CBA Welcomes New Director of CLE and Section Programming

Thomas A. Genung
CBA Director of CLE and Section Programming Thomas A. Genung

The Connecticut Bar Association is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Thomas A. Genung as the new director of CLE and section programming as of March 19.

Attorney Genung comes to us from the Florida Judicial Branch, where he served for 12 years as a trial court administrator in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Prior to that he served in the 17th Judicial Circuit in several roles, lastly as general counsel.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CBA, including executive leadership, strategic planning, operations management, education programming, finance and budgeting, civics education, and public information. He received his BS in forestry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his JD from the City University of New York School of Law.

“I am honored to join the CBA team, and am committed to working with CBA membership to deliver compelling, thought-provoking, and inspiring continuing legal education to the legal community,” stated Genung.

Young Lawyers Section Habitat for Humanity Build

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The CBA Young Lawyers Section is excited to participate in a build for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity again this year at a construction site in Hartford on March 30, 2019. Not only will they be volunteering time to help build a home here in Greater Hartford, they have also committed to fundraising in support of Hartford Habitat’s mission to provide safe, decent, affordable housing here in the Hartford community. Donate today to help reach their fundraising goal!

YLS Executive Committee Seeks Applications for 2019-2020 Bar Year

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The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Executive Committee is a fantastic opportunity for you to take a leadership role in the Bar, network with friends and colleagues, create avenues for potential new clients, and make a name for yourself in this early part of your career.

What is the CBA/YLS Executive Committee?
The Executive Committee is your chance to take a leadership role in the YLS. Pursuant to the CBA/YLS Bylaws, the YLS is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of four officers, a team of directors, and chairs of committees dedicated to varied practice areas made up of young lawyers from across the Association and state. These committees actively engage in planning and implementing programming catered to each area of the law, and they provide an excellent opportunity for young lawyers to explore the area of law in which they practice and begin to make a name for themselves there. The committee chair positions that may comprise the 2019-2020 Executive Committee are found on the application.

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YLS Honors Asha Rangappa with Diversity Award

YLS Chair David A. McGrath, YLS Senior Advisor Suphi A. Philip, and Diversity Award recipient Asha Rangappa.

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) held its eleventh Diversity Award Dinner on February 7  at Amarante’s Sea Cliff in New Haven. The honor was presented to Asha Rangappa—former FBI agent, CNN contributor, and senior lecturer at Yale University—for her outstanding efforts on behalf of diversity.

YLS Chair David A. McGrath introduced the event and provided the background of the award. The YLS Diversity Award is presented to a person in the legal field who has shown both a personal and professional commitment to the elimination of bias in the legal profession as well as the principle that all people should have full and equal protection in the justice system.

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Free CLE for All Government Lawyers

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In an effort to assist lawyers affected by the shutdown of the federal government, the Connecticut Bar Association is offering free CLE programs to all affected lawyers through the month of February.

Through February, any lawyer who works for the federal government may register for free, for any CLE course offered through April 30, 2019.

“The Connecticut Bar Association recognizes and appreciates the efforts of all lawyers who keep our federal government and the federal judiciary running. If the CBA can be of further assistance, please feel free to let us know,” state CBA President Jonathan M. Shapiro.

A member who qualifies for this offer may take advantage of it by contacting the CBA’s Member Service Center at MSC@ctbar.org or (844)469-2221.

Young Lawyers Section Collects over 30,000 Meals This Holiday Season

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The Young Lawyers Section’s Horn of Plenty Food Drive collected over 30,000 meals for Connecticut residents struggling with hunger this fall. Food drive participants’ monetary donations were matched two to one by Feeding America’s Give a Meal with Bank of America program. The YLS also collected food items for Connecticut Foodbank and Foodshare at law firms across the state.

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Nominating Committee Looks to Fill Officer Positions

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Do you want to make a difference in the legal profession?

Serving as a leader of the Connecticut Bar Association can be a highly rewarding experience. We are currently looking to fill the positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer, and assistant secretary-treasurer for the 2019-2020 bar year.

Proposed names should be e-mailed to the Nominating Committee Chair Karen DeMeola, at kdemeola@ctbar.org or sent in an envelope marked “CONFIDENTIAL” to the Connecticut Bar Association, 30 Bank St, New Britain, CT 06051 by December 31, 2018.