2017-2018 CT Court Visitation Program

The Connecticut Court Visitation Program offers tours of geographical area courts to high school and middle school students throughout the state. Each tour consists of an explanation of court proceedings by a judge or member of the court staff, attendance at an arraignment session and an actual trial (if available), along with a question and answer session.

Attorney volunteers participate with the visiting classes, staff each geographical area court during tours, and may also speak with student groups prior to their visits if requested. The Connecticut Bar Association coordinates the program with its attorney volunteers.

Superior Court Judge Hope Seeley of the Tolland Judicial District and chair of the Court Visitation Program Committee, said, “Since its inception in 1980, the Connecticut Court Visitation Program has become a standard part of the Civics and American Government curriculum in many schools in the state and almost 93,000 students from public and private high schools throughout the state have participated in the program.”

The 2017-2018 program will be offered October 1, 2017 – June 1, 2018. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Bill Chapman at bchapman@ctbar.org.

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Volunteer for Stand Down 2017

Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At the secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. This afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

Volunteers for this program help veterans with their legal needs, and direct them to where they may receive resolution. Since the first Stand Down in San Diego in 1988, the program has become recognized as the most valuable outreach tool to help veterans across the nation today.

This year’s Stand Down will be held on Friday, September 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. If you are interested in volunteering, or have any questions, please contact Bill Chapman at (860)707-3309 or bchapman@ctbar.org.

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CT Forum with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

The Connecticut Forums’ 2017-2018 season debuts on Thursday, September 28 at The Bushnell with An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. In this rare public appearance, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will talk with moderator Norah O’Donnell about his life, career, and more than two decades in the Supreme Court. The evening, hosted by Day Pitney LLP, will include a moderated conversation and an audience question and answer session. All attendes will receive a complimentary copy of Justice Breyer’s book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.


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An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
When: Thursday, September 28
Where: The Bushnell

Time: 8:00 p.m.

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 Thomas.Reid@ct.gov

Why You Will Become Obsolete

Building Your Practice
Why You Will Become Obsolete
By Walt Hampton

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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

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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*

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*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,
visit ctlegalconference.com