Deadline Approaching for the Worker’s Compensation Specialist Program

Are you a committed practitioner of workers’ compensation law?
Have you considered becoming a workers’ compensation certified specialist?

Workers' Compensation Cert LogoNow’s your chance to take your career to the next level! The CBA examining and standing committees on workers’ compensation certification will hold an exam to certify new specialists in May 2018. Learn more about the Workers’ Compensation Certified Specialist program.

The process to become eligible to sit for the exam begins with filing a notice of intent to apply by January 5, 2018.


5 Things to Know About the MCLE Rule

  1. You Must Earn 12 Credits
    • All attorneys must complete 12 hours of continuing legal education (CLE).
    • Of those 12 credits, two must be ethics.
    • If you earn more than the required 12, you may carry over two credits into the following year.
  2. How to Earn Credits
    • In-person CLE programs: The most common way of earning credits. View the CBA Education calendar for a full list of seminars.
    • On-demand: Access a wide variety of video and audio CLE products through our Education Portal from the comfort of your home or office.
    • Alternative ways to earn: Teaching a CLE program, writing and publishing articles in publications like the Connecticut Lawyer, or by teaching courses by an ABA accredited law school.
  1. Tracking Your Credits
  2. How to Report your MCLE Credits
    • There is no requirement to send in written proof of your MCLE compliance – the program is a self-reporting system. For the full MCLE rule, visit the Connecticut Judicial Branch website.
    • The CBA does not report any credits to the judicial branch and is not affiliated with Connecticut Judicial Branch in any way.
    • Each attorney must keep track of the courses and hours accumulated, and must maintain these records for seven years. Check your CLE Credit Tracker to view the courses you have taken!
  3. MCLE is Easy with the CBA!
    • After earning your 12 credits, all you need to do is indicate that you have complied with the rule on your annual attorney registration form filed with the judicial branch. MCLE is easy with the CBA!


Seventh Annual Federal Tax Institute of New England

On Friday, November 10, over 150 attorneys gathered at Saint Clements Castle in Portland, CT for the 2017 Federal Tax Institute of New England. Founded by Frank S. Berall in 2011 and chaired by tax law veteran Deborah J. Tedford, attendees spent the day receiving a comprehensive education from national speakers presenting on cutting edge tax and estate planning issues that may have occurred within the past year, as well as ideas to improve their practice and service to their clients.

Seminar topics varied from how to achieve tax free compounding, important issues in special needs trusts, ethics in tax practice, and a Washington update of tax changes ten months into the Trump administration.

This year’s CBA faculty speakers included: Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan, Marcel J. Bernier, K. Bradoc “Brad” Gallant, Rebecca A. Iannantuoni, Daniel G. Johnson, Peter S. Jongbloed, Katherine A. McAllister, Lisa E. Perkins, Daniel M. Smolnik, Michael P. Spiro, and Barbara Taylor.


For more photos from the event, visit our Facebook album!

To see the full version of this week’s Weekly Docket, click here.

Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) is presenting the symposium, Transgender and Genderqueer Public School Students: School Safety in an Era of Uncertainty, on July 27 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in The Old Judiciary Room at The Capitol. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will follow the symposium. This program qualifies for CLE credit.

This event will provide educators and attorneys the opportunity to identify and discuss law which protects LGBTQA+ students from unlawful discrimination and discriminatory bullying in the schools.

Panelists will review and discuss best practices regarding education, advocacy, and protection for transgender and genderqueer students in public schools. In accordance with the mission of the CHRO, the event is intended to inform attendees about the protections afforded these students by human rights statutes in the state of Connecticut and to provide a forum of equal opportunity and justice that they establish. Panelists include:

Robin McHaelen, Executive Director, True Colors Inc. – Robin McHaelen has been an advocate for LGBTQ youth in Connecticut for many years, and regularly provides workshops and training on sexuality and gender diversity for students and professionals alike. Her talk will draw from her work with True Colors, and touch specifically on how schools might address the needs of transgender and genderqueer/nonconforming students (i.e. students who chose not to identify as either male or female).

Dustin Rader, English Teacher, Canton High School – Dustin Rader was named to NBC Out’s #Pride30 list for 2017 recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer change makers nationwide. He will speak about transgender-related experiences in schools.

Michael Roberts, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Michael Roberts will give a short presentation on anti-discrimination protections on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Alix Simonetti, CHRO Human Rights Attorney; CT Equality Coalition member – Alix Simonetti will provide opening remarks on the historical context for the symposium’s discussion.

Karla Vasquez, President. CT Association of School Psychologists – Karla Vasquez will speak about the psychological resources available to transgender and genderqueer students in public schools.

If you require any further information or accommodations, please contact

Why You Will Become Obsolete

Building Your Practice
Why You Will Become Obsolete
By Walt Hampton

82003af6-213a-4006-84c3-47df9a42b0f1In this Connecticut Lawyer article, Walt Hampton explains how our addiction to the “undisciplined pursuit of more” caused by constant interruptions of checking and re-checking e-mails, smartphones, tablets, etc., disallows us to complete deep work, deeming us replaceable.

Read Walt’s tips on how to stay focused and not become obsolete.

Get more keys to success from Walt Hampton at the CLC:f20eddcb-0a8e-41c4-a703-544d8cc28bfc
Pre-conference Mindfulness Speaker
Legal Tech/Law Firm Practice Management Track Speaker

Learn about the Changing Laws around Medical Marijuana at the CLC


States’ Rights: Marijuana Laws under the New Administration
Hot Topics Track
Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

What does the new administration mean for Medical Marijuana in Connecticut? Candidate Trump indicated that, if elected, his administration would likely not interfere with state-run medical marijuana programs, but he expressed ambivalence toward states’ rights when it comes to recreational marijuana laws. President Trump has telegraphed a similar position, though has provided no definitive pronouncement or taken action on these issues to date.

You Will Learn

  • About federal regulation of medical marijuana
  • About the likely legal impact of regulatory change for Connecticut producers, providers, patients, and their third party business partners
  • An overview of this quickly evolving legal arena

Earn all 12 of your 2017 MCLE credits in one day
with the Connecticut Legal Conference*


*Full-day registrants can earn six in-person credits on June 12, and will receive access to On-Demand versions of more than 12 conference seminars for full CLE credit.

To learn more about the Connecticut Legal Conference on June 12,