Nominations are Now Open for the 2018 Ladder Award

The Women in the Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Section is seeking nominations for the 2018 Ladder Award. This award honors a Connecticut female attorney who has “left the ladder down” for women to follow in her footsteps, and values the importance of leadership development, mentoring, and supporting junior lawyers in their journeys to success.

To nominate a candidate, submit a letter of recommendation, no longer than two pages, describing the extent, type, and character of the leadership provided by the nominee. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, January 5, 2018 to YLSWITL@gmail.com. Learn more about the Ladder award here.

2017 Ladder Award.JPG
2017 Ladder Award winner, Justice Maria A. Kahn,
with CBA officers and YLS leadership.

Advertisements

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.

DSC_0189

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

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

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.

CT Court Visitation Program

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.

652c8915-3a31-4f12-b1f6-6f74b4dcd149CBA Volunteer Major Michael E. Criscuolo, a JAG attorney with the US Army, providing legal help to a fellow veteran at the 2016 Stand Down event.

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.


54e062ca-06b3-4251-b670-738c633753c3
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