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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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.

CBA Hosts the Largest Gathering of Legal Professionals in Connecticut

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More than 1,200 attorneys, judges, paralegals, and other legal professionals from throughout the state gathered on June 10 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for the 2019 Connecticut Legal Conference. The day began with a networking breakfast—including alumni receptions for Quinnipiac University School of Law as well as UConn School of Law—and wellness offerings of mindfulness, yoga, and a river walk.

This year’s conference featured over 40 CLE seminars across 12 different tracks with topics ranging from diversity and inclusion, lawyer wellness, the Fourth Amendment, and federal and state wage and hour laws, with a track dedicated to advanced training in depositions and cross-examination with Robert Musante of Robert Musante’s CLE Seminars and Webinars.

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Diane D. Duhamel Receives 2019 Pomeranz-O’Brien Award

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Diane D. Duhamel received the Pomeranz-O’Brien Award from the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) Workers’ Compensation Section for her contribution and exemplary service to the workers’ compensation system and community. Attorney Duhamel was presented with the award at the 2019 Connecticut Legal Conference during the section’s seminar, “Current Issues in the Workers’ Compensation System.”

“Diane brought the Workers’ Compensation Section from a ‘good-old-boys’ network to an active, thriving, and energetic section that was, and still is, a model for the CBA. She brought diversity and inclusion to the section; she demanded a lot of those who she worked with, but demanded and delivered even more of herself, all for the benefit and betterment of the section and all of its members,” expressed Attorney Mark D. Leighton, who nominated Attorney Duhamel for the award.

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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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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

 

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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