On May 24, the CBA Workers’ Compensation Section sponsored a retirement dinner for Commissioner Christine L. Engel at the Waterbury Country Club. Section members, workers’ compensation commissioners and attorneys, claim representatives, family, friends, and colleagues, joined together to thank the commissioner for her years of service.
Commissioner Engel became a Board Certified Expert in Workers’ Compensation in 2003 and joined the Workers’ Compensation Commission in 2008. Prior to becoming commissioner, she worked at Nicholas & Johnson LLC where she primarily focused her practice in workers’ compensation, but also represented clients in social security disability claims, real estate closings, personal injury actions, and family matters.
The CBA is seeking candidates for its Education Coordinator position. This person will assist the Director of Education and Communication in implementing CBA Education Department programming. The focus of the position will be on assisting with the production and delivery of education programs, including in-person and online programs, as well as delivery of educational products. The individual will be comfortable with a busy work place, creating and following processes, learning new information and skills, taking creative initiative to solve problems, adapting to change, and managing projects.
The CBA presented the seminar, “The Grit Project: How to Develop the Secret Skills of America’s Top Women Attorneys.” The Grit Project is an American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession initiative designed to educate women lawyers about the science behind a grit and growth mindset to enhance the effectiveness, retention, and promotion of women lawyers.
Dr. Milana L. Hogan, author of Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers, presented an interactive program that explained growth mindset and why many female attorneys lack it. Attendees participated in small group exercises, discussing video scenarios presented, to help participants learn how to tackle difficult work problems.
After Dr. Hogan’s presentation, Supreme Court Justice Maria A. Kahn, Leander A. Dolphin of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Sarah Man of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and Elizabeth Seeley of Seeley Seeley & Berglass LLC, shared their personal and professional stories of grit and growth. The event was organized and moderated by Danielle J.B. Edwards of Sexton & Company LLC.
The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has made the Grit Project Program Toolkit available to those interested in hosting the program. The toolkit includes the Grit Test, Mindset Quiz, and all materials necessary to present the program at a law school or firm.
On Wednesday, April 4, the CBA Labor and Employment Law Section and the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association co-sponsored, Three Views from the Bench: Questions & Answers with Harford’s Federal Judges, at the Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford. Judges Alfred V. Covello, Donna F. Martinez, and Michael P. Shea, shared insights and anecdotes from their many years of presiding over federal employment cases. In honor of Judge Covello’s 25th year on the District Court in 2017, Judges Martinez and Shea joined the panel, for what has annually been a Q & A with one judge.
Former US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Commissioner Gina McCarthy addressed an audience of 200 environmental professionals at the Connecticut Science Center on Thursday, March 22. The Environmental Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), Connecticut Environmental Forum (CEF), Connecticut Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP-CT), and Environmental Professionals’ Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) hosted the sold-out event, “An Evening with Gina McCarthy.”
During her lecture, McCarthy shared her views of the current and future state of environmental regulations at the local, regional, national, and international levels. “It is a difficult time but we must feel positive about the world and the future,” expressed McCarthy. “We have the rule of law on our side and that is what matters and that is what will prevent us from going backwards.”
McCarthy served as the EPA administrator from 2013-2017 and CT DEEP commissioner from 2004-2009. She has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than 35 years. Currently, McCarthy serves as director of Harvard Chan’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, and is a professor at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Quinnipiac University School of Law, as well as the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will be hosting its 30th Annual Thurgood Marshall Award Ceremony on Wednesday, March 28. This year’s award recipient is Michael Koskoff, principal attorney at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC in Bridgeport, who has used his legal education to promote civil rights and civil liberties in Connecticut.
Each year, BLSA recognizes an outstanding person in law, education, or politics who exemplifies Thurgood Marshall’s dedication to improving society through the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights. BLSA’s Thurgood Marshall Award is given in honor of the first African American appointed to the US Supreme Court. Marshall epitomized individual commitment to civil rights.