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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Member Spotlight: Thomas J. Saadi

Thomas J. SaadiGovernor Malloy announced that he is nominating Thomas J. Saadi to serve as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). The mission of the DVA is to provide care for the approximately 200,000 veterans living in Connecticut and their dependents.

Prior to joining the DVA in 2015 as its general counsel and eventually becoming chief of staff, Attorney Saadi served as an assistant attorney general and special prosecutor, in which he litigated numerous cases and supervised investigations to stop false and deceptive practices and recover funds for the State of Connecticut.

Attorney Saadi is also a Major in the US Army Reserve, serving with the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion. He received his commission in the Army Reserve in 2005, completed officer basic training in 2006, officer advanced training in 2014, and Command and General Staff College in 2016 where he graduated in the top 20 percent of his class.

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Member Spotlight: Robinson+Cole

Fourteen volunteer attorneys and staff members of Robinson+Cole taught Junior Achievement curriculum to kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students at Parkville Community School in Hartford. CBA member and a firm partner, Christine E. Bromberg, coordinated the efforts. This was the firm’s 13th time volunteering for Junior Achievement Day.

The firm’s volunteers used stories, hands-on activities, and discussions to teach kindergarten classes about the concept of helping, working, earning, and saving; taught first grade students about needs, wants, jobs, tools and skills, and independence; and discussed communities and the work they perform to the second grade students.

Junior Achievement Day is an annual volunteer opportunity to make students financially responsible, prepared for the workforce, and entrepreneurially savvy.

Robinson+Cole Junior Achievement DayRobinson+Cole attorney and staff volunteers at Junior Achievement Day.

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Nominations are Now Open for the 2018 Ladder Award

The Women in the Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Section is seeking nominations for the 2018 Ladder Award. This award honors a Connecticut female attorney who has “left the ladder down” for women to follow in her footsteps, and values the importance of leadership development, mentoring, and supporting junior lawyers in their journeys to success.

To nominate a candidate, submit a letter of recommendation, no longer than two pages, describing the extent, type, and character of the leadership provided by the nominee. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, January 5, 2018 to YLSWITL@gmail.com. Learn more about the Ladder award here.

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2017 Ladder Award winner, Justice Maria A. Kahn,
with CBA officers and YLS leadership.