Member Spotlight: Norman H. Roos

Norman H. Roos of Robinson+Cole’s finance team was installed as the 2019-2020 president of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) during their annual meeting on September 7 in Monterey, CA. ACMA was formed in 1974 and its membership consists of nearly 500 lawyers in North America who are recognized leaders in the mortgage law industry.

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CBA Names #1 CLE Provider Again

The Connecticut Bar Association has once again won #1 CLE Provider and #1 CLE Provider – Online as voted by Connecticut Law Tribune readers during the 15th annual “Best of”supplement.

“We thank the Connecticut Law Tribune readers for continuing to recognize our outstanding in-person and on-demand CLE seminars. The CBA is proud to offer our members and guests CLE seminars that advance the legal profession,” said Keith J. Soressi, CBA executive director. “In the competitive CLE marketplace, we pride ourselves on providing education events that meet the changing needs of attorneys to stay informed about the latest developments in law and to keep their skills sharp. We look forward to continuing to offer educational opportunities by Connecticut lawyers, for Connecticut lawyers.”

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Volunteer for Stand Down 2019

Stand Down for veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At the secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. This afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

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2019 L.A.W. Camp for High School Students

The CBA’s 2019 L.A.W. Camp consisted of two, week-long camps in New Haven, Hartford, and New Britain from July 8-19.

This camp exposes high school students to the legal profession and gives them instruction on critical and analytical thinking to help them succeed in their educational and professional careers. During the week, students visited courts and participated in panel discussions, advocacy training, and prepared for a mock court case.

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Certification as a Residential Real Estate Specialist Now Available

The Real Property Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) has launched the Residential Real Estate Specialist Certification program to help the public identify attorneys who have demonstrated expertise in the area of residential real estate law based on their competence, experience, and skills. The Legal Specialization Screening Committee and the Rules Committee of the Connecticut Superior Court approved the CBA’s certification program in December of 2018 to raise the level of practice in this area of law.

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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.