Member Spotlight: Stand Down Volunteers

On September 21, the Connecticut Bar Association was honored once again to join over 100 agencies and social service organizations helping more than 1,000 Connecticut veterans at Stand Down 2018 at the Veterans Home in Rocky Hill. CBA volunteer attorneys provided assistance, as well as direction on where to go for ongoing services.

CBA volunteer attorneys included Lawrence Andrea, Richard D. Arconti, Stefany Buckley, Linda Bulkovich, Carrie M. Coulombe, Major Michael Criscuolo, Captain Vergil T. Decker, Jason M. Fragoso, Monte E. Frank, Major Donnial Hinds, Carmina Hirsch, Barbara Housen, Jonathan Klein, Frank A. Manfredi, Geoffrey Naab, Meghan Smith, and Winona Zimberlin.

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. It provided battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall sense of well-being.

 

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Attend the 2018 Federal Tax Institute of New England

Be a part of the 8th Annual Federal Tax Institute of New England
October 18, St. Clements Castle, Portland

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Cost
Don’t miss out on early bird pricing*
Member $259
Law/Paralegal Student Member $159
Non-Member $409

Learn from national authorities about the latest developments in estate planning and tax law, including:

  • Digital Currency
  • The Impact of Federal Tax Law Changes
  • Asset Protection Techniques

Practitioners of all levels and in a wide variety of practice settings will find relevant content and training at this program.

The day will kick off with a networking breakfast followed by both plenary and break-out sessions presented in a two-track format. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity for the estate planning and tax communities.

*Early bird pricing ends 9/14.

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Nominations Now Open: 2019 Celebrate with the Stars

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The CBA is now accepting nominations for Signature Awards for the 2019 Celebrate with the Stars event. Nominate a colleague or peer who makes a difference in the legal community–both legal and beyond! To nominate a deserving colleague, you may do one of the following:

Nominations for the 2019 Signature Awards are due by Friday, October 19, 2018

Section Spotlight: Workers’ Compensation

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.

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Commissioner Christine L. Engel

Job Opportunity: CBA Education Coordinator

CBA logo CMYKThe 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.

Learn more about this position!

CBA Presents the ABA’s Grit Project

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.

Dr. Hogan’s book, featuring the stories of 47 women who used the grit and growth mindset to advance their careers, is available on the ABA website. CBA members can save 15% on ABA publications.

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(L to R) Leander A. Dolphin, Elizabeth Seeley, Dr. Milana L. Hogan, Justice Maria A. Kahn, Sarah Man, and Danielle J.B Edwards.

CLC Registration is Now Open

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June 11, 2018

Earn your 12 MCLE credits with the Connecticut Legal Conference*

This event sold-out last year, reserve your spot today!

Don’t miss over 40 CLE seminars covering:

  • Practice-based annual reviews and updates
  • Cutting-edge trends in legal technology, law practice management, and major practice areas
  • Recent developments in legal ethics

Visit ctlegalconference.com for more information on the day and to view seminar details.

*Full-day member registrants can earn six credits at the conference, and get post-conference access to more than 20 on-demand CLE products!