the section? You can join the Workers’ Compensation Section at any time throughout the bar year.

Member Spotlight: Stand Down Volunteers

On September 21, the Connecticut Bar Association was honored once again to join over 100 agencies and social service organizations helping more than 1,000 Connecticut veterans at Stand Down 2018 at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. CBA volunteer attorneys provided assistance, as well as direction on where to go for ongoing services.

CBA volunteer attorneys included Lawrence Andrea, Richard D. Arconti, Stefany Buckley, Linda Bulkovich, Carrie M. Coulombe, Major Michael Criscuolo, Captain Vergil T. Decker, Jason M. Fragoso, Monte E. Frank, Major Donnial Hinds, Carmina Hirsch, Barbara Housen, Jonathan Klein, Frank A. Manfredi, Geoffrey Naab, Meghan Smith, and Winona Zimberlin.

Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. It provided battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

 

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