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.

Member Spotlight: Jamey L. Bell

Jamey L. BellOn May 6, 2019 Executive Director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid Jamey L. Bell, received the inaugural Anthony M. Fitzgerald Award for Excellence by the Connecticut Bar Foundation (CBF). This award honors legal service providers and attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to the provision of zealous and skilled legal representation for low income clients, including direct client and other activities that ensure that Connecticut citizens have legal representation when facing important civil legal concerns affecting their safety, health, shelter, and survival.

Attorney Bell has more than 35 years of experience as an attorney and policy advocate in the areas of health care access, education, child welfare, and family economic security. She provides day-to-day oversight of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, including administrative, financial, advocacy, personnel, strategic planning, communications, and legislative issues. She serves on the CBA Pro Bono Committee and the Connecticut Judicial Branch Access to Justice Libraries Work Group.

Celebrate with the Stars: A Night of Honor and Inspiration

Over 450 guests were in attendance at the sixth annual “Celebrate with the Stars” event on April 11 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. President Jonathan M. Shapiro began the night by acknowledging the support of the many dignitaries in attendance, including Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Attorney General William M. Tong, and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John H. Durham.

The first recognition of the evening was for members of the bar admitted in 1969, who were honored for their 50 years of practice with Half-century pins.

The awards presentation began with The Honorable Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award. The winners of this award, as selected by the Pro Bono Committee, exhibit commitment to pro bono service and serve as role models for the profession. This year’s winners were: Rebecca L. Ciota, Jennifer L. Hluska, Brittany A. Killian, Jane I. Milas, and Stephanie B. Nickse.

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Registration Now Open for the Connecticut Legal Conference

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June 10, 2019

Over 40 CLE seminars covering: practice-focused annual reviews and updates; cutting-edge trends in legal technology, law practice management, and major practice areas; and recent developments in legal ethics.

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2019-2020 Committee Appointments

Committees are critical to our success as a member-driven organization. Service on a committee is a great way to advance your profession, build your network, and share your expertise with fellow members.

If you are interested in remaining on your committee or possibly joining another, please fill out a committee selection request form.

Don’t delay! Request forms must be submitted by midnight on Friday, May 31, 2019. Once received, President-elect Ndidi N. Moses will review the requests with the committee chairs and finalize appointments.

If you have any questions about the form or the process, contact Carol DeJohn at (860)612-2000 or cdejohn@ctbar.org.

Committees Accepting Applications
Civics Education Committee
Committee on Human Trafficking
Connecticut Bar Journal Board of Editors
Connecticut Lawyer Advisory Committee
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Immigration Law Committee
Medical Marijuana Committee
Membership Committee
Privacy & Data Security Committee
Pro Bono Committee
Professional Ethics, Standing Committee
Professionalism Committee

 

Member Spotlight: John P. Casey and Evan J. Seeman

CBA members John P. Casey and Evan J. Seeman of Robinson+Cole helped reopen the New London Harbor Lighthouse through representation in a pro bono litigation. The lighthouse has now been reopened to the public after four years, due to the City issuing a cease an desist order prohibiting public tours.

In 2015, neighbors of the lighthouse feared it would become a commercial tourist destination, causing the New London Maritime Society to be barred from hosting tours. Attorneys Casey and Seeman worked on the case from the initial appeal of the cease and desist order, which was initially upheld by the New London Zoning Board of Appeals, to an appeal of the Board’s decision to the Connecticut Superior Court that resulted in the order being over turned.

Attorney Casey concentrates his practice on land use and environmental matters, with particular emphasis on coastal management, development, permitting, and littoral and riparian water rights. Attorney Seeman concentrates his practice in land use and zoning, real property litigation, and municipal law. He is also a member of the CBA Planning & Zoning and Real Property Committees.

 

 

 

 

Retired Superior Court Judge Lynda B. Munro Receives 2019 Ladder Award

2019 Ladder Award Winner Hon. Lynda B. Munro and her colleagues, Hon. Anne C. Dranginis and CBA Past President Livia D. Barndollar (2008-2009), both of Pullman & Comley LLC.

The CBA Women in the Law Section, in association with the CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Women in the Law Committee, honored retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Lynda B. Munro as the 2019 recipient of the Ladder Award at “Pathways to Leadership for Women Lawyers,” held on March 28 at Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT.

The Ladder Award was created by the YLS Women in the Law Committee in 2007 to honor a woman attorney who has “left the ladder down” for those women to follow in her footsteps. The award is aimed at honoring the efforts of women in the legal profession who have recognized the importance of mentoring and supporting more junior lawyers in their own journeys to success in the profession. Judge Munro has joined a distinguished group of female attorneys, including Former US Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly, Justice Maria A. Kahn, Diane W. Whitney, Hon. Anne C. Dranginis, Rosemary Giuliano, and Hon. Elizabeth J. Stewart.

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